Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Manga Review: Say I Love You, Volume 15, by Kanae Hazuki

Rating (Out of 5): ~4
Publisher: Kodansha Comics
Release Date: August 2016
Volumes: 17+
Spoilers?: Some.
Volume: 1. 14. 16.

Goodreads Synopsis:

FRIENDSHIP? FORGET IT! Mei Tachibana has no friendsand she doesn't need them! Ever since her "friends" betrayed her in elementary school, she's sworn off friendship entirely. All it leads to is betrayal and heartbreak, and she's well enough on her own. But everything changes when she accidentally roundhouse kicks the most popular boy in school! However, Yamato Kurosawa isn't angry in the slightest in fact, he thinks his ordinary life could use an unusual girl like Mei! He won't take no for an answer, and soon Mei and Yamato embark on an unwanted friendship that will change both of them forever. PRAISE FOR THE ANIME "Surprises with its honesty, its sensitivity, its quality. Always it is smarter, more poetic, more touching, just plain better than you think it is going to be." Anime News Network


Two surprises in this volume.
Firstly, we have a love confession. It's not a surprise how it turns out, because no one doubted that, not even the confesser. But Mei is completely taken off-guard by it, because she had no idea. She doesn't know how to respond, either.
And then they graduate. We knew it was coming at some point, and yet it still didn't seem like there was enough warning and then it happened. It's a bittersweet moment, because they have to say goodbye to high school and their friends, but it's also good because they get to start something new. They get to become adults and start working for careers and college and whatnot. The button-taking thing was fun, too.
I'm a big fan of this series, and I'm really interested to see where it goes next. I typically like when series expand beyond high school and into college, but I know a lot of series go downhill or lose popularity. It also can mean bad things for high school romances. I'm really excited to read the next one.

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