Friday, June 2, 2017

Manga Review: So Cute It Hurts!!, Volume 12, by Go Ikeyamada

Rating (Out of 5): ~3-3.5
Publisher: Shojo Beat (VIZ Media)
Release Date: April 2017
Volumes: 15.
Spoilers?: Light.
Volume: 1. 11. 13.

Goodreads Synopsis:
The Kobayashi twins discover that cross-dressing as each other leads to trouble and true love!

The Kobayashi twins, Megumu and Mitsuru, were named after historical figures, but only Megumu has grown up with a taste for history. So when Mitsuru is in danger of losing his weekends to extra history classes, he convinces his sister to swap clothes with him and ace his tests! After all, how hard can it be for them to play each other?

Aoi has started college in Sendai, the place where Megumu’s parents met and got engaged. And while he and Megumu don’t relish a long-distance relationship, they are looking forward to spending time together in such a meaningful place. But romance isn’t the only thing to be found in Sendai—the mother who abandoned Aoi and his sister Shino lives there too!


Both couples seem to be getting further in their relationships.
Mitsuru and Azusa are trying to prove their relationship and stop Azusa's father from forcing her into an unhappy marriage. Azusa gets angry, and Mitsuru makes a bet that he can prove he's smarter than her suitor. I do commend how hard Mitsuru is working to prove himself, but at the same time, I want to see Azusa fight and take charge. Given her personality, I think that's more fitting. It does mean a lot to her to see how hard Mitsuru is trying, though.
At the same time, Megumu and Aoi are working through their long-distance. I do think it's weird how much time we skip, and how they don't even seem to notice that months go by. That's weird—but it does make sense, after Aoi proves there's no other girl for him. It is a bit too cheesy, and too fast, though. A lot of the point-proving and time skipping seems to also skip development, or at least seem rushed. Like how quickly Aoi wins over Megumu's father. Also—the way Megumu and Aoi confess their intentions on the phone at the end? So weird. Who does that? Seriously, why?
There's a lot of hinting at darkness coming, and I'm a little interested to see what it is. Megumu and Mitsuru freak out over a shared dream, though I think it has to do with Aoi's mother? We'll see, I suppose.
Oh, and it does get a bit more steamy in this volume. It doesn't actually show anything, but both couples get more intimate, particularly Megumu and Aoi.

A review copy was provided by the publisher, VIZ Media, for an honest review. Thank you so, so much!

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