Friday, February 9, 2018

Manga Review: Anonymous Noise, Volume 6, by Ryoko Fukuyama

Rating (Out of 5): ~4
Publisher: Shojo Beat (VIZ Media)
Release Date: January 2018
Volumes: 14+
Spoilers?: No.
Volume: 1. 5. 7.

Goodreads Synopsis:

Music and longing collide in this ballad of unrequited love!

Nino Arisugawa, a girl who loves to sing, experiences her first heart-wrenching goodbye when her beloved childhood friend, Momo, moves away. And after Nino befriends Yuzu, a music composer, she experiences another sad parting! Luckily, Nino reunites with Momo and Yuzu in high school, but things haven’t played out the way anyone expected…

In No Hurry’s Rock Horizon performance ends in a whirl of frantic passion, but does Nino’s voice reach Momo? And with the school festival coming up, the Pop Music Club prepares for its first performance in a long time…with things between Haruyoshi and Miou suddenly heating up!


Nino stays for the whole set, but then she is straight out in an effort to find Momo. It's a bit of a lost cause, and it's a big hit to Nino. She felt like she was getting somewhere, and now her inspiration is just plain gone. For the most part, she doesn't even feel like she's singing to reach him anymore. She struggles and flounders for a bit, and then she decides to try something new.
Her and Miou are both deciding to attempt something new. A change of scenery, a change of crush, a change in themselves. I really enjoy their friendship. While they don't really feel like friends to Miou, and she feels like she's using her more than anything, that's not true. They push each other, they help each other, they're there just to converse and banter when they need it. It helps, and I actually quite enjoy it.
Meanwhile, Yuzu has agreed to something in order to keep making music. And Momo has run away, moved away and quit music, yet again. But during this, we get to see him actually struggling with it. Acknowledging that he wants to be with Nino, and he even enjoyed his friendship with Yuzu and misses that. Then there's more drama regarding Yuzu writing songs for other people...
Aside from the drama between the main triangle, it's an interesting development between Miou and Haruyoshi. Haruyoshi finally confesses, and Miou has to deal with that. It's definitely side stuff, but I'm liking where it's going, and quite enjoy the whole groups' friendship.
This is quite a good series so far, and I don't know how we're so far in it already, but I'm looking forward to more.

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

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