Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Manga Review: Dreamin' Sun, Volume 3, by Ichigo Takano

Rating (Out of 5): ~3
Publisher: Seven Seas
Release Date: September 2017
Volumes: 10.
Spoilers?: No.
Volume: 1. 2. 4.

Goodreads Synopsis:

From New York Times manga bestselling author Takano Ichigo.

Shimana Kameko lives in a home where she feels she doesn t belong. Her mother is dead, her father has remarried, and her six-month-old baby brother takes up everyone s attention. Kameko skips school and runs away to a nearby park where she literally stumbles over a mysterious man in a kimono.

The stranger, Fujiwara Taiga, offers Kameko a place to stay on three conditions. The first condition is that Kameko tell him why she ran away from home. The second is that she fetch the stranger s lost apartment key (he is locked out!). The third condition is ... to have a dream. Kameko meets the conditions, moves in, and begins a journey of romance and self-discovery.


I really want to like this series, and it has its good moments. But man, the way it uses these cliché plot lines... it's just not good.
We get to see Zen run after Shimana here, and I really like Zen. He's honestly my favorite part of this series, and I'm almost reading just to see more of him. He's adorable and quirky and awkward, and I'm all for it.
Anyway, he goes after Shimana. And Shimana is just being dumb in the first place, and should be able to get herself home, not to mention get over herself.
After that, we get some confessions, we meet Zen's older brother and get to see how Zen wants to help him and push him back into what he wants to do. It's a sweet plot line, and I'm interested to see how that all pans out.
On the other hand, we also have Shimana falling for their landlord, and I. Just. Ugh. I just hate that, honestly. He's not much older than them, and that usually doesn't even bother me. But here it's just so cliché, and so obvious that Shimana is only falling for whoever is there and paying attention to her. I just don't like her, I think, and I don't like how these basic storylines are being used. This plot in particular has me very close to giving in.
I'm going to give it at least one more volume, and we'll see. But I don't know if Zen is going to be enough to keep me here.

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