Friday, March 2, 2018

Manga Review: Takane & Hana, Volume 1, by Yuki Shiwasu

Rating (Out of 5): ~3.5
Publisher: Shojo Beat (VIZ Media)
Release Date: February 6, 2018
Volumes: 10+
Spoilers?: No.
Volume: 2.

Goodreads Synopsis:

A strong-willed high school girl and a hot, young scion of a business empire can’t help trying to outwit each other every chance they get… But could these opposites be conning themselves out of the perfect match?!

After her older sister refuses to go to an arranged marriage meeting with Takane Saibara, the heir to a vast business fortune, high schooler Hana Nonomura agrees to be her stand-in to save face for the family. But what happens when Hana meets Takane is an unexpected pairing of utter opposites!

The meeting between Takane and Hana ends in an explosive manner, and Hana is convinced that she’ll never have to see that awful Takane again. But Takane actually seems interested in Hana! Exasperated by Takane’s immature attitude, yet amused and intrigued despite herself, Hana embarks on a hilarious journey with Takane that just might lead to love!


Hana agrees, kind of, to attend a marriage meeting in place of her sister, who refuses to go. It does not go well, and yet Takane starts to pursue Hana afterward.
He's about ten years older than her, but it works because he doesn't act it. Hana is rather straightforward and enjoys pushing and teasing Takane. In return, while Takane is cocky and rich and pampered, he's also easily embarrassed and doesn't really know how to handle a girl. I think they balance each other out because of it, and I enjoy the twist in their personalities from the norm.
I was a bit surprised by how fun this volume was. The artwork is pretty, and the characters are a lot of fun. The humor is good, too. This was a very fun first volume, and I'm looking forward to reading the next one.

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

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