Friday, May 4, 2018

Manga Review: Takane & Hana, Volume 2, by Yuki Shiwasu

Rating (Out of 5): ~3.5
Publisher: Shojo Beat (VIZ Media)
Release Date: April 2018
Volumes: 10+
Spoilers?: Light.
Volume: 1. 3.

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!

Hana has to continue to pretend to be her sister and Takane’s fiancĂ©e after Takane’s grandfather expresses his desire to meet Takane’s prospective marriage partner! But she’s totally out of her element at a party hosted by the Takaba Corporation, the largest conglomerate in Japan! Just how the heck is she supposed to pull of these high-class hijinks?!


Takane and Hana come upon a challenge in this volume—Hana gets to go with Takane to a work event, where she's supposed to be her older sister, because that's who his father thinks he's dating. They go shopping, trying to find something to make her look older. But at the party, she realizes what their age difference could mean for him if it's found out. It bothers her for a little bit, until Takane confronts her about it.
After that, we get someone from Takane's past. Nicola seems like a good guy, but also has some questionable intentions. I like where it's going near the end, and so I think the cliffhanger will be resolved nicely in the next one.
This is a really fun series. I like how competitive Takane and Hana get with each other, but how clearly they like each other. Even with the age difference, they seem very similar and get along really well.

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

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