Rating (Out of 5): ~4
Publisher: Yen Press
Release Date: October 2018
Playboy Kai and Tomboy Riko make for an unlikely couple in this adorable and hilarious shoujo romance!
Just as Riko is starting to look at Kai differently, he confronts her about her feelings for Suwa. Being lovesick himself, he has trouble with her odd relationship with Suwa, given her feelings for him. It's a conflicting moment for both of them, as Riko has to consider herself, and Kai gets to fret over it. Kai doesn't seem the type content to sit in the background and watch what he wants get away, so it's not surprising how he reacts.
While those two take up most of the volume, we also get to see their friends lives developing. Mostly, we get to see Miki and Kiyo take the next step to make their relationship official. They're the innocents of the group, and Miki is easily influenced. They seem sweet, and I like how they contrast and mesh together so far.
This series takes on the typical tropes really easily, but also gives them a new twist or perspective that I enjoy. There's the festival story in this volume. And then, for instance, when Riko gets threatened by fangirls at school, instead of it turning into a bully plot, or anything for Kai to help with, she handles it rather well herself.
This is a fun take on the shojo, school story. I'm enjoying it so far, and I'm interested to see where it goes next. It seems to be developing at a steady pace, without dragging anything out too much.