Now that Tsugumi and Itsuki are married, they have tried every way possible to have a child of their own. When all else fails, they decide to adopt a child. They have to take classes, prove they can be good parents, and one of them has to take parental leave so they have to decide who will be the one to leave their job.
I’m on the fence about how “easy” the adoption process was. On one hand it’s good that the agency wasn’t automatically against one parent in a wheelchair but at the same time it was such a non issue that it messes with my suspension of disbelief. Not because I want something bad to happen, this couple has been through enough but I can’t imagine so many people being so nice all the time. Just goes to show what I expect from life if I have an issue with there not being enough assholes in a story. 4 out of 5.
*This book was given to me in exchange for an honest review.
Yagyu and Satomi are still happily dating and go to a couples event at the cultural festival at school. But Tatsukawa, another student, sets his sights on Satomi, making Yagyu jealous.
It’s looking like Tatsukawa is going to be a real threat to Yagyu and Satomi’s idyllic relationship. I did wonder if any conflict would come into the story or if we would just watch the couple be perfect and cute the entire time. That’s not bad but it could end up repetitive and boring. We’ll see how this new guy factors in. 3.9 out of 5.
*This book was given to me in exchange for an honest review and is suggested for mature readers.
In this volume, Choko makes one final desperate attempt to have Oya for herself and a childhood friend of Yuri’s reappears in her life and is now a police officer.
This volume gives another drop of the complications of dating a yakuza by bringing in a cop and I don’t know why I’d forgotten Yuri’s been trying to keep this relationship a secret but Jin (the cop) is probably gonna blab. He doesn’t seem like Oya’s threats would work for long. I hope this is finally something that brings in an interesting conflict that isn’t instantly solved. 3 out of 5.
Mako loves photography so much, her childhood friend, Kei, suggests she takes a chance on attending a high school with a prestigious photography club. She ends up moving into a dorm with Kei and his classmates; kicking off a love triangle.
This is a cute manga that is worth checking out if you like young adult romance manga. Mako is a sweet character to follow; she’s just earnest and wants to enjoy photography and the other boys around her have different enough personalities that you really wonder who Mako should end up with. I won’t spoil it but, I found it to be a satisfying choice and ending. There’s some slice of life elements as well to break things up and while a tad rushed, it was fun to read and you could polish it off in a quiet afternoon. 3.9 out of 5.
Narumi and Hirotaka are former classmates and now coworkers who decide they want to date each other. But they both have secret nerdy interests they want to hide from others.
This is a cute story. Usually when it comes to plots like this, only one partner is an otaku and the other partner navigates around their hobbies and tries to accept it but here, it’s two awkward nerds figuring out how to be in a relationship. Even the side characters are amusing to watch. It’s a good romantic comedy if you’re in the mood for one. 3.7 out of 5.
After all their trials and tribulations, Tsugumi and Itsuki start their lives together s husband and wife. And as most couples do, they start to think about having children.
We do get a quick nod to show how a couple would be intimate if one of them is paralyzed from the waist down. This isn’t a hentai so its quite tasteful and very short. It’s something a reader would no doubt wonder about.
The meat of this volume are the fertility struggles so here’s your trigger warning if you have trauma associated with that.. It’s a little by the numbers in order to cover all the feelings swirling around wanting a family and trying to get pregnant in a single volume and I chalk that up to trying to get to a certain amount of pages. We’re in volume ten now, so we gotta get things moving to the conclusion. It’s still emotional and real but fast paced. 4 out of 5.
Itsuki is determined to get Tsugumi’s father to understand him but the old man’s health takes a steep decline, giving the couple doubts as to if they will even have the chance to get his blessing before he dies.
This volume is the heart tugging, tear jerking one so if you’re a softy, maybe grab a tissue. Here it’s more straight up love story and life drama, which is fine. The reason why this series works is because it doesn’t rely on Itsuki’s disability to carry the story. It’s about people who have to deal with these circumstances as a part of their lives. It’s easy for a story like this to fall into bad tropes of become overly preachy but that’s not the case here. 5 out of 5.
After the earthquake, Itsuki and Tsugumi fumble their way back together. However, Tsugumi’s father still is against their relationship; wanting his daughter to have a “normal” partner. Itsuki vows to do his best to change his mind so he can get his blessing to be with his daughter.
Yeah, we knew these two were gonna get together and seeing how the house for Keigo and Kaede is done and they get married; it’s right in their face that a happy ending is possible. This series continues to blend a tender love story with the harsh reality of a person with a spinal chord injury without one thing feeling clumsily slapped on the other. Aruga is doing a great job with this. 5 out of 5.
Tsugumi and Itsuki have managed to work well together on the project to make a barrier free house for their friends. Without the pressure of being in a relationship, it seems easier for them to get along. But after the project is complete, an earthquake rocks the city and Itsuki is all alone.
With the earthquake, this series gives the story a chance to show how a disabled person would have to handle a disaster. There are considerations not taken in to account in generic plans, even something as simple as access to a bathroom and space to use the wheelchair in an emergency shelter. I’d never even thought of that. When you think of emergency shelters, they’re packed with people and cots; no space for someone in a chair to maneuver. Romantic drama aside, this series is a great way to expose more people to what disable people need to exist in the world along side them. 5 out of 5.
After Itsuki turns down the job to make a barrier free home for Keigo and Kaede, Tsugumi heads back to Tokyo to find out why he would do that and hopefully change his mind.
While Istuki and Tsugumi are inevitably going to get back together (c’mon, this isn’t spoilers, they’re on the cover of every volume) they seem to be working well together on this big project. A little too well. Granted, I’m not expecting batshit fireworks and table flipping like a telenovela but with so many conflicting feelings, something’s gotta give. And when it does, it’s gonna feel lazy if it’s too neat and clean. 4.8 out of 5.