The Gist: Kisaragi Sumi continuously took care of her grandmother, father and mother until she turned 60 years old without ever falling in love. One day after finishing her mother’s funeral service, a cat calling himself Rei appears and grants her wish to “experience her youth again”. What happens when Sumi gets a second chance as a 17-year-old high-schooler once more?!
Mitsuba Takanasi is the same mangaka that drew Crimson High, the volleyball manga that ran in Shojo Beat magazine back in the day. We also got her series The Devil Does Exist from CMX.
I like this series, and I wish we could get it in English. It’s probably close in concept to Tanemura’s new series we’re getting – an older person gets a chance to be young again. I love Takanashi’s art, and seeing her work again makes me nostalgic. 🙂
The Gist: Michiru is a happy child who loves to skate. During her childhood, she meets Leon, a cute innocent boy. They begin to ice dance together. But when she has a conflict with her mom, she plans to run away with Leon. Leon, considering the danger, declines Michiru. Hurt by this, Michiru runs away by herself. Finding out that Michiru has run away, Leon and others search for her, finding her in the skating rink. But the Michiru they find standing in the rink no longer has the smile that the old Michiru had!? Years later Michiru is still trying to work through what happened to her, and Leon along with her ice dancing partner must brace themselves in order to uncover the horrifying truth.
Ice skating and tragic backstory – this one drew me in right away. It’s not Ogawa’s most recent series, but I think it’s on par with the others I’ve read so far. The drama in it is fantastic. The ice skating in the series is gorgeous as well. I like how Ogawa made Leon a ballet dancer, and he performs in Takeshi Gouda’s dance troup from Kimi wa Pet. I know I’ll be getting more of this one to finish reading the whole story.
Yayoi Ogawa is the same mangaka that drew Tramps Like Us that was published in North America by Tokyopop. I’ve also read and reported on her more recent series Ginban Kishi, which is also about ice skating. I’d love it if Kodansha would give one of Ogawa’s skating series a shot over here.
The Gist: Ten and Rio are long time childhood friends. They will become high school students in the spring. Ten still remembers fondly her love for Rio from middle school that seemed very selfish to her. Will the two have an opportunity to love again now that they are older?
This story is like a lot of other high school dramas, but I like the element of loving again. It reminds me of Ao Haru Ride in that sense – falling in love young and reviving that love when older. I’m in love with the art by Hoshimori as well. So many pretty emotional moments!!