Author: Yuyuko Takemiya
Publication Date: May 12th, 2015
Publisher: Seven Seas
Age Group: Young Adult
Born with a congenital heart disease, and thus unable to join in activities that are too physical, Manga Club Captain Yoshimatsu Hotaka can only watch through the club room's window whenever the school swim team practices. Hotaka is enamored with swimming ace, Awaya Niki. But sickly, shy and extremely introverted, he feels all he can do is pine for her from afar. Seeing her as a sort of Goddess of Summer, he feels he isn't even worthy to share the same air with Niki, much less approach her.But when the gym teacher asks Hotaka to attend a special, after-school swim class to make up for not participating during regular classes-a supposed to be one-on-one student teacher session which the swim team unexpectedly crashes-it sets into motion events that may, quite surprisingly, result into Hotaka and Niki actually becoming friends.
Manga is defintley something I am starting to make more time to read. One of the best places I have been to check them out is my local library, naturally. So one day as I was browsing the shelf I noticed this manga sticking out and felt myself gravitating to it. Feeling a sense of nostalgia with the anime show Free, I grabbed the first volume and dove right in.
In this first volume we are introduced to character Yoshimatsu Hotaka, born with a heart disease, president of the manga club, and who is currently crushing on student Awaya Niki. After an incident at the school pool the two find themselves becoming the most unlikely of friends.
A story that begins as relatable and shows the relationship between two characters that perfectly encapsulates what new friendships are like as well as the feelings we may feel towards new crushes the author does a remarkable job in bringing this story to life.
I did find this first volume to begin slowly but I do feel that with more volumes there is potential for the story to open up into being a heartwarming story of friendship, this is a manga, although falling somewhat short for me, is one that could turn out to be a great summer read.