Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Waiting For Spring Volume Five Review

Mitsuki and the boys go on a group outing to an Amusement Park while Mitsuki tries and fails at using various lucky charms to confess her feelings to Asakura while also learning Asakura had a previous though short-lived relationship with a girl that ended because he couldn't commit emotionally or devote the attention he felt she deserved given his single-minded interest in Basketball. This confession both leads to an almost kiss between Asakura and Mitsuki while also showing them bonding overplaying catch with a basketball-painted ping-pong ball. Feeling like a non-verbal form of communication that despite Mitsuki's sometimes awkward and shy nature she can sometimes be at ease with Asakura. Not to be outdone Aya-Chan decides to take Mitsuki on an almost-date as friends with Mitsuki although Aya's feelings are much more serious that Mitsuki realizes. While Mitsuki and Asakura grow closer and Mitsuki finds herself able to enjoy others company and not second-guess herself. While the gauntlet has been thrown down by Aya who plans to make himself Asakura's rival for Mitsuki's feelings. While continuing to have character development that is nuanced, multi-faceted, and introspective. While also balancing romance and comedy with the simple hum of everyday life. This was a volume that as much as the writing continues to articulate hard to explain emotions like Aya's reasons behind pretending to be a girl for so long with Mitsuki coming from a place of always wanting to be very much her "knight in shining armor" while hiding his own emotional pain behind bravado and having those protective feelings turn into a deep love for his childhood friend. It's the technical design aspects that blew me away from scene framing blocking of characters use of reflection close-ups use of reverse shots perspective non-verbal intimacy in character design even panel layout to express emotion or how a scene feels or use of negative space. It's the craftsmanship of the layout and design that made this volume as one could very easily not read the dialogue and still understand what was happening from body language non-verbal cues and facial expressions. Winning at both continuing to realistically portray the give and take of relationships and first love while also conveying it through the visual mood and tone of character design and panel and page layout among other aspects of the visual design. Still a great read for those that want a smartly written and drawn Shojo Manga that never feels too pandering or salacious.

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