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kawai toko makes me smile [Feb. 22nd, 2010|07:58 pm]
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I thoroughly enjoyed Shizuku hanabira ringo no kaori by Kawai Toko! It'd been a while since I've read something new from her and this hit the spot. Salaryman who can't tolerate the smallest amount of alcohol (or is it just sake?) tries to establish an account with a small brewer for his employer (is the company a distributor?) and also falls in love with the brewer's hot grandson. Grandson is kinda difficult, in that he has issues with love. Salaryman is outgoing and has a very positive and forward-looking view of love (he's had his share of heartbreak, it seems, but he hasn't let that stop him from falling in love). The two don't mix well, so for most of the manga the salaryman is very unrequited. He's also very honest, so he just blurts stuff out that most people would never actually say out loud. Like when he falls asleep when the grandson gives him a ride home. He wakes up and states that he'd wasted the chance to be alone with grandson in a confined space! It was light but not too light, serious yet funny, not horribly angsty...basically my favorite kind of Kawai Toko manga (I'm not a big fan of her manga like Cut). And I loved the end, of the honest discussion they had before truly getting together. Grandson could've been a dark and brooding type, but he wasn't. He was aloof but not brooding, and he was totally aware of his faults. Salaryman was just plain adorable. XD;
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[User Picture]From: flyby311
2010-02-23 06:12 am (UTC)
:D I've read some of that and it was cute. I wonder if they finished scanlating it. /goes to check XD
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[User Picture]From: insaneneko
2010-02-24 03:53 am (UTC)
Oh, I hope so. The payoff's at the end in this one. ^^;
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[User Picture]From: sara_tanaquil
2010-02-23 07:41 pm (UTC)
Oh, yay, one to add to the purchasing list! I almost always love her stuff (I even loved Cut).
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[User Picture]From: insaneneko
2010-02-24 05:35 am (UTC)
Yes, this one is cute! And I don't dislike Cut, I just don't love it like I love some of her other stuff. I personally am not that fond of the way she does uber-angst.
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[User Picture]From: wednesday_10_00
2010-02-23 08:58 pm (UTC)
There should be a second volume of this, too; it was still running in Beboy after the first volume came out. (And oh man, the grandfather is so freaking adorable in it. XD)
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[User Picture]From: insaneneko
2010-02-24 05:37 am (UTC)
!!!

I am very pleased to hear that there will be a second volume. I look forward to seeing how they manage...

The grandfather was adorable, esp when he couldn't apologize and his granddaughter had to do it for him. XD;
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[User Picture]From: madamada_chan
2010-02-24 02:21 am (UTC)
Waaaah you make me want to reread *___* That will be my homework tonight~ ♥

And I totally agree with wednesday_10_00. Grandfather is so adorable, I want to cuddle him ♥ But I still love Haru (guy) most ♥

Now I really want a drama cd for this *__*
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[User Picture]From: insaneneko
2010-02-24 05:37 am (UTC)
Ohhh...I think this one would make a fabulous drama cd.
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