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Horimiya, Vol. 1 Paperback – October 27, 2015
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Daisuke Hagiwara is the artist behind the manga series Horimiya.
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Let me tell you a story. I was complaining to a friend about the slow-burn relationship in Noragami and she told about a great manga where there's a slow-burn relationship (but not to slow) that ends up being the cutest relationship ever. She said it was just an adorable manga that centered around a great relationship. Actually, she said less than that, just that it was a fulfilling relationship (eventually she explained a bit more). Right away, though, I ordered the first volume off of amazon.
And it is absolutely the cutest thing in the world. Not into manga? This might change your mind. Within the first chapter I was completely charmed.
To back up: Horimiya is a high school drama story, sort of. Basically, Hori, the female lead, is really popular at school. She never gets to spend time with friends outside of school, though, because her parents are never home and she has to take care of both the house and her brother in a very unglamorous way. One day, a pierced and tattooed (and good looking) stranger shows up at her door, guiding her little brother home after he fell and hurt himself. Turns out the stranger isn't really a stranger, but Miyamura, the male lead. At school he's a shy and strange boy who hides behind bulky clothing and long hair. On his own time, he's not so afraid to be himself. Both discover that these secrets bring them closer together and they begin to feel a budding attraction to each other.
And it's super cute! Have I mentioned that before?
It's a very basic plot, and very little actually happens except that they spend time together. Every second of the book, though, drips with sexual tension and you just can't wait for them to finally get together, or at least admit, our loud, that they're attracted to each other.
SPOILER ALERT: it doesn't happen in this volume. My friend has promised that it does happen soon, so finger's crossed it's in the next volume. Which I have to wait until January for. END SPOILER ALERT.
I really recommend picking this one up, especially if you're in the mood for a cutesy romance.
Horimiya essentially uses the common school environment to show the readers an unlikely couple who are somewhat more than what meets the eye. Nothing supernatural or crazy, it's definitely just a school slice-of-life romance kind of deal, but it's kind of cute and not necessarily what I expected.
this volume mostly sets up the whole premise of the story, introduces characters, and does some minor development that hints towards (what probably was an obvious) relationship formation.
Now, the shoujo genre is probably notoriously generic and shallow, but this manga actually transcended that stereotype overall. Of course, certain tropes remain. Most of us have probably seen the same character types rehashed many times before: the protagonist is a "pretty" and popular straight-A student in public but is extremely diligent and "plain." The other main character appears to be a "gloomy" loner and then serendipitously winds up being sweet, charming, and extremely handsome. And like in most shoujo, all of the characters look uniformly adorable no matter what the setting is. However, the author/illustrator offers more dimensions than typical stories do. Hori, for instance, has to take care of her little brother after school and forsakes socializing to ensure that he's safe - even if it's a side she doesn't want others to see. She works hard, and although she seems to fit the "tsundere" trope, she really doesn't seem to care about her social reputation outside of her "plainness," i.e. she talks to Miyamura a lot in school as a friend, rather than avoiding him to uphold her image. Miyamura is a pleasant surprise in that he doesn't show any signs of being the typical "bad-boy" character or super-genius love interest. He looks stereotypically nerdy, but in fact his grades are sub-par. And not only is he not antisocial, he is extremely boisterous, courteous, generous, and appreciative of his friends.
Another pleasant surprise: Despite some heteronormativity, there is significantly less homophobia than I have seen in other manga of the same genre. Miyamura, the way I interpreted the character, is debatably bisexual, and although a lot of this is in a joking context, there is no stigma attached to it. And although another character who is jealous of his relationship with Hori tries to confront him, they both end up as friends; in fact, Hori and this other character end up worrying about Miyamura when he catches a cold. This was refreshing.
Overall, there was a lot I liked about this volume and little I did not. It's a light read and very cute, so for $3 on the Kindle, it's hard to go wrong.