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Horimiya, Vol. 1 Paperback – October 27, 2015
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Both want to keep their "real selves" secret. This is something normal for teenagers to an extent in general, depending on the time, person, area, so on. In Japan, where being different or not living up to expectations is seen as a truly negative thing, it's even worse.
Of course, this isn't (so far as of these two volumes) seriously discussed. It's basically there as the backdrop for the sweet story of these two friends, and maybe something more?
Added into this mix are two other friends who round out the group - Yuki and Toru. Indeed, Miyamura, who was lonely for much of his life is getting new friends beyond just Hori, which adds to the sweetness. Though this sweetness is tempered by the shock of realizing what type of path Miyamura was on before he met Hori and the others. He was doing some stuff that was dangerous and might be called self-injury. The hint I got was that he was suicidal, and that Hori, Toru and Yuki have pulled him back from the brink via their infusion of friendship and love into his love that ended his social ostracism.
In any society, being cut off because you are seen as "different" can be quite painful, but it is more so in a society that emphasizes and values conformity and community such as Japan does. Hori had a hidden side but the public side was still one that folks liked. Not so with Miyamura. So he was in real pain. Then friendship occurred.
That's something I liked about the books. This is a story about love and romance among two young folks, yes. It's also a story of friendship, and that, indeed, is just as important, arguably, as the romance of the main leads. The friends of Miyamura, especially Toru, are key players, and Toru's relationship with Miyamura gets almost as much emphasis in these first two volumes so far as that of Hori's friendship/budding romance.
The art was about average. It got the point across, but was nothing to write home about. Though the proportions were pretty well-done. Those are hard to capture and the mangaka here, pen-named HERO, did so quite well. The art also did a good job of capturing the "tone" of the series, whether it be comedic, serious, so on. The characters were nice, though I found Hori a little annoying in her lack of sympathy for others at one or two points, but her overall kindness to Miyamura and as a big sister made up for it somewhat. I like Miyamura, Toru and some others best.
All in all, a good read.
Vol. 1 - 4/5 Stars
Vol. 2 - 5/5 Stars
Overall Rating - 4/5 Stars.
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.
If you want a romantic comedy, relationshippy story, with ACTUAL relationship progress. Horimiya is perfect for you.