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Sweet Blue Flowers, Vol. 1 Paperback – September 19, 2017
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Gr 10 Up—These collected first volumes of Shimura's manga tell an honest, poignant story about the joys, pains, and loves of gay and bisexual young women. Fumi Manjoume moves back to her hometown with her family after being away for several years. She's troubled because her first love recently married, but she reconnects with her old best friend, Akira Okudaira, who allows Fumi to be herself and helps ease her pain. During her first days at her new, all-girls school, Fumi falls for a popular, beautiful third-year senior, Yasuko Sugimoto, and the two begin dating. Shimura's art varies depending on the mood of the scene. During comedic moments, the designs lean toward the exaggerated, but during important dramatic scenes, Shimura adds layers of appealing detail. Since these shifts occur only during high points, they will be comfortably familiar to fans of anime romances such as the webcomic Monthly Girls Nozaki-kun and "Toradora!" At first, characters may seem a bit archetypal, but Shimura's deft pen crafts unique human beings from what appear to be genre staples. While the initially brisk pace may be off-putting, readers who acclimate themselves to the narrative's rhythms will find LGBTQ+ characters to root for. VERDICT A no-brainer for yuri (manga focusing on lesbian romance) fans, but strong enough to recommend to romance readers and general manga enthuisasts.—Chuck Hodgin, Belmont University, Nashville
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The plot is all about high school romances, and it leans more towards female relationships. Not that there are not men – Yasuko is mentioned explicitly as bisexual (can I get a hurray for that?) and there are other supporting characters around, but the focus is definitely on female friendships and relationships. It is a sweet story, and lots of feel-good and cute moments, but also allows characters to develop organically on page.
The artwork is not elaborate, and is more simplistic, but it is still pretty beautiful. It brings out the tense as well as tender moments, and is stylistically good. The world the author builds in is contemporary, but without the homophobia; not that non-heterosexual relationships are the norm, but it is not treated as something weird by the characters and it was refreshing to have one that doesn’t depend on that kind of arc. Also, it doesn’t have gay panic moments either, and Fumi’s coming out to Akira is treated with care. There is, however, a scene with sexual harassment on trains, and I would advise content warning for those who aren’t comfortable with it.
Overall, a manga I am really looking forward to read more of. (There’s also an anime of it, and I am so going to watch it!)
Fumi is very emotional, cries often, and unsure of herself. She is coming off the heartbreak of her former girlfriend leaving her to get married - and she feels that she was toyed with by that person. When a fellow student at her new school asks her on a date, she is happy to find herself in a relationship again. But does her new girlfriend Sugimoto still hold a candle for someone else?
Akira is brash and outgoing, from a loud family. Short and somewhat childish looking, she is well loved by the people at her prestigious new school. She is at first very happy to walk to school with Fumi every morning; after all, when they were little, Akira always took care of Fumi. Soon, she becomes embroiled in Fumi's love life, respecting her friend's choices and being there as support.
The book features a cast of side characters and there is a lot of 'x loves y but y loves z' type of love triangles. Author Shimura's gentle take on adolescence is never harsh and nearly always bittersweet in the heartbreaks of love and life. Akira's exuberance, offset by Fumi's shyness, creates an interesting dynamic among the groups they interact.
Sweet Blue Flowers isn't sensationalist or melodramatic. There are little if any stigmas to the unusual relationships that perhaps would raise far more eyebrows in the West. The artwork is clean and emotive and easy to follow. The story is a slow burn and Shimura is quite happy to let it unwind by itself amidst day-to-day life in Kamakura. Reviewed from an advance reader copy provided by the publisher.