I’ve been ignoring my blog’s manga category for a while… ^^;
So I guess it’s time to introduce a new manga X)
Although I must say, this might be rather unexpected ^^;
Yep, this is a shoujo manga ^^;
The title is シリウスと繭 (Sirius To Mayu) by 小森羊仔 (Komori Youko) and it’s only two volumes.
In English, the title should be Sirius And Cocoon.
(The author doesn’t seem to have a blog or Twitter)
Sirius is apparently the brightest star in the night sky (Wikipedia).
Basically, the protagonist is a girl named Mayuko (hence Mayu) and she associates the boy she falls in love with with Sirius. The boy, Haru, is passionate about astronomy after all and he is the one who introduces Sirius to her.
I really like the art style of this manga. It’s simple but nice, and provides some relief from moe (cheat mode ^^;) and overdramaticized stuffs (you know, burning-with-passion shonen stuffs).
How did I come across this manga?
I read the first chapter preview and was impressed by the atmosphere and art style. But since it’s still ongoing, I decided to check her earlier finished work, which is this manga.
This manga is actually a very common love story that involves ‘best friend also loves the same guy’ and long-distance relationship. And you know during the long-distance arc, a new guy would appear and tempt the heroine to abandon the first guy ^^;
The first volume ends with the boy leaving for Tokyo and so the long-distance relationship arc is all in the second volume.
There are not many characters; there is the girl Mayuko, the boy Haru and best friend Megu who introduces Mayuko to Haru and also likes Haru. Then in the long-distance arc, there is the new guy Sakurai who likes Mayuko, and a new girl Ryoko who likes the new guy Sakurai.
You might be able to guess what happened at the end and you would most likely be right. This manga is unapologetically (lol) cliche.
But what’s good about this manga is the characters; the way they handle relationship problems are very admirable (even though they’re young!) and professional (I don’t mean in a smart way but in a considerate way). They make characters from many other works look like selfish and stupid kids.
For example, what do you think would happen to the girl when her chocolate was rejected by the boy during Valentine’s day? She would cry at night, that part is obvious. But what would happen the next day?
The girl continues to talk to the boy. Even the boy was surprised that she isn’t angry. The girl said that he must have his reason, and she wouldn’t force it out of him if he can’t tell her now. Wow…
Another example, during long-distance arc, the best friend Megu bumped into the boy in Tokyo. She missed her last train. What do you think happened? Your guess might be correct, but probably only the first part.
The boy lent her his house, but then he would sleep at his male friend’s house (in other works, the boy would remain in the house and then it would be a night of fan-service ^^;) Megu even informed Mayuko that she stayed over at Haru’s house, even though she could have kept it a secret.
In other works, the reason the girl told the heroine would be to cause jealousy or misunderstanding, but here it’s to inform her that nothing happened and reaffirmed that they are still best friends. They even admitted to each other that they both like Haru, something they kept from each other (in other works, this would be postponed until things have gotten for the worse).
And many more commendable situations like this…
While many other works tend to highlight the ugly nature and selfishness of human, when you read this manga, you wouldn’t be able to help but think ‘would people actually do that in real life?!’
And while many other works try to push the boundaries (in the name of sensationalism and novelty kicks for more readership), this is a perfectly normal story.
It’s a very ideal love story, even when presented with the same challenges and conflicts.
While they might be too good to be true, I feel that ideal stories such as this that ‘you can strive for and even though you might fall short at least you would have reached further’ are important, too X)
This is probably the ‘most pure’ and ‘least ugly’ work I’ve ever read when it comes to love T.T
Lastly, here are Japanese reviews from an interesting Japanese blog ‘Shoujo manga even guys can read’: