Sequels, side stories and spin-offs makes a series ever so interesting. The supporting characters are given each of their own spotlight and gives you a peek on how they live their life and dealing with it. These kinds are somewhat complicated to make since you always need some sort of a connection in each story. Like a jigsaw puzzle, one event must be related to another and so on.
This is Miyamoto Kano style.
First and foremost, I want to say that the series may confuse you once you start reading it with no order. It starts with Te wo Tsunaide, Sora wo followed by Amayakana Toge then Aisanai Otoko and lastly, Vanilla Star.
Each story takes place in a publishing company and revolves within its workers. The main and supporting characters of each story interacts with others’ story characters. So it would be best if you can be familiar with them.
The character designs are too similar but are easy to distinguish. The artist’s style was simplistic and had too many lines which makes the characters realistic and theatrical. The emotions depicted gets into the character easily with no flaws and only of fine delivery.
The confoundness of the characters reels you in a psychological mindset. It’s as if there’s a story within a story. Stagnat within its surface but hides a deep pitfall. This concept shows that Miyamoto Kano is totally in her element.
The series of phenomenons gives various impacts in different stories. I found it amusing on how well Miyamoto Kano handled the events with no blemish giving it a different approach.
The first story, Te wo Tsunaide, Sora wo tells the tale of two men namely Maki and Haruya. One having obsessive compulsive disorder and the other, a writer. Having an uncommon meeting and later developing feelings with one another. Its plot is overused but is worth reading for something in its league.
The second story, Amayakana Toge, is about finding lost love and burying the past. This focuses on Haruya’s editor, Yagisawa and his past lover’s younger brother, Kyouichi. It had complications but the flow was superb.
The third story, Aisanai Otoko, is about Yagisawa’s co-worker, Saraha who vowed never to get involved with straight men after another heartbreak and Seto, a designer who collaborates with the publishing company where Saraha works. The development of this arc, in my own opinion has the weakest impact. The moving feelings I’ve felt in the other stories were absent here. Very distant in terms of emotionality.
The last story, Vanilla Star, takes a big leap from Aisanai Otoko. It’s now about Saraha’s former sex buddy, Takeshi, who takes a liking to a prostitute, Yuu. The plot isn’t impressive but it is surprisingly encapturing. The flow of events was of a totally different level than the previous story.
And yes, I admit, Yuu is certainly a hottie.
Moving on, once you’ve finished reading them, it’s funny that regardless how the story may seem predictable, you just can’t stop reading it. There were a handful of flaws, but then, as a whole, all of it just seems so right.
Was it because of the character’s charisma? Or was it the sex?
Well, I may sound like any of those fan girls but these elements gives scores too.
Miyamoto Kano gives depth in the characters and they just look so real. The way of delivering her art has been modernized so it doesn’t give a unique vibe.
After a day’s frustrations and uneasiness, this would be a perfect read.