by Mitsuba Takanashi, 179 pages
Love vies with volleyball for precedence in Nobara's heart as she suddenly finds herself in the role of emotional support when her crush's love life takes an unexpected turn. Should she be happy for herself or sad for Yushin? And what's she supposed to do when bitter Haibuki suddenly decides he's had enough of Yushin's unconscious hold over Nobara? Why does life have to be so complicated?
Ooh, Haibuki's being a jerk, but so is Yushin, in his own way. They each have their reasons, but still. Clueless teenagers, all. Except that they look a lot older than sixteen, even if they are unusually tall, star volleyball-players-in-the-making. At least Yushin cut his hair so he doesn't look quite so cartoony now. The art's still a hurdle here, but I can deal.