Monday, April 30, 2012

Kimi ni Todoke: Volume 13

by Karuho Shiina, 171 pages

This time it's Sawako's turn to meet Kazehaya's family! Also, the gang enjoys a day at the beach and then later sets out on a (potentially eventful) school trip to Okinawa.

Ha ha, Kazehaya's family are a hoot, especially his dad, who's as protective as Sawako's but with a lot more confidence. He's like a benevolent drill sergeant. :) One of the things I love about this series is how much attention is given to the supporting characters. This may be Sawako and Kazehaya's story first, but they don't travel their paths alone and those at their side get the development they deserve. Another reason to appreciate this series is the way it takes standard manga tropes and makes them fresh and unpredictable. The beach episode is nice partly due to the ways it deviates from the usual manga "beach trip" scenario. And the school trip looks to be going the same route. What's going to happen next?!

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