The Gap

Nov. 10th, 2013 02:07 pm
secretlygeeky: (femme shishio)
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Guilty as charged, I've become a shoujo manga convert as of late. I'd spend my days off and breaks just giddily reading shoujo manga.. or crying over it, depending on the story, really. Needless to say, I'm still very picky with my shoujo manga.

What I didn't expect, however, was to get into the age gap trope. It gradually started with me liking Hirunaka no Ryuusei a lot, to which I was looking for more good age gap stories. Here are some good manga I've read that fall under the age gap category:

Tora to Ookami by Kamio Youko (6 volumes, 3 volumes translated)

I was pretty much meant to like this manga: The main character, Mii, is a fujoshi who helps her grandmother run a family restaurant - and there she encounters Tora and Ookami, two good looking university students.. and writes stories about them online. Which is not really the main point of the story, but still.

Everyone is pretty likeable so far, but personally, I don't think I want Mii to end up with any of the two older boys. I highly doubt that to happen, though, this IS shoujo manga after all. However, I'm still looking forward to how the series will go.

Game Over by Mizutani Fuka (1 volume translated, Complete)

Game Over is a super cute story about a young woman who plays a certain game on the bus by subtly flirting with any man she sits beside with. One day, she encounters a young boy in middle school on the bus and takes him on as a target - but strangely enough, her 'game' doesn't affect him. And so begins the love story between this woman and the boy who's 10 years younger than she is.

What I like about this is that the chapters show the gradual change in their relationship, so we see the growth between the two characters. A light and fun read, definitely recommended.

Dengeki Daisy by Motomi Kyousuke (16 volumes, 13 volumes translated)

Official synopsis from Viz:

After orphan Teru Kurebayashi loses her beloved older brother, she finds solace in the messages she exchanges with Daisy, an enigmatic figure who can only be reached through the cell phone her brother left her. Meanwhile, Teru meets and forms a strange friendship with mysterious Tasuku Kurosaki, her school's janitor. For some reason, Kurosaki always seems to be around whenever Teru needs help which leads Teru to wonder: Could Daisy be a lot closer than she thinks?

As the mystery of Daisy unfolds, Teru also discovers that there may have been a lot more to the life and death of her brother than she ever dreamed . . . and that the man she thought was her friend just might have all the answers.

I have mixed feelings about this manga. It's not that it's badly written or anything.. it's okay. I guess it's just so typical and predictable for me, so I'm not too invested. I've read up 'til chapter 40-something though, so I might continue once I've run out of things to read.

Kore wa Koi no Hanashi by Chika (8 volumes, ongoing)

Synopsis from Baka-Updates:

After recently moving into his grandmother's house in the countryside, Shinichi is bored with everything despite his success as a novelist. That is, until one day, when a young girl with a stray cat appears at his doorstep. A girl with a very tragic look in her eyes...

Cheesy synopsis aside, the story is actually intriguing. The pace is good, too, and you can see character growth as well (for instance, girl is introduced as a 10 year old - current arc shows her at 16). There are times that I'm more interested in the side characters than the main characters, though, but with the story's recent development, I'm not dropping the series anytime, so let's see how this goes.

Taiyou no Ie by Taamo (9 volumes, ongoing)

Synopsis from Baka-Updates:

“Back in the day, that place was a house filled with magic—a place where you ended up smiling even if you were crying. Surely, an invisible wizard must have lived there. Or so I thought.”

What’s a young child to do when her mother leaves her father for another man? Or when her father remarries a woman who brings along a child from a previous marriage? Or when her childhood neighbor friend invites her to live with him?

This one is my favorite among the bunch. Started reading this yesterday and I really really like the story! It has all of my favorite things: cohabitation, age gap, mysterious older guy (lol) and childhood friends/sweethearts, among others. I also prefer this manga over Yumemiru Taiyou as well, which also pretty much has a similar storyline. I enjoy the relationship between obviously-more-than-childhood friends Hiro and Mao, despite their 7 year age gap.

*possible spoilers ahead*

I MEAN WOULD YOU LOOK AT THAT! A part of me is still slightly disturbed that Hiro makes passes at a high schooler (seriously tho, I mean look at Shishio from HnR, at least he had restraint!), but I was mostly just blushing and giggling at this scene.

Also, one of the things that I like about this manga is that it's mostly family-centered. Hiro and Mao both want to mend their relationship with their families. I found it VERY predictable though that Hiro's younger brother, Daiki, also has a thing for Mao, introducing the love triangle a bit later in the series. (YET ANOTHER DAIKI IN A LOVE TRIANGLE, GUISE, WHAT IS IT WITH UNFORTUNATE GUYS NAMED DAIKI IN SHOUJO MANGA) This Daiki is adorable as well, so I don't mind him at all. Not sure whether I like him more than Mamura Daiki from HnR, however.

But anyway, I like this series a lot, so this is definitely recommended as well! It's just perfect for light reading and very fluffy romance ♥ May or may not have a separate post about Taiyou no Ie, I have a lot of favorite moments from this series already that I'd want to talk about, hee.