Title: A Small World
Artist: Nishikata Mai
Genres: Comedy, Drama, Shoujo
Summary: High Schooler Mei’s parents have both passed away. The only family she has left in the world is her happy-go-lucky step father. Since her mom’s passing she has had one question that she wanted to ask him…
Published as a one-shot in Hana to Yume in 2009.
Chinese New Year would usually entail you meeting with relatives such as your mother’s cousin’s father-in-law’s brother’s family. It’s won’t be uncommon for you to go visiting and suddenly find out that your classmate/enemy/crush/teacher was just somehow related to you. I kid you not. That being the case, I decided on a family-themed manga.
It’s a nice, short, sweet read. If you’re a fan of non-romantic relationships, this is definitely a must read. The manga focuses on the relationship between a high-school girl and her stepfather. Nishikata Mai spins their story as being completely platonic yet extremely special in its own unique way, which I find is a very refreshing change.
A nice, refreshing shoujo for your New Year!
Overall rating: 4.0/5.0