One-Shot for the Weekend – Haikei, Nanashi-sama

Haikei, Nanashi-sama

Manga-ka: Naoda Tsuboko

Genre: Comedy, Romance, School life, Shoujo

Terao Chigusa has always loved a certain book called “Dear, Mr. Nameless.” Plus, she has a very timid personality, so much so that she gets REALLY scared when confronted by Takaya Tooru. However, one day, she ends up living the same situation as her beloved book!? How will she react!?

Published as a one-shot in 2008 by Sho-Comi (Shogakukan)

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Well it’s been a pretty busy week for me since I’ve been having to send quite a lot of e-mails and other stuff for studious reasons. So if it’s been the same for you, here’s a nice one-shot to kick back and relax to – a one-shot that centres itself on the short letters that are sent to an anonymous receiver, with a very sweet story.

I suppose the best parts of this one-shot are the feelings expressed by the two main protagonists. It follows the very generic storyline, but the undercurrent of emotions that simmers, bubbles and swells makes it an extremely cute piece. Haikei, Nanashi-sama is divided into 3 ‘sides’ – like a Side A Side B tape – which structures it by the ascending steps into their relationship.  I really liked the way the ending was set-up for that final step, where the aim wasn’t to get into a relationship, but to find out more about one another and fall in love at the same time.

Be warned though, if it annoys you there’s a whole lot of blushing going on from both parties, to the extent where it’s even labelled as a category on Baka-Updates (lol).

Rating: 4.5/5.0

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