Shy thirty-year-old salaryman Adachi has come clear finally and instructed his colleague and boyfriend Kurosawa about his just lately gained wizardly capacity: to listen to the ideas of anybody who’s touching him. And, to his immense reduction, Kurosawa is just not delay by this revelation, though he’s greater than somewhat embarrassed when he thinks again to what Adachi will need to have heard him considering! However now that there are not any extra secrets and techniques between them, their relationship appears to be set truthful – till Adachi is known as in to his boss’s workplace and instructed that the agency is planning to open a brand new store in Nagasaki – 1,200 kilometres away! – and so they need him to supervise the start-up and launch. It is a nice supply, career-wise – however a possible catastrophe for Adachi’s private life as he and Kurosawa have solely simply acknowledged that they’re in love and long-distance relationships are troublesome to maintain at one of the best of occasions.
Adachi struggles along with his emotions in regards to the supply of the brand new put up and the inevitable separation from Kurosawa simply on the very second that he’s realized how a lot he’s in love with him. This results in a serious misunderstanding as Adachi, not understanding the best way to start to broach the topic of his transfer, seeks recommendation from others within the workplace however not Kurosawa – who inevitably finds out and is damage that Adachi hasn’t instructed him. Agonizing over what he’s completed (or not completed), Adachi seeks out his outdated pal, novelist Tsuge (one other thirty-year-old who’s magically gained the ability to listen to different folks’s ideas) for recommendation – and Tsuge makes a shocking suggestion: write a letter. “You gained’t really feel his ideas and it’ll really feel extra honest than a textual content.” So Adachi leaves a handwritten letter on Kurosawa’s desk earlier than setting off for the airport, hoping that Kurosawa will perceive his confusion.
For the primary time on this sequence, the Mature ranking is (nearly) justified because it’s no spoiler to disclose that, finally, the 2 find yourself in mattress collectively (and about time too, seeing how lengthy Adachi has been not sure of himself and Kurosawa has been holding himself again!). However this quantity may be very a lot about Adachi’s development in maturity and self-knowledge, in addition to displaying him – and us – a really totally different and relatable facet to the outwardly assured Kurosawa. The mangaka’s fashion continues to be removed from polished and when you desire to see your romcom protagonists portrayed in stunning drawings, then possibly you’ll be disenchanted. Nevertheless, she’s expert at characterization and the facial expressions transmit quite a lot of what her major characters are feeling. Despite the fact that that is already the sixth quantity, Cherry Magic! has been (and can proceed to be) a really slow-burn romance and it’s none the more severe for it. Yuu Toyota has given us loads of time to get to know Adachi and Kurosawa so after they lastly fall into mattress collectively, it feels earned, not pressured as in another romcoms.
The interpretation for Sq. Enix Manga by Taylor Engel, reads a easily and unobtrusively as ever and is aided by Bianca Pistillo’s lettering. There’s a web page of useful translation notes on the finish. As within the earlier volumes, there’s a brief chapter about Tsuge, his cat Udon, and his (unattainable?) crush, supply boy/dancer Minato – and a beneficiant sneak peek on the shocking occasions of Chapter 35 from Quantity 7 (which is due out in Might 2023). One other good contact is the interior color illustration which reverses the one on the quilt with Adachi holding – or bravely making an attempt to carry – Kurosawa within the basic ‘princess carry’ mode (however with out the cherry blossoms or Kurosawa’s blushing but assured smile).
This is a vital quantity within the improvement of the connection of Adachi and Kurosawa and it makes for a sympathetic and plausible (despite the ‘cherry magic’) portrayal of a same-sex couple realizing how a lot they imply to one another.