“Friendship and Romance Perfected”
- Mangaka : Mizuno Minami
- Writer : Viz
- Style : Comedy, Romance, Faculty Life, Shoujo, Slice of Life
- Revealed : December 2022
Male friendship in manga is, fairly sadly, typically restricted to the edgy muscle-heads of shounen. Uncommon, real friendship is so hardly ever depicted on the pages, and even then, as soon as a romance begins, a number of male characters will often get shuffled off-screen.
We’re so glad, then, to have Rainbow Days by Mizuno Minami—a ravishing love letter to male friendships and supporting your mates by way of the highs and lows of life. Lastly arriving in English a full decade after its debut in Japan (and 6 years after its anime adaptation), this stunning collection is a must-read for shoujo followers!
Be a part of us at the moment on Honey’s Anime as we focus on Rainbow Days, Vol 1!
As we talked about earlier, male friendships are the beating coronary heart of Rainbow Days, with 4 highschool boys taking heart stage. Our fundamental protagonist is Natsuki, a hopeless romantic who’s in search of a shoujo-manga-romance of his personal. He’s joined by Keiichi, an extrovert with a love of BDSM whips; Tsuyoshi, a quiet and reserved otaku; and Tomoya, a frivolous playboy who’s at all times courting a number of women.
When Natsuki is dumped on Christmas Eve, he has an opportunity encounter with a ravishing woman dressed as Santa—after which discovers she goes to his college! With desires of his good romance in his head, Natsuki plans to make this Santa-girl his personal…or, he would, if he wasn’t so hopeless at romance!
With assist from his buddies, Natsuki finally meets his Santa—Kobayakawa—correctly, and their friendship begins for actual. In fact, that simply means Natsuki has to place up with interference and teasing from the opposite guys!
The art work in Rainbow Days feels fairly common for a shoujo romance, however it’s important to bear in mind the collection is over a decade previous at this level. For a 2012 shoujo, it’s fairly on-point; what actually makes the manga shine is the comedic beats and the side-lined dialogue that completely encapsulates every of the boys. When it must, Rainbow Days can actually shine with some stunning art work, and the mangaka excels at capturing each the intense and humorous sides of her characters.
Why You Ought to Learn Rainbow Days
1. Excellent Characterization
Every of the boys feels so genuinely liked by the mangaka, as if they have been totally conceptualized earlier than coming to life on the web page. Their steady bantering feels sensible, giving rise to heartfelt moments and laugh-out-loud gags. Kobayakawa approaching stage doesn’t detract from their friendship, however as a substitute provides a brand new layer of depth, particularly as Natsuki’s buddies assist(?) him together with his crush.
Though the collection is essentially a humorous one, we will detect an undercurrent of seriousness that’ll emerge later within the collection, and we’re totally anticipating these characters to actually shine when the drama heats up!
2. Shoujo Comedy Membership
Comedy is at all times subjective, so we’re solely providing our private view right here, however Rainbow Days is surprisingly humorous. Loads of shoujo collection err on the facet of romantic drama, not less than in our expertise, and comedy is commonly used as a defensive measure to keep away from progressing relationships an excessive amount of (suppose confession scenes being interrupted, as an illustration).
The comedic beats in Rainbow Days come whenever you’re least anticipating them. The boys are at all times bantering and joking about, however recurring gags (like Keiichi at all times carrying a whip) pop up simply whenever you’ve forgotten about them. The jokes actually stick their touchdown and assist cement the real friendship between the boys.
Rainbow Days is the proper mix of friendship and romance, and presents a lens into male friendship that’s sorely missing in lots of shoujo and shounen collection. There’s real love and camaraderie between the boys, and relatively than having the brewing romance take away from that, their shared friendship will assist carry one another as much as larger heights.
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