Author: Sakisaka Io
Genre: Comedy, Romance, School Life, Shoujo & Slice Of Life
Themes: Romance, unrequited love, first love, high school.
Ninako is a meek, gentle high school student. She has never been in love. One day on the train home from school she bumps into Ren, a popular guy from her school. With just a smile and a short conversation she experiences a new feeling. Just what is this feeling? Ninako’s first love is starting!
This manga is quite well known for the beautiful relationship between Ninako and Ren, which is no doubt the main addictive factor in this story – it’s such a sincere and beautiful relationship. However for me the main reason I was so engrossed in this title was the heroine Ninako, her personality was so refreshing in comparison to the boisterous, outgoing characters usually in shoujo titles that I read. One thing that I found incredibly heartwarming was the sincere love that she felt for Ren, to the point where she turned down someone who confessed to her because she does not want to get into a relationship with someone she doesn’t love – rather than to try and move on or to get Ren’s attention. No matter what, all she wanted was to be in love with Ren forever whether he loved her back was not really that important to her; she just wanted him to be happy. Eventually when Ren realises his feelings I couldn’t help but cry in happiness; it was almost like I was experiencing it myself.