Sometimes I’m just in the mood to read a good shoujo manga, but these days it can be hard to find one that engages me. As much as I love the aesthetic of shoujo, the stories are usually written for teens so I don’t find myself emotionally moved by them as much as I used to be, and that makes me feel a bit sad.
But sometimes, you’ll pick up a shoujo manga with genuine characters and interesting relationship dynamics that keep you hooked till the end and make you feel like a teenage girl in love all over again. That’s how I felt reading “Daytime Shooting Star” by Mika Yamamori.
An Unusual Love Triangle
Suzume is just a normal country girl until suddenly, due to family circumstances, she moves to Tokyo to live with her uncle. On arrival she is helped by a handsome stranger who turns out to be her teacher at her new school! While adjusting to city life and being the new girl in school, she finds herself caught up in a new love as her world is turned upside down!
While trying to make new friends at school, Suzume gets to know Mamura, the unfriendly but attractive guy she sits next to in class. While trying to thank him for lending his text book she grabs his arm, suddenly making him blush furiously! Suzume finds out that Mamura has this adorable reaction every time a girl touches him, this quirk sharply contrasting his cold personality (I always love seeing some gap-moe <3) So why does he have this reaction every time a girl touches him? You’ll have to read the manga to find out!
Both of the guys in this manga are so cute, Im excited to see how this love triangle plays out. It seems Suzume is developing a crush on her teacher, but at the same time it looks like Mamura is starting to develop feelings for Suzume as well. How will this romance play out in the end?
What should you do when you’re left out on purpose…?
As Suzume befriends pretty boy Mamura, she starts to become a target for bullies and girls who are jealous of her. One girl, Yuyuka, pretends to befriend Suzume but actually has ulterior motives. While inviting Mamura and other classmates to go bowling, Suzume is given the wrong address on purpose and is left out from the fun.
While it is easy to let circumstances like this get you down, Suzume doesn’t give up: she finds out the correct address and finally meets up with everyone and eventually takes her bully aside to talk. Suzume directly asks Yuyuka if she left her out on purpose, and after admitting she did and insulting her and her “country” friends at home, Suzume slaps her. However, the conflict is eventually resolved and Suzume and Yuyuka end up befriending each other, becoming comrades in their quest for love.
Suzume is a truly refreshing shoujo protagonist. I love her almost stoic but strong willed personality, it’s clear that she does things her own way and doesn’t let the opinion of others sway her. She is an admirable girl and a nice change of pace compared to more meek or emotional shoujo protagonists we normally see. I wasnt expecting much from this series when I first picked it up but I’ll definitely say Im impressed and excited to read more!
With subtle but thoughtful character movements and dialogue and a strong MC, Daytime Shooting Star feels surprisingly genuine. The art itself does not stand out much compared to other shoujo manga titles, but it gets the job done in telling a lighthearted but engaging romance story that you won’t want to put down until the end. You can get volume one of Daytime Shooting Star here, and make sure to check out the other volumes published by VIZ media!