Writer/Artist: Kouji Seo
Translated by: David Ury
Adapted by: David Ury
What They Say
A RACE OF THE HEART
After his breakup with Honoka, Yamato turns his attention back to his true love, Suzuka. The first time Yamato confessed his feelings for her, Suzuka turned him down cold. Maybe if Yamato wins the one-hundred-meter dash and becomes the fastest high school runner in Japan, he will be worthy of Suzuka's affection. But can Yamato beat his archrival, track hotshot Arima Emerson? And will victory in the race really be enough to win Suzuka's heart?
Track, track, and more track, this volume is heavy on the competitive running side of things. Other than that, everything else seems to be the same as usual. Yamato pines for Suzuka, Honoka pines for Yamato, and Suzuka is a bitch to everyone. Well, at least Yamato finally has a solid goal in life, he wants to be the number one 100 meter runner in Japan. Only problem with that is his nemesis Arima is just unbeatable. Arima takes first at every tournament and it’s going to be tough for Yamato to get better before the school year is out. Luckily, his track team captain has an idea. If Yamato changes the timing of his acceleration during his race, he can match Arima’s running style and have a better chance at beating him. Alright, this is probably boring for a lot of readers out there, but I enjoyed this technical aspect to this volume. I found it to be a pleasant aside from the normal Suzuka/Yamato drama this series revolves around.
I should not speak so soon. The whole reason Yamato is focused on being the best is so he can impress Suzuka enough to go out with him. Maybe that isn’t such a good plan. The more Yamato tries to be better the more bitchy Suzuka becomes. The only saving grace for this series is near the end of this volume when Suzuka and Honoka finally have it out. Okay, it only took eight volumes to learn Suzuka would rather stay single than ever get close enough to someone that she might eventually lose like when her first love died in a car accident. Does that make it okay for her to be a raving bitch? Not as far as Honoka is concerned, and she bluntly tells Suzuka what she thinks of her. I have been waiting for these are developments for a long time. While I’m happy to see it finally happen, I still think Yamato is a wuss and needs to stand up for himself and kick Suzuka to the curb. Even when he gets into a screaming match and demands to know what it is he did to deserve Suzuka’s shit, he still wusses out as soon as she gives him the smallest apology. Dang man, seriously, grow some nuts Yamato. Oh well, maybe all this is a sign that his balls are about to drop. Better late than never, right?
This series has been a bumpy road and a lot of people dislike Yamato and hate Suzuka enough to have given up on it a while ago. I’m still enjoying this series (the good art helps a lot) enough that I want to see how everything is going to shake down. Personally, I’m still cheering for Miki, but that is just my bias. Then again, with 18 volumes in this series, who knows what is going to happen from here. Now I need to watch the last volume of the anime series to see how they wrap up that incarnation of Suzuka.