Hiroo has a hidden secret past - with the truth drive Machiru away forever?
Writer/Artist: Shioko Mizuki
Translation: Sei Kino
Adaptation: Brynnce Chandler
What They Say
Michiru's attempt at a three-person relationship continues as Hanakago and Suruga grow ever closer. She and Hanakago come to be better friends as they discuss their feelings for Suruga, but Michiru still isn't sure she loves him as more than a friend... but if that's the case, why is she so unwilling to let go of him?
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Summer time means bathing suits and fireworks! Hanakago is looking forward to showing off her bathing suit to Suruga, but can't help but be disappointed when not only Machiru, but Ichiro and Hiroo come along as well. Sharing a boyfriend means that alone-time is scarce, but the two do manage to steal away a moment together. Machiru refrains from interrupting, but she's terrified of what might be growing up between the two of them.
Hiroo, meanwhile, is the victim of a blackmail plot to drive him away from Machiru. When he gets a letter telling him to stay away from Machiru or his secret will be revealed, his paranoia ramps up to epic levels. He wants to keep it from Machiru more than anything, but his lack of trust in her wounds her deeply. The two eventually reconnect, but at what cost? One thing leads to another, and for the school festival Machiru declares that they're going to hold a cosplay cafe. Hijinks ensue.
What's really interesting about this volume are the chapters about Machiru and Suruga's past. It really brings a lot of things that have been casually mentioned into focus, and make the character dynamic between them make much more sense. I wouldn't say that the series has hit its stride exactly, but there's a definite improvement from the first volume that gives me some hope. The art is showing some improvement as well. This isn't going to be making any top ten lists, but at least it's getting better.