Gouda Takeo is a freshman in high school. (Both estimates) Weight: 120kg, Height: 2 meters. He spends his days peacefully with his super-popular-with-girls, yet insensitive childhood friend, Sunakawa. One morning, on the train to school, Takeo saves a girl, Yamato, from being molested by a pervert. Could this be the beginning of spring for Takeo?
Avelys Rating: 8/10
Avelys Notes: Quite a different twist to the shoujo genre. We have a main protagonist who breaks all stereotypes of the “usual” male lead. His presence in comparison to the quiet, popular best friend who usually takes the front stage, adds a bit of spice to this story. Don’t think this is a generic love triangle, it’s far from it. We see the protagonist in situations that we always see in manga but because he’s such a different personality thrown in, everything feels different. An example would be the common “beach episode” or “getting lost in the woods with your beloved”. We’ve all seen these situations before, but add in Takeo and it doesn’t feel overused. He brings life to the genre. There are only 10 chapters out as I write this but hopefully we’ll have more. The anime adaptation is magnificent. One of my favorites of the season. Highly recommend for anybody who’s interest in reading about two people genuinely falling in love.