Konatsu is about to start a new school in a new town, and she’s basically all on her own. Her dad just got a job overseas, and her aunt can only check in from time to time. It’s a lot for a shy, reserved girl to handle. But on one of the first days of class, she discovers that the school has an aquarium! The club that runs the aquarium is headed by an older student named Koyuki, and Konatsu is instantly drawn to her. Konatsu’s introverted tendencies are hard to overcome, but maybe she’s found something worth coming out of her shell for?
This manga perfectly portrays and evokes a sense of loneliness. Both through its inclusion of insecure and melancholic characters and through its usage of talking and illusory animals. Unfortunately, it may evoke loneliness a bit too well, since it's overflowing with feel-bad moments and I get a bit lonely and depressed myself just reading it. And I don't like feeling bad, so I then get frustrated at the pervasive drama, stemming from these stupid worrywarts being trapped in their own sense of isolation. However, that being said, I do think this type of codependency, jealousy, and subsequent self-hatred would be a believable consequence of two lonely people becoming emotionally attached to each other. And the feel-good moments of the story are all the more gooey because of it. [Originally reviewed at chapter 25] [Updated upon completion] Addendum: I feel like it might be a bit too sentimental, significated, and seeped in its melancholy syrup. And I'm also not sure if the Salamander and Frog references were overdone or not. It largely worked, but I think the recurring references also added to making the manga feel corny and making the epiphanies at the end not land all that well for me (though, honestly, I feel that epiphanic wrap-up sessions are already pretty cringey). I can say that I still like the general story and the characters, but I've changed my mind about it deserving to be a 10/10. Story--8 > 7; Characters--10 > 9; Overall--10 > 9
I admit, it is a cute story about two school girls who are pretty the same in terms of feeling lonely at times due to them going on to adulthood . They both share the same love for exotic fish and join a aquarium club together. I was rather disappointed that I didn’t get the Yuri vibes as it needed to have because the story would have been far more interesting involving the girls feeling passionate for each other (yes I am a picky hooligan who reads too much romance shenanigans). I also didn’t like the fact that the art dipped towards the end like cmon man, leave the art alone as it is jeez!! anyways worth a read if you wanna simple story!
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