Like a Butterfly

Alt title: Hibi Chouchou

Vol: 12; Ch: 75
2012 - 2015
3.932 out of 5 from 2,267 votes
Rank #6,158
Like a Butterfly

Suiren Shibazeki is often compared to a beautiful flower—but one that grows on the tallest peak of a mountain, forever out of reach. When Suiren develops feelings for the quiet Taichi Kawasumi, however, she doesn’t want to be a distant flower. She’d rather leave her lofty perch and fly toward him like a butterfly. After Kawasumi rescues her from an unwelcome admirer, Suiren finds herself captivated by him. But Suiren is too shy to speak to anyone, much less this reserved boy. What’s more, Suiren isn’t the only one with feelings for Kawasumi! Will a class trip offer the opportunity to reveal her feelings before it’s too late?

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jrosales
7

This was an adorable story with little substance, and moved rather slowly, and yet I found it refreshing and charming in its own way. The innocent and pure nature of the main couple's slowly-progressing relationship touched me. The art was very cute and pleasant to look at, and I especially love the way the artist draws Suiren's eyes and hair (so cute!!). However, I think I might have given up if I hadn't realized about a third of the way through that the only way to logically explain the behavior of these two main leads is that they are actually not neurotypical. No mention is made of it in the story, but when you consider how they act and speak, everything makes perfect sense. My headcanon is that Suiren has a speech impediment which she is extremely self-conscious about (which is why she doesn't talk much), and Taichi has Asperger's or some form of high-functioning autism. Boom. Every conflict, all the awkward silences and stilted interactions, it all makes sense and is explained by this simple "fact." And if you take this into consideration, it gives an extra layer of meaning and dimension to their relationship. It's a story about two young people who are very quiet/withdrawn and don't have well-developed social skills but who still find love in their own way, because they have a mutual understanding. They're on the same wavelength and can accept each other as they are, quirks and all. This headcanon saved the story for me and enabled me to enjoy it more than I otherwise would have. Without it, they are very bland and boring main characters who seem more like cutouts glued onto a popsicle stick than real people. That is my main criticism.  Overall, I give it a 7/10 because it was very cute and enjoyable, but not the most challenging/thought-provoking story (unless you are like me and overanalyze everything until you get some oddball headcanon, lol). If you like cute slow-burn innocent romances and/or shoujo slice-of-life manga, I will whole-heartedly recommend it. And my opinion is that your experience with this story will be improved if you keep my headcanon in mind. ;)

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