Rei Kiriyama is a 17-year-old professional shogi player who suffers from anxiety, depression, and loneliness. Unwanted by his relatives after he loses his family in an accident, and resented by his adopted family's children, Rei moves into his own apartment in Tokyo to avoid inconveniencing others. He uses his talent at shogi to earn a living, but doesn't take care of himself, and is reluctant to ask others for help. Soon after his arrival, the boy meets the Kawamoto family: a trio of sisters and their grandfather who run a traditional Japanese pastry shop. They too have dealt with pain and loss, but their warmth and loving-kindness are balm for Rei's anguished spirit.
How come there is no review for this amazing manga? Without spoiling anything, If you like some feels that don't come from epic plot twists but from just kindness and drama this manga is for you. It has great shojo esc art, very relateble characters well developed diverse side characters and everything flows nicely. Yes there is a lot of metaphore and teenage angst but it feels real and comes from a reasonable place. I am not going to lie my eyes got teary several times and once over a side character backstory chapter, which could be a standolne one shoot...By the way I barely knew the rules of shogi while reading this and it didnt matter. Also If you are nitpicky you could say there is a lot of time focused on cooking and seemingly random dialog, but that just shapes the atmosphere of the whole series. OVer all I am excited to read the next Volume 15
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