Waiting for Spring

Alt title: Haru Matsu Bokura

Vol: 14; Ch: 56
2014 - 2020
4.053 out of 5 from 1,011 votes
Rank #2,536
Waiting for Spring

Mizuki is a shy girl who’s about to enter high school, and vows to open herself up to new friendships. Of course, the four stars of the boys’ basketball team weren’t exactly the friends she had in mind! Yet, when they drop by the café where she works, the five quickly hit it off. Soon she’s been accidentally thrust into the spotlight, targeted by jealous girls. And will she expand her mission to include … love?

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I had to write a review because all the other reviews for this gave it less than a 9, and that just didn't sit well with me personally (no disrespect to anyone's opinions). This is just, probably, my favorite shoujo manga I've read ever. The typical shoujo tropes are all pretty much there, especially the sports romance shoujo tropes. But what I love about Waiting for Spring is how much it digs into the tropes to the point where it's not just a trope anymore; it makes sense because of the character's choices and their backgrounds. Another reviewer mentioned that it was too long, and while I understand that frustration, I actually really liked the length. Most strictly romance shoujo (which this isn't anyways since it's a sports romance) I typically can't handle if the chapter count is over 25-30 because that means the plot is usually dragging. However, the length makes sense to me because we're getting background and information on the six central characters plus like three additional side characters. That's a lot of character development that is needed if you are going to do justice to all of them. Also, the romance between the FL and the ML is built slow, off a friendship first, but like someone else said, the chemistry is clear from the beginning. And all of those "heart-pounding" moments are less physical and more about how they both show they care for each other emotionally (not to say that there aren't some of those other kinds of heart-pounding moments too). This just makes all their interactions so sweet. This leads me to the real reason that this is one of my favorite shoujo manga of all time: Towa (ML) and Mitsuki (FL) have one of the most healthy romances I have ever seen in a manga. Towa and Mitsuki truly, truly care about each other as people. Mitsuki puts 100% effort into supporting him in his goals and what he wants out of life. That's pretty typical for a shoujo heroine, but she never sacrifices herself for Towa and that's pretty atypical that she still prioritizes her wants and needs in life. Also pretty atypical, Towa supports her and puts 100% of his effort into helping her achieve her goals and aspirations. The conflicts that keep them apart are something they talk about again and again, working through as equal partners rather than allowing any misunderstandings to occur. It's just so healthy. I can literally read this manga again and again because of how sweet they are and how much they truly love each other.  So, if you like shoujo romance that depicts healthy relationships with a little bit of comedy and lightheartedness and has good character development, you'll love this manga. 

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