Yaotome’s the cute president of the shogi (Japanese chess) club at her high school, and she’s pretty sure that her underclassman Ayumu, the only other member, has a huge crush on her. They get together to play shogi every day after school, but no matter what she does, she can’t seem to coax or trick him into confessing his feelings! What she doesn’t know is that Ayumu has made a pact with himself to reveal his love after he’s beaten Yaotome at shogi for the first time. Yet there’s one big issue with this plan…he really sucks!
What makes this manga appealing is its cute art and the daawwww feeling whenever Urushi gets embarrassed. And it's pretty pleasant and enjoyable. But when I went to rate this manga, I thought to myself "While I don't actively dislike this manga or get annoyed by it, would I miss it if I never read another chapter?" And the truth is that no, I wouldn't. I probably wouldn't think twice about its absence. It's a time-filler--a good time-filler--but a time-filler nonetheless. The premise of the story is that Urushi knows that Ayumu likes fem and tries to get fem to admit to it, but fe refuses since fe wants to beat fem in shogi at least once before fe confesses. And though Ayumu remains tight-lipped about this, fe's unabashedly straightforward about calling fem cute or saying that fe just wants to spend time with fem or all sorts of other things which make Urushi blush. Urushi tries to do things in response which will make Ayumu blush, but always just ends up blushing even more femself. As for the art, I could definitely see how someone might rate it as a 10. Almost every facial expression of Urushi's is drawn to look cute. And I can't really put my finger on why it didn't hit that level for me. It could be that Ayumu, the male character, just looks bland and stiff. It could be that Urushi's cuteness feels a little too smooth and polished. I dunno. [Reviewed at chapter 37]
Love is… a difficult to explain thing. It might take you your whole life and it still will not be enough for one to fully understand it. A first-year Ayumu Tanaka quits Kendo Club only to join the Shogi Club, where the president is a master of shogi and a girl he loves. Urushi, the president of the Shogi Club accepts Ayumu as a club member and although the two have feelings to each other, Ayumu makes a promise to himself that he will only make a declaration of love, when he can beat Urushi in a game of shogi. When Will Ayumu Make His Move? is a hilarious comedy manga, with many heartwarming moments that will surely be able to melt your heart. The problem of most romantic comedies is that they just become boring far too easily; far too many chapter, or episodes that repeat the same thing over and over again, some overused clichés and nothing new whatsoever. When Will Ayumu Make His Move?, as a manga, manages to never be boring because its chapter are not long and it just manages to capture your interest with many heartwarming moments. The best thing about this manga is that its romance does not have any fanservice whatsoever, some dirty jokes, or anything in that fashion. All in all, I got what I wanted. Great romantic comedy, which was really enjoyable to read. I do look forward to seeing its upcoming anime adaptation.
Urushi is a 2nd-Year High School girl, who wants her own Shogi Club. Currently, it's only her and a 1st-Year boy Ayumu in the unofficial Shogi Club. Ayumu has a crush on Urushi and will confess to her after he beats her in a Shogi match. PROS Simple, sweet Rom-Com with awkward students. The characters are all adorable and likable. Small chapters, about 8 pages. CONS No real story, other than the base premise. Too long, this is being dragged out while something so simple should last no more than 80-100 chapters. Recommendation Watch it for the cute characters, involved in innocent love, this is more of a snack than a full meal. The downside is, the writer is dragging the story out and will do so as long as he can. This is not uncommon in the manga industry, as writers try so hard to get their manga published, and once it happens they decide to stretch it out. This is not an attack on the mangaka, just the nature of the writing business. Mangakas are pretty overworked and underpaid, I do not blame the writer here if he decides to really stretch this out. Hopefully, we get a proper ending to this manga with the two main characters confessing, similar to the recent "We Never Learn" manga ending (Not exactly a spoiler), but only time will tell. Until then 6/10 enjoy it as a side dish to the other manga you are currently reading.
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