When Will Ayumu Make His Move? - Reviews

Alt title: Soredemo Ayumu wa Yosetekuru

When Will Ayumu Make His Move?
nathandouglasdavis's avatar
Dec 24, 2019

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 Ayumu refuses since fe wants to beat Urushi in shogi at least once before confessing. 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]

1/10 story
6/10 art
5/10 characters
3/10 overall
OagnwstosX's avatar
Jul 8, 2021

For some reason all the author's manga feel like they are the same. It isn't a bad manga, but if you have read other works from the same mangaka you might get bored.

?/10 story
?/10 art
?/10 characters
5/10 overall
HikenNoAsxce's avatar
Nov 27, 2020

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.


  • Simple, sweet Rom-Com with awkward students.
  • The characters are all adorable and likable.
  • Small chapters, about 8 pages.


  • 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.


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.

5/10 story
7/10 art
7/10 characters
6/10 overall