Author: Mizuki Nomura/Translator: Karen McGillicuddy
Illustrator: Miho Takeoka
My rating: 3.5 of 5
Book Girl, vol. 5
Konoha Inoue has gone from being a loner spending all his time with just Miu to having a life filled with friends and even potential romance . . . ever since Miu tried to commit suicide in front of him and then disappeared from his life. Then, while visiting his girlfriend in the hospital, Konoha happens to run into Miu again, unleashing a maelstrom of confused memories, emotions, and desires in both them and the people around them. Miu points Konoha back to a story they shared as children for the answers he needs, but it will take the shared insight, opinions, and support of all his friends to unravel the enigma of Miu for him.
I really wasn’t sure what to make of this book at first. A lot of it reads like a soap opera, really–too much interpersonal drama for my taste. Still, the honest look at people’s motives and the way the author expresses the rawness of human emotion are illuminating and moving. Probably the factor I enjoyed most about this book is the way the author built it around Kenji Miyazawa’s Night of the Milky Way Railroad. (In general, I’m a fan of stories that point back to other stories; they’re informative and provide a sense of continuity in the flow of literature.) I think I’ll try reading some more of this author’s work before I make a real judgment either way.