One Shot Manga Reviews: Kon no Ki Konoha / XXX Allergy / Yurayura, Yureru

Holy week has passed and I did spend it at home in the province. And what better way to spend it than catch up with my reading. Days before my planned vacation I already arranged what books I will read. Knowing myself, though it’s a vacation, I didn’t trust myself that I will read that much (as what happens most of the time when I go home in the province) as I spend most of my time slacking and sleeping. Taking that into consideration, I decided to read books that are short and I will finish fast. That’s when I came upon and know about one-shot mangas.

One shot mangas, or as I want to call them standalone mangas, are typically short. They tell a complete story with a page count that only ranges between 15-60 pages. While the majority of the time they consist of a single chapter, One Shots are occasionally several chapters long. One Shots are often released to gauge interest in a full series, in which case they’re also labeled as Pilot Chapters. If popular, these Pilot Chapter/One Shots are serialized into a full series. Standalone One Shots are sometimes included as specials in a published volume of an unrelated series by the same author, or sometimes are included with a DVD or other merchandise. (Source: Anime-Planet)

One-shot mangas are a no-pressure read and can be read in one sitting. So what I did next was to scour the web with list of the best one shot manga recommendations and I came up with six titles. I was planning to like read it at different points during my four-day vacation but I was so invested in reading one after the other that I finished all six in one sitting. And after finishing the manags, I was able to squeeze and finish another book. Yeah, I guess the book gods were on my side during my vacation.

I decided to break this one-shot manga reviews into two parts. So here’s the first part. I hope you’ll find new titles to add to your TBRs. 🙂

Kon no Ki Konoha
by Sumomo Yumeka
Number of Pages:

“Only in autumn when the dead leaves flutter about can Akino meet the mysterious boy who lives inside the deep blue tree.”

This is one of the best manga that I read from the bunch that I downloaded.

The story follows the story of Akino, who when she was young found this blue tree with blue leaves while she and her father were wandering in the forest. In that same tree, she met this blue-haired boy named Konoha, whose spirit lives within the tree. He protected her from another tree spirit who wanted to harm her and thus started their relationship. The first of their many meetings. Akino continued seeing him, but she can only see Knohoha during the autumn, when the leaves start to fall, as that’s the only that he can come out. Every year, Akino visits her friend. But as their bond became stronger, Akino started despising the other seasons as she yearned to spend more time with Konoha. Akino can’t touch Konoha though when she touches the tree, the feeling is transmitted to him. That is already enough for her. When she finds out the truth, how will it affect their friendship?

First love. The book’s story revolves around the ups and downs of first love: first love’s happy beginning to its sruggles. Told in a unique story and though short, this book successfully became very successful in playing with my emotions.

How can you let go of the past that you cherished all this years and something that you dont want to let go but you don’t have a choice? How can you move forward, when one of the reasons why you’re moving forward can no longer be with you? How can you be optimistic of the future when the person that you’re looking forward to meet again will no longer be there?

“Time is unkind. Even though I do not want it to pass, time flows swiftly.”
Bittersweet.

I would like to describe the art of the book as average but magical. The art compliments the flow of the story. The story came as a simple and sweet romance that the art successfully translated it.

It’s ok to tear up a bit when you reached the ending because I did.

BUT I DEMAND A SEQUEL. I would like to get know the characters more. Though the story was perfect in capturing the personalities of Akino and Konoha, I want to know more about the background of the characters. And the ending, please tell me that’s not just it.

4 stars out of 5.

XXX Allergy
by Hinohara Meguru
Number of Pages: 40 pages

“A first love that grows in a rabbit specialist shop.”

Synopsis: Growing up in an environment full of all kinds of animals, there’s only one animal that Shouhei loves and that’s rabbits. Because of his love for rabbits, he sometimes helps out in a rabbit specialist shop. And there, he meets Mito Itsuki, his unrequited love. However, he has a secret he has to keep no matter what. Would he be able to keep that secret in order to stay close to the one he loves?

This book is overflowing with cuteness and fluffiness. The love story of the characters, Shouhei and Mito, was built on a very funny plot. Shouhei adores Mito and he really wants to work at Mito’s rabbit specialty shop. But because of her allergies to rabbits, wherein he can’t stand being around rabbits for an hour, he has to always find excuses to leave early. How will their budding relationship grow. But with some twist of fate, the true cause of Shouhei’s allergy was revealed. But will Shouhei have the courage to tell Mito his true feelings? How will Mito react to it?

Definitely not a manga that I was expecting to read during the holy week. I was enjoying how cute this story between two boys who shared their love for rabbits then “boom”, things began escalating quickly. I was caught off guard. The two ended up in bed. Well, you probably already know what happened next. That sexy scene totally caught me off guard. Now I get what’s the meaning of “XXX” in the title. And yeah, I failed to realize that what I picked up was a yaoi manga.

But aside from that sexy scene, that’s not what you will remember from this book. This book is really sweet I found myself smiling a lot of times. The art is really vivid. The characters were drawn adorably. And yes, the rabbits, the rabbits are really so cute and fluffy. 😉

3 stars out of 5.

Yurayura, Yureru
by Mikko Komori
Number of Pages: 49 pages

“I don’t want to drown and I don’t want to let go. Instinctively, I cling to you.”

Synopsis: Third-year high school student Aya, who’s secretly afraid of water, manages her high school’s swim club. It’s her last summer as manager and her final time managing the swim club for the Inter-High Meet, but perceptive Takeru figures out her secret.

The reason why I added this one is because the main story revolves around water. It’s currently summer here in my country right now and the weather seems to get higher everyday. I felt that this was like a summer type of love story.

This book’s story is pretty straightforward. The book starts with the awkwardness between the characters, to them questioning what they really feel for each other which lead to them eventually getting closer to each other everyday. This book follow one of the usual tropes in young adult love stories with the girl’s background just adding depth to the story. The reason behind the Aya’s fear of water was revealed and it added a little tension to the story. Takeru on the other hand was portrayed as this champion swimmer with a very strong personality but in reality he has this soft spot for Aya. The two feared that the school might find out their relationship and might be the cause for the school to suspend the whole team with all their hardships being put to waste. With the forthcoming inter high meet, will circumstances be the reason for them to get separated? How strong will their love be for each other.

If I were to describe the art in this book, it will be dramatic. The underwater scenes were drawn beautifully and I was able to connect to the character’s concerns and struggle. Concern about their future and struggle to get past through their past.

3 stars out of 5.

What one shot manga from above have you read and enjoyed? Let me know your thoughts. Do watch out for the second part. 🙂

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