This is the first time for me to actually review single volumes of a manga, and I’m pretty sure this won’t become a regular thing for me in the future. However, Citrus is so big right now and I love it so much that I just can’t not write about it.
Please note that this review will only cover the 4 chapters of volume 2, so if you’re interested in my first impression of Citrus, or namely the first 4 chapters of this manga, then click here: Review of Volume 1
Story: 7.5/10 & Characters: 8/10
In this volume, we finally find out the reasons behind Mei’s bitchy behavior, see Yuzu and Himeko fight over their crush, and we also witness what happens when Mei’s father finally returns home.
It doesn’t sound like that much, but within just the 4 chapters of this volume, there’s a whole lot going on. Citrus is not really that fast-paced, but it really feels like an emotional roller coaster in some parts. I guess this is something I quite love about this manga; there are no fillers, and every chapter simply delivers the plot you want to find after a 2 month wait. Also, there are no unnecessary sub-stories about the side characters. Citrus fully focuses on Yuzu and Mei, and that is a good thing.
The biggest mystery of this manga was probably the reason for Mei’s behavior, and with that I mean, why Mei always acted like a bitch. The answer to this question is not exactly what I expected it to be, but I’m kind of pleased with it, because I was really worried that it would turn out too stupid and shallow.
So as it turns out, Mei’s dad, or more precisely the person he became after more or less leaving his daughter behind, is what bothered Mei the most. Not only did he basically disappear on his own daughter, he also abandoned his duties as successor of Mei’s high school, which leaves her with a lot of responsibilities and basically no real family (By the way, what about Mei’s mother?). And even though she truly wishes to change her distanced relationship with her father, she can’t accept who he became and thus distances herself from him even more.
As already mentioned, I can live with this explanation, even though I feel like it really was overdramatized in some parts. Furthermore, it surely doesn’t justify the way Mei sometimes acted around Yuzu. In fact, I was often quite annoyed with the way Mei treated Yuzu. She handled her feelings in what seemed to be a very indecisive way, which often felt like she was only playing with Yuzu’s feelings. I mean, one moment she’s actually showing some affection for Yuzu, and the next moment, she already doesn’t care about Yuzu and basically anyone around her anymore.
Her actions were mostly justified by the fact that she had to shoulder a lot of stress and was basically put in a very weird position, thanks to Yuzu and Himeko’s rivalry. Still, in most cases, Yuzu obviously only tried to help her, so I was often annoyed with Mei. But it’s not only her. Yuzu as well, seems to be just as indecisive about her feelings, going back and forth between “I can’t control my feelings for Mei.” and “I’m such a bad sister for having such inappropriate feelings for my own sister and will leave her alone now.”.
It’s mostly believable for both characters to be that indecisive in a situation like that, but in many cases, I was just rolling my eyes because certain patterns just kept repeating. Furthermore, this is part of the reason why I was never able to tell where Yuzu and Mei are standing. There is some obvious character development going on on Mei’s part, mostly in chapter 8. But even now, I just don’t know whether I can now expect her to treat Yuzu better for longer than just a few panels. We’ll probably see in chapter 9….
I guess I’ve ranted quite a bit, but when really, this kind of relationship between Mei and Yuzu is what truly makes this manga feel so great. It makes me empathize with the characters, especially with Yuzu, and that’s why it always feels really overwhelming when Yuzu finally gets what she wants (which is basically just getting a little closer to Mei).
So just like the previous volume, this one also got me excited with each and every new chapter, simply because I enjoy the drama as well as the great make-out scenes that luckily keep going ever since chapter one.
It seems I always forget to mention Harumin, even though she’s such a great and fun character as well. Seriously, she’s awesome~
What can I say? The art neither improved, nor worsened since volume one. It’s just as gorgeous as ever~
But here, I’d like to add something a reader left in my review about volume one:
“The look in their eyes, the body language, the panels — they are all filled with rawness, innocence, confusion, and intensity. It’s just too honest. — utalapwrx
This doesn’t only sound nice, it’s exactly how the art feels, and it’s so rare that art in a manga leaves me with such feelings.
Just like in volume 1, what you can expect in each every new chapter is at least one kiss between Mei and Yuzu. Most of them still feel pretty random, but especially the kiss that happens in chapter 8 got me really excited, like REALLY excited.
It’s not only the first kiss that’s based on mutual feelings, it’s also the first one that shows Mei behaving so shy and even embarrassed. I can’t even put into words just how much I love and appreciate the way this scene was presented to us. In short, it carried a lot of feelings, and I love it when manga can make me feel this way, so way to go, Saburouta~
Total Enjoyment: 9.5/10
Who would have guessed that there will actually be more than just 2 volumes of this manga? Well, some of you probably expected this much, but for me this is a big surprise. As popular as Citrus seems to be right now, it’s still kind of rare for yuri manga to be that long, so seeing Citrus pass this mark is really great.
Still, as much as I love this manga, and even though it must sell quite well, I really hope Saburouta won’t drag out the story for too long. On the other hand, I feel like Mei and Yuzu need a little more time to figure out their relationship and hopefully get it to properly work out, so maybe volume 3 won’t even be the end of this manga either.