Story: 6/10 & Characters: 7.5/10
Keiko and Ran are living together as roommates. One day, Ran decides to introduce stretching to Keiko, making this a daily routine for the two of them. Yup, that’s kind of the whole plot of the manga, and in all honesty, that doesn’t sound interesting at all. But as always, we shouldn’t judge too early.
Stretching is probably the main theme of the manga, and it keeps reappearing throughout the whole thing, but is it really that important? Nope, it’s not. I’m actually skipping through this most of the time, because it’s not important to the rest of the story at all. What this story is all about, is hardly the fact that they someday started doing stretching. This manga rather focuses on the relationship between the two protagonists, Ran and Keiko.
The chapters are unfortunately extremely short and don’t overlap into the next chapter, which doesn’t leave much time for some deeper plot developments. Also, it all feels quite rushed, thanks to the way every chapter just shows another moment in their everyday life, only rarely picking up where they left off in the last one. Personally, I see this as something quite irritating, but someone else might actually like it exactly for that.
Furthermore, the whole plot doesn’t seem to move towards anything really. It’s just the two of them interacting with each other in one way or another. It’s funny in some parts, a little yuriish in others, but in general, it feels a little boring to me.
However, we should not forget about one specific chapter that probably didn’t sit well with many of us. I won’t spoil what is going on, but let’s just say that there is one chapter that simply doesn’t fit in with the rest of the manga. It’s dark, tragic, and really irritating. I have a feeling as if what we saw in this chapter will be revisited at some point, but I’m not so sure whether I really want to read about it again.
Now is the time to finally mention that this manga is done by the same artist that created my second favorite manga of all time, Prism.
Just like in Prism, the art is pretty nice, but it looks like it’s a little more on the simple side. The backgrounds, for example, are often left blank or are really void of much detail. I guess there are not that many people that will be bothered by that, but I kind of pay attention to this stuff a lot.
As mentioned above, the subtext is there, even though it’s not really heavy. For some reason, I can see them as more than just friends, but then again, I’m a yuri fangirl, and I can basically see any kind of female character being in a relationship with another girl.
In their case however, the way they interact with each other makes it quite hard for me to not hope for a yuri ending. Unfortunately, though, I don’t see this happening. Well, I have no idea for how long this manga will be running, so maybe there still is some hope for us.
Total Enjoyment: 6.5/10
This manga has been running for some time now, but even though I enjoy the characters quite a bit, I can’t really say that I’m a real fan of it. Also, I just can’t help but compare it to Prism, even though these two manga don’t have much in common at all. I think I was just hoping that this one would finally fill the gap that Prism left us with, but I guess I was wrong from the very beginning. Nevertheless, I will still continue reading this, and my hope won’t die off until the very last chapter.