Seowoo, president of the film club, is standing outside in the rain, a welcome break from the noisy and chaotic bar behind her, when a girl with orange hair stumbles out the doors and practically into her arms. Then she begins singing “Dancing in the Rain” while… dancing in the rain. It’s a minute encounter, really, but Seowoo has seen the greatest romances bloom from the smallest moments in the movies. So when Hayoung shows up to join the film club, Seowoo – who’s not even sure what she herself is feeling – finds her heart skipping a beat.
After having finished reading Citrus, this is seriously like a breath of fresh air: a realistic, non-ecchi, slow-paced romance about girls over the age of 18. Nice!
A lot of people had already recommended this to me, so after feeling a little lost—seeing that Citrus had ended—I decided to finally go for it.
The story itself starts out a little slow, with the two main characters accidentally bumping into each other around school a few times. They are some cute encounters, but nothing super over-the-top that screams something along the lines of “a destined encounter”. Just two girls going to the same school, having the same interest, and often going a little too hard on drinks. Having said that, not a lot of things happen during the first 20 or so chapters. The girls simply get to know each other, and one way or another, at least one of them realizes that she might have feelings for the other.
It’s honestly such a pleasure to follow something that seems so natural, not at all forced, not at all over-sexualized, and not at all rushed. Seowoo even gets rejected the first time she tries her luck, but then finally embraces her feelings and just blurts out whatever comes to mind. The pace changes quite a bit after that.
It’s still slow, at least compared to a lot of other yuri stories currently around, but that’s what makes it so cute and enchanting. The author seemingly doesn’t feel the need to add in an over-the-top sexual tension between the two, or moments we’re so used to from shoujo manga, like seeing sparks go off between the two girls when they accidentally touch or tropes like that. It’s all just so close to real-life that at times I wonder if the author is writing from personal experiences. I love it!
The added drama feels realistic as well. Having your ex show up again in your life and totally having no idea how to handle it all, that’s just how life goes sometimes. Hell, even Hayoung’s ex actually seems like a nice person to me. She didn’t end up being this antagonist kind of character like she would have been in a lot of other works. Instead, Yi-hwa instead seems like a nice person who probably had her reasons for leaving Hayoung. I’m actually even torn, seeing how much she suffers from seeing Hayoung with someone else. It’s much deserved, but still a little sad, and I love how the story manages to present us this person—who did something so horrible to her girlfriend—as still someone we can actually like and feel for. That’s quite something!
Now, coming to the parts that I think could be improved, I’d say actually add some more sexual tension between Seowoo and Hayoung. Especially in the later chapters, we get a few scenes that, let’s say are a little more heated, but seeing that they have been together for quite a while, I think the author could even add a little more to it. Yeah, yeah, I know. I want the sex chapter again, but can you blame me? I don’t think so! 😛
Seeing that we’ve been introduced to Seowoo’s parents and her childhood friend now, I think we can expect some more drama to come, but I really hope the author sticks to the more realistic drama and doesn’t push it too far, since that’s what I see as one of the greatest aspects of the manhwa~