Last Game (2/ongoing)
Unrelease in English
Well this volume started off with the astronomy club on their way to Hisato’s villa so that they could observe the stars. But the tension between Hisato & Makoto is getting high well mainly just Hisato. He couldn’t stop thinking about the “accident” kiss on his cheeks when Makoto bumped into him one day at school.
Last Game is still a fuzzy read. You just can’t help but to like the characters. I extremely enjoy reading about Hisato’s actions and his inner conflicts about his love for Mikoto. He is such a girlie guy that gives too much meaning in every little details that is happening around him and Mikoto. He puts color and meaning into everything, that he come across as an “innocent” guy. He is such a refreshing changed for the usual cool, badass, emotionless popular guy in the ever so cliche shojo genre.
While some readers might be put off by Mikoto’s unbelievably oblivious knowledge about romance. She quite have this emotionless persona albeit adorable all at the same time. She really is a “different” case of Sawako you just can’t help compare this series to Kimi ni Todoke. The uncanny resemblance of the plot, the characters interactions and their feelings are all present in this series.
As I mentioned, some readers might end up passing this series up since it’s hard to come to like something that seemed like a copycat of something you really enjoy. Last Game might have been inspired by Kimi ni Todoke but I still highly recommend this series as the it provides those “fuzzy” things and saccharine moments that will surely put a smile on your face.
I have lots of things that I can nitpick on but I like this series so its forgiven. But come on Mikoto, a very bright girl but not so aware of what she is feeling. Like duh everyone or even pre-schooler kids know of LIKE and CRUSHES nowadays. She might not thinking about relationship wise but come on girl you could at least come up in terms that you LIKE Hisato more than just being friends. But whatever, this series just delves into that “woes” of Mikoto. It’s delightful and you just can’t help root for her to realize her feelings sooner. But yeah I’m a sucker of this kind of stories it’s such a way to give you a great mood.
Ughh I still hate reading scans as I am impatient with the scan releases. They get so incosistent with their releases and sometimes it takes too long that I forget how I really like a series.. 😄
MORE PLEASE nonetheless.
Oh I should mention that I’m liking Hotaru he’s the guy whose a year younger than Mikoto and Hisato that joined the Astronomy club in the first volume. He initially came across as a rival for Yanagi. His presence in this series is to cause some jealousy for Yanagi.. But then in this volume he might developed some feelings for Mikoto. I think he will come into terms that Mikoto only sees Yanagi (romantic aspect) so it’d be unrequited love. But he’s there to cause some jealousy and joy for us readers, after all a sappy love triangle is addicting. Unfortunately though I don’t think it will come into that. Its too light hearted.
Last Game (1/ongoing)
Unrelease in English
I came across Last Game as I was skimming through mangasites for some new shojo series to check out. Heck even though I have lots of series piling up in my bookshelves I still look for new series. Anyways I stumbled upon Last Game by chance when I checked some related recommendation to the series called Hibi Chouchou.. I found its plot to be really interesting as I’m a sucker for rich/poor pairing.. But instead I got served up a series that strongly resembles Kimi ni Todoke. For a fact, Kimi ni Todoke IS my favourite shojo/romance series. I’m a big romance junkie.
Though it started off as rivalry Hisato and Mikoto’s relationship isn’t exactly as romantic. You see, Hisato’s intial intention is to beat Mikoto as she transferred to his school back in their heyday. Kindergarten if I recall it correctly.. Before Mikoto’s transfer, the spotlight always has been to Hisato. He’s rich, popular, good looking and has always been on top of everything. But then all of that changed when Mikoto arrived. She’s always one step ahead of Hisato in everything. So then Hisato hatched a plan, he would eventually make Mikoto fall in love with him and will dump her by the heartbeat if she confesses her love. Thus Hisato’s attempt to win the maiden’s heart hasn’t come in fruition for unbelievably 10 years!
What started off as a rom-com series became one that focuses on characters budding relationship. After 10 years of vain pursuit Hisato’s plan hadn’t come into bloom as it turns out Mikoto is kind of slow romantic feeling wise. So yeah, the series may strayed away from its basic premise but it really did hit the right buttons for me.
Here in the first volume we see Mikoto as a hard working girl who always think of her mother’s sake. She learned to be independent and hard working in an early age so that someday she can repay her mother as she is of a single parent. After being friends with Hisato we see Mikoto blooms from being unsociable to someone who tries to open up to people around her not just doing everything herself.
The only complain that I have though is that it really IS a version of Kimi ni Todoke. It just doesn’t highlight Mikoto’s social awkwardness towards people that much unlike Sawako in Kimi ni Todoke. But overlooking that fact the series is pretty much purely enjoyable. Last Game didn’t bring anything new to the world of shojo but its endearing character and the fact that its another Kimi ni Todoke-esque series where a girl realizing that the guy she always admire is really that someone special. Some of the supporting cast doesn’t have much of a contribution just yet as it merely established the main characters.
If you like Kimi ni Todoke you’ll find right at home checking Last Game. Although some might find it to destructing the undeniable similarities of the two. But hey give the series a chance as it’s definitely worth checkin out. The bonus of the series though is the art. It’s just plain cute. Crisp and clean its all shojo should be.
I’m definitely going to devour this series as it comes in scanlation. I’m wishing that Viz will pick this series soon. The first volume is quite special and I’m going to read ahead the available scans right after this.