Name: Daytime Shooting Star (Hirunaka no Ryuusei)
Mangaka: Yamamori, Mika
Volumes: 12 (Complete)
Licensed: Viz (12 Volumes: Digital/Paperback) – (Complete)
Genre: Slice of Life
Age Group: Teen
15-year-old country girl, Suzume Yosano, has to move to Tokyo to live with her uncle due to her father’s transfer. She bumps into a mysterious man who ends up taking her to her uncle’s place after she gets lost. Turns out, Suzume will be seeing him a lot more often once she starts school because… he’s her homeroom teacher!?
Graphics Rating: 4/5
Plot Rating: 3/5
Opinion: This series is SO POPULAR I’m surprised it took me so long to read it. But beyond that, I ended up being disappointed.
The art is very nice and fairly unique. This Mangaka has a very identifiable style and I quite like it. It remains very soft and shoujo while avoiding all the sparkle and excess.
As for the plot. I won’t post spoilers but there are quite a few twists and turns throughout the series. I was kind of cringing the first half of the series but I really enjoyed the ending. It was at least interesting to keep up the suspense until the very end. That said, if you’re here for loving romantic relationships it’s mostly conflict until the relationship is resolved in the end.
My biggest struggle with this series was how boring the heroine was. All her friends seemed SO much more interesting than her. They had hobbies and struggles, ups and downs, all the heroines’ struggles seemed to revolve around men. Boring.
If you’re a fan of persistently positive heroines that have no personality this is the series for you. It’s not bad, I just expected better due to popularity.
Final Rating: 3/5