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Name: The Walls Between Us (Watashi-tachi ni wa Kabe ga Aru)
Mangaka: Tsukishima, Haru
Volumes: 7 (Complete)
Licensed Volumes: V.07 (Complete)
Age Group: Teen
Makoto is suddenly confessed to by her narcissistic childhood friend Kikuchi Reita. Not even just any confession, he stands in the street and publicly says «If you want a boyfriend that badly, I don’t mind going out with you.» Which was obviously a no, since Makoto has never considered Reita to be a man, especially a man of interest. What will become of her daily life now that Reita insists on her going out with him?
Graphics Rating: 3/5
Plot Rating: 3/5
Opinion: While not ground breaking “The Walls Between Us” is a fun and light hearted shoujo read.
The graphics are ok but when compared to other shoujo series nothing really stands out. The heroine and the males around her are drawn in a very stereotypical way. While not overtly sparkly, shoujo has leaned into a more toned down version recently and this series doesn’t really stand out.
The story is quite cute on the other hand; and a great read for anyone interested in shoujo manga featuring unrequited love and childhood friends romance.
I really enjoy the male heroes family and how loving his mother and father are. It really combats the shoujo strategy of most dads are deadbeats like the heroines father. On the other hand the heroines reluctance to be intimate based on her fathers infidelity is pretty old and played out.
Overall the series was a cute read that I will continue to follow. I love shoujo manga so of course I’m a sucker for tropes, but that doesn’t mean series shouldn’t strive for better.
Final Rating: 3/5
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