Title: Venus in Love Vol 6
Author: Yuki Nakaji
May Contain Spoilers
Despite its leisurely pace, I like how this series is developing. At times it seems a little repetitive, but this volume strikes a nice balance between slice of life activities and the complicated emotional minefield that is yawning out before the three young leads. Suzuna has fallen for Yuki, her one time rival, but she doesn’t know how he feels about her. To add to her confusion, handsome Eichi has a crush on Yuki, too! Lately, though, Eichi’s been more attracted to Suzuna, and he’s not sure how he feels about that.
Now that convoluted triangle has been etched out, the series is getting a lot more interesting. Everyone is very hesitant to confess their feelings, which is only making things more complicated. Yuki and Eichi now see themselves as competing for Suzuna’s affections, but she’s so clueless she doesn’t realize it yet. She still thinks that she’s trying to win Yuki from Eichi, when it’s Eichi and Yuki who are vying for her attention. To keep themselves from getting hurt, everyone has their own defense mechanism that also hinders any forward progress in the romance department. Talk about frustrating! It is so obvious to anyone but these three how they feel for each other.
The character interactions are what carry the book, and if ordinary, daily activities like shopping for the ingredients for the perfect romantic dinner for two, which turns out to be for three, or if the thought of a friendly, no holds barred game of tennis doesn’t capture your imagination, you haven’t hung out with Suzuna. She is the stereo-typical girl next door, a little plain, a little goofy, but she likes everyone and she’s a lot of fun to be around. Before you know it, you get caught up under her spell, and you keep turning the pages, wondering what kind of trouble she’s going to run into next. The plot is deceptively simple, but the hopes and dreams of the characters is anything but. All of them, Yuki, Suzuna, and even Eichi, deserve a happy ending, but I can’t help but worry about how that is going to pan out. Can the three of them remain friends in the end?