Manga Review: Honey So Sweet V 8 by Amu Meguro @shojobeat

May Contain Spoilers

Honey So Sweet ended much like it began; gently, with understated standalone chapters, a little bit of angst, and a whole lot of heart. Much like Onise and Nao, the entire series was quiet and reflective, focusing on feelings and the importance of friendship. I’m glad I picked this up.

The first chapter is a riot, as Misaki and Yashiro kinda, sorta let their feelings for each known. Yashiro is not good at expressing her feelings, but with Nao’s help, she gets the point across to Misaki. They make a cute couple, and I think that Yashiro is going to keep Misaki on his toes for a long time to come.

Then Sou’s past comes to visit, and Nao is left feeling a bit guilty. When Sou’s ex girlfriend appears at the café, Nao can tell that something is up. Eavesdropping on their conversation, she learns that Sou dumped Aoi in order to focus all of his attentions on the newly orphaned Nao. Now she begins to wonder if she hasn’t cost him his happiness. Determined to help Sou find some joy in life, she decides to do more for herself so he can start dating. Whether he wants to or not.

I thought that Nao was so in character after learning just how much Sou gave up to give her a happy life. He dumped his girlfriend and stopped dating, all so that he’s be there for her whenever she needed him. Now that she has Onise, she realizes how important it is for Sou to have someone special in his life, too. He is still resistant, because he thinks Nao still needs him. So Nao goes about showing him that she doesn’t need him as much as he thinks.

The series ends with a grown up Nao and Onise celebrating their nine-year anniversary, and, goodness, it was so sweet. I thought the series ended on such a positive note, with the promise of Nao and Onise’s happiness right there, just ready for them to grab hold of it. If you are in the mood for a sweet shoujo romance, look no further than Honey So Sweet. At eight volumes, it seems like the perfect length to tell the romance of this couple, which at first glance seemed like complete opposites, but are really perfect for each other.

Grade: 4.25 stars

Review copy borrowed from my local library

About the book:

A charming high school romance between a tender hooligan and an orphaned girl with enchanting artwork by Amu Meguro.
Little did Nao Kogure realize back in middle school that when she left an umbrella and a box of bandages in the rain for injured delinquent Taiga Onise that she would meet him again in high school. Nao wants nothing to do with the gruff and frightening Taiga, but he suddenly presents her with a huge bouquet of flowers and asks her to date him—with marriage in mind! Is Taiga really so scary, or is he a sweetheart in disguise?
Although Nao Kogure was once afraid of the delinquent Taiga Onise, she was soon touched by his kind soul. Their close friends, Kayo Yashiro and Ayumu Misaki, have been flirting and fighting together for a while, but does Kayo want Ayumu to be her boyfriend? Find out what the future holds for everyone!