Hana & Hina After School 1 - Milk Morinaga

Hana & Hina After School v. 1 by Milk Morinaga

If I haven’t made it clear yet, Milk Morinaga is an auto-buy author for me. I was utterly charmed by her new series. It’s gonna be another short one, but it’s being released in tankoubon as it was in Japan, after the usual syndication.

Basically two girls, Hana and Hina, are forced to keep a secret together, working while attending a school that doesn’t allow after school jobs. They can’t even let anyone know that they know each other. Their mutual appreciation was really refreshing.

Seven Seas is on a roll with translating yuri manga, of course, it's almost all set in high school, and some are exploitive, entertaining at the cost of some very important storytelling elements (as far as I know, citrus and Netuzou Trap -NTR- fall here, but here’s a positive review from yurireveiws.com which says what the problem for me is, they’re very dramatic and angsty, and frankly, NTR sounds creepy, but they're both immensely popular) but with the publication of stories like After Hours (which I will be reading and reviewing soon) I have hope that we will be seeing more mature stories. It might still be a while…

Anyway, I’m really looking forward to the continuation of short series. Once again, this book takes the full length of the volume before the girls confess feelings to one another. But it feels like a real relationship.

I really enjoyed the age reveal. I’m sure it won’t surprise some of you. Milk Morinaga feels like she’s bringing in some of the usual shojo elements, which is nice. There’s the usual tropes in play here, but I don’t know how to be mad about any of it when it’s this charming.

Pages: 180
Year: March 14, 2017
Publisher: Seven Seas

Read: 24 March 2017 to 25 March 2017
Stars: 4.5 (adored it)