Kindred Spirits on the Roof - Aya Fumio + Hachi Ito

Kindred Spirits on the Roof by Aya Fumio and Hachi Ito

I didn’t realize right away that this is actually two different stories in one volume. I thought it would be the stories of several couples, told by a single storytelling team, but it turned out to be two parts: One about a couple who was trying to overcome a confession, and one couple that was trying to get another couple to confess to each other. It was quite sweet, and surprisingly innocent. There was no kissing in this.

In the first story I was surprised to see the self-awareness of the girls, when one said that it was difficult for two girls to date, but it wasn’t impossible. That is as real as it gets however, there is no real threat of consequence from society or classmates or parents. I don’t think we even met anyone’s parents. Oh no, that's not true. We caught a glimpse in the first story.

I do question the legitimacy of the queer representation, but I have higher hopes for it than for the other series recently on my radar, Kiss Him, Not Me!, because of the fangirl behavior of the two new quiz club members toward their senpais who care very much for each other, calling them ‘friendly girls’ instead of, I don’t know, ‘girls who like other girls’, ‘queer girls’, or even ‘lesbians’?

The fangirl mumbling was similar to Kiss Him, Not Me! and to My Girlfriend is a Geek, but here was gentler and actually based on the dynamics of a real relationship where, yes, there may be roles in the home, but they don’t always ascribe to a strict sub/Dom relationship which is what bugs me about some discussions of queer relationships online by other queer people. But I digress. I don’t know why the girls in this book never kissed, as well. How odd.

I never played the game which this manga is inspired by.

Pages: 480
Year: 2017/01/31
Publisher: Seven Seas

Read: 8 February 2017 to 9 February 2017
Stars: 2.5 (curious)