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Honey So Sweet: Volume 1 manga review


By Leroy Douresseaux
December 28, 2015 - 22:52

Honey So Sweet Volume 1 cover image

Rated “T” for “Teen”

One day in middle school, Nao Kogure left her umbrella and a box of bandages in the rain for a fellow student who was injured.  Little did she know that she would meet that student again in high school.  His name is Taiga Onise, a delinquent, and Nao wants nothing to do with the gruff and frightening teen boy.  However, Taiga 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?

Early in Honey So Sweet, Vol. 1 (Chapters 1 to 5), Nao discovers that Taiga actually smiles, is kind to animals, and is a good cook.  Is he really the same Taiga who is a notorious delinquent?  Before long, Nao discovers that everyone in school thinks that she and Taiga are a couple – a couple of outcasts.

THE LOWDOWN:  I don't quite understand why the Honey So Sweet manga is entitled Honey So Sweet.  It is indeed a sweet romance, but it also has a decidedly tart side.

Honey So Sweet Volume 1 introduces three other characters besides Nao and Taiga.  All five of these characters seem to speak their minds, for the most part.  They are tart rather than sweet.  I think that is what I like about Honey So Sweet.  It is a typical high school shojo romance, but creator Amu Meguro is always adding that something extra, whether that is dialogue or action, that makes the narrative skip a beat.  There are just enough minor twists to the shojo status quo to make this series an intriguing read.  I recommend that fans of high school shojo try the first volume at least.

POSSIBLE AUDIENCE:  Fans of “Shojo Beat” high school romances will want try a taste or two of Honey So Sweet.

Rating: A- /10

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