One day, when she was in middle school, Nao Kogure left her umbrella and a box of bandages 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?
Honey So Sweet, Vol. 2 (Chapters 6 to 10) finds Nao in need of some girl talk, so she turns to new friend, the taciturn Kayo Yashiro, for answers. What is the feeling that Nao is experiencing? Is she falling in love with Onise? Or is she in love with her Uncle Sou, who has been her guardian since her parents died? Apparently, Onise is also experience confusing feelings.
THE LOWDOWN: After reading the first volume, I did not quite understand why the Honey So Sweet manga is entitled Honey So Sweet, especially when it seemed to have a decidedly tart side. That isn't a bad thing. Shojo manga should have some tart to go with the sweet, although I don't know that I could tolerate sweet and sour or even sweet and pungent.
Honey So Sweet Volume 2 is a lovely drink – an airy confection that I could drink over and over again. Now, towards the end of Vol. 2, a bit of darkness begins to creep into the narrative via a new character. Still, Amu Meguro offers a delicate line and intricate compositions, and her's is an art style that I just cannot resist.
POSSIBLE AUDIENCE: Fans of “Shojo Beat” high school romances will want to try a taste or two of Honey So Sweet.