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Manga Review: Love So Life Chapters 41-50

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Year: 2008 – 2015
Author + Artist: Kaede Kochi
Version: XscansX (English scanlation)
Love So Life Online: Wikipedia, MyAnimeList, MangaFox, Kissmanga
Genre: Shōjo, Slice of Life, Romance, Drama

I am back with an overview/review of the next ten chapters of Love So Life. Thankfully, I am in a lot happier mood than when I read and posted the last entry about this series. Yes,

Seiji and Shiharu mentally prepare for the time when Aoi and Akane’s maternal grandparents start caring for the twins. Seiji and Shiharu go to visit her parents’ grave, leading to yet another uncomfortable moment. Rio and Takeru’s new relationship is progressing nicely. During an outing to an aquatic park with the Seiji and the twins during his summer break from work, Shiharu is becoming more and more mindful of how she feels about him. Seiji is dealing with his mutual attraction to Shiharu in his own weird way, focusing on treating her more like a family member in order to keep her in his life. Shiharu organises for a school trip to Hokkaido when she returns to school for the autumn term, with Rio understandably making a big deal about her getting a cell phone for the first time. Shiharu is surprised to learn that Nao is also going to Hokkaido during his own school trip. Rio surprises Shiharu by asking if Nao has approached her romantically since the Test of Courage at the festival. Shiharu dismisses the thought, still oblivious to Nao’s obvious intentions towards her. Queue bonding time between Shiharu and her female schoolmates. During an attempt to make his feelings plain to Shiharu, she thinks that she might be misunderstanding something again. Rio receives further confirmation that Shiharu likes Seiji. Finally, Seiji, Shiharu and the twins visit the maternal grandparents of the twins when their grandmother gets some time away from hospital treatment.

Chapters forty-one to fifty did a great job of hitting the right emotional notes without lingering on the weird love triangle thing between Seiji, Shiharu and Nao. I was extremely grateful that they didn’t focus too much on Nao either, which is a reprieve from the annoyance of the last few weeks worth of chapters. However, there did seem to be a lot less conflict in the usual sense for the characters.
We also got to see more of Aoi and Akane’s maternal grandparents. This makes the future care of the children less worrying for Seiji and Shiharu. However, we see the obvious attachment that both have to the children, becoming surrogate parents during the time that they’ve spent with the kids. This felt somewhat authentic to me, as an approaching change in your household and life in general, can feel devastating even when it is a positive change.
From an overall storyline point, the ten chapters held together nicely and we continue with that ticking clock element that began around chapter 40. With slightly more than half of the series left, I am somewhat curious as to what will be thrown at the cast besides the conflicts that we already seeing in play. I am certainly willing to wait and see.

 

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