Hirunaka no Ryuusei
No matter what I do, I’ll always be just a student to him
It looks like I have a small offering after all! Recently, I redoubled my efforts in finding enjoyable contemporary shoujo titles outside of my normal imprints and mangaka. I wanted to stray away from my comfortable fantasy territory and venture into the dangerous realm of high school drama and romance once again. Hirunaka no Ryuusei (Daytime Shooting Star) was a promising lead with its refreshing heroine, endearingly awkward classmate, and hot teacher. Particularly that last bit–very hot teacher.
Yosano Suzume is a 15 year old high school girl who recently moved to Tokyo from the countryside. She has to adjust to her new surroundings, living with her uncle, and her new classmates. Sounds like standard-fare for high school themed shoujo manga. However, the events are mostly episodic and almost inconsequential compared to just watching how the various characters interact and react to these situations. For me, that’s the draw of this manga.
Suzume in particular is a fairly tolerable shoujo lead–she’s not overly nice, idealistic, naive, or awkward. She’s somewhat aloof and often has a stoic expression on her face, and yet she reaches out and attempts to make friends at her new school. Her first friend is Mamura, the boy sitting next to her. He’s a bit distant himself and it doesn’t go too smoothly at first. He’s just really shy.
Making friends with the cute, but quiet Mamura naturally makes her the target of the resident bitchy rival girl of this shoujo manga. After the bitchy girl, who is of course both prettier and more popular, tries to crush the threatening Suzume in a way only high school girls can do, Suzume’s reaction is kinda interesting. Instead of feeling bad for herself or fidgeting nervously about a confrontation, she meets the challenge head on.
Suzume shows that she’s a good person by covering up their fight and not ruining the other girl’s reputation when others stumble upon them. She won’t be rid of her rival that easily since she decides to stick around because Suzume is friends with Mamura. But who needs Mamura anyway when you have a hot teacher lurking about? Honestly, my excitement for this manga almost exclusively comes from the teacher.
Soon after arriving in Tokyo, Suzume is helped by a young man who turns out to be a friend of her uncle. The coincidences don’t stop there–this is a shoujo manga, after all! He’s also her new homeroom teacher, Shishio. He’s fairly popular with students due to his friendly attitude and good looks. He’s not overly serious and feels like the type of person that can be laid back, yet reliable when the need arises. He nudges Suzume in the right directions when she’s troubled. Suzume’s early impression of Shishio being reliable starts to morph into something more. But she’s confronted with the reality that she’s just a student to him and her feelings could never be reciprocated. Does that mean there’s no hope for her? Is Shishio completely immune to her own subtle charm? Even if he isn’t, will he actually do something about it?
Shishio is an interesting guy–he reacts that way to a primped Suzume but in a later scene
crushes reassures her that he would never lay a hand on a student. Looks like the battle isn’t over yet~ I enjoy the two lead characters, their interactions, and the cute art, so I’ll be following the continuation of this manga, hoping for some hot teacher action, of course. So this is now a Shishio appreciation post.