Series Review: Daytime Shooting Star

I came across this series back in December, while restocking the shelves at Indigo, where I was working seasonally (it is a great place to work by the way…especially if you love books).

My initial reaction was that the artwork was absolutely gorgeous. I loved how everything was laid out, and the panels transitioned. I also liked the variety of hairstyles given to the characters (both male and female). One even had curly hair, which I haven’t seen in any of my manga published after 1999!

On top of the variety of hair and fashion given to the characters, there is a very diverse cast of characters, each with their own unique qualities. Even characters who initially present themselves as antagonists, have likable qualities (at least up to book 4).

I find the story itself is cute, although at times problematic. I am aware that the whole, student-teacher relationship is a popular Shojo trope, but as a 24 year old, I find it a little disturbing that a 24 year old teacher may actually catching feels for his 16 year old student. Aside from that, Suzume’s crush on him is very sweet, and it seems like she’s trying to get over it, since he rejected her confession.

At this current time I am rooting for Daiki and Suzume but I would also hate to see Yuyuka and Suzume’s friendship in jeopardy because of it.

Despite that one aspect of the plot, this series is off to a good start. I’m four books in and ready to read the fifth.

So far I’m giving this series a five star rating for the wonderful storytelling, engaging, colourful cast of characters and its beautiful artwork.

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