Full Review of Daytime Shooting Star, Vol. 5 by Mika Yamamori

Daytime Shooting Star, Vol. 5 by Mika Yamamori

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Although I enjoy the series and the artwork, there are some problematic things about the plot that don’t sit well with me, so at the moment the series is 4.5 stars for me…mainly because of some of the content.

I find it odd that this specific shojo trope (student-teacher relationship) is something I’ve been reading since I was like 11 years old, and it’s only now that I’m in my twenties that I find this trope problematic. I think part of the reason is that before I was the same age as the protagonist, and now I’m the same age as their older love interest…and I can see how manipulative and creepy it can be.

I think what’s more shocking is that this series is YA…and her friends like Yuyuka, are encouraging her to pursue their 24 year old teacher. Which, although all the girls are lovely, it is a bit sad that the male leading rival is the only person who can see why this relationship is inappropriate, but this insight is being written as though it’s jealously.

Aside from that, the character development is really well done. I also like how all the characters are named after animals. That’s a really cute little touch. I also liked the little authors corner segment about Mika’s date. It was really funny and she seems like a genuinely sweet person.

I did enjoy this volume, and the additional mini manga short at the end called Cookie Girl and Cream Boy. I love that Mika includes characters of colour in her work. It reminds me of why I adored the Peach Girl series so much by Miwa Ueda.

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