In this volume 7 (of the 10 volume series), Chiwa and Hokuto’s problems building their marriage are now about miscommunication and assumptions. As such, this far into the series it is becoming a bit more “problem of the week” rather than a continuing storyline. Chiwa remains charming and it is fun to watch her tame her Hokuto. But at the same time, we’re really veering more into the melodrama for the point of melodrama at this point.
Story: Chiwa is coming to terms with her husband having to work late. Although frustrated at not seeing him, it is enough for her that he thinks about her while away. But when Hokuto’s father goes into the hospital with an advanced mortal disease, Chiwa cannot understand why Hokuto refuses to back down and visit the hospital. It turns into a row that separates the couple and both fear it could lead to the end of their relationship. At the same time, previous relationships on both sides are causing problems of jealousy.
This is typical ligthhearted and sweet josei. At this point in their marriage, though, I’d like to see much more humor (as with the zaniness of a Yuki Yoshihara manga) to offset the weepy melodrama of overreacting to every situation. I can definitely see what the couple see in each other but at the same time, the realist in me keeps wanting to say, “Chill! It’s not that serious!”
Reviewed from an ARC.