Series: Anyway, I’m Falling in Love with You
Author/Artist: Haruka Mitsui
Publisher: Kodansha Comics
Released: November 16, 2021
Who doesn’t love a sweet romantic manga with a slow-burning plot? That’s what readers will get if they pick up Anyway, I’m Falling in Love with You Vol. 1, written and illustrated by Haruka Mitsui. Oh, I should mention that this read will be perfect for fans of the friends-to-lovers trope.
Mizuha has had the same group of friends since she was a kid. They’re all super close, even now that they’re steadily growing up. All five kids have grown into attractive teenagers, though Mizuha has only ever seen the four boys as her best friends.
That is, right up until Kizuki confesses his feelings for Mizuha. Now she’s confused and struggling to process her feelings while dealing with the pressure his presence provides.
Anyway, I’m Falling in Love with You Vol. 1 is a sweet and slow-burning romance, one that could easily last a dozen volumes if the creator felt so inclined. Mizuha is likewise a lovable character who is admittedly quite (adorably) naive.
I’ll admit that I struggled to get to know each of her friends at first. I do feel like more time getting to know them on an individual level would have helped me appreciate them all more – not to mention helped me tell the others apart.
It’s quickly apparent that Mizuha and Kizuki are the focus on Anyway, I’m Falling in Love with You Vol. 1, so at times the others almost blend into the background. Which is fine, just something I felt the need to point out.
I did enjoy that the author added little notes here and there, telling readers what the plan had been (before the pandemic messed it all up, that is). Sometimes it is nice to see behind the curtain, you know?
Thanks to Kodansha Comics and #NetGalley for making this book available for review. All opinions expressed are my own.