Manga Monday: In the Clear Moonlit Dusk Vol. 3

Series: In the Clear Moonlit Dusk
Author/Artist: Mika Yamamori
Publisher: Kodansha Comics
Released: February 8, 2022
Received: Own

Forgive me as I squeal a bit, but I am just so happy that In the Clear Moonlit Dusk Vol. 3 is finally out! I got hooked on this series back when the first volume dropped, and I have been eagerly waiting for each new volume as it comes out. Thus far, they have always proven to be worth the wait.

Yoi Takiguchi has always been called a ‘prince’ in her school. She’s beautiful and charming, acting exactly how all the schoolgirls would imagine a prince should behave. Hence the nickname. Yoi had gotten used to being overlooked and treated as nothing more than a prince.

That is until Ichimura-sempai spotted her. Something about her demeanor instantly fascinated him. Over the last two volumes, this fascination has steadily grown. While the two still don’t know where they stand with one another, it is clear that this growing feeling is mutual.

I would like to nominate In the Clear Moonlit Dusk Vol. 3 for the sweetest volume of the year award. No, seriously, is that a thing? Because it needs to be. In the Clear Moonlit Dusk is arguably one of my favorite manga at the moment, and I am happy to say that the third volume held up to my high expectations.

Come to think of it; I think I liked In the Clear Moonlit Dusk Vol. 3 even more than the second volume. This one felt very true to the characters while naturally forcing the plot forward. The romantic plot in this series is slow-burning, but that just makes it all the more endearing if you ask me.

In this series, the ‘will they/won’t they’ balance is divine and admittedly perfect for shippers (myself included). The inclusion of a new character, Oji was a surprise, but I also think he will be essential for moving the plot forward.

Truth be told, I don’t know how long In the Clear Moonlit Dusk will run for. It could be one more volume, or it could be ten. All I know is that I’m going to happily buy and read each and every one of those volumes.


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