Flower and Stars – Manga Review

Japanese Title: Hana to Hoshi

 

Similar: Notes from the Garden of Lilies

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Genre: Yuri Comedy

Length: 2 volumes

 

Positives:

  • Quite funny at times.
  • No false drama. Keeps the story simple.

Negatives:

  • Should have been longer.
  • Though enjoyable, there isn’t depth to be found here.

When Hanai enters high school, she discovers that she is in the same class as her table tennis rival from middle school, Hoshino, who made her quit playing because Hanai couldn’t beat her. Hoshino always looks cold, making Hanai think she is looking down on her, lording the defeat over her. However, it turns out Hoshino is hiding more emotions beneath the surface.

Outside of the premise, there isn’t much you need to know about Flower and Stars. It’s a simple, fun premise that brings several laughs to a misunderstood romance. While I don’t have much praise to give, I also don’t have any serious issues. Flower and Stars doesn’t force any false drama to extend the narrative or pretend to have depth.

If I had to say something against this manga, it would be length. Flower and Stars is too short, feeling as though it was just getting started at the end.

Art – Medium

Like the story, the art is simple with just enough variety and texturing to enhance the page.

Story – Medium

A simple, yet effective story about a rivalry that turns to love.

Recommendation: Try it. If you’re looking for an easy read and a bit of fun, Hana to Hoshi may be for you.

(Find out more about the manga recommendation system here.)

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