Kisses, Sighs and Cherry Blossom Pink:The Complete Collection (Kisses, Sighs, and Cherry Blossoms Pink) Paperback – 27 Aug 2013
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Heart-meltingly cute--and not in the brainless moe-moe way, but because the feelings expressed are so honest. --Anime News Network
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Morinaga Milk is a much-lauded yuri manga artist whose works have been published in Comic High, Comic Yuri Hime, and other manga magazines in Japan.
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Between 'Cherry blossom pink' and 'Girl Friends' I slightly preferred the former because of the more complete and definitively happy ending for the couple.
Very pleased with the quality of print and paper, the after-words by the author, and of course the beautiful artwork. I look forward to buying Secret Recipe once published.
The manga is actually several stories compiled together, although they all take place at the same school.
The main and most interesting story is about childhood friends Hitomi and Nana. They are both applying for places at high school and plan to go together at Sakurakai, but in the end Hitomi goes to a more prestigious school: Tohou. It's only after they are separated that Nana realizes her feelings for Hitomi and they both experience the troubles and drama of high school romance- a homosexual one at that.
I enjoyed this story the most because it was so passionate. This is not some ecchi or hentai manga aimed for men. It is immediately clear that the manga was made with a lot of love. (Although there is some mild nudity, but in my opinion it added to the romance and emotion and it is not distasteful.) It's very compelling and keeps you reading to the end.
However the side stories are sadly where Kisses, Sighs and Cherry Blossom Pink loses a star. They are only one chapter long so the characters just aren't as developed and the stories don't draw you in the same way. I often found myself wishing I could get on with the side stories so I could get back to Hitomi and Nana.Read more ›
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There's the main couple, Nana and HItomi. But as the story goes on, there are random one-shots of other characters that pop up. Those stories are sweet, but they are short, and feel somewhat incomplete. They also interrupt the flow of the main story. Sometimes it's hard to keep the characters and relationships apart.
The feelings are natural, but rushed in all of the stories, as they move quickly. You don't really get to know the characters like you do in Girl Friends. Overall, I wish the manga would've just been about one relationship. Nana and HItomi is the main one, but it reminds me too much of Mari and Akko - they even look alike and act similar to some degree. I enjoyed Abe and Tachibana's story the most, and would love to have seen that as a full, heartwarming manga itself instead of a one-shot.
What I like about this series is that it brings up some incidents of homophobia and other issues that lesbians face in real life. It tells of real love between girls, and isn't overflowing with fanservice. It's worth reading, it's cute, but it was too short overall to be considered a masterpiece.
One of the main things that works so well for this volume is that the artwork is typical Milk Morinaga quality. The drawings are simply beautiful, making it very obvious as to why she's considered to be one of the top artists in the field of yuri manga. She puts just as much effort into each panel as she would for her splash pages, for the most part. There are some panels here and there where things aren't as high quality as others are, but by regular manga standards her panels are still of exceptionally high quality.
What made me really appreciate this volume is that while Morinaga essentially re-tells the same story she has in some of her other work, it still feels fresh. Part of this is because the cast revolves around several different girls in Sakuraki High and the school that Hitomi attends, allowing for things to shift to another character once things begin coming to a head or start to resolve.
Another thing that I liked was the attention to detail in this volume when it came to the translation. One of my quibbles with previous volumes of Morinaga's work was that there were some typos here and there. I wasn't able to find any here, which shows that Seven Seas is really trying hard to catch everything in their edits. I'll admit that I can't vouch for how directly accurate this is to the original Japanese (since I speak none), but this reads pretty naturally and I've never really seen anyone give any big criticisms of the translations as they did with say, the re-release of the Sailor Moon manga that Kodansha recently put out.
Overall, this is an absolute necessity for yuri fans and the volume is so enjoyable that I'd recommend that they purchase it sight unseen. You really can't beat it price-wise, when you consider that you're getting the entire series in one big, durable volume. I can only hope that they continue release more of Morinaga's work in the future. I'm pretty much guaranteed to buy it, in any case.
There's all the guidelines of her artistic way of describing love between girls, it's delicate yet funny and heartwarming, and it's a great prequel to Girlfriends, the masterpiece of Morinaga Sensei.
It's a must if you want to read a great and charming love story, something that go beyond the gender.
Meh, maybe I'm too harsh. But there's better stuff out there.