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Manga Review: House of the Sun Volume 4

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The moving account of a young woman who reconnects with a childhood friend as she puts together the pieces of her life following her parents’ broken marriage.

As a child, Mao spent all her time at Hiro’s house across the street. Going to his house always made her feel cheerful. A few years later, Mao’s father gets remarried and Mao finds herself with nowhere to call home.

Hiro ends up letting her stay with him in the house he’s been occupying alone since the death of his parents.

A love story unfolds, between two childhood friends of different ages.”

 

As you can tell from the soft pastel colors of the covers, the welcoming title, and serious synopsis, House of the Sun is a tear-jerker of a story. If you’re looking for a series to have a good cry over, and one that’ll also make you feel warm inside, then House of the Sun is for you. I’ll be taking a look at the fourth volume, so please be advised that there will be spoilers.

 

Ready?

Ok.

 

Four volumes in we get to see more about the big decisions that our two protagonists will have to make.

Mao’s dad plays a bigger role this time around too. What’s great about the story is that while it could get caught up in slice of life hell, meaning the pacing could go from full ride to straight up traffic jam, the weight of the decisions keep the story going.

The writing puts you at the center and really makes you care for the outcomes. I gasped when certain confessions made their way to the forefront. The repercussion were felt as well.

I will say this though: the fourth volume ends on a major cliffhanger!

 

So what was the part that hurt so much? Well, I said spoilers so… when you find out Mao’s real father, if you can even call him that, didn’t bother trying to see her.

And of course the dynamics between Mao and Hiro continue to create speculation amongst readers. Will they or won’t they end up together?

I admit that I hope they do. The story just seems to be winding up for a homerun pitch, so to speak. I get Ross and Rachel (from “Friends”) vibes from them, meaning it’ll be a total roller-coaster ride, but you know that they’ll end up together in the end.

You’ll love it because it would have felt like they truly earned it. But I know that there are some readers who don’t want to see them together.

It’ll be interesting to see who’s right and who’s wrong.

Currently a grad student, professionally awkward person, writer, and all around total geek. His works are featured on PeculiarBeings.co, PopGeekly.com, and his personal blog lifeonthehighwire.wordpress.com.