Seven Days 1

August 1, 2011

Venio Tachibana / Rihito Takarai – June – 2010 – 2 volumes

Now here’s something a little different. I picked this up on a whim after reading a few comments elsewhere about how good it was.

The premise is that Touji, a very popular boy at a mostly all-girls school (a school that was recently integrated) will go out with the first girl who asks him on Monday morning. Throughout the week, he will treat her as a princess, but when Sunday rolls around, he tells her “I’m sorry, I couldn’t fall in love with you” and breaks up, only to start the cycle over on Monday. All his former girlfriends have nothing but nice things to say about him.

On a whim, while crossing paths, Shino half-jokingly asks Touji out for the week. Touji surprises both Shino and himself by going through with it. Each chapter is structured as a day of the week, with this book covering Monday-Thursday.

It’s less a romance than it is an exploration of these two characters. It’s very serious-minded, without being a drama. Shino is a firm believer in the fact you should admire a person for who they are, rather than their appearance (he’s been dumped more than once for not living up to his princely image), and Touji simply wants to be free of his first love, the person he so desperately tries to replace every week.

Their love is a slow thing, without a whole lot of romance, and yet it is still touching. They go to the movies and go to ramen shops. Shino talks Touji into going back to the archery club. Mostly Shino goes along with Touji’s symbolic dating ritual. The realization that they like each other is rather slow, and there’s no sudden, adorable revelation or anything like that in this volume.

It’s simply… a book about two boys getting to know each other over the course of the week. Nothing more. And yet, it is utterly fascinating and well-written. I didn’t even really like either of the characters, and I couldn’t put it down. I can’t wait for the followup volume, which should be available sometime within the next month.

3 Responses to “Seven Days 1”

  1. ZeroSD Says:

    Totally my fav male/male romance book XD One of the best entries into a relationship I’ve read.

  2. Ana C. Nunes Says:

    I read this a while back and felt the same way you described. Truly a great manga, with a lot of feeling, without being sappy or over-romantic.

  3. Connie Says:

    I’m curious how the series will resolve next time, given how low-key this volume was. I’m really looking forward to it.

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