Lightning and Romance Volume 1
By: Rin Mikimoto
Thank you so much to the author, Kodansha Comics, and NetGalley for the complimentary ARC!
This review contains my honest and unbiased thoughts and opinions. 🌸
Let’s start off with the artwork, it is absolutely gorgeous! The stunning artwork is one of the first things that captured my attention. For a manga, artwork is just as important as the story.
Now the story… the story… I can definitely say it got my attention from the very beginning and I had to know more, I needed to know what was meant by that statement!
I have so many questions!
The story is about Reo, a 20 year old grown man attending high school, and Sumire, a quiet girl who is just trying to keep up with high school life.
The very beginning leaves us wondering what in the world is going on and then the story begins at school. New seating arrangements puts Reo right next to Sumire and she isn’t thrilled.
Sumire and Reo have a few encounters and we learn little things here and there about Reo outside of high school. We see tiny (itty bitty) glimpses into his real life. We also get to know Sumire a little more, meet the dad who seems overprotective and the friend that Sumire tries to keep up with.
At first, Sumire is scared/intimidated by Reo but slowly gets to know him, slowly their friendship forms and grows and Sumire eventually realizes she has feelings for Reo.
And then the author surprises us with the biggest WHAT!! moment yet…
Seriously, I need more info!
Now, I realize the age gap/falling in love won’t be for everyone. I read other reviews before starting the manga myself, but really it isn’t that bad. I’m not a fan of a major age gap but honestly, the story is far more interesting beyond that part.
For me, the story is more about what has lead to all of this, what’s the history and meaning behind it all? Why is Reo attending high school? What’s the past story? And what are the answers to all those WHAT?! moments? (sorry but I can’t say what they are without giving away too much detail).
It’s actually a great story so far with wonderful characters and I can’t wait to read the next volume and find out a little more.
The author keeps the story moving, keeps the readers interested and leaves us wanting more.
A great start to a new series!