FIRST LOVE SISTERS (Hatsu Koi Shimai, “First Love Sisters”) (????) • Mizuo Shinonome • Seven Seas Entertainment (2008) • Magazine Magazine/Ichijinsha (Yuri Shimai/Comic Yuri Hime, 2004-2007) • 1 volume (3 volumes in Japan, suspended) • Yuri Romance • 13+ (sexual situations)
This sweet and simple girl-girl romance originated as an illustration of a couple on the cover of Yuri Shimai magazine; the manga came from fleshing out the picture, and you can sort of tell by reading it. While visiting a prospective high school, cheerful young Chika is escorted around campus by Haruna, an elegant but reserved upperclasswoman. When Chika hurts her knee and Haruna loans her a handkerchief, Chika vows to go that school so she can see Haruna again, and soon she ends up confessing her feelings to her shy upperclasswoman beloved. Full of feelings of “sweet, fluffy happiness” (to quote Chika), First Love Sisters is an idyllic romance without the angst of Voiceful or the fanservice of Strawberry Panic. Lacking much plot, tension or setting or character specificity, it works best as a shot of love heroin (heroine?) into its readers’ veins. The second and third volumes of the English edition, which get a little more sexual, are on indefinite hold pending right issues.
Today’s winner is Cora S. of Nevada. Congratulations, Cora!