**I was given a free e-ARC in exchange for an honest review from NetGalley.**
Title: Whisper Me a Love Song vol. 01
Author/Illustrator: Eku Takeshima
Release Date: October 20, 2020
Synopsis: Bubbly, energetic first-year high school student Himari falls head over heels for her senpai Yori after hearing her band perform on the first day of school. Himari tells Yori she’s fallen in love at first sight, and, to Himari’s surprise, Yori confesse that she has as well! But when Himari realizes that she and Yori are feeling two different kinds of love, she begins to ask herself what “love” really means…
“I’m going to make you fall in love so hard. So you better brace yourself.”
I really really enjoyed this volume. It was so cute. As a first love yuri story I was pleasantly surprised by how pg it was. The artwork is astounding and the dialogue is easy to follow. I can’t go on without discussing the age difference first. Manga likes to use terms first-year and third-year but when you think about a first-year is an American high school sophomore and a third-year is a senior. The age difference does explain the emotional gap between the two. Which leaves room for a good amount of heartache and drama. So no complaining over here. I live for this kind of manga.
Himari and Yori are opposites in personality. Himari is almost too happy all the time while Yori is move level headed and realistic. In the beginning, I was annoyed with Himari loosely using words like love and adore. It gave Yori and her ‘friends’ the wrong impression. What I liked even less was how Himari’s friend didn’t really try to correct her. That was wrong just like Yori’s friends are wrong for pushing her into an uncomfortable position for a song. I feel like this puts Yori who is already a little too serious at a disadvantage in their relationship.
Himari is innocent in all the best ways. Love is love to her and she loved Yori’s voice. She didn’t mean to lead Yori on.I can’t blame Yori for quickly falling for Himari because even I with full knowledge of what Himari truly meant was getting mixed signals. Himari is cute in a puppy dog way you can’t help but love her.
The MVP for this volume is Yori. I really loved her character. The way she was drawn and her personality. The fact that she can sing. I’m really drawn to her character. After this cliffhanger, I can’t wait for the next volume of this series.