Sairuiu – Hoko
This is a collection of short one- or two-chapter stories, each with a fairly off-beat nature and quite idiosyncratic art
Story 1 (Chapters 1-2) : Closing Day
Two guys become fast friends due to their mutual love for gaming, until one of them begins to want something else entirely…
Story 2 (Chapter 3) : The Voices of Cicadas
Due to his deep-rooted fear of abandonment, Iwasaki has always preferred ‘easy’ relationships with married men looking for a quick lay, so as to ensure that the ‘inevitable’ breakup will be “fast, clean, and peaceful,” since there’s no chance that he’ll come to expect genuine love from the other party. Needless to say, this seemingly foolproof plan has one major flaw…
Story 3 (Chapter 4 ): Chocolate Soldier
Why do people try so hard to obtain things, when simply watching should be enough?
Story 4 (Chapter 5) : Laundream
Clumsy but hard-working, overworked Amamiya has been losing sleep for days, and finally manages to catch a nap while waiting at the laundromat.
Story 5 (Chapter 6) : To Hate Without Trying
Kubota, who’s never been married, has an odd propensity for turning down prospective wives on the grounds that they love eating taiyaki, which he claims to hate. But what’s the true story behind his strange aversion to such a popular and delicious food?
Story 7 (Chapter 8) : Together, Hand in Hand
Revisiting the boys from Chocolate Soldier, as high school graduation grows near.
This is one of the best but sadly underrated gems out there!
Closing Day + Spring Storm: Those intense subtle feels that made grown men cry.
The Voices of Cicadas: Deep-rooted fears, a weirdo in weird glasses and an illicit affair that has run it’s course…Cue the ugly crying.
Chocolate Soldier + Together, Hand in Hand: A young boy’s unrequited love for a boy pining for the school nurse. Sweet and full of longing.
Laundream: A melancholy story of if-onlys and what-could-have-beens with a gutwrenching twist. I bawled like a baby.
To Hate Without Trying: Two salarymen and their oden rendezvous oh so slowly come to terms with their long-buried feelings. Took them long enough.