I got these comics recommended to me by GR, and I decided to do a bit of a search. After reading a bit on this author's website, checking out some of her comics, I decided to buy this book, and I can tell you, that I am delighted to have read this one. I can even add that I will be buying the remaining books she brought out, and I am keeping an eye on her website.
My initial thoughts were that this would be a comic book, a book with only comics about a girl's life in Japan, how different it was, how her relationship is with her boyfriend (now husband), telling us off long distance relations and how that went. I truly thought it would be all that and more comics, and I was pretty satisfied with that alone, but then, while reading the book, I found out that it actually contained much much more than that. There are parts with text, explaining about life in Japan, how stuff works in Japan. And it was all highly interesting and fun. I love finding out more about Japan, and it is even more interesting when it is done from someone who isn't officially Japanese, and who sees stuff from a different vantage point. Don't get me wrong, I also love finding out about Japan from a real Japanese person's viewpoint, but it is so much more interesting when it is someone just like me, someone who never been to Japan and is finding out about all the things that happen there, slowly discovering how life works there.
It was really fun to see Grace and Ryosuke together, they are really a cute couple and they match so well.
The art is pretty decent, it was the one thing that had me hesitant at first to try this book. But after a bit I started liking the art, and now? I don't even mind that it is a bit wobbly at times. If anything, it gives a special charm to the book, makes it feel more real.
All in all, I would highly recommend this book to everyone. Either you are interested in Japan and want to find out more about it (this book is perfect for that), or you are just interested about auto-biographical comics that feature romance, everyone will like this book.
And me? I will be eagerly waiting for the mail man to bring me the other 2 books I ordered at amazon.de.
Review first posted at http://twirlingbookprincess.com/