Manga of the Week - 鏡の国の針栖川

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From the author of Mx0 and Pretty Face comes a tale of romance and mirrors. 

Also, 白いパンツが好きです。

Title: 鏡の国の針栖川, Kagami no Kuni no Harisugawa, Harisugawa of the World of Mirrors
Author: Kano Yasuhiro
Genre: Shounen, Comedy, Fantasy, Romance
Serialized in: Shueisha Weekly Shounen Jump
Total Volume Count: N/A

Series Summary from MangaUpdates:
"Boys are creatures whose sight will follow the girl they like wherever she is. And if there it comes the chance that the boy realizes that the girl is in danger, if he is able to save her they will feel the ultimate bliss in life" is something that Harisugawa Tetsu has pointed out, and true enough he has always been following with his eyes the girl named Satomi Mao. 
Thanks to certain details in their childhood, Satomi has always been friendly with Harisugawa and she has a friendly budding relationship, completely unaware of Tetsu's feelings for her. Tetsu for his part preferred to play the friend part and keeps his feelings hidden for the sake of not endangering the closeness that they already have, ever since he was young Tetsu had believed that if he can build little by little a good relationship with Mao, he will get to the point where he can confidently confess to Mao and not get rejected, Tetsu has always been waiting for his one true chance without getting too close to Mao by accident.
At first it seems that this "stalemate" will never be broken; however, one day Mao sees a strange mirror in an thrift store and for some reason she feels that she must have that mirror. Mao buys the mirror without thinking twice about it.... But she is completely unaware that the mirror will change forever Tetsu's life as well as her own.
Kenn's Comment: Loved Mx0 and Pretty Face was pretty good too. Kano can really make great stories, though certain parts do get dragged a bit. Having a rom-com in WSJ is a bit risky though, especially considering Kano's track record. He's pretty much in the same situation as Kawashita Mizuki; always axed. Seriously, I know that authors can't easily just switch companies, but Kawashita Mizuki does great work, but it should be glaringly obvious that romance doesn't last in WSJ.

Anywho, enough of my rant. This one's gotten off to a good start, though what I worry about is how long it can last. The plot of being trapped in a mirror will eventually need to come to an end, and there isn't too much to work on afterwards. Having Mao and Tetsu being able to switch places is pretty neat though. It'll add a little bit of meat to the story, as well as the prospect of having others get dragged in and whatnot. As it stands, I'm being cautiously optimistic about this one. As much as I like Kano's works, I can't see them lasting, this one more so considering it's genre.

Also, I left Total Volume Count blank because this one started serialization last month. It's got about five chapters so far, and I haven't a clue about the tankoubon.

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