4. Minna Kirakira Daddy, Mommy, and Mika make up the perfect modern family. Mika is Daddy’s little princess, and he won’t hand her over to any one. But when handsome Atsushi-sensei at the daycare center becomes Mika’s perfect prince, sparks fly. What ever will Daddy do?
Ten works at a corner store, but he’s actually an angel! He can’t return to heaven until he grants someone’s wish, so he follows the example of his coworker Koyuki, a female high school student as kind as an angel. But Koyuki has her own sorrows…!? Also contains the stories “Hanamatsuri”, “Morning Glory Apartment” & “Rainbow Song”.
A female scientist artificially produces babies to make a ton of cash. However, her gay guy friend proposes that she raise a baby herself… Beginning with the stunning debut work “Birthday”, this also contains “Right Nightlight”, about a lazy boy being pushed around by his unstable cousin; “Kin ringo-chan no koi”, about a Lolita’s pure love; “Usagi no Naru Ki”, about a female high schooler haunted by her dead brother; “Bianca”, a SF work taking place in a plant at the bottom of the Mars’ ocean; and “Jinsei wa Futsuka dake”, the title work about a sullen young man in front of whom suddenly appears a little girl, and how they get along.
Atsumi Kohaku, middle school sophomore, 14 years old. She’s perplexed by her physical changes as she grows up. She’s slowly finding herself unable to see her good guy friend Toya as “a friend”. What answers will she arrive at in her journey from “girl” to “woman”? A bittersweet tale of youth that everyone can empathize with. Also contains short stories “Summer Capsule – What’s Reflected in your eyes”, “For instance, if whales flew in the sky”, and “Boyfriend”.
Now I feel like I could answer you that day– Middle school teacher Muromachi is going through his habitual life on auto-pilot. But one day, a baby swallow falls from its nest and he saves it with the help of a student, who he then starts talking to… the title story Ao ni Koubou captures a fleeting sparkle. The story “Marbles that Bloom”: Iyo’s motto is “I’ll give my all to everything I do”. Never serious, always carefree. Then one ordinary day she meets a boy who suddenly changes that. Four excellent stories of the pains of the springtime of youth that gently pierce the heart. Also contains “When the rain stops” and “An Example 17-year-old”.