Covers volumes 8–13 of House of the Sun by Taamo
One Panel Later co-host, librarian, and manga reviewer Kelly Quinn Chiu and Shojo & Tell host Ashley dig deeper into the small moments that make this sleeper hit from Taamo so special. OK, honestly, Ashley mostly just rants about how Daiki is perfect and how he was robbed in this manga, while Kelly details how perfect Mao and Hiro’s relationship is. Both express shock and dismay at how, in a manga full of crummy characters like Mao’s dad and Sugimoto, Mao’s mom somehow ends up being the worst of them all. Both appreciate the understanding Mao’s dad and Hiro’s sister, Hina, have. There’s also a long discussion about the woes of publishing quiet romance manga that never get the hype they deserve.
Just one more time, for emphasis: DAIKI IS THE BEST.
- House of the Sun is available from Kodansha USA (digital only)
- Spoilers for The Hunger Games abound at ~1 hr and 5 minutes in. But if you haven’t read those novels yet, what’s wrong with you?
- House of the Sun is not to be confused with Dreamin’ Sun
- A great currently running manga you should read: Waiting for Spring
- Not shojo manga: Horimiya, Nozaki-kun
- Not manga, but really good sports comics: Fence, Check, Please!
- Outro song: “Smile Its Me!” by Danosongs
- Kelly on Twitter: @kellyqute
- Kelly’s podcast, One Panel Later
- Shojo & Tell on Twitter, Tumblr, and Instagram
- Ashley on Twitter: @AshMcD00