“Futaribeya: A Room For Two” Manga Review
Do you enjoy the ‘slice of life’ genre? Are you looking for a simple manga about two cute high school girls living together? Then this is the series for you! Futaribeya: A Room For Two is a flowery story about two first year high school girls who must share a tiny room at their schools boarding house.
Sakurako, meaning “cherry blossom child”, is the typical shy girl, who is forced to move in with a roommate she has never met, Kasumi, which comes from ‘ka’ meaning flower and ‘sumi’ meaning pure. They turn out to be complete opposites. The manga cheerfully follows the trials and tribulations the two girls face as they learn to coexist in their itty bitty new living space. They learn to accept each others quirks, meet new friends, and grow up as the volumes progress.
Reading along, we get to see the characters pick up traits from one another, and most importantly get closer. Having two girls who come from such different upbringings adds an interesting twist to the traditional ‘slice of life’ story line. The reader is given the opportunity to watch the main character, Sakurako, blossom into a bright, young woman as her and Kasumi contemplate life after high school. Where will they go? What will they do? And most importantly, will it be done together? Start reading Futaribeya: A Room for Two to find out how their lives will unfold!
This manga is written by Yukiko and was first serialized in July 2014 in the Monthly Birz seinen magazine published by Gentosh Inc. It was licensed by TokyoPop and began its North American release at the end of 2018. As of the time this review was written, there are 6 volumes, with the 4th, 5th, and 6th to be released May 21st, July 16th, and September 3rd, 2019.
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