ANIME & MANGA - Review
10:12 - 7th March 2013, by Bridget Fox

Songs to Make You Smile

From the author of the hugely successful and popular series Fruits Basket comes this anthology of short stories centred around romance. The first story, the titular Songs to Make You Smile, involves a young boy in a band who can't communicate his feelings very well to either his classmates, or the bullied young girl who is obviously destined to be his love interest. The second, Ding Dong, concerns a young girl whose father has died, leaving her living with her stepmum and some serious daddy issues. Voice of Mine stars a violinist, and Double Flower is our standout - following an older boy who makes quilts for a living, who finds himself playing host to his step-niece. Finally, a bonus story features characters from Tsubasa: Those with Wings! - refreshingly funny, this addition is also a highlight.

The drama in some of these stories seems to revolve around people whose major problem seems to be the inability to express their feelings. As a plot device, it gets old quickly, and it's very difficult to feel sympathy or understanding for some of these characters. But fans of Natsuki Takaya may want to pick this up anyway - even though it does lack the heart of Fruits Basket.
From the author of the hugely successful and popular series Fruits Basket comes this anthology of short stories centred around romance. The first story, the titular Songs to Make You Smile, involves a young boy in a band who can't communicate his feelings very well to either his classmates, or the bullied young girl who is obviously destined to be his love interest. The second, Ding Dong, concerns a young girl whose father has died, leaving her living with her stepmum and some serious daddy issues. Voice of Mine stars a violinist, and Double Flower is our standout - following an older boy who makes quilts for a living, who finds himself playing host to his step-niece. Finally, a bonus story features characters from Tsubasa: Those with Wings! - refreshingly funny, this addition is also a highlight.

The drama in some of these stories seems to revolve around people whose major problem seems to be the inability to express their feelings. As a plot device, it gets old quickly, and it's very difficult to feel sympathy or understanding for some of these characters. But fans of Natsuki Takaya may want to pick this up anyway - even though it does lack the heart of Fruits Basket.

Ultimately, a forgettable collection of romance one-shots.
SCORE: 2.5/5
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