Embossed on the cover of Hiyori Otsu’s Orange Yellow (オレンジイエロー)
these simple words provide the driver of this collection of short love stories.
Myu and Jun have lived next door to one another since childhood. Myu has always been a bit of a doofus, but she’s a good girl and is totally loyal to Jun. And, she’s been telling Jun she loves her since they were little. Jun has always taken care of Myu. She once told her to go out with a boy if she wasn’t sure she liked him, so she could see if they clicked. But Myu never really clicks with any of the boys who ask her out – and she’s gone out with a lot of them. Jun surprises herself at how unhappy she is when she and Myu have a fight and is even more surprised when Myu kisses her that night after they make up. Jun tells Myu that their relationship has to stay secret, but Myu’s not so good at that and their “secret romance” is outed almost immediately. Jun gives in to Myu’s good-natured doofusy-ness good-naturedly.
Yamamoto-sensei once walked in on Mitsuki kissing another girl, but is shocked when Mitsuki graduates and becomes a teacher at the same school just to get an answer to her proposition from back then. Kei isn’t convinced that the “magic chocolate” her friend gives her can make her love her any more than she already does.
Ooishi falls in love with Mizuno, even when she realizes that Mizuno’s in love with their teacher.
In this collection of shorts by Hiyori Otsu, the same few scenarios are played from different angles by different characters. It’s always pretty drama free in an Otsu collection and I, at least, find that and the almost complete lack of service refreshing.
Art – 7
Story – 7
Characters – 7
Yuri – 7
Service – 1
Overall – 7
We walk hand in hand in the yellow morning sunlight,
and in the orange sunset…
What wonderful school days we spend together.
…reads the obi of the book. It’s as good a summation as anything I can come up with.