Kaede knew, from the moment she set her eyes on that poster, that she wanted to be an idol. After her debut and failure, she knew she wanted to stay in the industry so she got a job at Twinkle Production company to be near the idol of her dreams…Suzuran.
When a stroke of luck allows Kaede to take care of Suzuran, she is sure that it’s her dream come true…until she meets Suzuran in person and realizes that her dream might well be a living hell.
Twin Cake (ツインケイク) is the story of a manager with a desire to ascend and an idol who works really hard to be as base as possible and how they fall in love.
Not a fan of the selfish “wagamama” type of character, I might have found this story as intolerable as Kimi Koi Limit, but for one thing. Suzuran changes. This simple fact, shown to us as a process throughout the story – rather than in a throwaway panel or two at the end, when we’re just supposed to accept that change has happened – made a huge difference in turning this story from a yawn to a keeper. When, at the end, Suzuran reaches for Kaede I was able to be happy for both of them.
Art – 7
Story – 7
Characters – Start 6, end 8
Yuri – 9
Service – 4
Overall – 7
I’m not a huge fan of Aoi Hana’s art, but this story managed to find an unclaimed heart string and give it a tug or two.