In Sakura Trick, Volume 2, (桜 Trick) Yuu and Haruka continue to like each other very much. They spend days in school together, holidays, special events, sneaking a kiss in here and there. School play, Christmas, etc.
The other girls know they are a couple, and few of them have even caught the two of the kissing, but there’s no tension. The relationship is hidden more out of expectation that it must be, than for any real reason.
The only plot complication of any kind is the wholly delusional love triangle imagined by Yuu’s older sister Mitsuki. And even that doesn’t really add any dimension to anyone’s life but Mitsuki’s.
Of actual interest, towards the end of the volume Haruka invites Yuu along to a wedding. Not surprisingly, they both float the idea that one day they might want to be have a wedding ceremony.
There’s no real depth here, this series is set firmly in the fantasy-world of a girls’ school in that time between childhood and adulthood. There’s no guys in this world, aside from the occasional brother or father who only show up to provide stereotypical reactions or stimulus for a scene. No one in school is making them unhappy for being together, but no one outside school knows. They speak of a “wedding”, but not of marriage.
Shizuku and Kotone are established as a second couple in their school group, so when we need a break from Yuu and Haruka’s enthusiasm, we can enjoy Shizuku’s reserved nature and Kotone’s maturity.
Art – 7 It is what it is. If you like, you’ll like it
Characters 7 – Two and half dimensional
Story – 6 I don’t know that it can be better given the setup, but I’d like to see it try a bit
Yuri – 9
Service – 2 Much, much less pervasive than the anime and really, other than the kissing, not hardly there.
Overall – 7
Sakura Trick is a meringue series – sweet, whipped foam, light on the palate, but if you have too much of it at once it leaves you with a heavy feeling.