Today we’re looking at Sayonara Mutsuki-chan (さよならむつきちゃん) by Isoya Yuki. This collection is one of Hirari’s smaller size books, and I like the change. The collection looks more adult than the larger B5 volumes.
The collection begins with a young woman saying goodbye to an older woman who is getting married. This is followed by a rather sweet-multi chapter series in which a high school girl falls for and woos the mother of a classmate. The epilogue for this series gives us an usually happily ever after, but it’s the body of the story that really wowed me. Rise falls for Machi, the mother of her classmate Shou. When Machi awkwardly tells Shou that she’s confessed, Shou shows a complete lack of concern and expresses the belief that it’s normal to him.
The final story in the collection is also quite wonderful as a girl conjures up a witch named “Johanssen” while trying to conjure up Scarlett Johansson. ^_^ It’s a quirky little story that I found rather appealing.
The collection includes a little creepy, a little silly and a lot of emotion, with no “Story A” at all. Characters, for all that we have very little time with them, are pretty fully developed…even if the development isn’t what we expect.
Art – 8
Story – 9
Characters – 8
Yuri – 8
Service – 4 – Some bathing and other fetistry
Overall – a strong 8 and a really excellent read
All told a satisfying collection that made some unique – and sometimes really weird – bedtime reading.