It’s the last year of high school, and love is in the air. Romantic feelings that have been building up over years of friendship come to light. When Taichi’s classmate Futaba asks him to help her confess to his best friend, Toma, it sparks the catalyst that begins the sweet and heart-wrenching journey of their third and final year of high school.
For some reason, Taichi Ichinose just can’t tolerate Futaba Kuze. But at the start of his third year in high school, he finds himself in the same homeroom as her, along with his childhood friend and school sports star Toma Mita. But one day Futaba opens up to Taichi, admitting she has a crush on Toma and asking for his help in confessing to him! There’s just one problem—Toma seems to already have a secret crush on someone else…
The first line of this blurb both grabbed my attention and made me wary. I’ve read enough romance in my time to know that love triangles can get messy – and ridiculous – fast. So, what kind of insanity would a quadrangle bring? Let’s just say that I had to find out. Because I like to torment myself, okay?
I soon forgot about the promised love quadrangle once Taichi started helping Futaba catch Toma’s eye. Their interactions were so cute and a ton of fun, even when Taichi was getting frustrated with her (and himself). Futaba and Taichi make a great pair in that they are both awkward and insecure, but they also both encourage and bolster each other.
Toma had me worried for a bit at the beginning. Anytime you have that super-jock, most popular boy in the school, as the object of anyone’s affection, he always turns out to be a raving jerk. Thankfully, Toma isn’t even close to that stereotype. Aside from being big and liking sports, he’s got nothing in common with all those others. He’s kind and funny and a bit dorky at times. Plus, he’s maintained a lasting friendship with his childhood friend, Taichi, even though Taichi is the furthest you can get from being one of the cool kids.
Itachi is the only one I’m unsure of at the moment. She doesn’t really get much page time until near the end of the manga, so I didn’t have a lot of time to get to know her. However, she is very protective of Futaba and that makes me want to like her. Also, her revelation at the end makes me want to root for her, too. I’m hoping she gets to show more of herself in the upcoming volumes.
Blue Flag is something I requested on a whim. I love manga and generally like the stories, even when they’re goofy or outrageous. However, the story here surprised me a bit at times. I’m eager to get into the next volume when it releases in June because I really do need to see how all of this is going to play out!
*Thanks to Netgalley, the author, and the publisher for a copy in exchange for a fair review.