|Wandering Son Vol. 4 by Shimura Takako|
In the latest volume of Wandering Son (Vol. 4) we see a shift a bit of a shift in the story. This volume is less focused on the individual characters, but on those characters and their relationships. It really captures the complexities of teen friendships and love interests, though it is-- I think I'll call it realistic. "Realistic" because just because a character confesses their love, it isn't necessarily met with mutual feelings. Some of this is because of peer pressure-- accusations of being close to someone makes the two characters push each other away. Other times it's actually because the love interest doesn't share the same feelings. New friendships and confessions cause others to be jealous and feel spiteful towards everyone. Mixed emotions fill the characters as they finish their final year before junior high.
The characters are all so complex and flawed in their own ways and as a result make them easy to relate to. It's a great coming-of-age story and the art and story are so beautiful it would be a shame to not read Wandering Son. I still love this series and I can't wait for the next one.