As a child, Sasahara Tomo has always been "one of the guys," hanging
out and rough-housing. Even though, she secretly wished to be a girl
instead when she enters elementary school, she keeps her facade, too
embarassed to admit it. But when her love confession was later rejected
because she didn't seem like a girl, Tomo was ready for a new start.
And how lucky that she's about to enter high school. She's excited.
A whole school where nobody knew her! But not quite. There's Shimazaki
Akira, who had been her next-door neighbor until 5 years ago.. and it
seems as if their "sibling" regard for each other is growing into
something more.. But there are problems abroad.. because this is a
forbidden love.. because he is her 23-year-old class advisor.
What do I think? I think that even though the plot isn't anything
new by a stretch, and even though the story is supposed to be about
forbidden love, it's actually really, well... cute. It runs in Hana to
Yume, a manga line aimed towards junior high students, famous for
the "anything's possible" stories.. The characters are cute (and
Shimazaki is biSHOUnen!) and the pace isn't too slow. Tomo-chan
can be pretty amusing, not being able to hide her feelings.. as
Kuze-sensei describes her, "foolishly honest." I find it interesting
that Fujisaki Mao likes to transpose his characters on a photograph
of real plants (mostly flowers) for most of his chapter covers. It
works pretty well, too. Although the meaning of the title escapes me..
Loosely translated, it's "Request to the Stars!" and maybe even
"Ask the Cosmos!" or "Wish Upon a Star!" Okay, with that settled, there
really isn't much talk about stars or the zodiac. They talk more about
flowers, in fact.. About the only connection I've seen is that the
back of the tankubon has the star map for the zodiac of whichever
character is featured in the front... ^^; Maybe I missed something..
It's probably about their personalities. (I'll try matching up their
personalities with their Zodiac and Blood Type.. We'll see..)