Happy Thursday, everyone! I hope that you are having a wonderful week so far, and that you are continuing to stay healthy. I had to venture out to the grocery store on Monday (for the first time in nearly three weeks), and even though grocery shopping is now officially one of my least favorite activities, I was very pleased to see that some of the impossible-to-find items are starting to reappear on the shelves. Yes, even toilet paper! Some products are currently limited as to the number of items you can purchase (toilet paper, cold medicine, cleaning supplies, etc.), which may be problematic if you have a large family, but this practice seems to be helping my local store keep items in stock.
If you read last week’s POPSUGAR Reading Challenge update, you already know that my goal for the week is to finish a couple of titles that have been on my Goodreads “Currently Reading” list since February. I am still working to achieve my goal before this Saturday’s update, but I decided that this week would also be a great time to re-read one of my favorite manga series. I’ve been a massive fan of anime and manga since I was a teenager. I love manga not only as literature, but also as art.
The series I chose to read this week involves high school, estranged family members, and organized crime. Those may not seem like things that normally go together, but in the case of Kiyo Fujiwara’s Wild Ones, they form the basis for a fantastic manga series.
After Sachie loses her mother, she is taken in by her grandfather, a man she has never met. Her grandfather has been estranged from her family for quite some time and, as it turns out, it’s because he is the boss of a yakuza gang! Her new home is filled with rough-looking men, and it seems like it’s going to be tough for Sachie to transition to her new life.
She has help in the form of a bodyguard named Rakuto, a young member of the gang who is also the Student Body President of Sachie’s new school. Both of them have to be careful, because if anyone found out that they had ties to a yakuza gang, they could get kicked out of school. But to her surprise, on Sachie’s first day, Rakuto makes it known to her new friends that he’s her bodyguard, referring to her as a princess that he is fully prepared to give up his life for. As Sachie and Rakuto become closer, it is clear that he is not guarding her just because it’s his job.
Wild Ones is the only manga series by Kiyo Fujiwara that I’ve had the opportunity to read, but I really love her art style. The books are very beautifully drawn, and include a lot of intricate details.
Sachie is a great character, and one that I think many readers would be able to relate to. She is empathetic, has a strong sense of justice, and genuinely wants to be helpful to people. Even though her new “family members” can be somewhat intimidating, she tries to become friends with them all, and quickly becomes a beloved member of the household. Sachie is also not afraid to let people know when they’ve crossed a line, pushing them to be better people. Because she is such a well-developed and likeable character, I really enjoyed the time I spent reading.
Wild Ones is a shōjo manga which, if you’re not familiar with the term, is manga created primarily for female teen audiences. Shōnen manga, on the other hand, is aimed at male teens. Personally, I enjoy both shōjo and shōnen manga equally, and don’t really consider the intended audience when I pick up a new series. So even if you’re not a girl, I think you will find something to enjoy about Wild Ones. The story is wonderful, and not only includes drama, but also some action and humor.
If you’re already a fan of shōjo manga, or you’re just interested in seeing what’s out there, Wild Ones is a great series to pick up. Not only is it a fairly short series, only 10 volumes in length, but it tells a fun, character-driven story in a real-world setting. If you have the chance to read Wild Ones, I hope that you enjoy it!