Drama, Slice of Life, Motorcycles, High School, Female Friendship
Kadokawa Sneaker Bunko
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(Mostly based on the anime)
Koguma (小熊) is a junior in high-school student without parents or friends, living a lonely and colorless life.
One day she decides she wants a motorcycle instead of her bike for the school commute, and ends up buying a Honda Super Cub on the cheap.
Slowly life begins to show more colorr. Reiko (礼子), daughter of a politician who lives on her own, is a classmate who also rides a Honda Cub. They slowly develop a deep friendship, and in time they are joined by Eniwa Shii (恵庭椎), a girl who rides a bike and helps her parents running a coffee house.
The series narrates the slow blossoming of Koguma and her relationships with the other protagonists, with the motorcycles acting as the vehicle that opens up their worlds.
I love slice of life stories. This one focuses on platonic love between girls who have a tough life. Nicel unusual.
Koguma's gradual discovery of happiness is constantly heart-warming, sprinkled with subtle humour, bike rides and bike maintenance. If you have not watched the anime, I think it's one of the best of the Sring 2021 season. I would very much love to read the source material.
Cover images for volumes 2 - 8