Title: Horimiya Volume 2
Original story: HERO
Art: Daisuke Hagiwara
Release Date: January 26, 2016
Publisher: Yen Press
By all appearances, Kyouko Hori and Izumi Miyamura are worlds apart. Bright and capable, Hori is always surrounded by classmates, the center of attention. For Miyamura, a quirky loner, getting through class unnoticed counts as a good day. But ever since these two started sharing secrets, they've found themselves drawn into each other's orbit little by little and the distance between them shrinking bit by bit...
Horimiya Volume 2 is continuing the story of Hori-san and Miyamura-kun's high school days. Days of studying and student council issues, of worries about the future and reflections on the past.
Though the writing and the expressive artwork and the charm of the characters, there's something so honest and believable about this story. About Hori and Miyamura. Both have their worries, their strengths and weaknesses. Their anxieties. Hori is unsure about the future, unsure about her feelings towards Miyamura when she starts feeling more and more comfortable around him, and Miyamura can't let go of the past, of a childhood that found him called gloomy by classmates. His feelings for Hori are changing as well, and because of how isolated his elementary and middle school years were, he doesn't think Hori's interest will last. Or that of Ishikawa and Yoshikawa. I would definitely recommend this manga to new and old readers, those looking for something serious but also with great moments of awkwardness and comedy.
(I purchased a copy of this book.)