This shoujo ai manga was ADORABLE. Unfortunately (or fortunate, depending,) it’s not complete, but on-going. So, I’m going to have to keep tuning in for this one!
The story of Under One Roof follows Yoshida, a twenty-something woman who has finally gotten up the gumption (and, more importantly the cash!) to move out of her parents’ house… right into a room in the house of an out lesbian, Asou.
Except, it’s not really like that at all. Asou is perfectly respectful of Yoshida’s space, etc. However, that doesn’t stop Yoshida from falling head-over-heels… slowly. I think, in fact, that’s one of my favorite things about Under One Roof. The relationship between Yoshida and Asou builds very slowly. They’re literally charmed by each other in small increments. Just like in real life.
The art style is kind of fascinating too. As you can see by this opening set of panels, it osculates between semi-realistic/traditional manga-style to kind of chibi.
Milage may vary, but the art really worked for me. Also, this manga reads differently because it reads in columns. You read all the way down the right before moving on the the left. That threw me a bit more, but again, I got used to it very quickly.
The chibi style works really well in the cute/romantic moments, like when in response to a drunken joke, Yoshida kisses Asou you get this
Did I mention that Under One Roof is tots adorbs? IT’S TOTALLY ADORABLE.
And I can’t wait for the next one!!