Hatsukoi Canvas (First Love Canvas) by Samamiya Akaza
I remember reading this oneshot in a volume of Asuka a LONG time ago. I didn’t realize it had been given an extension! So imagine my surprise when I stumbled upon Hatsukoi Canvas while browsing on amazon.jp!
Just like with Sun-kissed, Sakurako is a cinnamon roll, too pure for this world. Literally, you want to hold her to your chest and protect her from the evils around her ^^
The first chapter is as I remembered – Sakurako is self-conscious about her art because people think its cursed. She meets Akiharu who helps her realize that’s stupid. The second expounds a little bit on the relationship progress between Sakurako and Akiharu (don’t expect much ^^ They’re slow bloomers like the leads in Hibi Chouchou) and also shows us more of two side characters that had 3 pages in the original short before disappearing forever. Chapter 3 focuses on the female side character Hotaru and Akiharu’s uncle. The fourth chapter focuses on the youngest character of the group -Yukinojou. The last chapter pretty much cements Sakurako and Akiharu’s relationship x3 It ends enough that you know where they’re going but it’s open in that maybe another chapter could be slipped in if the manga were to get extended again.
Overall, I enjoyed Hatsukoi Canvas. Was fun re-reading it again. And it’s nothing like the weirdness of Torikago Syndrome, if you’re all hesitant to read Hatsukoi Canvas because of her other work. Hatsukoi is just pure shojo – put it this way, I wouldn’t have blinked twice if I saw this published in Margaret. That’s how shojo it is.