Futaribeya: A Room for Two is a yuri manga written and illustrated by Yukiko. It began serialisation in a seinen magazine, Gentosha’s Monthly Birz in July 2014. The English release of the manga is licensed by Tokyopop.
The first volume of Futaribeya contains chapters one through to eleven, as well as a bonus chapter.
As her exciting first year of high school begins, Sakurako Kawawa settles into her new lodgings. There, she meets her roommate – the stunningly beautiful Kasumi Yamabuki, who lives life at her own pace. From day one, responsible, level-headed Sakurako and lazy, easygoing Kasumi find themselves at odds with one another… But with their matching mugs and one bed to share, Sakurako and Kasumi’s friendship is just beginning!
Futaribeya introduces us to Sakurako Kawawa and Kasumi Yamabuki – and despite the synopsis saying the two find themselves at odds with one another, they actually get along very well.
Something about their respective personalities makes them extremely compatible, and it is a delight reading about their interactions with each other – and other characters as well.
This first volume has the two meet, and it takes next to no time before they are getting along. From that point, we discover more and more about the two leading ladies, Sakurako and Kasumi.
Sakurako worries about her weight, whilst Kasumi practically inhales food without a second care. That even extends to expired food, though that is often followed up with regret.
Sakurako can effortlessly achieve top marks in exams, whilst Kasumi has to study hard to just about maintain an average score.
It is pretty clear that Sakurako and Kasumi are opposite in many ways, but that just adds to the chemistry between the pair.
The overall tone of Futaribeya is a light-hearted one. There’s no big arguments or any conflicts; it is just a slice of life comedy manga about two girls who happen to be very close.
There are plenty of laughs to be found throughout Futaribeya as well, as long as you are into the pretty typical slice of life humour you would come to expect from manga and anime.
The first volume of Futaribeya: A Room for Two marks a fun start to the series. It was a joy to read about Sakurako and Kasumi just going about their every day lives. With several more volumes of the manga available, I am very much looking forward to seeing what is in store for Sakurako and Kasumi next.