A Tropical Fish Yearns for Snow is a manga series written and illustrated by Makoto Hagino. It began serialisation in ASCII Media Works’ Dengeki Maoh magazine in June 2017. The English release is licensed by Viz Media.
The first volume contains chapters one through to four.
When her dad gets a job overseas, Konatsu Amano has to leave the Tokyo life she’s always known and relocate to a small seaside town to stay with her aunt. The move also means starting a new school surrounded by complete strangers, and it’s a lot to handle for a girl who has trouble with change. But on her first day in her new town, Konatsu is instantly drawn to Koyuki, an older girl who is the sole member of the Aquarium Club. Konatsu’s introverted tendencies are hard for her to overcome, but maybe she’s found something worth coming out of her shell for?
Konatsu is doing her best to adapt to her new school, but being required to join a club has introduced additional pressures. Her friendly classmate Kaede invites her to join the Home Ec Club, but Konatsu hasn’t even had time to consider which club she’s interested in. Meanwhile, Koyuki is like a ray of sunshine in Konatsu’s cloudy world. Will Konatsu join the Aquarium Club?
This first volume of A Tropical Fish Yearns for Snow naturally introduces us to our main characters: Konatsu Amano and Koyuki Honami.
As the (rather lengthy) blurb mentions, Konatsu is on the introverted side. Koyuki, on the other hand, is much admired by everyone in the school. Seems like plenty of boys have attempted to ask her out, but none of them have what Koyuki is looking for.
Konatsu, as it were, might have exactly what Koyuki is yearning for. The interactions between the two girls are a lot of fun, and it is plain to see that Koyuki definitely has a thing for Konatsu.
The thing that unites the pair is the Aquarium Club, which is what this story is centred around. It is that very thing that brings the girls together, and it allows Makoto Hagino to share some knowledge about various fish and other marine creatures.
One other important character introduced in this volume is Kaede. She is Konatsu’s classmate, and a member of the Home Ec Club. Kaede says herself that she might have a screw loose, but I suspect that is what makes her a fun character. That, and her high energy.
It doesn’t take long for her to start getting on with Konatsu, though that seems to be stirring up feelings of jealousy within Koyuki. Amusingly, Kaede makes a comment about Konatsu winning Koyuki’s heart. I’m going to go ahead and say she’s not wrong.
A Tropical Fish Yearns for Snow is off to a pretty good start with its first volume. Good introductions for our main characters, and the chemistry between the pair started developing almost instantly.
I am very much looking forward to more of this manga.