Kaoru is recuperating after a fall in the third volume of tMnR’s If I Could Reach You, which has given her some time to really think about her relationship with Reiichi. She also spends some quality time with Uta, leading to a rather important conversation.
This volume contains chapters eleven through to fifteen.
Stunned after catching her husband with one of her friends, Karou loses her footing… and ends up in the hospital. When Uta goes to visit her, she sees Kaoru crying alone and knows instinctively that her wounds go a lot deeper than the eye can see. Caught in between her brother and her crush, Uta may just have to tell Kaoru the truth.
There is quite a pivotal moment in this volume of If I Could Reach You, but before we get to that point Kaoru has been hospitalised. She spends the entirety of this volume recovering from a broken ankle, which ultimately leaves her with a lot of time on her hands.
Eventually recalling what she saw that made her fall in the first place, Kaoru starts doubting her relationship with her husband. Perhaps she is pessimistic by nature, though the story has yet to explain what was happening with what Kaoru witness previously.
Some hints are dropped, but ultimately it is left to the reader to put the pieces together. Whether they make a complete picture or not isn’t exactly clear at this point, though.
On Uta’s side of things, she chooses to spend Christmas with Kuro – and I certainly welcome anything that involves Kuro. Not that she has a huge role or anything for this volume, but it is still nice nonetheless.
The most important event, though, has to be Uta and Kaoru taking a trip to some hot springs. There, the two have a conversation where they open about out their own personal feelings.
Readers don’t get to see the entire conversation, so it is left up to our imaginations how exactly it went. Uta might have been completely honest, but on the other hand, Kaoru might have been able to piece together enough to come to a certain conclusion about what she and Uta talked about.
It is an important conversation for Uta and Kaoru to have, but we don’t really get to see how much it changes the dynamic between the two. At least, not just yet.
If I Could Reach You continues to provide compelling storytelling with the issues it touches upon. A touch more on the dramatic side than the yuri I tend to read, but that by no means diminishes it. I am still just as keen to see where the story goes, especially after the events of this volume.