It is time for a culture festival in the fourth volume of Makoto Hagino’s A Tropical Fish Yearns for Snow, but certain circumstances mean Konatsu will be flying solo. Besides that, there’s also quite a lot of stuff happening that keeps Konatsu and Koyuki apart.
This volume contains chapters (or “Tanks) thirteen through to sixteen.
A sudden fever keeps Koyuki from participating in the Aquarium Club open house during the Nanahama High School culture festival. After a successful solo amberjack show, Konatsu stops by to wish Koyuki well and teasingly compares her to the salamander from a short story. Now Koyuki can’t stop thinking about how Konatsu once compared herself to the frog from the same story. As school obligations keep them apart, Koyuki and Konatsu start to realise just how important they are to each other.
Ask me to identify a main theme for this particular volume of A Tropical Fish Yearns for Snow, and I would have to say it is almost certainly Koyuki fretting. Mostly fretting about what she and Konatsu feel about each other.
Koyuki’s fever and a school trip leave her plenty of time to really think about the things that Konatsu said to her before.
It seems pretty evident that Koyuki is coming to understand just why she and Konatsu are drawn to each other.
It is a pretty common trope for one character to develop feelings for another and never act on those feelings for fear of ruining a friendship. That is exactly what we get from Koyuki with this volume. Lots of overthinking from her here.
Whilst Koyuki may steal the show in this volume, Konatsu does get her moments, too. The solo amberjack show, for example. It is also nice to see she is a little more sociable than when the story first started, experiencing the culture festival with her friends. Her thoughts don’t stray far from Koyuki, though.
Koyuki’s dad also continues to be one of the best side characters in this manga. She may find him embarrassing at times, but he supports her friendship (or should that be relationship? Maybe not quite yet…) with Konatsu. Mr. Honami even gives his daughter a nudge in the right direction when she needs it.
Whilst much of this volume are events that keep Koyuki and Konatsu apart, as well as Koyuki fretting over what will most likely be something inconsequential, it does offer a heart warming pay off.
A Tropical Fish Yearns for Snow offers an enjoyable fourth volume, with a particular focus on Koyuki. Safe to say that Koyuki and Konatsu are growing closer and closer.