It’s only taken five volumes, but we finally get some actual snow in A Tropical Fish Yearns for Snow. Kind of inconsequential, though, as the focus in this volume is more on Kaede Hirose and her interactions with Koyuki.
The day of the Aquarium Club’s open house has finally arrived, and the shark show is a great success. Koyuki is so thrilled by the victory that she actually jumps for joy. But baring her feelings in front of everyone is too much for her to handle, and she ends up running away. Thankfully Koyuki’s family and Konatsu accept her just the way she is. And as Koyuki and Konatsu spend more time together, each of the girls finds a place in her heart for the other.
It’s interesting that the blurb goes out of its way to bring up Koyuki and Konatsu growing closer, as Konatsu barely appears in this volume. It is Koyuki and Kaede who have the most interactions this time around, but apparently that’s not worth mentioning…
Those interactions arise from Koyuki fretting about her future – yeah, Koyuki is fretting again. Loneliness is something she is particularly concerned about, yet she can’t bring herself to actually talk to Konatsu to.
Many stories would probably become much shorter if the characters would just talk to each other…
But, hey, Koyuki does find someone to confide in: Kaede Hirose.
Fortunately for everyone involved, Kaede is able to lend Koyuki an ear, and give her a push in the right direction. As for what Konatsu thinks when she sees Koyuki and Kaede together… that’s something that looks like it will come up in volume six. Does A Tropical Fish Yearns for Snow really need to fall back on to that trope, though?
Maybe it won’t go in the obvious direction.
On a more positive note, though, we do get some nice scenes with Koyuki’s family. I’ve mentioned before how great Koyuki’s dad is, but her mum isn’t too bad, either. Nice to see a parent willing to join in on a pillow fight rather than start yelling.
Attention may not be on Konatsu and Koyuki’s relationship in this volume, but Koyuki does get some growth here. Of course that probably could not have happened without Kaede, so got to give big ups to her. Decent volume, overall, I’d say.