Despite their best attempts, it seems that Konatsu and Koyuki are drifting further and further apart in the seventh volume of Makoto Hagino’s A Tropical Fish Yearns for Snow manga. Some parental advice might just get them back on track, though.
This volume contains tanks (chapters) twenty twenty-five through to twenty-seven point five.
Konatsu senses that she and Koyuki, the only two members of the Aquarium Club, are connected by loneliness, and she’s afraid that her bond with Koyuki is weakening as it gradually changes. When Konatsu’s feelings finally erupt, Koyuki resolves to face her head-on, leading to a clash of feelings before the girls can confirm how important they are to each other.
I’ve said this before, but many stories would become much shorter if the characters would just speak to each other. Of course, it’s not always so simple, and sometimes said characters need to be given a push in the right direction to start moving towards that.
That’s where characters like Mr. Honami, Koyuki’s father, become particularly important. It’s not just him either; in fact, Koyuki’s mother could be argued to be the biggest influence on finally having Koyuki face Konatsu head on.
I’m still a fan of the supporting cast in this manga. They all help Koyuki and Konatsu become closer and closer in their own ways, and nobody is particularly against the idea, either.
On that note, Konatsu’s father shows up in this volume. Even he admits he is not the best dad, and almost introduces the “character returning to their hometown” cliche into the story. However, he owns up to his flaws, and his action all stem from a desire to be a better father towards Konatsu.
Thankfully Konatsu’s aunt is there to put him in place when he makes some less than stellar suggestions.
Besides the thing with Konatsu and Koyuki’s respective families, we also get a big emotional scene between our two main characters. It’s definitely been brewing for a while now. Though I do wonder whether it could be considered a slow burn or dragged out, but either way, it’s a fantastic scene. I’m happy to see it deliver, finally.
I’m pretty happy with this volume. Things are certainly beginning to look up for Konatsu and Koyuki.
Some good stuff. I am curious about where the story will go from this point forward, because a lot of the big obstacles in this plot have been overcome. I guess there are a few things here and there to be considered, though whether they’re as important as what we got from this volume remains to be seen.