Serious talk about Tsubaki-chou Lonely Planet.
We really shouldn’t be comparing this to Hirunaka no Ryuusei. Especially
considering there is only one chapter out (and most characters haven’t
been properly introduced yet). And the fact is that mangakas don’t
commonly make a career out of developing the same story over and over
again. Reading it while anticipating a similar developement to hnr’s and
seeing connections between the two series is just nitpicking.
Tsubaki-chou needs to exist on it’s own as a new (and independant) series and be read like so. Moreover, it has an innocent cohabitation setting which is not really the same thing as hnr’s country girl who moves to tokyo falls in love with her teacher. It’s not especially original but it’s a nice trope that will be very gratifying if well executed.
Nevertheless, I admit, I myself did pick up a few motifs:
- Yamamori does not want her protagonists to live with their parents.
- Both Fumi and Suzume like to wear their school skirt long (well, compared to manga standards).
- Braids are cool.
- Kibikino’s character does seem to be an updated version of what Shishio was supposed to be in the first draft of Hirunaka (see Hirunaka no something at the end of chapter 14 / volume 2)
- So I’m guessing that means Kibikino wasn’t pure enough to be a student either?
But that’s just the author’s preferences and superficial details. Also, I
don’t get in which way Kibikino looks like Shishio. Besides the black
fluffy hair (that most shoujo baes have), the potential History
foundness and mabye the age, they have nothing in common, design wise
and character wise. Fumi doesn’t look much like Suzume either, they
don’t have the same expressions. However, judging from Margaret’s back
cover, Mamura 2.0 does looks quite a bit like Mamura,
with more liveliness and less hostility in him.
Hopefully the love triangle won’t be to cumbersome this time. It seems that Kibikino is getting exposed as THE main
lead: having “hero?” tagged under the first picture that was released
of him (in the Margaret back cover), having his back appearing in the
colored pre-relese notice, being the only other character on the first
chapter’s cover with Fumi and being the only male protagonist to
physically appear in the first chapter. Usually promotion strategies are
quite revealing of how the plot would unfold (it establishes the
characters’ importance). So that’s that…