Title:It Takes Two Tomorrow, Too Vol. 1 Author: suzuyuki Publisher: One Peace Books Language: English Format: Digital Pages: 146 Genre: Slice-of-Life, Romance, Comedy Publication Date: October 17, 2023
Yuya and Rio had been dating for over a year when they decided to live together. Two months into living together, we are taking into random situations that happen to them in their daily lives. That is, essentially, the entire gist of It Takes Two Tomorrow, Too.
The situations are rather cute, though. They range from Yuya eating Rio’s milk pudding and lying about it, Yuya getting drunk and accidentally calling Rio to find out what kind of flowers she would like in a bouquette, Rio visiting her parents and Yuya worried about contacting her in case her parents think he’s not worthy of her, Yuya getting roped into going on a group date with his co-worker, and more (including a hot spring chapter because why not?)
I wish I could to more in-depth but the story is just that… 8-page short comics about different situations. There are some chapters that bridge the story and some future chapters make callbacks to earlier ones so there is a sense of it being all tied together, though!
The big focus is on Yuya and Rio.
Starting with Yuya, he seems like a giant kid. In fact, when they were fighting over whether to watch a soccer game or Kuko’s Delivery Service (love the knockoff name to avoid copyright Mayao Hiyazaki and Studio Ghoblo would be proud), Yuya admits that he’s like a 4-year-old, and in some ways, he is. Despite being in his 20s, he’s quite childish but not in an over-the-top way. In fact, I would say that he’s rather apathetic most of the time but he has his tendencies to make you shake your head. Underneath all of this, he does care about Rio a lot and wants to be with her… so much so that he often goes out of his way to do nice things without even being told (although sometimes the hints are blatantly obvious.)
Rio, on the other hand, is way more energetic and outgoing. At times, she exhibits a tomboy attitude, and yet, in others, she just seems more like the voice of reason that balances Yuya out. There’s also her soft side, too, where she will take care of Yuya like when he came down with a fever so she decided to spend her day off taking care of him even though he insisted that she go out and do things for herself. She also worried when he went out on a group date about whether or not he would see other girls and cheat on her (although her co-worker put that thought into her head.) Underneath everything, she’s still a typical girl.
The bottom line here is that both of the main characters have many different layers to them. Each chapter brings out one of those layers and turns it into a comedic situation. Diverse and flexible characters such as Yuya and Rio tend to play off of one another more easily and that’s conveyed very well throughout the first volume!
Cute and heartwarming.
That’s the best way I can describe the first volume of It Takes Two Tomorrow, Too. Both of the main characters were a joy and the comedy hit a bit differently than you would expect. It’s a lot of dry humor and sometimes the dialog just randomly shifts to something else completely. It’s like a character makes a joke and then moves on to the next subject while the character receiving the joke just rolls with it. That’s not easy to consistently pull off but it works very well here.
It helps paint the picture of a couple that’s deeply comfortable with one another but, at the same time, they still have those moments where they are unsure if they were doing the right thing as a couple or not. Despite being together for over a year, living together is a new venture for them and they are still trying to figure it out.
It’s a great balance between being both an experienced couple and a novice couple at the same time. It really sends the message that no matter how comfortable you get with someone, there is always something that is new that you have yet to experience with them.
These are the types of romantic comedies that I like. Nothing over-the-top, no characters screaming to try and get a joke over, nothing crazy… just good, dry banter grounded in reality. If that’s your cup of tea, this series is going to be one of the best things you pick up this year!
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