Publisher: Seven Seas Entertainment
Genre: Yuri Manga
There’s been an interview; there’s been a game. There’s been drama CDs and even another interview. Now, there’s a manga. Kindred Spirits on the Roof has seemingly met with much success and love ever since MangaGamer localized and released the English-version of the visual novel in early 2016. Since that time, there’s been what feels like a constant stream of content regarding this series. Clearly, I’ve loved the game (as did Eivmoe), and I adored the Drama CDs, but what about this manga? Well, thanks to Seven Seas Entertainment, we can find that out.
From the story standpoint, the manga is just as well-crafted as the visual novel. The first story is much closer in time to the visual novel and the second story takes place sometime after that. Both stories retain the very warm storytelling that the game is known for, as well. The first story is told from the point of view of Shiori Shiina, a shy girl in her second year of high school. Together with returning game characters Seina Maki and Hina Komano, they must get the scenery ready for their class play in the school’s festival this year. This story deals with unrequited love and has plenty of fan service in the form of returning characters. (No pantyshots for you, Mr/Ms Pervert.)
The second story is about friendly girls watching friendly girls. No, no. There’s no sudden return of the kindred spirits in the game in this story, but it truly felt like it. This story follows Chiharu Hase and the activities of Shirojo’s Quiz Club. After joining the club, she finds friends in another club member and their upperclassmen. Will she find love? Will someone else? You’ll have to read the story to find out. Their aren’t as many cameos in this story, but the ones you do see are nice and definitely inform you that some considerable time has passed between stories.
Overall, I really enjoyed the manga. As I said above, it’s got the storytelling characteristics of the games and it has plenty of cameos. Unfortunately, the version I had was a pdf file, so I couldn’t exactly share the files I used to read, but the screenshots that I conveniently stole borrowed from the MangaGamer site will have to do. (^0^)b …. *cough* Anyway. Embarrassing emoji moments aside, the Kindred Spirits on the Roof manga makes me hunger for more wonderful stories out of Shirojo. The school does truly become a yuritopia, and that, by itself, must make Sachi and Megumi very happy. Hopefully, fans are happy with that, too. For the price of $19.99 USD, you can use your retailer of choice from what’s available on the Seven Seas website. At 298 pages, it’s definitely worth the money.
Lolinia gives Kindred Sprits on the Roof (manga) a Drastik Measure 9.0 out of 10.0 (90).