Is anyone else reading this? Seinen romance, shoujo artwork, and one of the purest and sweetest love stories I've seen. By the mangaka of Yume de Aetara, but he's definitely improved his storytelling since then. Scanlations are being done by SCX-Scans and Foolzrules, and they've just finished Volume 3 of 8. You can download it here.
Summary: A man with two sons comes back home to find one day that his wife is divorcing him, because he's too much of a workaholic and a square. At the same time, a woman with two daughters finds out that her husband has been cheating on her, and leaves him in a huff. They each go house-hunting to get a change of environment and cheer themselves up after their respective breakups. Thanks to a crooked real estate agent, they end up buying the same house. With no money to move elsewhere, or to buy out each other's share, these two odd families have to move in and start living together. Thus begins a tale of shared joys, sorrows, laughter and affection as they learn to adjust, accept each other, and slowly fall in love.
~ OMG, this series is so good! ~
There's like squee-iffic moments almost every chapter, as you see the romance slowly blossom between the two main characters. And it's interesting, because it's not your typical manga story set-up - the children, neighbours and family also play a very big factor in the protagonists' lives and romance. If you liked Aishiteruze Baby, or Open Sesame, or most of Adachi's stuff, you'll definitely like this one as well. And better yet, if you've read Yume de Aetara, you can clearly see how much the mangaka has grown and evolved, both in his artwork and storytelling style, which are much more polished here. A slow-developing romance also means that it's okay to read it one chapter at a time, instead of blazing through it in one reading. In fact, I think it even adds to the feel of the story, when you slowly wait for the next chapters to come.
It's shaping up to be my favourite romance manga of all time, even starting to edge out Maison Ikkoku off the number one spot. Anyone else reading it?