I Hear The Sunspot: Limit 1 by Yuki Fumino (Sunspot #3)
Publisher: One Peace Books
Release Date: November 20, 2018
Available Through The Book Depository: I Hear The Sunspot Limit 1
Summary: “You rescued me from a world without sound. If it wasn’t for you, I never would’ve known the world was such an amazing place!” Because of a hearing disability, university student Kohei had made a habit of distancing himself from those around him. But after meeting the exceedingly cheerful Taichi, he gradually begins to embrace a more positive outlook on life. Kohei eventually begins to see Taichi as more than a friend, and after he finally confesses his love to Taichi, the feelings become mutual. In this new addition to the I Hear the Sunspot series, Kohei continues on as a student, while Taichi makes his way out into the working world to pursue his own calling and the two begin a new life together!
My Thoughts: I Hear The Sunspot Limit 1 goes into great length of exploring the two main characters Taichi & Kouhei their own personal journeys, and the development of their relationship! This volume is a continuation of the I Hear The Sunspot Series!
So a little background about me & I Hear The Sunspot! I first read it back in 2016 before it was translated (known as Hidamari ga Kikoeru) and fell in love with the story and its characters. Not only was it the first manga I’d read in such a long time, but it was the series that got me back into reading manga again! (& this series honestly had me in tears at points 😭✨)
This series centers around college students Kouhei (who’s also hard of hearing) & Taichi (the more outgoing one) who meet due to a random circumstance, become friends, & find it hard to put into words that they may be falling for each other!
They overcome a lot emotionally/internally, but by the end of volume 2 are able to admit their feelings.
Limit 1 focuses now on them finally being together, but its been months since they’ve actually hung out regularly, now that Taichi is working more.
From the beginning its easy to see that Kouhei is feeling that he wants more out of their relationship, but Taichi is nervous about the speed of their relationship.
They are planning a trip together, but when Taichi is surprised by his invitation to an employee retreat–he knows what a big opportunity it is for him! Kohuei tells him how great that is, but deep down doesn’t know how to put into words how distant and lonely he’s been feeling about their relationship.
So while I loved returning to this story and follow Taichi & Kohuei again, I can’t help but feel that this volume in terms of its story & relationship between both of them really took a step backwards!
I remember in Volume 2, this distance they had (while they were still unsure of their relationship at that point) was already explored practically throughout the volume.
So while Taichi is on his retreat and Kohuei is focusing on classes, what also bothered me was that with Kouhei’s story, Maya & Ryu began making him question his relationship/important elements of his hearing which I found disappointing because (again) it was already explored in volume 2.
I do like that Kohuei was thinking more about himself and what he wants out of his relationship with Taichi and how he really cares about it, but I felt he relied & was easily swayed too much on other’s opinions on what they thought was best.
Especially when Maya (a girl he knows from Volume 2; who is also hard of hearing) was obviously trying to turn him away from Taichi, even though her intentions were just to get his mind off of things.
Similarly, Taichi was just unsure where their relationship was exactly! This led him to being nervous when Kohuei was trying to let him know how he feels, etc. So, mainly I’d say it was just a lot of miscommunication which was the problem.
Though I will say I really loved some of the side stories & how they connected, mainly when it comes to Taichi’s boss, Chiba & Ryu (the local guy who likes sports) who meets/gets to know Kohuei. That was one of the more interesting story-lines in this volume because it turns out Chiba is actually Ryu’s older brother, so I really liked that parallel.
And overall, I enjoyed Ryu as a character!
The introduction and expansion to new and returning side characters was another element of this story that really surprised me because I wasn’t expecting to see so much development in their story-lines.
I did also enjoy that there’s more development on both Taichi & Kohuei as characters while they are separated and its clear they both really care about each other. Also, one of my favorite chapters was definitely Chapter 4, where they are finally able to see each other again and just talk!
I’ll also admit I think because of the miscommunication, this can make it seem like Taichi is a bit oblivious at times & Kohuei not explaining everything he feels about their relationship doesn’t really help either.
So my main issue is that this volume really took a step backwards and from the ending I’m just worried about what it could mean for Taichi & Kohuei’s relationship…
I will say I love the art style for this series a lot, I love the detail and how it really expresses a lot of subtle emotion in the characters!
There’s also great diversity as it explores hearing disabilities through Kohuei, his friend Maya, Ryu (who is Deaf) and in the workplace when Taichi gets to meet Ueno a new employee who’s going to work at the company soon and she’s Deaf.
I Hear The Sunspot Limit 1 is a continuation to the series with a focus on the main characters and their development! In regards to their relationship, that storyline does fall a bit short, but the introduction and expansion to side characters have me even more invested! Additionally while the ending leaves on an unexpected note, I’m rooting for Taichi & Kohuei’s relationship to see where its headed!