Length: 287 pages
Sato doesn’t get out much. The anime company accountant spends his days at a desk and his nights working on his own small-scale robots. His geeky life is like a dream, but it has just one piece missing…
The world only knows outgoing playboy Aoi for his moans. The budding voice actor has sworn off relationships since they’ll only distract him from his budding voice acting career. That was until he met Sato.
As Aoi’s popularity rises and secrets about his past begin to reveal themselves, can the accountant and the voice actor rise above their problems to create something real?
I have a confession to make. Like SO many of us, I one-click books ALL the time but then never read them. I mean, who hasn't done that and who doesn't have a Kindle full of books that grabbed our attention for one reason or the other and then something else shiny makes us change direction? All of this to say, I've had Amy Tasukada's Would it be Okay to Love You on my TBR for quite some time. When the opportunity came up to read the entire box set at one go, I jumped on the chance ... and I'm so glad I did. Aoi and Sato were completely delightful and I found myself smiling so often my face hurt.
I am such a fan of reading something I know very little about. I don't know much about the Japanese culture--just enough to fascinated though. And, I don't know much about anime or manga, only enough to know what it is and that it's hugely popular, so learning while I read this collection of stories was a treat. Sato is a quiet guy who loves Gundam anime (I DO know what this is, thanks to my son!) He's a salary-man, meaning he's an accountant, so he's got a steady, if not exciting job. He's a nerd and shy and awkward. He crosses paths with his total opposite, Aoi, at an anime bookstore. Aoi is vibrant and bold--with his blond hair and green eyes he's certainly hard to miss!--and he flirts with Sato unashamedly. This is definitely an opposites attract kind of story. Aoi is short, less than five feet tall, while Sato is close to six feet. Sato has dark hair, Aoi's is dyed bright blond. Sato is quiet and unassuming, and quiet naive in a lot of things, Aoi is brash and confident. Aoi's career as an erotic voice actor is nothing like Sato's respectable job as an accountant. So these two should not work, but they do. It takes a little bit for Sato to come into his own as it were while at the same time Aoi needs to look beneath the surface of Sato to see there's more to him that just his geeky fanboy love of anime.
I liked the journey these two take from harmless flirting to friendship to boyfriends. As they learn more about one another and grow, you can see them becoming closer and closer. The box set takes us from their introduction and establishes the relationship, the next two novellas shows us how Sato and Aoi navigate things once they are committed and established. The slices of life Tasukada shows in the Year One novella were so adorable. Everything from Sato getting hiccups during a business meeting to worrying about what to buy one another for Christmas to Aoi wanting a pet and the two of them catsitting for Sato's sister, these brief glimpses show us just how far Aoi and Sato have come since they first meet. I really enjoyed the Happy Merry Christmas novella mostly because I was fascinated with how the holiday is celebrated in Japan. Who knew having Kentucky Fried Chicken for Christmas was such a big deal in Japan? I know I sure didn't!
All in all, these stories are light hearted and sweet and will leave you with a big smile on your face. There are few things missing, a depth of connection between Aoi and Sato mostly, but all in all I thoroughly enjoyed reading the entire set. If there's a Year Two coming, I know I'll read that one too because I'd love to see how Aoi and Sato are getting along and navigating their careers and relationship. Be sure to check out this box set, you won't be sorry if you do!
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