Ever since Shino saw Asuka take the stage to lead the freshman pledge, she knew they were in completely different worlds. Intelligent, endlessly talented Asuka is the type who’d only be friends with fellow preppy girls – never ordinary girls like her! The correct plan of action for Shino to take for her high school debut is to fit in by sticking close to her old friends, getting through academics somehow, and snagging herself a boyfriend – but when Asuka herself asks Shino to be her friend, does fitting in even matter?
Yukawa comes into the office and always hangs up her coat on the rack; most others just sling it over their chairs. That may be because Yukawa is proper, but maybe because she loves receiving handwritten notes from her coworker Mizuki. Until recently, Yukawa only knew Mizuki and her sweet vanilla scent from afar, but one day she was able to befriend her after a mix-up with their coats. Since then, Mizuki communicates with Yukawa and asks her to go out after work via pen, paper, and coat. They never make plans ahead of time, nor do they even know each other’s phone numbers. As Yukawa navigates her feelings and learns more about Mizuki, will their relationship blossom into more than whatever it is right now?
Airi is an average 12-year-old girl. She goes to school, hangs out with her friends, and loves being outdoors. The thing is, she can only be outside for 30 minutes a day. Welcome to Airi’s life. A catastrophic nuclear war reduced the world to a radioactive wasteland and forced her and other humans to live deep underground. But, this doesn’t bring Airi or her friends down. As they explore aboveground, they make shocking discoveries not taught in school.
10. It’s Personnel! by Yuni
Ms. Komori is the ace of the Sales and Marketing Department, and she damned well knows it. With a smile that can convince anyone to do anything, she always goes well over her monthly quota – so imagine how surprised she is after finding out she’s getting transferred over to the dull, uptight Personnel Department! But little does she know that she may have more in common with her new coworker Ms. Yamanobe than she originally thought…