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Super serious Asahi Suzumura and laidback, easygoing Mitsuki Sayama might seem like an odd couple, but they made a deal; they'll vacation around the world and when they get back to Japan, they'll get married. As they travel from country to country, the different people, cultures and cuisine they encounter begin to bring them closer together. After all they're not just learn Super serious Asahi Suzumura and laidback, easygoing Mitsuki Sayama might seem like an odd couple, but they made a deal; they'll vacation around the world and when they get back to Japan, they'll get married. As they travel from country to country, the different people, cultures and cuisine they encounter begin to bring them closer together. After all they're not just learning about the world, but about themselves too.


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Super serious Asahi Suzumura and laidback, easygoing Mitsuki Sayama might seem like an odd couple, but they made a deal; they'll vacation around the world and when they get back to Japan, they'll get married. As they travel from country to country, the different people, cultures and cuisine they encounter begin to bring them closer together. After all they're not just learn Super serious Asahi Suzumura and laidback, easygoing Mitsuki Sayama might seem like an odd couple, but they made a deal; they'll vacation around the world and when they get back to Japan, they'll get married. As they travel from country to country, the different people, cultures and cuisine they encounter begin to bring them closer together. After all they're not just learning about the world, but about themselves too.

30 review for Our Not-So-Lonely Planet Travel Guide, Volume 2

  1. 5 out of 5

    Maisha Farzana (on hiatus)

    In this manga, we follow Asahi Suzumura and Mitsuki Sayama as they continue their travels around the world. This is the second volume of the manga. In this instalment, Mituki and Asahi visits Asahi and Mitsuki might seem like an odd couple. They are totally polar opposites. Where Asahi is super serious, Mistuki is laid-back and easy going .But they have made a deal; they'll vacation around the world and when they get back to Japan, they'll get married. Our Not so Loneley Planet Travels is an inter In this manga, we follow Asahi Suzumura and Mitsuki Sayama as they continue their travels around the world. This is the second volume of the manga. In this instalment, Mituki and Asahi visits Asahi and Mitsuki might seem like an odd couple. They are totally polar opposites. Where Asahi is super serious, Mistuki is laid-back and easy going .But they have made a deal; they'll vacation around the world and when they get back to Japan, they'll get married. Our Not so Loneley Planet Travels is an interesting manga to read. Through the eyes of these characters we get to explore different cities in the world and learn about various cultures and traditions. We also see them meeting new people from various origins and tasting duff kinds of delicious cuisines. I would suggest you to not read this manga when you're hungry. Because food is definitely a big part of Asahi and Mistsuki's travels. I appreciated the author's realistic approach to the romance. Being in a same sex relationship in the Asian countries is not easy. So I liked the fact that the romance wasn't rushed or presented as chessy. Asahi and Mitsuki's relation was very realistic. Asahi's parents are homophobic. It was easy to understand why he wasn't ready to come out. I loved that Mistsuki respected his decision and was extremely supportive. I also loved how much they cared for each other and willing to fight for their love - together. I am pretty surprised at how the author managed to capture so many important things in such a short volume. The manga felt like a literal travel guide, but a fun one. And the characters development is amazing too. I can't wait to read more books from this series. Mitsuki and Asahi has become my ultimate favourite. Eagerly waiting for the next volume to come out. 。☆✼★━━━━━━━━━━━━★✼☆。 ☆ Thanks to Net-Galley and publishers for providing the arc in exchange for my honest review.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Pam's Shenanigans

    I love this volume so much because it shows both Asahi and Mitsuki’s weaker sides and flaws and how despite all of that, at the end of the day, they still choose to be with each other and wouldn't have it any other way. I cannot stress enough how amazing the art is in this graphic novel; the attention to detail is amazing. While I can’t comment on the authenticity or legitimacy of the culture presented in the graphic novel, I believe the author did a great job representing the countries they visi I love this volume so much because it shows both Asahi and Mitsuki’s weaker sides and flaws and how despite all of that, at the end of the day, they still choose to be with each other and wouldn't have it any other way. I cannot stress enough how amazing the art is in this graphic novel; the attention to detail is amazing. While I can’t comment on the authenticity or legitimacy of the culture presented in the graphic novel, I believe the author did a great job representing the countries they visited in a good light.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Shu Wei Chin

    I loved Volume 1 to bits, and somehow Volume 2 was even better? This volume delves deeper into each boy's personalities, their strengths and weaknesses as well as how they build each other up. Their relationship is not free of challenges but is perfect in how grounded yet beautiful and romantic it is. I need more of Asahi and Mitsuki! I kid you not, I was smiling the entire time I was reading this book, with some sporadic heart-clutching when the feels get real. PLUS, the art is absolutely gorgeou I loved Volume 1 to bits, and somehow Volume 2 was even better? This volume delves deeper into each boy's personalities, their strengths and weaknesses as well as how they build each other up. Their relationship is not free of challenges but is perfect in how grounded yet beautiful and romantic it is. I need more of Asahi and Mitsuki! I kid you not, I was smiling the entire time I was reading this book, with some sporadic heart-clutching when the feels get real. PLUS, the art is absolutely gorgeous, their expressions beautifully illustrated and the background art of the various countries they are vacationing in? Just breathtaking in its detail.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Mehsi

    I received this book from Netgalley in exchange of an honest review. The boys are back and you cannot believe how FREAKING HYPED I am!! Omg, I just love this series, the first volume was just chef kiss. I was excited to see where the boys would go this time and if we would get some more romantic times. Oh yes! In this book we travel to Finaland (chapter 7), Germany (chapters 8-10), France (chapter 11), and Italy (chapters 12-14). I love that they are visiting Europe because I live there. Haha, if I received this book from Netgalley in exchange of an honest review. The boys are back and you cannot believe how FREAKING HYPED I am!! Omg, I just love this series, the first volume was just chef kiss. I was excited to see where the boys would go this time and if we would get some more romantic times. Oh yes! In this book we travel to Finaland (chapter 7), Germany (chapters 8-10), France (chapter 11), and Italy (chapters 12-14). I love that they are visiting Europe because I live there. Haha, if only they had visited The Netherlands, now that would have been so cool! Would have loved to see them in one of the cities (though then again most tourists just go boring to Amsterdam). OMG, that second panel btw, it was so suggestive, I was just momentarily stunned and then I read on to find out they were in a sauna. It was not what I had expected. XD Back to the story. The first chapter is all about Finland! Yummy food and the Northern Lights. Oh man, those are also high up on my list, hopefully one day when things are normal I can visit the countries that have it! I just adored this chapter especially when we meet another same sex couple who was very enthusiastic and cute! The next three chapters are, as I said, about Germany. It was quite a chapter that started so ominously! Mitsuki gets sick which worried the heck out of me! Thankfully the boys get help and that made me smile. Seeing that someone who doesn’t know them helps them out and it helps that he can speak Japanese because his wife is from Japan. I loved seeing our duo and the man and wife who helped have a fun time! With of course plenty of food and sightseeing~ I was SO jealous when they visited a Christmas market. OMG, I want to go to! I loved the sparkle and the amazement in the eyes of the boys as they browsed~ And then we are going to France (again, why not just pop by The Netherlands and Belgium, come on!) and of course visit the Eiffel Tower. Haha, I don’t blame them. As soon as I get to visit Paris I will do the same. XD I had a laugh at the Mona Lisa, yep, I haven’t seen it but I heard the tales on how tiny it is. And I loved that they didn’t just visit Paris, but also went to visit other parts! I hope that they learn from this experience though, always check if something is open so you are not disappointed. I learned from the time I went to London and found at the Big Ben was wrapped up. With some difficult searching I found some articles, so it wasn’t my fault per se. Next up is Italy! Yas! And I had a laugh at Mitsuki. Knows almost zero English… but is fluent in Italian. Which I didn’t expect and Asahi didn’t either. Haha. Loved that it was his plan all along. Oh Mitsuki, never change! I had fun seeing them travel through Italy and visit all sorts of gorgeous places. Including VENICE!! Sorry, I am just so hyped because I love the city and I love seeing it through their eyes, making me wish I could go again! Though I wouldn’t recommend the gondolas, haha, I just love how in each book that is featured, but really.. the prices are MESSED UP. And we were disappointed that we couldn’t go. 😐 Next to travel there is plenty of romance, beautiful scenes with the two of them together, but they also meet many people along their way. We see conversations about LGBT romance, about love, about the places they visit, about food (of course), and much more. We see also how our couple gets together more and more with each country, they talk, they discuss, they worry, they really are growing. I really enjoyed those conversations they just gave the travelling experience something extra and I am all in for it! The art was gorgeous. Yes, sometimes the faces are a bit weird, but in overall I am enjoying the art! Especially when they zoom in on details or when there are backgrounds, holy wow! All in all, I could talk on and on about this wonderful, sweet, romantic book, but I will just keep it at this. Say that everyone should read this one! Review first posted at https://twirlingbookprincess.com/

  5. 5 out of 5

    DK

    *I received an eARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review* This series is now one of my faves! It deftly combines the joys and trials of travel with Asahi and Mitsuki's relationship ups and downs. During these past couple years when travel - especially international travel - has been put on hold, reading Asahi and Mitsuki's travel adventures brought me so much joy and made me think fondly of past trips and dream of new places to visit. In each country they visit, the couple faces new ch *I received an eARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review* This series is now one of my faves! It deftly combines the joys and trials of travel with Asahi and Mitsuki's relationship ups and downs. During these past couple years when travel - especially international travel - has been put on hold, reading Asahi and Mitsuki's travel adventures brought me so much joy and made me think fondly of past trips and dream of new places to visit. In each country they visit, the couple faces new challenges (finding their way around, avoiding scammers, health issues, communication, etc) but they also find kindness and true friendships with strangers. Each new connection they make also provides more conversations about their relationship. As Asahi struggles with being open about his sexuality and relationship with Mitsuki, these strangers - many of whom are also queer - encourage him and offer him advice. Mitsuki, the embodiment of sunshine, is a good buffer to Asahi's pessimism and constant worrying. He's deeply in love with Asahi, and does his best to respect Asahi's boundaries about not being out, though he's hopeful that their journey together will make Asahi feel more comfortable and proud of who he is. The art is gorgeous, the characters are so real and relatable, and the glimpses into the culture, food, and history of the various countries has me eager to dust off my passport! Highly recommend!

  6. 4 out of 5

    atlas ♡

    In the second volume of this series we continue to follow Asahi and Mitsuki as they continue their travels around the world. I really love the main characters relationship, it's very realistic and I think it's done really well. I'm not a huge fan of established relationships because often their relationships boring after they get together. This definitely isn't the case with these two and I enjoyed seeing them learn more about each other. The characters are fun and interesting to read about. I l In the second volume of this series we continue to follow Asahi and Mitsuki as they continue their travels around the world. I really love the main characters relationship, it's very realistic and I think it's done really well. I'm not a huge fan of established relationships because often their relationships boring after they get together. This definitely isn't the case with these two and I enjoyed seeing them learn more about each other. The characters are fun and interesting to read about. I love both of the MCs and we get to see many different side characters as well. Most of them are also lgbt and usually provide one of the main characters some advice or lesson. This does feel a little unrealistic but I didn't mind. The art is wonderful and really matches the story in a way. It's a pretty unique style and resonated with me when I read the first volume. Overall, this is honestly such a sweet read with wonderful art and realistic lgbt+ representation that I definitely recommend! I'm impatiently waiting for the next volume. Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for an ARC in exchange for my honest review.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Kelsey

    I loved this volume even more than the first, and I think the art has improved as well! Asahi and Mitsuki continue their travels around the world, hitting up Finland, Germany, France, and Italy. Along the way they hit a few bumps in the road (nothing super dramatic), but it allows them more reflection into their relationship, and to see how much they really care for one another. I also adored all of the side characters. And! I've actually learned some fascinating tidbits about the aforementioned I loved this volume even more than the first, and I think the art has improved as well! Asahi and Mitsuki continue their travels around the world, hitting up Finland, Germany, France, and Italy. Along the way they hit a few bumps in the road (nothing super dramatic), but it allows them more reflection into their relationship, and to see how much they really care for one another. I also adored all of the side characters. And! I've actually learned some fascinating tidbits about the aforementioned countries! I really hope we get a volume three!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Katrina

    I'm a little distressed to find that this is a continuing series and that volume 2 was not the happy conclusion with their wedding. That's only because I get worried about publication dates and completion status...it looks like volume 3 is out in Japan now, so maybe it'll be in English next year (as of right now, March 2022, it's not up for preorder yet). I sure hope these are selling well enough for Tokypop to continue with the license. In terms of story, it would've been too soon to wrap up a t I'm a little distressed to find that this is a continuing series and that volume 2 was not the happy conclusion with their wedding. That's only because I get worried about publication dates and completion status...it looks like volume 3 is out in Japan now, so maybe it'll be in English next year (as of right now, March 2022, it's not up for preorder yet). I sure hope these are selling well enough for Tokypop to continue with the license. In terms of story, it would've been too soon to wrap up a trip around the world just yet. And there's a lot of really great stuff in this volume. It's almost like this one in particular was written for me...they go to Finland, Paris, and Venice, so it's like revisiting some of my fondest memories, and making them gay. So...perfection. I do worry a little bit, too, about how well the writing is going to go from this point on, since these are basically travelogue books, and Sorai's travel must've been put on hold for a while with the pandemic. But some of the material is coming from Sorai's editor, other friends, research, etc, and doesn't all rely on personal firsthand knowledge. Admittedly sometimes it feels a little too much like a travel book: we always get descriptions of the food, little history lessons, and tours of various famous locations, which could potentially bore some audiences. I personally love it. For the places I've been, it's like a warm reminder (those platforms in flooded Venice!), and it lets me visit other places I haven't had a chance to go to on my own. And there's wonderful storytelling going on the entire time. Asahi is making so much progress in being more comfortable and confident in his relationship with Mitsuki. They meet a lesbian couple in Finland, and take a step further in coming out (thanks to Asahi) to a friendly couple in Germany, who lets the two of them stay at their house for a while. This section is meaningful, because the husband is German and the wife is Japanese, so Asahi's able to balance his anxieties about being out-and-proud back home in Japan with the heady freedom of traveling among strangers in foreign countries. The more people he meets and the more types of love he experiences, the more he wants to stay with Mitsuki. It's interesting that when they meet up with Mitsuki's great-aunt (Italian grandfather's younger sister) in Venice, Asahi admits to her that he'd been secretly planning to break up with Mitsuki at the end of their trip, so he could have a bunch of really wonderful memories to hang onto while spending the rest of his life alone. He's really been struggling with the idea of being able to have a happy life while gay and doesn't believe his parents will ever accept it. But it turns out this elderly relative has some regrets of her own...she bowed to the pressures of family and the not-so-progressive time period and broke up with her girlfriend, the love of her life, to marry a man for appearances' sake. Her advice to Asahi is: don't live with regrets. If Mitsuki makes you happy, grab that happiness with both hands and hold on tight. Asahi isn't there just yet, but he's getting close. And I'm pretty confident that unless this goes weirdly tragic, we will get that wedding and family acceptance by the end. There are also some lovely flashbacks, giving more glimpses into their history while leaving some for future volumes. I'm guessing Asahi and Mitsuki had a mutual (presumed unrequited) crush during high school, and when they met during Christmas after their university graduation, something happened to make them realize they could have what they wanted. I'm excited to see more of that story. It's still not totally clear what Asahi's emergency surgery was (appendix maybe, or something in his stomach/intestines related to stress/overwork), and I'm not sure if there's going to be more to that or not - but it was told really effectively during the Berlin portions, with Asahi panicking over Mitsuki getting sick and collapsing on the street, and finally understanding how terrified Mitsuki must've been of losing him. This is just such a complex, detailed, well-crafted story, and I hope I can keep traveling with them.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Elaine White

    While I like the general story and the main couple, it often feels more like a "tour guide" book. Too much description, detailing food, how it's made, the history of the landmarks they visit. Too often, the couple take a back seat to the sightseeing. They seem to, conveniently, meet every gay couple going, every time they visit a new country, and somehow always end up lucky to meet nice people who are overly kind to them. It's all too coincidental and convenient, with the gay couples imparting li While I like the general story and the main couple, it often feels more like a "tour guide" book. Too much description, detailing food, how it's made, the history of the landmarks they visit. Too often, the couple take a back seat to the sightseeing. They seem to, conveniently, meet every gay couple going, every time they visit a new country, and somehow always end up lucky to meet nice people who are overly kind to them. It's all too coincidental and convenient, with the gay couples imparting life lessons and wisdom, in every country. I wish it would spend more time on the couple and their story than the detailed tour of various countries. I want to know what really happened to Asahi, how long they've been dating, and why they're discovering HUGE things about each other on this trip that they never knew before. Why are they planning to get married, if they don't already know these things about each other?

  10. 5 out of 5

    Kay Claire

    This is a lovely story about two Japanese men who decide to go on a trip around the world together, and if they can stay together through this trip, they will get married when they get home. In this book the boys travel to Finland, Germany, France and Italy, and see the Northern Lights, meet new people, visit must-see tourist destinations, and eat a lot of food. [spoilers ahead] In this volume we find out more about the scar on Asahi's stomach, and when Mitsuki faints after pushing himself too muc This is a lovely story about two Japanese men who decide to go on a trip around the world together, and if they can stay together through this trip, they will get married when they get home. In this book the boys travel to Finland, Germany, France and Italy, and see the Northern Lights, meet new people, visit must-see tourist destinations, and eat a lot of food. [spoilers ahead] In this volume we find out more about the scar on Asahi's stomach, and when Mitsuki faints after pushing himself too much on their first day in Berlin, they end up staying with a nice couple for a while while he recovers. Asahi is confronted during this time with how much he cares about Mitsuki, and how Mitsuki must have felt when Asahi had his own accident. They travel on from here to Italy, where Asahi discovers Mitsuki can speak Italian, and when they're in Rome Mitsuki gets a phone call from his mother. It's obvious here that Mitsuki wants to introduce Asahi as his boyfriend to his mother, but Asahi stops him (internalised homophobia wins again!). They travel on to Venice to stay with a great-aunt of Mitsuki's, and while Mitsuki is out of the room the great-aunt tells Asahi that she knows the two of them are dating, and that she too had dated a woman once before. Her and the woman had eventually broken up, and the great-aunt had gotten married to a man, but it's obvious this woman was the love of her life. Asahi breaks down and confesses that while he agreed with Mitsuki to get married once the trip is over, he's real plan was to break up with him when they get home, and this trip is the last time he will allow himself to soak up Mitsuki's sunshine. This part of the story definitely brought tears to my eyes. I love the way the artist puts so much care into drawing and describing the food, and the different places they visit. There were definitely places in this volume that I'd like to look up and learn more about!

  11. 4 out of 5

    April Gray

    Have you ever wondered what would happen if the Travel Channel decided to create a gay rom-com/dramedy series about travel? Because I'm pretty sure this would be it. Asahi and Mitsuki are a couple of Japanese guys who've decided to travel the world together, with the thought that if they're still a couple when the trip is finished, they'll get married (note: same sex marriage isn't illegal in Japan any longer, but it's not recognized by the government yet). We follow their travels in this series Have you ever wondered what would happen if the Travel Channel decided to create a gay rom-com/dramedy series about travel? Because I'm pretty sure this would be it. Asahi and Mitsuki are a couple of Japanese guys who've decided to travel the world together, with the thought that if they're still a couple when the trip is finished, they'll get married (note: same sex marriage isn't illegal in Japan any longer, but it's not recognized by the government yet). We follow their travels in this series, in this volume visiting Germany, France, and Italy. I'm really enjoying the combination of seeing Asahi & Mitsuki's relationship grow and learning more about each of them, and learning about the places they visit, including little things like how the residents view their home countries, cities, and regions, how smells and sounds vary in different places, etc. There's lots of cute, awkward lovey-dovey-ness going on, though that's somewhat restrained by fear of "getting caught," which brings up the heartbreaking reminder that the world still hasn't reached a point where everyone is free to love whomever they want. Neither man has come out to their family yet, and they both fear doing so, and this underlying current definitely brings the hurt. Thus far, the couple hasn't encountered homophobic behavior, but this is mainly because Asahi is so reserved about showing affection in public rather than the world outside of Japan being cool with same sex couples, and the fear of encountering hate coming from Asahi is very palpable. After meeting and talking to Mitsuki's great-aunt in this volume, I'm hoping Asahi will loosen up a bit and allow himself to be more open. Looking forward to more travels with this sweet couple in the future! #OurNotSoLonelyPlanetTravelGuideVolume2 #NetGalley

  12. 5 out of 5

    Kai

    I received "Our Not-So-Lonely-Planet Travel Guide Vol.2" from Netgalley for review maybe mild spoilers?*** I haven’t read a lot of manga, but I really enjoyed “Our Not-So-Lonely-Planet Travel Guide”. I even went and looked for volume one to read first. As for volume two, I loved reading about Mitsuki and Asahi traveling through Germany, France, and Italy together. The main goal of their worldly travels seems to be a test of their relationship and a test of their love. When they get back to Japan a I received "Our Not-So-Lonely-Planet Travel Guide Vol.2" from Netgalley for review maybe mild spoilers?*** I haven’t read a lot of manga, but I really enjoyed “Our Not-So-Lonely-Planet Travel Guide”. I even went and looked for volume one to read first. As for volume two, I loved reading about Mitsuki and Asahi traveling through Germany, France, and Italy together. The main goal of their worldly travels seems to be a test of their relationship and a test of their love. When they get back to Japan after traveling the world, Mitsuki wants to get married. I love the grumpy/sunshine trope, and this manga definitely has it. Mitsuki is a ball of sunshine, or as Asahi would say, he has a “happy go lucky” attitude, and Asahi is very serious and a ball of constant nerves. Mitsuki seems much more comfortable in who he is and in their relationship than Asahi does in Vol. 1, and in most of Vol. 2, but it’s clear that fear of rejection and potentially some internalized homophobia is really making Asahi afraid of expressing how much he loves and cares about Mitsuki. It was really refreshing to see Asahi open up to Mitsuki’s grandma while they are in Italy and understand more of where he is coming from in his fear of being open and proud about his relationship with Mitsuki. While they do seem to bicker quite a lot, and the sexual and romantic tension between them isn’t over the top because of Asahi’s fears, it’s clear how much these men care about each other. I can’t wait for Vol. 3 to find out how the rest of their trip goes and if they end up staying together and getting married when they get back to Japan. 


  13. 4 out of 5

    StrawberryShojo

    The relationship between Asahi and Mitsuki is put to the test as they travel around the world. Can their affection for one another stand the test of time? We have to keep reading to find out. I’m enjoying this story so far. The relationship depicted between Asahi and Mitsuki feels firmly rooted in reality, even if their whirlwind adventure is a little too good to be true. Mitsuki is a character who seems sure of himself; he knows who he is and knows what he wants but maybe a little naive. Asahi The relationship between Asahi and Mitsuki is put to the test as they travel around the world. Can their affection for one another stand the test of time? We have to keep reading to find out. I’m enjoying this story so far. The relationship depicted between Asahi and Mitsuki feels firmly rooted in reality, even if their whirlwind adventure is a little too good to be true. Mitsuki is a character who seems sure of himself; he knows who he is and knows what he wants but maybe a little naive. Asahi on the other hand is more reserved and is often anxious. The narrative also implies that he has some internalized homophobia that he’s working through. This makes for an interesting read as both men take in advice from the people they meet on their travels and explore different sides of their relationship. This allows both of them to work through their differences and their own inner demons in order to grow as individuals and as a couple. I appreciate the realism of that ongoing struggle and am looking forward to where this narrative is headed. The realism sets it apart from other works in its genre, as this isn't a story that is just about cute boys for the audience to squeal about but instead depicts a relationship that could easily exist in real life. Side Note: The art is also epic.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Kelli

    In this sequel, we follow serious Asahi and laidback Mitsuki as they continue their journey around the world. They travel from Georgia to Finland to Germany and France, trying different cuisine and experiencing different customs along the way. As they try new things and meet new people, they both learn more about them selves and the world, growing closer in the process. Particularly, they’re clearly learning just how vast the world is in comparison to their home country of Japan and the problems In this sequel, we follow serious Asahi and laidback Mitsuki as they continue their journey around the world. They travel from Georgia to Finland to Germany and France, trying different cuisine and experiencing different customs along the way. As they try new things and meet new people, they both learn more about them selves and the world, growing closer in the process. Particularly, they’re clearly learning just how vast the world is in comparison to their home country of Japan and the problems they had there. There are so many kinds of people and so many wonders to see! It makes coming out as a same-sex couple to their respective families seem less daunting. Still scary but not as overwhelming. This is such a wonderful story! I really appreciate how the author carved out the relationship between Asahi and Mitsuki while also managing to discuss LGBTQIA issues around the world. It’s such a refreshing story, especially considering how saturated the market can be with stories that fetishize same-sex relationships. This is certainly more nuanced and thoughtful~ Definitely recommend~

  15. 4 out of 5

    Nessa

    Thank you Netgalley for the eARC! So I remember I had some mixed feelings about this manga in Vol. 1, but I’m glad I kept reading this series because this volume was so much better. Characters were more established and Mitsuki and Asahi’s relationship was more solid and loveable. They still have their moments worrying about each other and trying to protect the other from their personal pain, but they are just so much more loveable in this volume. The adventures they go on were so fun to read abo Thank you Netgalley for the eARC! So I remember I had some mixed feelings about this manga in Vol. 1, but I’m glad I kept reading this series because this volume was so much better. Characters were more established and Mitsuki and Asahi’s relationship was more solid and loveable. They still have their moments worrying about each other and trying to protect the other from their personal pain, but they are just so much more loveable in this volume. The adventures they go on were so fun to read about and there’s lots of places I want to visit now. All the food they eat in each country looks amazing so you won’t want to read this if you’re hungry. The pasta in Italy looked 😍 I like how they all met people along the way who teach them new things or get them to realize certain things about their own relationship. I was getting teary-eyed at the end of this volume because it was so sweet. If you started this series and weren’t really feeling it, I highly recommend you stick with it because it gets so much better.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Adriana

    These two are so freakin' cute! And I'm once again left drooling at how good the food is! The guys continue their trip around the world meeting great people and eating up a storm of delicious dishes that are now added to my dream list. I'm impressed at how organically their interactions develop and the varied obstacles placed in their way because it makes for such a different read from chapter to chapter. They're not just breezing through one gorgeous locale after another, they're meeting people These two are so freakin' cute! And I'm once again left drooling at how good the food is! The guys continue their trip around the world meeting great people and eating up a storm of delicious dishes that are now added to my dream list. I'm impressed at how organically their interactions develop and the varied obstacles placed in their way because it makes for such a different read from chapter to chapter. They're not just breezing through one gorgeous locale after another, they're meeting people that are helping them figure themselves and their relationship out. It's straight-up delightful. The art gets somewhat wonky at times, but it fits the story's personality. Sorai also excels at expressions, everything from extreme happiness to worry to anger, and everything in between is perfectly expressed in one single brilliantly-executed panel after another. I can't wait to follow along with the next volumes of this travel guide. Very happy thanks to NetGalley, TOKYOPOP, and LOVE x LOVE for the lovely early read!

  17. 5 out of 5

    Emily

    Vol. 1 ★★★☆☆ Vol. 2 ★★★★☆ Boyfriends Asahi and Mitsuki continue their trip around the world, this time with stops in Finland, Germany, France, and Italy. The emotions definitely deepen in this second volume, with the bond between the two men growing as they encounter and overcome obstacles together and learn more about each other. This continues to be a soft, quiet story, and I like the bits of cultural information about the visited locations, especially from the perspective of Japanese tourists ( Vol. 1 ★★★☆☆ Vol. 2 ★★★★☆ Boyfriends Asahi and Mitsuki continue their trip around the world, this time with stops in Finland, Germany, France, and Italy. The emotions definitely deepen in this second volume, with the bond between the two men growing as they encounter and overcome obstacles together and learn more about each other. This continues to be a soft, quiet story, and I like the bits of cultural information about the visited locations, especially from the perspective of Japanese tourists (rather than American ones). ❓ Read for the 2022 Whatever-You-Want-Athon ❓ 🌈 I read this title for the Queer Lit Readathon, Round 9! 🌈

  18. 5 out of 5

    dia

    (I got a copy of this volume @ Netgalley!) Volume 2 was just as good as the first one, so it was really pleasant to read more of Mitsuki and Asahi's trip around the world. This volume includes Germany, France and Italy, and the art is still just as beautiful (enough to make me try all the new dishes introduced in each place they visit lol) There's a bit more about their past (before the trip started) and a bit more about each of their families, as well as some development of their relationship. I' (I got a copy of this volume @ Netgalley!) Volume 2 was just as good as the first one, so it was really pleasant to read more of Mitsuki and Asahi's trip around the world. This volume includes Germany, France and Italy, and the art is still just as beautiful (enough to make me try all the new dishes introduced in each place they visit lol) There's a bit more about their past (before the trip started) and a bit more about each of their families, as well as some development of their relationship. I'm very glad they keep meeting nice people that give them their full support instead of creating unecessary drama. It's refreshing to read something like this, with so much depth and care put into, and I'll probably continue to read it, and whatever else Mone Sorai publishes.

  19. 5 out of 5

    tara

    — thank you NetGalley, TokyoPOP, Mone Sorai for the arc in exchange of an honest review— ahhhh i cant believe i'm saying this, but I AM SO JEALOUS OF THEM BOTH. traveling! with your most precious person! :") Mitsuki and Asahi are so cute together. they bicker alot but their love for each other is even felt through this. their personalities also balanced out each other very well. this was a really enjoyable read, and i actually learn/found new amazing places in the world. but what's really impressiv — thank you NetGalley, TokyoPOP, Mone Sorai for the arc in exchange of an honest review— ahhhh i cant believe i'm saying this, but I AM SO JEALOUS OF THEM BOTH. traveling! with your most precious person! :") Mitsuki and Asahi are so cute together. they bicker alot but their love for each other is even felt through this. their personalities also balanced out each other very well. this was a really enjoyable read, and i actually learn/found new amazing places in the world. but what's really impressive is the drawing in here. the effort to draw every little details and make it look so beautiful, is just wow. but spoiler....... i'm scared of what might happen after this trip ends, bc we get bits of angsty pieces here and there..

  20. 4 out of 5

    B. Jean

    I like this because I feel like this is a gentle introduction to confronting stereotypes. Our two main leads are either gay or bisexual and they're traveling around the world before they get married. They meet all sorts of people - and that sparks conversations about their relationship, what love can mean, and what love can look like. Not only do we have our main characters, but we have a married lesbian couple, a transgender woman and her genderqueer friend (from the first book), we have an inte I like this because I feel like this is a gentle introduction to confronting stereotypes. Our two main leads are either gay or bisexual and they're traveling around the world before they get married. They meet all sorts of people - and that sparks conversations about their relationship, what love can mean, and what love can look like. Not only do we have our main characters, but we have a married lesbian couple, a transgender woman and her genderqueer friend (from the first book), we have an interracial couple, and a single older lesbian. I might be forgetting someone. This manga is doing a good job at introducing different cultures as well as displaying people as people while avoiding common BL tropes. Very wholesome.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Rally

    I absolutely loved everything about this book. We get to know our couple better and see the world through their travels. I loved learning of new places and the foods. I enjoyed discovering new people through them from different places and cultures. Most ofI all though I love following their relationship. We are shown the ups and downs for them personally as a couple as well as the issues in todays world as a gay couple. I love being brought along on their journey. I cant wait to read more! 5 sta I absolutely loved everything about this book. We get to know our couple better and see the world through their travels. I loved learning of new places and the foods. I enjoyed discovering new people through them from different places and cultures. Most ofI all though I love following their relationship. We are shown the ups and downs for them personally as a couple as well as the issues in todays world as a gay couple. I love being brought along on their journey. I cant wait to read more! 5 stars!

  22. 5 out of 5

    Katja

    3,5 stars? 4? Something like that. I think I liked this more than the first volume (and not just because they visit Finland in this one :D) but I still have a bit of a trouble with the art style. Sometimes it's okay and sometimes the huge mouths bother me... Asahi and Mitsuki's relationship is slowly developing and it feels nicely organic. They have amazing luck to meet all these lgbtq+ people on their travels though. :D But it's nice that it gives them, especially Asahi, food for thought and mir 3,5 stars? 4? Something like that. I think I liked this more than the first volume (and not just because they visit Finland in this one :D) but I still have a bit of a trouble with the art style. Sometimes it's okay and sometimes the huge mouths bother me... Asahi and Mitsuki's relationship is slowly developing and it feels nicely organic. They have amazing luck to meet all these lgbtq+ people on their travels though. :D But it's nice that it gives them, especially Asahi, food for thought and mirrors for their own relationship.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Themangabookshelf

    I just love this series. The art makes you feel like you're there with the boys, traveling through these various countries and makes your mouth water with envy at the food! Asahi and Mitsuki continue to get closer and there are several adorable moments shared between them in this volume. I don't have much to say other than it gave me such warm feelings and I think everyone should read this series! I just love this series. The art makes you feel like you're there with the boys, traveling through these various countries and makes your mouth water with envy at the food! Asahi and Mitsuki continue to get closer and there are several adorable moments shared between them in this volume. I don't have much to say other than it gave me such warm feelings and I think everyone should read this series!

  24. 5 out of 5

    DeAngelis Fielder

    Just as lovely as the first one! I’m not even sure if I like volume 1 or this one more. I think this one by a small margin because of the character development. Yes, there is so development with our main duo! Particularly with Asahi and his views on his relationship with Mitsuki. I won’t spoil it but there were great moments between the two of them that show their relationship growing. I loved it!

  25. 4 out of 5

    Chanel

    I enjoyed this book more than the first one. As this one was more on focus on their relationship. I love how this trip around the world has made their feelings for each other change and they love each other more than they did at the beginning of the trip. The people they meet on their trip have helped them figure out their true feelings about each other. I liked the ending it was very heartwarming. I hope there is another book but if not I'm still happy with how this one ended. I enjoyed this book more than the first one. As this one was more on focus on their relationship. I love how this trip around the world has made their feelings for each other change and they love each other more than they did at the beginning of the trip. The people they meet on their trip have helped them figure out their true feelings about each other. I liked the ending it was very heartwarming. I hope there is another book but if not I'm still happy with how this one ended.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Shawna (endemictoearth)

    4.5 stars - The ending made me cry. This is a super sweet travelogue with a couple who say that if they’re still together by the end of the trip, they’ll get married. They meet lots of interesting kind people along the way and see lots of different kinds of positive queer relationships (Asahi is hesitant to marry, Mitsuki would marry him this second).

  27. 5 out of 5

    Sally ✨

    I was provided by NetGalley with an advance copy in exchange of an honest review. I loved this so much, their relationship is so pure and we learn so much with them with every new stop they make and every new person who teaches a lesson. This is awesome and I can't wait to read how this will end. I was provided by NetGalley with an advance copy in exchange of an honest review. I loved this so much, their relationship is so pure and we learn so much with them with every new stop they make and every new person who teaches a lesson. This is awesome and I can't wait to read how this will end.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Ash

    I loved this volume so much; it worked much better for me than the first volume. I just really love their relationship. they have their ups and downs but at the end of the day they just really truly love each other.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Love

    This series is so warm. I love it.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Juju

    Tell me there'll be another volume out this year 😭🙏💗 Tell me there'll be another volume out this year 😭🙏💗

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