The Summer You Were There, Manga Recommendation!

Key points for Manga Recommendation – The Summer You Were There:

  • “The Summer You Were There” offers a refreshing take on romance, focusing on the light-hearted and wholesome interactions between the main duo, Shizuku and Kaori.
  • Despite its short length of 32 chapters, the manga delivers impressive character development and a well-executed plot that doesn’t overburden itself with unnecessary drama.
  • With its popularity and well-received storyline, there’s hope for an anime adaptation in the future, allowing more audiences to experience the charm of this highly-rated Yuri manga.

I have no idea how I stumbled onto this manga but here we are. I found out about this manga completely by accident only to realize that it is one of the best-rated yuri manga on MAL. And I honestly can see why The Summer You Were There is so highly rated. Seriously, this manga not only handles romance very well, but it also knows how to have fun with itself. The plot isn’t too serious and for the most part, it is just about two girls having fun and I like that. Man, I hope this series gets an anime adaptation down the line.

So welcome back to another edition of our manga recommendation series! This week we are talking about The Summer You Were There! I read it recently and I love every moment of it. So let’s get started.

Check out the manga on Amazon here!

Introduction

The Summer You Were There is written and illustrated by Yuama. It was serialized in the Yuri Hime magazine from May 2020 to January 2024. Yeah, this manga finished serialization recently. As I mentioned, it does not have an anime adaptation of any kind yet. The manga is also very short coming in at just 32 chapters compiled into 6 volumes, that is it. This is a very short manga and that works in its favor too.

Plot

This series revolves around Shizuku and Kaori. Shizuku is about the dispose of the first and last novel she wrote because she’s embarrassed by it. But Kaori convinces Shizuku to give the book to her instead. To Shizuku’s surprise, Kaori loved the novel and demanded Shizuku to write more. Shizuku had no idea what to write about next, as she never planned on writing more. So Kaori suggests that Shizuku should write about their love. The series then follows their summer vacation with them searching for their own love story.

That’s the basic setup of the plot. As you might expect, the summer vacation has a lot of the usual romance manga cliches but this manga still manages to put a unique spin on them. As I said, the plot doesn’t take itself too seriously and it knows how to have fun. That is exactly what you get here, light-hearted and cute romance, no drama involved, simple and wholesome.

Characters

It is kind of amazing what this manga manages to accomplish with the characters of Shizuku and Kaori in such a short span. Yes, their character arcs aren’t too wide or anything like that, but still, their character development is impressive considering the manga is just 32 chapters long. I wish that there were more important side characters in this manga but I think that is asking for a little too much because of the short length of the series. The interactions between the main duo are also incredibly well done.

Art

Not much to say here. The artwork of this manga is good and it fits the story perfectly, that is all I have to say because not much stands out when it comes to the art. And I don’t mind that at all as long as the art fits the tone of the series and this art does.

Summing Up

Here’s why you should check out The Summer You Were There:

  • Very short
  • Good plot
  • Lovely main duo
  • Incredible character work

That is all for now. Let me know what you guys think in the comments. I will take my leave here. See ya!

Also, check out this week’s anime recommendation here!

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