I read Ken Saitou’s Tendou-ke Monogatari (The Tales of Tendo Family, according to the cover) and it was simply amazing! (It got me out of my manga-reading slump btw ヾ(*ゝω・*)ﾉ)
A plainly dressed girl saved a well-dressed young lady of her own age from drowning to death in the river. The said young lady told her, ‘I threw myself into the river with the desire to die’ and goes on explaining the desperate straits she was in. The young lady is Houjou Ran. Being the third daughter of a wealthy family, she is married off to a noble family in exchange for her money. The family she is marrying into currently has an inheritance crisis (the head of the family is quite ill and possibly dying while his children are doing all they can to get the spot lol) and with such, it won’t be strange at all if she died in the process, she says. The unnamed plain girl told Houjou-chan to live, convincing her that their similarities in height and looks (not quite true 😂) meant that the young lady could escape her destined future.
Fast-forward to how the chapter started, the protagonist (is unnamed but henceforth addressed as Ran) thought how shallow she was to think she was able to deceive Masato, the man that Houjou-chan was supposed to marry. He questioned Ran’s story and told her if she’s willing to stab herself that he would believe her.
Being the typical male protagonist in shoujo manga (I think), he didn’t think she would go through with it and hurt his hand in his attempt to stop Ran. He tells her to not touch him, and that he believes her story, leaving her free to leave.
Some time passed and Ran suddenly remembered about the ointment that her Granddad made. She thought it would be of use to Masato. She sneaked into the guesthouse (Masato lives separately from the main house) and someone tried capturing her! She managed to tackle and subdue him, leaving Masato wondering how she managed to do so lol
I can’t really remember from here onwards (bad of me but good for you since no spoilers |D) but there a few happenings until the final chapter that made me shake in anticipation for the next volume.
From the obi (and a scene from a chapter),
‘I want to die trying to save someone’ – Ran
‘If you want to die, die in your attempt to protect me’ – Masato
And from chapter 4, the final chapter of volume 1.
‘Look carefully, and let this be seared into your mind’
‘And see your attachment’
‘Burn to ashes’ – Masato
I hope it sounds interesting enough xD Won’t say anymore because it’ll be spoiling and that’s no fun www
Really recommend buying the copy because the colours are simply amazing in person. The back cover is even more beautiful! It’s probably the illustration of Houjou-chan’s outer wear (羽織？). Gorgeous!!
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P.S. It seems like Saitou-sensei is serialising Kawaii Hito (Ane LaLa) meaning Tendou-ke is on hiatus for the time being. Is anyone interested in sending your thoughts to her? I want to write to her about how much I love Tendou-ke. I can (try xD) translating it to Japanese so she can understand what you’ve wrote. If you’re interested, drop a comment below 🙂