Yuri on Ice meets Wotakoi!
Two volumes down and I’m already loving this! It’s part Yuri on Ice and part 20 something romance akin to Wotakoi. Once I found out the author of this is also the author Tramps Like Us, I could immediately see the resemblance.
Kokoro is a world class figure skater, poised to be an Olympic and World Champion legend. He’s been working hard for years to perfect his craft and he’s finally reaching the pinnacle of success and fame. Chitose is his childhood best friend and full-time working woman for a Health magazine. She’s well respected at work but keeps running off for reasons no one can explain. Turns out, the reason she disappears is because she is Kokoro’s good luck charm! Kokoro looks cold and poised on the ice, but in real life he’s a otaku and a hopeless romantic in love with Chitose. He can only perform well when Chitose recites a spell from his favorite magical girl anime from when they were children, and he has been in love with her ever since.
I read a ton of manga and one of my favorite tropes, that always seems hard to find, is a series about older (older than high school at least) couples where it’s the male in love with the woman. So many of these involve girls chasing after perfect men, but the ones where men are swooning over their longtime love get me right in the old heart. Knight of the Ice fulfills this in that they’re both working professionals trying to figure out their love lives as well as their actual lives. Chitose has everything it takes to rise higher in the magazine, including a boss that may be in love with her? or may just be creepy? I couldn’t get a read on him well even after 2 volumes. She could be doing full features and stuff if she could dedicate herself fully to the magazine, but her time is always split between work and Kokoro. When she has to skip one of his performances and he suffers as a result, she has to make decisions regarding whether she should go to him and accept love or stay in her lane and work toward being a stronger employee. In volume two their relationship grows and we see Kokoro coming to terms with the fact that he is in love with her and how to tell her without ruining their friendship and his ability to skate.
All in all this is a really sweet series. I love the art, the side characters, especially Korkoro’s manager, are fun, and the leads are a wonderful match. If you’re looking for a easy read with some good will they/won’t they tropes, check this out.
Title: Knight of the Ice (Vol. 1 & 2)
Author: Yayoi Ogawa
Pages: 192 // 194
ISBN: 9781632368102 // 9781632369628
Three Descriptors: Adorable, Sweet, Honest