Was following it since the first chapter, but recently decided to re-read it, just to refresh myself on everything going on in this manga. I gotta say I forgot about quite a few things. Like this starting with Kurumi writing an ongoing piece that had a similar title to the manga itself. It was brought up once in the manga itself aside from the start, and considering how long it always takes between updates, it just slipped from my mind.
It also caught me off guard with how I remembered it. Like I remember it having drama, but re-reading it with the mindest of how those "Dramas" resolved, I couldn't really believe how "important" it felt at the time of those chapters being fresh. Because all their issues, aside from the crux of the plot, are very relatable stuff. Which might be why it felt so impactful at the time. Also why I consider this series to be so wholesome and nice to read, but without it being overly cotton-candy of a manga.
I also can't help but appreciate all those subtle metaphors that are in this, that comment on all the things happening in the manga itself. Some are less subtle than others, but noticing them is always fun.
Not to mention watching all those happy reactions from Ruriko whenever Kurumi does something nice or even as much as does something with her in mind. If Kurumi is a hamster, then Ruriko is definitely a doggo. It's just so precious.
Re-reading this really made me appreciate the plot, which seems simple, but it starts with both of them questioning both happiness and what marriage is, as well as changing self (or not being able to) and watching as they both try and change for one another. Not because they feel like they have to, but because they want to, since they see it makes the other (And themselves in the process) happier.
It made me think of this author's other work, and I should re-read that too.
Well, this ended up being longer than I wanted. But I just felt like letting it all out after re-reading it.
The last few chapters made me think of something. People usually joke about how you start your relationship backward from kissing or having sex and then dating. Those two started by marrying one another, and only now are they having dates and acting shy about it. Because of the way they act about this "bonding day" it's pretty much a "date night". It's pretty amazing.