Risa Wataya: 勝手にふるえてろ [Tremble All You Want]


The latest addition to my website is Risa Wataya‘s 勝手にふるえてろ [Tremble All You Want]. This is the first-person story of the twenty-six year old Yoshika Etô, virgin, loner, and deeply in love with a young man she knew in high school but whom she has not seen for several years. Kirishima Ni, one of her colleagues where she works, is attracted to er andh asks her to be his girlfriend. She is torn – between living her dream, which seems unlikely to be fulfilled, or dating and, perhaps, marrying a man whose interests are different from hers, whom she does not really like, who smells of soup and who repulses her when he tries to kiss her. Ichi, the man she loves, was seemingly popular at school and she barely had any contact with him, speaking, very briefly, to him on only three occasions. But Ni’s attempt at kissing her, prompts her to set up a high school reunion, with Ichi present. By the end of the evening, he admits he does not know her name. Can she grow to love Ni or should she just take some time off and disappear? Another quirky Japanese tale about the morass of love and romance in the modern world.

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