Subaru by Masahito Soda, Vol. 1 & 2

Five year old Subaru no longer has time for friends or play. Kazuma is dying and slowly forgetting everything, even his twin. Subaru visits him every day, talking and dancing all to try to make him remember her. And he always does by the end of the day. Encouraged by a friend to try a ballet class, Subaru does and falls in love with the dance.


Asian Readathon Challenges Met:

1. Read a book written by an Asian author: Soda is Japanese.

2. Read a book featuring an Asian character or written by an Asian author who you can relate to: Subaru is a ballet dancer and I took 16 years of dance classes (including ballet). She’s also clear in her distaste to compete while it took me a while to start enjoying dance competitions.

3. Read a book featuring an Asian character or written by an Asian author who is different from you: Subaru had a twin that ended up dying due to a brain tumor whereas I have never had a twin and my older sister remains in good health. 

Volume 1


Rating: 4.5/5 stars Subaru.jpg

Length: 232 pages

Series: Subaru, Vol. 1

Genres: Manga, Drama, Dance

Publication date: January 13, 2010


I thought that this was a fantastic introduction to the world. While there isn’t a lot of dancing to be seen in this, the first volume, it shows promise of what is to come. Getting an insight into what makes Subaru the girl she is and how dance came into her life at such a volatile point in her life makes it clear that dance is the release Subaru needs in her life.

I can fully relate to that sentiment. Though I no longer take dance classes 7 days a week, or even once a week for that matter, I understand the release that comes from losing yourself in the movement. I understand the freedom that comes from dance, from becoming something more than just yourself. If I’m feeling down I’m more likely to put on some music and freestyle around my place than I am to sit and mope. All of that from a love of dance.

If you’re looking for a manga that focuses on dance, this is a great one to try out. While I’ve read a lot of manga centered around ballroom dancing, this is the first one I’ve had the pleasure of reading that focuses purely on dance. It’s a fantastic read and a great way to see how freeing dance can be.



Volume 2


Rating: 4.5/5 stars Subaru.jpg

Length: 200 pages

Series: Subaru, Vol. 2

Genres: Manga, Drama, Dance

Publication date: 2010


Six years after Kazuma’s death, Subaru has decided that she wants to become a professional dancer and do whatever it takes to see her dreams become a reality. Though she’s lost some of the passion she felt dancing for Kazuma, Subaru has an amazing teaching who’s goal is to make Subaru the best dancer she could possibly be. After all, who better to train a monsterly talented 15 year old than a retired monster herself?

It’s clear that Subaru has a love and passion for dance locked inside of her that’s straining to be released. With the guidance of an amazing teacher almost anything is possible. I look forward to continuing to read this fantastic story and seeing Subaru blossom into the best dancer she could possibly be. While I’m sure there will be many bumps along the way, Subaru seems like a strong soul who’s going to overcome anything standing in the way of her accomplishing her dreams.

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