I was watching this anime, got up to episode 2 or 3 I believe, when the anime was cancelled due to Corona. Since I was still in the mood for some fishing I thought I would grab the manga and start reading that.
I have to say the anime really did a great job on adapting the manga to anime. The first chapters were all animated. So yes, a bit boring to read it again, but I am also happy that the anime is faithful.
Meet Hina a sweet albeit anxious girl who just moved back to the little town she lived in when she was a kid. She is starting high school there and is looking forward to starting crafts club. She loves felting (and does so with a passion when things get a bit too much for her which has me feeling both sad and laughing hard). Sadly, on her first day in the town she gets roped in by a senpai to join the fishing club.
I quite like Hina, but I wasn’t too happy that she stayed with the club (for now at least). I understand that without her the manga stops, but I wouldn’t have minded seeing her just get a try at crafts club as well. Even for a little bit and then having her realise she wants to try out fishing because that one time was fun + she met an old friend and wants to be with her. Because it was quite fun to see that she is getting into fishing (and then getting frightened because of something creepy coming way too close to her).
Which reminds me of myself when I was younger and still fished. Either alone or with my mum. No sea fishing, just going to waters nearby. The sea was a bit too far from my home (like 1 hour + with the train and other public transport) + you can’t just fish everywhere there unlike what it seems in this manga.
These girls do way more than I ever did or cared to do with fishing, so I was definitely into the manga and seeing all the technical stuff. I love how patient everyone was (well except for Natsumi but then again getting hooked or getting lures against ones head may make anyone unhappy) and how eager they were in explaining everything to her.
But, the whole recruitment part just had me feeling sour. That is not the way to get new members. I understand that you need them, but bullying an anxious girl into joining or else you won’t get rid of the thing she is totally afraid of? That is just shitty and fucked up. And so throughout the book I wasn’t a fan of senpai and I would have loved to see her just fall off the pier for once and get eaten by something. 😐 She also does another thing that even pissed off the other girl in the club and I was glad someone finally spoke up and talked to senpai in a stern voice.
The art was pretty nice, I do like the style of it and especially the character designs look very good.
All in all, this was a fun first volume and I am eager to continue reading and see what Hina will get up to with her club (and still hoping that she will check out the crafts club). I would recommend it. If you like fishing and girls doing fun things, be sure to check this one out.