A Sign of Affection Volume 1 by suu Morishita (192 pages)
Oh, wow. Everything about this manga is so adorably cute. I loved the artwork, the sign language, and the international club. It’s also nice to get a story centered around college students.
Itsuomi (love-interest dude) is so tall and a lover of languages. Right now, Yuki, the main character, is just a girl who’s like “why my heart beating like this!?!” lol. But I’m interested in learning more about her. She has such a hyper-focus on the smoothness, elegance, and size of Itsuomi’s hands. Of course, she has to look at them when he’s trying to sign to her, but you can tell when it stops being from necessity to more of a peaked interest.
I didn’t know sign language users could’ve their own distinct styles. In the story, Yuki comments how some characters sign very sharply or strongly. That makes sense. People when they talk have their own distinct styles, so, of course, that applies in all types of communication.
Overall, I’m super excited to read more. ❤ At the end is an interview from the author team, and I’m pleased at the time, research, and care they’ve put into this story thus far.
A Sign of Affection Volume 2 by suu Morishita (160 pages)
My heart! This series is so cute, and I love how Yuki and Itsuomi’s relationship is blossoming. Love-interest #2 dude, either do something or get out the doggone way lol (though I think Yuki and he would be cute too)! Itsuomi’s probably an easy guy to fall for or whatever, but he makes an EFFORT with Yuki. He’s nice to everyone, but he’s extra special nice to her. Because you know he’s feeling her (at least I think so).
In this volume, Yuki has lunch/dinner at Itsu’s house and it’s so intimate. Itsuomi’s interest is purely speculated at this point, but he’s very good with communicating his feeling or making sure Yuki’s not uncomfortable. I know, the bar is in hell for some male leads, but he’s looking alright for now.
Although I cannot speak to the deaf representation, I’m enjoying what I’m seeing.
Even though this series doesn’t aim to educate, it was an interesting tidbit that Yuki commented families with a deaf member/child don’t always use sign language. In her own family, she relied more so on texting or writing things down or vocalizing.
I’m so here for volume 3!