Foreign Friday: My Heavenly Hockey Club

This week’s Foreign Friday entry is My Heavenly Hockey Club by Ai Morinaga.

The Story

Hana Suzuki loves only two things in life: eating and sleeping. So when handsome classmate Izumi Oda asks Hana–his major crush–to join the school hockey club, persuading her proves to be a difficult task. True, the Grand Hockey Club is full of boys–and all the boys are super-cute–but given a choice, Hana prefers a sizzling steak to a hot date. Then Izumi mentions the field trips to fancy resorts. Now Hana can’t wait for the first away game, with its promise of delicious food and luxurious linens. Of course there’s also the getting up early, working hard, and playing well with others. How will Hana survive?

The Characters

Hana really does have only a dual track mind: eat or sleep. Despite this oddity, she really is normal compared to the rest of the handsome and wealthy Grand Hockey Club members. Hana is amusing and likeable, but it’s Izumi and his friends who run the show for comedy.

What I Thought

My Heavenly Hockey Club is a comedy that focuses on relationships and the lack of sports played by the Grand Hockey sports team. This series is Ouran High School Host Club if the Host Club played a sport. In comparison, My Heavenly Hockey Club feels lacking, but perhaps it is just the authors’ different approaches to humor. While I enjoyed it, it didn’t have be holding my breath for the next volume. There are 8 volumes currently available in English in the U.S.

One thing that that made this series stick out was its use of Grand Hockey (or field hockey), which is a sport I’d never heard of before. Granted, the entire series is a joke on waiting for them to actually finish a game, but the discovery of a new sport is fun in of itself.

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