Foreign Friday: Wild Ones

This week’s Foreign Friday title is Wild Ones  by Kiyo Fujiwara.

The Story

Sachie Wakamura just lost her mother, and her estranged grandfather has shown up to take care of her. The only problem is that Grandpa is the head of a yakuza gang! Sachie tries to continue living her normal life, but she can’t run far since Rakuto, one of the most popular guys in school, is part of her grandfather’s gang and her new protector. Soon, Sachie finds herself falling for her bodyguard. But she’s the granddaughter of Rakuto’s boss, so he can never show his feelings for her. Can Sachie find a way to fit into her new family and seize the chance at romance?

The Characters

Sachie would be a normal girl if it wasn’t for her temper. Fortunately, it only shows itself when food has gone to waste! Rakuto is your cool, handsome hero, although his human side shines through every now and then. They are a very enjoyable couple.

What I Thought

Wild Ones is a story about a girl finding a family amongst a group of tough and rowdy gangsters. Despite the potential for a dark and serious plot, it’s fun and lighthearted. While there are some story arcs that touch on the deeper sides of life, the overarching story is one of love and acceptance. And for those of us Americans, it’s an interesting survey of stereotypical Japanese yakuza actions and accessories! The series is 10 volumes long, all available in English in the U.S.

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