July 10, 2003
The Falling of Autumn Leaves
Hotarubi no Mori e (Manga)
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Kurukuru Ochiba, (くるくる落ち葉 lit. The Falling of Autumn Leaves) is the third manga collection in a tankōbon short story collection of the Hotarubi no Mori e Manga, which included four romantic one-shot stories written by Yuki Midorikawa.
The third one-shot story in the manga, Kurukuru Ochiba, follows Tsubaki Kemumaki and Kaede Kirisato, neighbors with families of different economic standing. Tsubaki's family is poor, but this does not stop her from becoming friends with Kaede, whose family is well-off.
One day, Tsubaki prevents Kaede from being kidnapped by screaming and scaring off the criminals. From that day on, Tsubaki vows to protect Kaede in every conflict that arises. Her overzealous gallantry wears on Kaede as they become teenagers, creating tension and frustration. Meanwhile, Tsubaki realizes that her defense of Kaede masks her emotions, which are the reason why she wants to be by his side. When Kaede takes her exuberance too far, tempers flare, though soon after Kaede admits his own conflicting desires to both have Tsubaki by his side and to be strong for her.
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