Manga Review: Octave

General Information:

Type: Manga
Volumes: 6
Chapters: 36
Status: Finished
Published: Jan 25, 2008 to Dec 25, 2010
Genres: Drama, Yuri, Slice of Life, Seinen
Authors: Akiyama, Haru (Story & Art)
Serialization: Afternoon


This story revolves around 18 year old Miyashita Yukino and her life as a former idol.

As a child, Yukino had always been fascinated with TV. And before she knew it, she wanted to be one of those idols behind the screen. At 15, she entered the entertainment industry and debuted as a member of the four-person group “She’sN”. However the group wasn’t very successful and they broke up shortly afterwards. Returning home in disgrace, Yukino was welcomed with people’s curious looks and hurtful words.

Wanting to find herself, regain her pride, and perhaps experience love, Yukino decides to move back to Tokyo. There she meets a certain woman, former composer Iwai Setsuko. Together they embark on a very interesting and mysterious relationship.


Octave is by far the best yuri story I’ve ever read or seen. The story had the right balance of drama and romance. The manga was made in a way where you can engage with the characters and understand them (How they think and where they come from). The sequence of story was beautifully put. I made a mistake in the beginning of this articular by saying its by far the best yuri story I’ve read. when really I should just say its the best story that I’ve read. Its beautiful in so many ways. I assure you that you will enjoy it regardless of what your favorite manga genre is.

I need to point out though that the art is quite basic… but it works with the story being told. I honestly believe that this manga is a must read.

Overall Rating: 10/10

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