Having seen that kiss between Minori and Kanata, Sai believes his long held love for now Prime Minister Kanata to be fruitless. Dejected, Sai runs away. Being not only a long time friend, but the senior aide means the Prime Minister's duties are thrown into a disarray. Even worse, if the press were to find out, it would add fuel to the opposition's agenda. So with Matsumoto therefore out of the loop, he unwittingly becomes an accomplice when Sai shows up at his place. Sai not only shows his spoiled 18 year old inner self there, but his antics cost Matsumoto his girlfriend when she overhears him and thinks a girl is at the flat talking about a bath! Just what is going on? By the time he gets it through Sai's head that Kanata is not hating him and he should go home, he discovers he has unwittingly thrown fuel onto to a fire. As the confused Sai is as immature as he appears, and so handles his return and reconciliation attempt badly. So badly, that Kanata is thrown off balance, and says things that Sai misinterprets as utter rejection and runs away again. Will Sai ever come to terms with Minori and Kanata's relationship, and will their friendship survive? And just what can Minori do to help support Kanata and those she cares about through the turbulence? One thing is for certain, when your every move is in the spotlight and any seeming personal missteps taken as possible political leverage, it reveals to Minori just what being a public figure really means. And who is that mysterious member of the Diet who Kanata tries to avoid at all costs and just why he is prying about?
Volume two of the popular Millennium Prime Minister series sees us taking a step back with Minori and following Sai, Matsumoto, and Kanata as they each come to grips with the change in their lives that Minori and her relationship with Kanata brings. Minori spends a lot of time observing and digesting the ramifications of what happens, spending her time away from the residence of the Prime Minister as Kanata tries to shield her from feeding frenzy caused by speculation over the aide's absence. Minori has come to terms with her attraction to Kanata, but she saw all too well what Sai's hidden feelings were, and feels distress at having hurt him. Is she responsible, and if so what can she do? And what about Matsumoto? Just what is he going to do about Sai? It is one dilemma after another for our cast of characters, and the drama keeps on coming along with the laughs.
As usual the art is sweet and uncomplicated, with backgrounds detailed only when they need to be. I also quite enjoyed the little humorous messages from the mangaka at the end, and felt sorry for the assistant who had to draw the PM's residence. He apparently spent days working on them using photos of the actual residence, only to have to face relearning again as the PM's residence was rebuilt and now looks completely different. It sounds like a dilemma a member of this PM's staff might find himself in, though I am certain he did not find it funny at the time. At 192 pages, it is not too long, being just long enough to further the story along and whet our appetite for the next art of the story arc. Eiki Eiki may be famed for her Boy's Love titles, and Sai is indeed gay, but make no mistake about it, this is the pure shojo love story between Minori and Kanata, so his happily ever after is heading a different direction. Just where that is yet remains to be revealed, as does the final outcome of Minori and Kanata's love and the impact it will have on Japan's political world.
***I would like to thank Digital Manga Publishing for providing me with a review copy.***