Of Heartbreaks and Hasty Decisions

Hello there! It’s amatsu here, Principal’s typesetter. Hats won’t be here to give you today’s release and I’m posting in her stead. I don’t really know what to talk about, but maybe I could tell you something about myself? I can’t write as well as Hats, but I hope I don’t bore you all to death.

I’m a 21-year-old girl who has just moved to another country last year. Maybe I could talk about that? Last year I graduated from college, applied to this scholarship and now after almost a year of studying another language (a requisite of the whole thing) I’m finally about to enter graduate school in about a month. It’s amazing how much this move changed me.

I remember applying with the crazy mindset of “I just need to get in.” That was all I thought of. I didn’t think about the required language year (which killed my spirit so many times) and I definitely didn’t think how tolling leaving my best friends and my family could be. Why did I think studying classes in a completely different and new language was going to be easy? I don’t know. I was just focused on making this ~independent living abroad~ dream come true. And that is why, since my first week until now my heart is still broken.

But that’s good, right? I learned to appreciate how good my life was. You truly don’t know what you’ve got until you lose it. Absence makes the heart grow fonder, etc. etc. I don’t have to be here for 10 years. I actually just have two years left, but it sure feels like I thoughtlessly let go of 3 years of home. It’s a weird feeling. Maybe I’m not as independent and brave as I thought I am?

Now after a year of adjustment, I’d like to think I’m comfortable with myself and where I am now. It’s like being put into a pressure cooker. I’ve been able to come to terms with parts of myself that I’ve never wanted to within the comforts of home.

Heartbreaks aren’t all that bad. The ache is what keeps us alive. I have new friends now and will continue to make more. I’ll make myself a new home and find my new favorite people.

Well now that I’ve bared my heart, I’d like to present you all a whole volume release of Principal! I just love this manga, don’t you? It’s like the perfect heartbreak manga. Shima is every one of us. Her loneliness is just so appealing to me. Ha! We all enjoy self-pity but when you share it with a fictional character it’s even better, right? Anyway, this is definitely an important volume for the series and I can’t wait for you all to read it.

Principal Vol. 5

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