Manga Reviews · Sumika Sumire

Manga: Sumika Sumire (スミカスミレ) – Takanashi Mitsuba


Other Names: 澄和薰

Author: Takanashi Mitsuba

Status: 2 Chapters (On going)

Summary: The events of a schoolgirl’s sixtieth birthday?!

Kisaragi Sumi continuously took care of her grandmother, father and mother until she turned 60 years old without ever falling in love. One day after finishing her mother’s funeral service, a cat calling himself Rei appeared and granted her wish to “experience her youth again”. What happens when Sumi gets a second chance as a 17-year-old high-schooler once more?!

(Credits: Summary Rain)

Genre: Josei, Romance, Supernatural




We first met Kisaragi Sumi who’s a 60 grandma who has dedicated her life in taking care of her parents. She never once got to enjoy her youth, upon her mother passing away she realised she has no one left and nothing to look forward to in life. Single, old and alone. After returning home and trying to find a younger photo of her mother she comes across an old folding screen with a black cat. She gets a splinter in her finger and accidentally drops some blood onto the folding screen. Turns out the cat is a spirit in the folding screen, who goes by the name of Rei, he will grand a wish of a virgin’s blood.

Rei grants Sumi her wishes to relive her youth and fall in love by kissing her and transferring some of his life to her. Sumi transforms back to her 17 year old self (what a beauty she is) gets back to school and experience high school life again, being a 60 year old women at heart, she finds its socially awkward and has a hard time adjusting. She starts to develop feeling for the same young man saved her on the bus when she was in her 60 year old self, Mashiro. But from my women senses I can see Sumi and Rei falling in love lol.

I quite like the concept this manga has taken, sort of reminds of the Japanese Drama but I have forgotten the name argh. Anyways if you interested you can read the manga here.

4 thoughts on “Manga: Sumika Sumire (スミカスミレ) – Takanashi Mitsuba

  1. I know I´m almost month late but I just had to stop and comment. It´s been a long time since I read a manga that captured me with first chapter to such extend. And I can see it´s potential. Sumi is such likeable character. And I see what you mean about Sumi and Rei. I´ve been secretly hoping for them ending together. 🙂


    1. I guess I´m more impatient than you then since I have already found Japanese raws. But there are only chapters 8, 9, 10. Chapters 8 and 9 are tranlated into English (9 also into Chinese). This page also provided link to Chinese scans from chapter 1-8. So if your patience will run out you can find it on raffmanga.


      1. Thank you, I shall check out the Chinese scans and read them. I often check out raffmanga as well. However real life has been so hectic so I’ll probably check them on the weekend.


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