English: It's lonely to be by myself
Published: Oct 16, 2008 to 2009
Authors: Chiba, Kozue (Story & Art)
Score: 8.011 (scored by 2374 users)
1 indicates a weighted score
2 based on the top manga page.
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Aug 2, 2011
Have you ever had a dream you wanted to pursue but didn't because you felt that you would fail, or it wasn't practical enough for you, and your parents stated that they highly disapprove of it? Are you in the mood to read a manga that'll bring you joy each chapter? Are you interested in the cutest couple ever? Are you sick of love triangles and just want something straight forward? Are you over shoujo mangas having a bit too much drama?
If you said yes to any of the questions above or are interested in reading something that the above questions mentioned, well then look no further! This could be the manga for you. :)
Initially when I looked at this manga on MAL, I didn't expect much out of it. I was pretty bored and just wanted to pass my time doing something, so I began reading. The story starts out with a girl who no one likes saying she's creepy and then oh look the popular boy approaches her, after that he opens her notebook and finds out about her dream. All of the things in the notebook are lyrics. Anyway, he gets her to sing for him and yada yada they start chasing their dreams, through that journey together they experience a lot of things like confronting their problems with their parents and not giving up. There are also a lot of sweet moments they have during their exploration to get their dream together, I won't spoil it but there is kissing! I know that this isn't the most original plot, but what matters is how the mangaka conveyed the story right? To me the mangaka did it perfectly and I felt the sorrow Shio, the main heroine (wow just realized this is the first time I shared her name LOL), felt for times she broke down or was unsure of herself.
The story didn't take a lot of time to develop either; it moves pretty quickly which I enjoyed. I didn't particularly want a dragged out manga, but you probably could have guessed this since there only eighteen chapters. There was one point where the manga introduced an ex-lover, and I thought to myself "oh great, this chick is going to cause problems for Shio and Nao (main guy/lover of Shio)." Nope, nope that didn't happen, which makes me so happy! She turned out to be a character who had a dream to play music, unfortunately she gave up because like many people (er at least I'm assuming, sorry) such as myself feel that they cannot make it big. It's like a 1/1,000,00 chance. Want to know more about the ex-lover? Well, find out yourself! I won't spoil anymore about her, by mentioning the fact that I want to give up my dreams because they aren't practical, I felt that this manga was also realistic not only in the sense of one having doubts about yourself but that there are people who won't believe in you succeeding (parents, teachers, and etc). There is more obstacles too like going to a big place such as in this story Tokyo to get noticed and be recruited, and in California it's L.A.
The art wasn't incredible, but it was cute and I enjoyed the drawings. All of the characters in the story are likable, especially Nao and Shio. Well, that's to be expected that these guys are the most likable since they only told about them, thoroughly... Shio is a bit clueless at times, somewhat of a cry baby, but she has a pure personality and can be courageous at points in the manga too! Nao is the dream guy: he's supportive, good looking, and knows not to stray away from his dream.
My enjoyment for this story was high. I even put it as one of my favorite manga! There are moments where you'll go d'aww, cry, laugh, and smile.
Overall: I think that this shoujo manga is worth taking a look if you have the time. You will not regret reading it. It's a simple story that you can appreciate. I thought that one of the themes this manga brings was nice too: even if a dream is impossible to oneself as long as you try you will not regret it, after all it's something that makes you the happiest doing. Spread your wings guys! (you'll understand why I said this if you read the manga)
I hope I helped someone in making their decision to read this. I tried to make this a good review. :P read more
Jul 18, 2011
Shio is first portrayed a quiet girl who her classmates think ill of. She dreams of becoming a singer and writes all her feelings into songs. One day Nao and Shio's classmates discover her notebook of feelings. Shio runs crying, and Nao confronts her and tells her to sing for him. Thus begins their journey of dreams.
"I want to be free and fly towards my dream." read more
Dec 23, 2012
The story is very motivational and inspirational it shows you the reader that if you have a dream then you should strive it inspires you and it also has a lot of romance in it that leaves your hear warm when you finish it.
The characters are your very typical shoujo romance characters, but I will say that they fit this story very well and that even if you dislike the weak girl and delinquent guy combo you should still give it a try.
I say I am a very easy person to please with art almost every shoujo manga I have read the art has pleased me and this one is no different
Even if everything in the manga is great and is amazing if it isn't presented in a way that you don't enjoy it then the entire thing would suck and this manga presented in a way that you would enjoy it.
Mar 12, 2013
This is my first time reviewing so eep.
Overall the story was great. A little bit of romance, but not so much. If you're looking for one with a lot of cutesy romance, well this isn't really something to read. This is more of a story about reaching ones dreams.
It's a bit fast paced, but you can clearly see how focused the characters are on their dreams. It's really inspiring to see what the characters did in order to reach their dreams.
The only reason I give this a 9/10 is for the lack of a developing romance, it just kind of happened. Also because of how stuff seemed to be just thrown in.
I have no issues with the art. I really liked how the characters were drawn (:
I must say the lead girl did annoy me just a bit. But I guess it's only because of how she grew. She basically did a complete turn from her shy self. Many may disagree with me, but she really just went from shy to bam let me take initiative. I would have liked to see a little more progression, but I guess this is understandable since it was only 17 chapters.
The main guy was really supportive. I liked him, but I feel like there could have been a little more on him. Ah well.
I really did like reading this(:
I liked the whole follow your dreams theme of this. And I couldn't stop reading because I wanted to see how they were able to.
Really I would recommend this to anyone who feels down about their dreams or for just anyone to rekindle the fire in achieving their dreams! read more
Jul 6, 2011
The story is not your typical popular guy loves geek girl story. It involves 2 people who both want to follow their dreams. Together, they overcome obstacles and realize their own feelings for each other. I only wish there was a sequel