Shinichi Nagakawa and Yuuki Sanada are both involved in an accident and die together. However, they are given a chance to live again. God lets them live for seven more days, but after their time is up, one of them must die again. Oh, and there's one more catch. God decrees that their lives will be shared, including emotions and physical sensations. They are also unable to leave one another's side. What will happen during those seven days?
Half & Half is a love story that I can only imagine as tragic, yet beautiful. It has that classic Seo Kouji feel to it, that both brings in his delightfully intrinsic art style, and his fabulous characterization.
I started this manga on a whim, after completing another one of Seo Kouji's works (Kimi no Iru Machi) and found it to be both the shortest manga I have read in a long time, and the most heartbreaking. It is my new Shinichi Nagakawa and Yuuki Sanada are my new Romeo and Juliet.
If you are a hopeless romantic looking for something special; This is it!
Half & Half is another manga by the well-known mangaka, Seo, Kouji. Delightfuly short, emotional to the core coupled with an outrageously good premise and idea, this manga manages to steal the show from some of the other mangas that I have read recently.
Comprising of 13 chapters (the last one is set to come out in a month), Half & Half manages to delve into the themes of betrayal, love and the misfortunes that both of these themes create. Our two main characters are left to deal with these problems after both of them die, resulting in an inteference by god that allows both of them to live for 7 days before one has to die. It's simple and elegant but it's able to pull it off so well, creating a manga full of beauty and emotion.
My review is short and to the point. If you need a manga to read in a short amount of time but you also want a deep and meaningful story, backed up by great charactes and an emotional premise, then Half & Half is perfect for you. read more
While being a little short, this manga by Seo Kouji is a must read for any lover of romance.
Half & Half delights the reader with a good story that goes straight to the point, its art is simple, yet it manages to deliver sucessfully the whole range of emotions that the story needs. It could have been better, but it gets the work done.
The characters are really likeable, although, they may look cliche at the beginning, yet, we see them growing in the story until they reach their pinnacle of maturity.
In my opinion, it also has a few flaws. Maybe it lacked a little bit of time, maybe the story should have been developed during a month, considering the events, etcetera. But those flaws shouldn't prevent you from reading this manga.
Anyways, if you're looking for something with a little bit of comedy, and romance mixed with fast-paced feelings rushing to your heart within an hour or two, you'll love this one. It may not be memorable, but I can assure that you'll enjoy it.read more
I read this manga a while ago on a complete whim. Didn't know anything about the author. I loved it.
Half & Half is probably the best manga I've ever read (not my favorite, mind you). The story and characters were well written (and drawn), and they invoked a lot of emotion.
It is likely to be enjoyed by those who enjoy story and character development more than anyone who likes action/adventure, but it's still definitely worth the read.
There is one thing about the art that I would rather was at least lessened, and that was the sexual element, which, while it could have been omitted and replaced with other things, is a very realistic addition to the manga (besides the proportions).read more