While loitering in the park, Shimana Kameko, who intended to run away from home and skip school, meets a suspicious man in a kimono. This man, who had been locked out of his house, offers Shimana a place to stay. However, he requests she fulfill three conditions in exchange for her tenancy!?
At some point or another, we’ve all wanted to run away. Be it because life isn‘t how we imagined it to be or some things are just too hard to deal with. To not have to worry about what we leave behind or maybe that’s the reason we want to leave so badly.
On very few rare occasions, you might actually do it, leave your fears and move on. When that unusual phenomenon happens, sometimes it could be the biggest mistake of your life, others times it turns out to be exactly what you needed. Even if that road is as bumpy as it is thrilling.
For Shimana, who wasn’t the happiest girl at home, that felt like the only solution. Trying to escape her loneliness she runs away from home and steps on a stranger wearing a kimono. That stranger offering her a place to live in was kind of like fate. We all know very well, fate works in mysterious ways. Fate also is a twenty one year old landlord who loves sake a little too much, but that’s besides the point. There’s a catch to his offer and it’ll depend on her meeting his three conditions.
I’m going to go straight to the point here by saying that this manga isn’t delivering the same spontaneous(ness) it starts of with. I was hopeful at the beginning, it is safe to assume that my disappointment is due to my own expectations of wanting a female lead who was more eccentric and a little more mature. I was disappointed. It’s not that it’s a horrible manga that made my eyes bleed. It’s just that it was so common and predictable it made my brain yawn. And though the main focus at first was her leaving her home, that is just a means to opening doors for this lead girl to fall in love, multiple times.
There is a not so hidden message in the manga about following your dreams, at least that’s what I read in between Shimana getting crushes on the main leads, which was a bit annoying after the first fail. I am also glad that they cleared up her running away from home and she grows a little and confronts her family as to what’s going on with her.
But, not all is lost because there seems to be a hidden back story with the landlord, who turns out to be the most interesting character thus far and has his own pack of secrets. The main set are all different in personalities yet the same. I was wondering at first if there was more than meets the eyes but it doesn’t seem to be the case. There are a lot of drifting characters that only last a couple of pages or a volume at most. All characters are likable and for those wondering there isn’t a villain per say. It’s more of life’s occurrences with a tinge of exaggeration.
Not to worry I still have hope for Shimana to become more interesting specially in regards to her mothers death since those details are obscure so far.
I enjoy my share of love triangles. Most of the time I feel they are overdone and redundant, on those times when you KNOW who they will choose and it’s just a no-brainer. Come on people Edward and Jacob? Seriously (sorry that‘s the most popular triangle out right now). With that in mind, I really hate triangles when both people are earnest and humble and one of them will have to get hurt and it‘s just so sad because you wouldn‘t mind keeping one but instead karma comes by and there he is imprinting on your daughter…
Life just isn’t fair that way but on another not so different note; What is the purpose of love triangles anyway? They rarely happen in real life and just because we all like to feel wanted and it pars with our inner egotistical personalities to feel significant (in this otherwise enormous world) and conflicted to make a choice about two guys who are too good to be real yet both want you? Well, lets just call it a rhetorical question for now.
The art is not as ordinary as the manga and was pleased to see that unless the characters are related, they don’t look the same. It is so frustrating to read a manga and not know sometimes who the heck you’re looking at. The main difference I think would be Zen, he is what stands out most in this world Ichigo created for us and next to the landlord shows great individualism aside from being borderline weird sometimes. I mean, penguins? Really….
In the words of a friend, the bottom line is that it’s worth a read and has great potential, can Ichigo deliver? That we will have to see but so far I won’t lose sleep to read this one.
Now, as many of you can guess from the synopsis of the story, the very beginning is pretty cliché for a shoujo manga, which has turned many readers to drop it or just toss it away because of the overused story. But, don't do that and give this manga the second try. :)
Like I said, Yumemiru Taiyou starts off as many other mangas of the same genre - meeting a guy by accident and going to live with him. Now, I was hesitant at first whether to continue it or not, but I decided to do it because of the main characters. As the story progressed, I didn't really see what the main plot was except of the main female character wanting to find her love and find her dream. However, that worked out great as it slowly lead me through the everyday lives of our main characters and even made all the episodic chapters connect in a nice way. Giving it an 8 because some parts were so obvious due to them being used in a lot of other shoujos.
What can I say, the art is unique in it's own way and very realistic. I love the way the mangaka made the blood-related characters look alike and made all of the characters' proportions look natural (not like many other mangas). From the height differences to physique and facial expressions, art is one of the things I enjoyed the most while reading the manga.
The main thing that kept me reading Yumemiru Taiyou after the cliché chapter 1. At first we all got the overused characters: a cool Landlord, a sweetheart Asahi and a punk Zen. However, as the story progresses, you realise the boys are not like that at all and see them gradually change and reveal the other side of them to the female protagonist, as well as other supporting and minor characters.
Even though this is a harem manga with a big love triangle in it as well, all the characters stick together and care about their friendship more than their loves and crushes on one another. The way they're all selfless and dedicated to their friends and family is the charm of this manga. There wasn't a single chapter where I didn't got that heartwarming feeling and just wanted to hug all the characters for being such sweethearts. You can't just simply hate a character in Yumemiru Taiyou - that's just way too hard.
I pulled an all-nighter so I could finish the manga, so I guess that tells more than I could ever do.
It's highly enjoyable and re-readable.
I recommend Yumemiru Taiyou to everybody who's looking for a manga with great characters and beautiful art and those who have, at least once, struggled to find and pursue a dream of their own.read more
Since there is already a synopsis of this story....
The one thing that really sets this story apart from others are the characters' personality and how they interact/view each other. If it weren't for that, the plot would seem a bit over done (but of course, I'd want to read it to find out the ending ^_^). In this story there is a girl who ends up living with a few guys- none of which are truly cliché. There is Taiga that reminds me of Shigure from Fruits Basket and Asahi that is actually cool "at home", but a "nerd" at school. Finally, Zen who is punk-ish, but loves pandas XD ...as of now there aren't any other characters introduced except for Zen's brother in the latest chapter.
To sum it up: Have a dream and find love.
It's very realistic and appealing. There really isn't a lot of fine detail; it's very clean and dark. Which isn't a bad thing. I really enjoy looking at it. It's not like Shinobi Life, where the art has a variety of different shading and the lines are much lighter compared to Yumemiru Taiyou- (I absolutely love Shinobi life btw; just comparing art).
Overall: I enjoyed it and I highly recommend it... but then again this is only my opinion and review of it.read more
The story here is standard shoujo fare, girl finds herself in the unpredictable situation where she must stay in a house full of boys. She finds herself falling in love with one of the boys, and the manga primarily deals with her relationships, and about them finding and following their respective dreams in the face of opposition. All very generic stuff.
The characters are all interconnected, and if you've read enough shoujo manga, there is truly nothing that will surprise you here. Some moments are positively cringeworthy, but these are few and far between what is a pretty heartwarming story despite it's unoriginality thanks to the natural pacing of the relationship progress.
The style is very unique, it's far more realistic looking in terms of proportions relative to most shoujo manga, but it has an inky/ scratchy almost edgy feel to it, emphasizing the over the top nature of the characters, and allowing for the more snarky aspects of its humour to positively shine. The facial expressions in this are some of the best I have come across in shoujo manga, they are varied, over the top, and absolutely hilarious. Panels are also used to their full potential here, where placement and repetition along with other small details really help with the humour and overall mood being created.
The designs themselves are also very detailed, character designs are outfitted with accessories and makeup that is specific to their personality and blood related characters also look similar, without making all the characters difficult to distinguish from each other.
Backgrounds for the most part here are done well enough; a fair bit of texture is sprinkled around, and the world is very convincingly presented.
The characters here are what primarily drives the story and what makes this manga unique and recommended. They all have their own memorable quirks which are brought up and developed throughout the story, but they each also have their own distinct personalities, with development that goes beyond labelling them as the smart one, the cool one etc. They all have their pros and cons, but they still all remain very likeable, an impressive feat in comparison to similar "living together" type manga.
The female lead, Shimana, is quite childish, but inherently relatable off the bat. She is outspoken, a little selfish, quite sarcastic, all in all a really well rounded shoujo female lead, something quite rare for the genre. She does tend to suffer from some of that extreme romantic idealism that is inherent in most shoujo, but it's quite toned down and pretty rare.
This manga is funny. Extremely so. It's one of the few shoujo that I have read which has the honour of having made me actually burst out guffawing, and multiple times at that. Incredibly snarky humour, varied and well developed characters, and inspired caricatures really push this as one of the better shoujo manga out there despite its predictable plot, which is still quite cute in a loveable rom-com way as well. read more