One day, I, a high schooler, found a paperback in the hospital. The "Disease Coexistence Journal" was its title. It was a diary that my classmate, Sakura Yamauchi, had written in secret. Inside, it was written that due to her pancreatic disease, her days were numbered. And thus, I coincidentally went from Just-a-Classmate to a Secret-Knowing-Classmate. It was as if I were being drawn to her, who was my polar opposite. However, the world presented the girl that was already suffering from an illness with an equally cruel reality...
"We live in deeds, not years; in thoughts, not breaths; in feelings, not in figures on a dial. We should count time by heart throbs. He most lives who thinks most, feels the noblest, acts the best." - Aristotle.
A manga adaptation of a novel of the same name, Kimi no Suizou wo Tabetai is a story that examines the fragile but purposeful nature of human life through recounting the unlikely relationship between a dying girl and a hollow boy. Ironically with the deterioriation of one person's health another was brought to life from the shell of a human he once was. Whether the encounter of
the two is a result of coincidence, fate, or, - as the protagonists themselves asserted - choice, the bond they have come to share is a beautifully complex one wherein each enriches the other as acquaintance, as foil, as antagonist, as friend, as confidant, as lover, and as savior.
Tragedies that tug at one's heartstrings are dime a dozen these days, but tragedies of exceptional caliber evoke any emotion but forlornness. Towards the girl who is no longer there, sorrow is only secondary to the respect and appreciation I have come to perceive her with as a reader. "The flame that burns twice as bright burns half as long." To the flame itself, perhaps, it matters not how long or bright it flares, but often that very brightness is what gives countless others the security of warmth.
(Nothing past the beginning of beginning of the series is spoiled)
"Death is not the greatest loss in life. The greatest loss is what dies inside us while we live." - Norman Cousins
If you're someone who has been searching to find a work just as good or even better than Koe no Katachi or Kimi no na wa, then you're in the right place. Ladies and gentlemen, I introduce to you "Kimi no suizou wo Tabetai", also known as "I want to eat your pancreas".
Adapted from the novel of the same name, this piece of work is simply amazing in so many ways. Just by reading the synopsis, you can feel a huge load of emotions
welling up right away. The novel has already touched the hearts of thousands of people, winning numerous awards. I bet it will do the same to you as well.
I've read both the novel AND the manga. One thing I can tell you is that I was a bit disappointed by the manga, as some important aspects of the story were not covered in depth enough to have the same effect on the reader. But that's something obvious, since novels almost always show more than mangas.
So... Let's start the review.
You may want to know why the title of this manga is like a horror manga title. For that, I must take a little extract from the manga/novel:
“If someone in the past had a part of their body that wasn’t well, they would eat the corresponding part of another animal.” - Sakura
I loved the story so much I read the novel and the manga 3 times. The story is simple: a girl suffers from terminal pancreatic cancer and only has a few years to live. She chooses to hide it and tries to live a normal life. She keeps a 'Disease Coexistence Journal", a diary describing her days before her death. However, this journal is accidentally read by a boy from the same school. She decides to share her secret with him and chooses to spend more time with him, as she is interested in their "polar-opposite personalities".
The manga focuses on their differences of these 2 very different people by showing a lot of their interactions: a boy who has been isolated from society and has decided to submerge himself into the world of novels instead, and a girl who has had numerous friends and has spent happy memories with them throughout her life, but without showing her secret. An odd pair, I first thought. But I didn't think this novel would be so successful in presenting them together throughout the story.
The story is told from the boy's perspective, which is quite interesting since we don't get to know the girl's feelings directly, only assumptions from the boy. This helps to make the girl all the more mysterious to me.That is the case until we discover what she wrote in the "Disease Coexistence Journal", where we are finally shown her thoughts. Also, another interesting part of this story is that we don't know the boy's name until the very end. He is always called "Secret-Knowing Classmate-kun" by Sakura, along with other nickname always ending with "Classmate-kun" by everyone else. I didn't really understand why the author kept the boy's name anonymous, my only guess is that it could have been used to emphasise his isolation, the fact that he doesn't care about what he's called.
Overall, perfect story with things that you may not expect at all connecting. 10/10.
Really liked it, the art carrying a melancholic feel but also a bright atmosphere as well. Perfect for this kind of story. I hope the anime adaptation does just as well on that.
The centre of the story, she is a merry girl who has many friends but chooses to hang out with the boy. The girl's determination to spend her days as happily as possible to create joyful memories of her last days surprised me a lot. She is almost always presented as a cheerful girl who seems to take the idea of death lightly (she often uses her death as an excuse when annoying the boy, which is quite funny.). But at the same time we are also shown indications that she is worried. I don't know how to convey this feeling but whenever she mentioned the word "death" I felt like my heart was about to stop. I questioned myself a lot, why can't this brave girl be spared from this disease? Honestly, Sakura had a really big impression on me after I finished reading the story.
For the sake of you guys not knowing the boy's name I'm going to call him the same way the manga called him. He likes to read novels and prefers to stay alone than having friends as he sees no reason in having any. He is surprised by Sakura's behaviour as it is completely different from what you would expect from someone who suffers from a disease slowly killing her. He increasingly cares for her and becomes more and more attached to her as the story develops. An interesting character as well, as he is the one who learns most in this story.
Sakura's friend, who always glares at Classmate-kun. She doesn't know about Sakura's disease even if she is her best friend.
The development is excellent. I can't use any other words than that. The boy's realization of the importance of being able to live and spend his days with his new friend (Sakura) and Sakura's amazing. I cried so much after reading this...
Rather than enjoying it, I was fascinated by this beautiful story. Of course, I give 10.
Overall: 10. You are very likely to cry for this one.
Kimi no Suizou wo Tabetai or more well known as I want to Eat your Pancreas is no zombie or horror story rather it is a heartfelt story about a girl with terminal cancer. The title of this story simply comes in term with a scene in the beginning when the audience finds out that this girl, a classmate of the MC, has pancreatic cancer and that "I want to eat your ____" refers to the old saying of "If I eat your body part, my body part will get better." I want to eat your Pancreas first and foremost is the only manga/light novel
that has made me cry. The emotions within each and every page, the characters interactions, and the sad outcome made me really stop and pause and reflect on the meaning of life. Before I get too emotional again, here's my review.
Now the story isn't really unheard of. You have the typical girl who has cancer and you have the main lead who spends her last days with him. The story isn't special but what romance/slice of life has plot as it's main priority? In my opinion, interactions and development is what makes romance/slice of life novels, what it is and this book does a phenomenal job at it.
To be honest I read only the first chapter of the MANGA but have read the whole light novel. Can't really say much about the art.
Now this is the section where I will be talking most about this novel. The characters, the characters. Where to start.
So we have our main heroine Sakura is a bright girl who everyone likes. She interacts with everyone, has no social anxiety, and has a bunch of friends. Now her counter opposite, the main heroine(name remains unknown for a while so I wont spoil it) is the opposite, he does not involve himself with other people and has no friends. Now the interaction between these two is realistic. They have such opposite views about life and that's what makes their friendship/love so great. The conversations they have about fear/what they think about each other/ and the inevitable end of Sakura's life puts the audience at such a vulnerable position.
I really thought that Sakura was absolutely the cutest character in the story. Although she seemed strong willed, smiling at every chance she could get, she was hurting on the inside. The main MC is also the one with the biggest change as we see him start to develop more and more as he interacts with Sakura.
Overall, this story will bring you to tears. It's not really a love story, well it kinda is but it's more about a story about finding truth in yourself by interacting with other people. There are instances in the novel where you heart skips a beat when the two main characters interact but unfortunately it isn't the love story you all are probably thinking about.
I love I Want to Eat Your Pancreas and I really hope you guys do too. The characters are so lovable and although these were just fictional characters, I felt the want to hug Sakura at every moment. She was absolutely the cutest mc and I hope you all feel the same way.
I want to eat your pancreas. At first glance this would confuse you, but once you've read it you''ll come to realize that's it is like nothing you thought of. After reading the novel, and manga, I've been really touched by this novel. I hear a lot of critics saying the story is too cliche, having it be about romance involving illness. However, reading the manga is not enough. I suggest reading the novel itself to really understand everything. It teaches you about how to appreciate your life and to come to a conclusion that not everyday is guaranteed, so it makes you believe that
you should definitely appreciate each breathe to its fullest. It's not some story that involves a guy and a girl getting close but unable to fall for one another due to a cliche plot. It's nothing like that, and I don't even think the manga is fully finished. The novel itself tells a lot of things that aren't shown in the manga. Well, after talking nonsense I give this a 8/10, and by no means is that bad. It's one of my favorites. I just think the novel expresses things more because you learn a lot from the main character, who you don't really know about, but at the end there is a surprise. I definitely recommend this!