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)
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.