Harumi has been in the hospital practically her whole life. She has a life-threatening disease, and is kept inside at all times. Her life is incredibly mundane until she meets Masato, a new patient. He isn’t the best influence, being a heavy smoker and drinker, but since they’ve both got nothing better to do, they become friends. This humorous oneshot follows their meeting and the night they spend together, talking about what it means to die early.
The story revolves around a girl named Harumi who'vs been in the hospital for almost all her life. She's living a dull life, not knowing anything about the outside world.
But all that changes one day when a new patient, Masato is taken in. He appears to be a bad boy, always smoking and breaking the rules. Harumi however, isn't in the least scared to approach him and quickly they find that their lives are more alike than they thought.
The art is ok; the anatomy isn't always correct, but the mangaka manages to convey feelings and the atmosphere decently.
It's a oneshot with four chapters and
didn't drag out the story too much. Some things that happened were hard to believe, but aside from that the story wasn't too bad.
Sometimes I was bothered and thought that it could've been more vigorous and that the story was too much. But the end throughoughly changed those opinions and I thought it was a manga that definitely hadn't wasted my time.
It may be something you might just read in half an hour, but it's a touching story that lets you forgive the minor mistakes Heaven's Door has.
I must give this manga some merit because of the characters, which aren´t the typical shoujo characters, especially the girl who has a strong personality.
The story isn’t the typical shoujo school love story either (which is good), but there are serious problems with the plot. To be true, there is one big problem, which ruined the whole story, it threw me out of the story completely.
Harumi is expected to die of cancer in a few months. Having lived in a hospital since she was a little girl, she has experience little in life, until she meets Masato, a boy (a man, really, as
he is at least ten years older than her) who is hospitalized with a similar diagnosis.
He has a brain tumor and is going to die in 4 days. And this is where the problem lies.
I do believe Harumi´s and Masato´s reactions, the way they decide to deal with their situation, I believe their emotions... I just can´t believe Masato would be physically able to do the things he does.
If he really had 4 days to live, his brain should already be in a state that wouldn´t allow him to do anything. He probably wouldn´t be able to walk or speak, even eat. He might even have lost his sight.
Let´s assume that this is a rare exception, and that he can still do all that... how is it that the doctors could predict that he was going to die in exactly 4 days? It doesn’t work like that.
The end, as touching and poetic as it is, is absolutely unrealistic two.
Perhaps my judgment of this work is too influenced by my personal experience. Anyone who has witnessed the death of a relative from brain cancer knows things are way different from how they are portrayed in this manga. I´m not saying every case is the same, but I really couldn´t bring myself to believe what happens in this story.
This manga is truly amazing. Nothing can describe how beautiful the story is. Comedy, drama, romance, adventure, action, and pretty much everything is incorporated into this epic manga. Here's the review:
1- Art: 10/10 I thought the art was pretty decent, it certainly wasn't picture-perfect like those typical detailed types of drawings. But, you know what? I loved it. The art was purrfect. :33 It was like the perfect mix, not too detailed nor messy. It was right in the middle like spring. And, that's when you know the mangaka did a terrific job when it came to the art.
2- Story: 10/10 The story was
just EPIC! So, basically it was about a girl named Harumi who apparently had cancer, and she has a few months to live. She meets this new patient named Masato (guy); he has a brain tumor & is a pretty heavy drinker and smoker too! Harumi has never seen the vivid view of the sea before, so Masato, being the judicious person he always is suddenly decides to take her to see the sea! They both go on an adventure filled with beauty & amusement. Sadly *spoiler alert* Masato dies towards the end. But, you know what? That doesn't matter. What matters is that they both enjoyed what life had to offer, they took every single moment seriously. They both pretty much died anyway. But they didn't let death get in their way. Harumi remained strong & composed .. and she realized she got everything she needed. She wanted to observe the sea, try out new stuff (shopping & the amusement park), and mainly kiss that one cool special person. And, eventually in the story it happened.
3- Enjoyment: 10/10 "Live as if you were to die today, dream as if you'll live forever." For some reason, there was always something missing about this quote. I understood it, but most of the time I wouldn't really feel the emotion behind those words. After reading this manga, I truly get what the quote means which is to ENJOY every single moment of life, whether it's helping people out, or even reading manga! Always find the positives in the most tense situations. This axiom is certainly true based on the theme of this story of course. They didn't care if they had a short amount of time left, all that mattered to them was basically for them to achieve their short-term goals! And they did! Which is a good thing! The mangaka is definitely a genius for being able to produce such a great ending that gave mixed feelings towards the audience itself. Some readers felt sad, others felt like crying .. and most people kind of just understood the ending based on knowledge & experience from the story, and life in general. So, overall the enjoyment level was indeed exalting. I adored every single moment of this manga. Moments where Harumi was there for Masato such as when she assured him safety and most of the time, Masato assuring Harumi both safety & excitement!
4- Characters: One main thing about a manga is definitely the chemistry between the characters. And, how did I feel about that in this epic manga? I was impressed! Masato & Harumi definitely had chemistry! The characters were quite likable & funny too. In conclusion, they were meant to be together. They fit perfectly as a great couple! :)
5- Conclusion: The ending was pretty tragic yet beautiful. The way he was left hanging onto her shoulder was definitely an unforgettable moment. It's just one of those scenes that you can't erase. It just stays in your mind like a clear picture, or a dramatic incident that haunts you for the rest of your damn life. Anyway, this manga was certainly amazing! I loved everything about it and I definitely recommend this manga to others out there. *Must read for all shoujo readers out there* Good luck!