Mika is just a normal high school student who dreams of having a wonderful love. And then one day, she happens to meet Hiro, the guy of her destiny. While experiencing many sad events, despite getting hurt, the time she spends with him is still one of the most happy moments in her life…
Warning: This series contains mature scenes and themes including drugs, rape, teenage pregnancy, etc.
Some relationships are toxic, they tear at your soul a piece at a time. By the time you realize this, it is too late.
Mika is ecstatic about high school, three months in and she loves every minute of it. Her “friend” calls her drunk one day during their school break and before she knows it on the other line is the smoothest voice she ever heard, his name is Hiro. They enjoy each others conversations and before they know it they talk every day of their time away from school. When school starts again Mika is shocked to find that Hiro is the notorious delinquent she has heard about. Only problem is she’s already in love with him. Through Mika’s eye we see the twists and turns of love, sex, drugs, rape, pregnancy and heartbreaks.
From the beginning you know that she’s already speaking in past tense and has a Sand Chronicles feel to it. Now, it’s going to sound like I wasn’t happy with the story, mind you that is not the case at all. Even though I enjoyed the flow of the manga very much, some of the topic weren’t that realistically displayed. Starting with the main one which was rape. Despite the fact that Mika’s thoughts were genuine her actions weren’t. She was upset about it but she was still acting normal and in no time she was normal. And none of her actions fit with her “safe” personality but I am sure that‘s because love makes us act like we are on crack.
I loved, the pairing of Hiro and Mika but their relationship was doomed from the beginning and makes me believe in foreshadowing that much more. Every time something good happened, something bad followed and stalked them and beat the good moments to death.
It does a great job in portraying a one person perspective, as it is, you will feel for Mika and dislike the people that wrong her even without knowing their reasons, though you’ll feel like a jerk afterward. It is because of that reason that I felt that line above (toxic…) was fitting. I thought that until a little more than half way and then changed my mind, a little. While I still believe it’s true (where the first half is concerned), I also think that their love was actually quite beautiful.
The twist the turns and the falling off a cliff:
Every manga needs it twist and this one is no different. Though the climax of the story was there I felt that the actions taken by the subject in question (Hiro) were less than favorable. Word to the wise out there fellas, it is not OK to choose what you think is best for someone and make them hate you because you think it’s for their greater good. We all sympathize with martyrs but give the girl the benefit of the doubt. Confused yet? Sorry, that is all I am willing to give without any spoilers.
I won’t lie, I did watch the live action movie for it. Did the manga make me depressed for hours at end? Yes Did I HATE some parts of it and want to burn it? Heck Yes. Did it finally give light to my masochistic personality thereby making it come out of the closet? Unfortunately yes!
Mika was your average do gooder, she did well in school, somewhat shy, and was known for being nice. She is a perfect example of someone who’s life got thrown into the wind like a deck of cards in a hurricane. Her attitude is not always the best, or should I say her script? But she isn’t annoying and you want to see how it all plays out for her.
Hiro was a nice enough guy but he was, tainted. He wanted to be good deep inside but in the end he always went back to what was easier. After all, losing yourself to any drug is better than facing a cruel reality. His character brought this story to life but it was also him that tore down the girl he loved. The perfect example of love and hate, his character is.
The art was average. Though at times was really beautiful. It is safe to say that this story is not about the art, it’s about the characters, it’s about life.
There are more characters that emphasize the better and sometimes worse part of human emotions. Aya is Mika’s best friend but you get a glimpse of how she really thinks and feels and it doesn‘t make her a bad person, it just makes her easier to understand and she gets character.
The ending although predictable it still was sincerely heartbreaking. It’s bitter sweet, that means it’s sad people, and my eyes got watery which is as emotional as I get anyway. Don’t expect a happy ending *coughs* me *coughs*, I mean the title says it’s a “Sad Love Story.”
It gives closure to the manga, which isn’t that really what we all want?
If I ever write a review here, it must be because the manga or the anime have been so bad it's simply inhuman not to warn others about it. "Koizora" is of course, the case of that. It tells a story of incredibly stupid teenagers, who should be rather be called robots, since they act NOTHING LIKE NORMAL PEOPLE. The main character - Mika, gets in all sorts of very unpleasant situations, and her reactions are always far from understandable. Her boyfriend is the same.
Generally speaking, the author wanted to throw some big problems into the story, but could not draw decent psychological portraits of the characters. Because of that the problems look EXTREMELY unrealistic, and the whole story loses meaning, sense and enjoyment.
READING THIS MANGA HURTS, and the art does not help - its normal for shojo. Everybody looks the same, not much background, anatomy is not the best. The fact that the main heroine has no brain, pride or personality also kills the enjoyment.
IN SHORT - this manga was attempt to create a story with depth and serious problems. It failed.read more
Can't believe no one has made a review about this manga yet. Let me give this a shot.
Koizora - Setsunai Koimonogatari may be one of your common sad love stories you can read at your nearest bookstore. The fact that there are heartbreaks and cheesy parts you see in some typical shoujo manga aren't surprising to find in this manga. For those who prefer heavy drama, this may suit you.
The art style is very absorbing and the quotes are giving me the chills. There were pages I wanted to miss just to get to the drama scenes fast. It has a touch of light humor but no more than that.
Betrayal, trust, jealousy, forgiveness, friendship, love and hope are clearly emphasized in every chapter moreover every character gave different impressions on how they value friendship and love. Though there were points that are still in blur, the author manages to fill it up unwaveringly.
I've read countless of shoujo mangas, I hated those cliché plots to the point that it makes me puke. Koizora makes me think of what happens to who, who gets on with who and the like. The story also focuses on the psychological problems present today with the younger generation. On how they should come up with a solution rather than giving up, rather than sulking over spilt milk.
Finding new love to forget the old one.
Trusting true friends over the fake ones.
The feel of loving someone unconditionally and that someone loves you back.
Making new friends and keeping the old ones intact.
Changing for the better, not for the worst.
Accepting faults and differences.
Flip a page,enjoy Koizora- Setsunai Koimonogatari.read more
I am writing this review to try to persuade you NOT to give this series a chance.
After reading MoonLight's review, I was convinced to give Koizora a try. As much as I hate to admit it, I often judge manga by their cover - I'm more likely to read something if the art looks appealing to me. In the case of Koizora, the characters and detailing are spot on and art is more or less to my taste.
I've read numerous comments on the manga that touch on how sad it was, how touching, and how they would read it over and over. This bothers me as there were many themes in the manga that I thought were frankly quite wrong and troubling.
These themes were:
1) Rape is not a big deal, do not prosecute it.
Rape is a sensitive topic and the way the mangaka treated the issue was highly inappropriate. Rape is scarring, it has overbearing effects on the victim. Very few people actually just "feel better" right away. It's awful how the only retribution the rapists received was being forced to make an apology. "Sorry" doesn't make it better. Most rapists repeat their crime if not prosecuted and corrected.
2) Friendship should be fragile and revolve around attitudes about the opposite sex. It's never the guy's fault.
Aya's friendship with Mika was completely unhealthy. There was little trust. Aya repeatedly blamed Mika even in situations where the guy could've been at fault. True friendship should not be blame games. And it's never just one person's fault - this manga too often takes a misogynist viewpoint.
3) It is okay to hurt someone, mentally and physically, so that they are protected from the truth.
Lies hurt, often more than the truth does. Mika forgave Hiro far too easily for the damage he did.
4) Attempts at suicide will always result in positive outcomes.
The mangaka uses suicide too lightly, throwing it in whenever there needs to be an element of drama, and then having others come to the character's rescue. There are issues in mental health related to suicide, it isn't something you should be using to make your plot transitions. People who attempt suicide need to get proper help. Not just carry on with their lives. If you're going to use suicide in a manga, at least show gradual recovery and therapy.
5) Being someone's wife as a life goal/dream.
It's a nice goal to have, but to have that be the protagonist's main dream? Really? What are you going to do when that someone doesn't like you anymore? Please, always aspire to have something of interest outside of your significant other. It's never good to live a life where your happiness is entirely dependent on another person's decisions.
If you do read the manga/have read it, I hope you will note the lack of caution taken when approaching these topics.
Do NOT take suicide nor rape lightly.
I finished the manga for the sake of closure, but it was difficult for me to enjoy it as much as I have enjoyed other mangas. I wanted to see where mangaka was going with all the drama she implicated with Hiro and I must say even in that regard, I was thoroughly disappointed. The ending was indeed sad, but cliche and predictable.
To end on a slightly positive note, I did enjoy the little "be strong" and "enjoy life" messages the mangaka emphasized. I liked the perseverance of the protagonist and most of the characters were likable. I liked the development of the romance between Mika and Hiro despite it taking a huge turn for the worse. The mangaka's good at animating romance, not so good at avoiding cliches and sensitive topics.
Art can be influential. I ask that you please take caution in learning attitudes and behaviours from mangas. There are often stereotypes and insensitive behaviours that don't appear "wrong" at first.read more