Already half of his high school life is over and none of his hopes and dreams have been fulfilled yet. This is how Yuuhi Nagi, who has no friends in his classes, has been living his uneventful empty life—until he got dragged into this unexpected crisis!
This is how the lives of the four people who are most likely to repeat a year, and the person who will help them succeed, are connected.
This is where this bittersweet coming of age story begins!!
Let's start my first review with Blue Hearts, another work from Yayoi Sou who is Relife's creator. I absolutely loved Relife ans that's why I was so pleased when I heard that she was making another manga. That's why I will compare Blue Heart to Relife a lot in this review. I think it's relevant because a lot of people know Relife. Blue Hearts is a Slice of Life, Drama (A LOT), School, Romance manga (which is my actually favourite mix).
Story : 9/10
The story takes place in a school, where the main character has bad grades. The headmaster has the idea to mix up the
four baddest student of the school with the best in order to make them improve. Therefore, the students will try to have a friendship among themselves in order to help each other and to have good grades.
It's the typical thing, where we get to know the main character's personality thanks to the issues of his fellow friends. Everyone has a problem and the MC will try to fix it.
And, wow, it's well done. It's totally different from Relife. I mean, Relife's characters had problems, but those are much much darker. We could think that Blue Hearts is pure and innocent but there are a lot of dark stories and dramas. That's why it's surprising. However, sometimes, we could think that it's too much. The problems the characters have sometimes don't come up naturally. That's why it is a 9 instead of a 10. Sometimes we can think that it is forced a bit.
Art : 10/10
Wow. I cannot say anything else. Yayoiso's work is always amazing anyway. It's a full colored manga with a proper layout. I loved Yayoiso's work in Relife. And it's kinda the same. Graphics are outstanding for me, I really enjoy this type of art. It's totally a purified style. If you liked Relife's style, you will absolutely love Blue Hearts' art.
Character : 8/10
Some of the characters are clichés. The classic MC who is a bad student, with bad grades, but has a big heart and has others skills such as cooking. There is also this girl who has a lot of boyfriends et the same time. Or the typical emo girl. But the differences with other mangas is that you will be attached to them because of their problems. They have a true personality. It can be clichés but it's well done so it doesn't matter.
Enjoyment : 10/10
I love reading Blue Hearts. On the one hand, because I feel like I read something almost as good as Relife, and it feels good. On the other hand, because there is a true message in this manga. We know that Yayoiso put messages in her mangas, just like Relife (for instance suffering at work). But the messages here are deep and talk about things as dark as suicide. Fortunately, the MC tries to fix the situations which come up to a happy ending. (at least for now)
Overall : 9/10
To conclude, I would definitely tell you to read Blue Hearts. You will be able to feel a lot of things through it. You will question yourself about life, philosophical questions and moral lessons. You will be attached to the characters and will want them to succeed, by erasing their problems. However, as I said earlier, sometimes you could think that the problems are a bit forced, or a bit too much. Except that, you will like Blue Hearts for sure.
Yeah, yeah. My second review, and it's for another of Yayoi So's works. I'll admit it, I'm a bit biased towards her works. I definitely have my reasons though.
Now, before anything else, this is slice of life. Let's just get that out of the way. Another thing that should be said is that this story deals with heavier topics than your usual slice of life... Specifically sexual abuse, depression, and suicide. That doesn't mean it's a depressing or especially 'heavy' story. I actually believe the author has done a wonderful job of telling this story and writing about all of the characters.
In Blue Hearts, we
follow Nagi, a high school student. The thing is, Nagi is the worse student in school. Quite literally as well... he ranks (by his grades) as the worse student in the whole school. He's not a delinquent, though. Just a bit out of place. In the starting chapters, you get to meet the other characters who make up the main crew who are, honestly, quite lovable.
Art-wise, this is standard Yayoi So quality. Full colour, occasional chibi faces, detailed expressions and backgrounds (most of the time). Definitely not lacking in that department.
Character development has been going great, and their depth is always something that impresses me. Even the side characters seem to always have something going on. No one feels like a true NPC.
So far, I've been enjoying Blue Hearts, and I think most will as well. If you're into Slice of Life and don't mind a bit of drama, give this a try. I guarantee it's not as serious as one might think. Yayoi So has proved herself again as a very skillful mangaka, and I definitely think you won't regret reading Blue Hearts (if slice of life is your thing).