The cruelest thing about love is it can't happen with just anyone.
For a happy-go-lucky Otaka Chiyomi, the person who seized her heart just had to be a classmate who was contrary to her in everything but gender, Ezaki Soko, whose smile was all it took for Chiyomi to throw away all happiness in her life for.
That was only where this romantic heavy little series started. "Gunjou" explored the consequences of being overcome by intense love and pride, so much so that they fucked up your whole life. How can Chiyomi continue to love her old classmate after she heartlessly made her into a murderer,
and without even a glimpse of being appreciated after all the dirts she went into for her? And how will the very proud and stubborn Soko take responsibility of having destroyed the life of the only person in this world who was ever truly kind to her? They both are walking on complete different grounds to each other and their contradictions will always hurt one another.
As depressing as the manga sounds though, I grew warmed up to the characters while reaching towards the final book. You will think Chiyomi is a fool and inconsiderate at times, but you won't be able to help but fall in love with her. And I personally disliked how conceited Soko was at first in spite of her misfortunes. She was a bitch to Chiyomi. However, the manga makes these two characters exist both to defame and compliment each other. It was because of Chiyomi herself that I eventually came to have high regards for Soko as the story ended.
It was a heavy read. Not to mention the art style is not the least bit to my taste. I found some important scenes to be so disgusting it made me thought the mangaka did it on purpose to scare readers off, since the story was kind of spooky. I meant she could draw decently for most panel, and this is a female's romantic series we are talking about. It made this manga appears distastefully unique though, I would give her that.
Nonetheless, I am glad I have completed it. When you are growing older and influenced by this distorted world you have lost your touch of genuineness, and having finished these volumes brought the touch back to me. It is definitely one of the manga that offers its readers more than the price they pay for.