Kaoru Amane is a 16-year-old girl who suffers from a rare genetic disorder known as xeroderma pigmentosum—a condition in which even the smallest amount of sunlight will cause irreparable damage to her skin, potentially ending her life. As a result, she is confined to her house during the day, while venturing out into the city only at night to play her guitar and sing in front of the train station.
During her time spent indoors, she watches a young boy from afar and yearns to talk to him. Through her cousin's efforts, Kaoru finds out that the boy's name is Kouji Fujishiro. Eventually, Kaoru runs into him during one of her nightly adventures, their first meeting cementing her feelings for the boy she has always longed to be with; however, as the girl begins to fall deeper in love, her complicated illness is certain to bring some hardships.
Taiyou no Uta is based on the Japanese film of the same title, which released in Japan on June 17, 2006. There was also a TV drama which was broadcast from July 14 to September 15, 2006. The film was remade as a Vietnamese/Japanese drama in 2015, and as an American film titled Midnight Sun, which released in March 2018.
Taiyou no Uta, also known as, A Song to the Sun, is about sixteen year old Kaoru, who because of a disease can never be out in the sun. Living all her life in darkness and watching the sun light from afar, she longs for the warmth only the sun can give. The only thing that gives her some sort of happiness is the few hours at night she gets her guitar and goes to sing in the street. One day through her window she sees a boy who emit’s a brightness and warmth that she can’t help
but be drawn to. All she wants is just to meet him, knowing that’s he can’t. All she needs is a chance meeting.. Just one.
For it being a oneshot it moves at a reasonable pace, except for the whole falling in love thing so fast, that always stumps me.
Kaoru just wants to be like everyone else. Because of her disease, her environment is limited to being indoors away from sunlight. She yearns for the part of life we take for granted, the beauty of daylight.
Koji, who you can't help but like for his sweet smile and good natures is a nice addition to this manga. We get to know him a little bit and we see in such a short time the potential he has for growth as a character.
There are very few characters in this one, centering around mainly her close family. We have actual parents in this one. Parents who are usually a figment of imagination in manga, are present and not in the annoying way they are usually represented in other works or to make the main people’s live miserable. They are caring and nice and actually say more than two sentences.
Art, was pretty but average. There wasn’t anything memorable about the art in itself but the illustrations makes you feel nostalgic at times and that suits the pace and tone of the manga. Which made sense in the way that the art went along with the personality of Kaoru all the way through.
The story of Kaoru and Koji is a very short one. I felt it was too short, Kenjo could have milked this cow for at least one more volume. Maybe it’s me just wanting to read a little bit more of this romance, that ended too soon. Or maybe I was hoping that they took their time in developing more their relationship instead of jumping ships and all.
It has a warm ending, not one of my favorites, but at least it leaves you with closure of sorts.
“I suppose our time, will never coincide with one another’s”
There's something different about sixteen-year-old Kaoru. her father calls it individuality. Kaoru thinks of it as a curse. she has a disease. but not just any disease. a disease that cannot allow her to be under the sun...or she'll die. Because of this, she spends her nights singing outside with her guitar, and her days in her room, watching a boy at the bus stop. before long, she finds herself falling in love, and yearning to talk to him at least once. but she knows this will never happen.
but what happens when she coincidentally runs into him while on
her nightly street performance?
this tragic story shows that no matter how big the obstacle, or no matter how you are, true love awaits for everyone.
the character's in this story are very heart warming. Fujishiro Kouji is the boy whom Kaoru has been watching. he is an aloof surfer who likes having fun. he can't surf great, and he isn't the smartest guy around, yet he manages to bring smiles and hope to Kaoru, who only knew how to live in darkness. who would've thought that you could meet someone for the first time, and in one night know she was the one? his loyalty to her throughout the story is captivating, and his strong love for her brings tears to your eyes. you see how much he sacrifices to bring her happiness, because you can tell that her happiness is his happiness. he truly is a wonderful character and one to learn from.
Kaoru, despite her situation, tries to see the beauty of the life she has, and is surprisingly strong-willed. but she's very protective of her position, for she knows that one slip and she could lose all the happiness she's built up till then. because of this, she has never told anyone outside family about her disease. not that there was much people to tell. but in desperation to live and gain Kouji's trust, she spills her secret to him. her gutsy personality is heart-warming, and it's no surprise that Kouji fell in love in just one night.
the art is simple, but very eye catching. it is similar to other arts, but has it's own subtle differences that match the story line perfectly. their facial expressions are so full of life and beautifully drawn. you can really see the love and sorrow in each character's face. despite there being a few mistakes, the art is simply beautiful.
Taiyou no Uta: A Song to the Sun, is one of the most heart-clenching stories i've ever read. it teaches you that life is too short to wait around. it is bound to make you smile, cry, and think about the small beauties in life.
"when the sun sets, i'll come see you because i love you..."
It was a wonderful manga. Soooo sad and romantic. There are manga out there that are really sad to the point that you want to cry but you never really get there. This manga was simple, beautiful and hopeful. In the end everybody had a learning experience and grew. I cry EveryTime i read this manga. OUTSTANDING
Sixteen-year old Kaoru, who cannot be exposed to sunlight, can only experience life at night, when she's in front of the train station, singing. There begins a love that has blossomed for the first time in her life.
I'm not really one for tragedy stories, but I watched the live action movie years ago, way before I knew about the manga. The movie became one of my favorites and I just rewatched it last night.
The story, for me, is quite original. I mean, a girl with Xeroderma Pigmentosum (XP), an illness which also might be described as the allergy to the sun? I don't think
I've even HEARD of other stories like that. The story is VERY fast paced, however. It never really says how many days pass or how long Kaoru and Kouji actually know each other. Even with the fast paced story line, it moves smoothly and breaks your heart as the ending nears.
And in the live action movie, you don't "hear" any of Kaoru's thoughts, but in the manga, you can see them. I liked that a lot. It brought out the emotions she was feeling a lot more.
Life seems so much worthwhile as Kaoru's story is told and how she cant experience life like we can. This story will pull your hearts and before you know it, you'll be asking for the tissue box.
I liked the art. A lot. The expressions made my heart jump, especially Kouji's. In the live action, it was very hard for me to tell what Kouji was feeling, but with the expressions he makes in the manga, it was easy, making it even more sad. Minatsuki's art is simple yet elegant, and the character designs were cute.
I loved Kaoru's character. she was beyond adorable. Despite being ill, and only able to come out at night, she was highly energetic and did things on a whim, like confessing randomly to Kouji. As the story progresses, however, she changes quite a bit. Which, I love character development, and the story being so short, you get a whole lot at once. Kaoru is a very love-able girl and her story is as depressing as depressing gets.
Kouji is quite like-able too. He's seen at the idiot and dunce of his class, he cant even surf great, but his spirits are never knocked down. He changes quite a lot as the story moves, and I think its more noticeable than Kaoru's. But like I said before, with such a short series, all the character development is sort of thrown at you at once.
As I said earlier, I watched the live action movie years ago, never even knowing about the manga. I loved the movie a whole lot, its one of the best tragedies Ive seen, and I could watch it over and over. After reading the manga, I realized how WELL the movie followed it, and was really surprised. Usually movies change things around, or adds their own little plot lines in, but not this one. It is like a perfect rendition of the manga. Which is amazing. I enjoyed reading the manga, even if it was only a few chapters long, it still moved me the exact same way the movie did.
I recommend this to everyone who likes a quick read. It may cause a bit of tear shed, but that's only because its what its meant to do. After you read the manga, go watch the movie. Yui brings Kaoru to life perfectly in every way.