Shinigami Ai is bored with his job and to seek enjoyment he has an interest in high school girl Ren who only has days left to live. She is the student council president at her school and really a good-hearted girl, but she is feared by the whole school because of her harsh way of speaking. Ai possesses her body and and exposes her kind, true nature and so enjoys his "Sarashi Asobi (Exposing Game)". But gradually he is starting to feel and interest in being with Ren...
(Source: Karma Falls Scanlations)
Includes the one-shot "0.3 Byou Lunch (0.3秒Lunch)" originally published on Dec 15, 2007.
As the story itself progresses, it stresses the difference of what is human, and leaves a heart-warming sensation it's wake. What drives a Grim Reaper? What drives a human? Ai -as he is named by the story's protagonist- is bored with his job as a Grim Reaper. He seeks entertainment from his monotonous life. However, will his interference in Ren's life be what kills her? Or will he sacrifice his own...
Anyways, it is a good read; a very touchy story, and somewhat humorous. The first sidestory is a bit odd though(gender bender of the series) and the second
sidestory is a tragedy. It has a sweet storyline and is worthy series to add to your collections. :)
I decided to read this manga because I knew that it was short, and I wasn't ready to emotionally prepared to invest in something a manga that had 20+ chapters. All I wanted was a quick, light-hearted read. Well, I was half wrong and half right.
Sarashi Asobi only has 7 chapters. Now, normally I'd be crying and complaining about how I wished the mangaka drew more chapters, but I think 7 chapters is enough for this story. Every chapter did a good job at developing the plot, building up tension, and leading to the end. I am satisfied with how the manga turned out.
To be honest, I was expecting SA to be some quirky shoujo about a grim reaper falling in love with a human. And to an extent, it IS that, but it's also something much more than that. The manga isn't as shallow as it seems -- it actually goes deep into the purpose of humans and the concept of death. And although there were some cheesy bits, I was surprised at the more meaningful parts.
SA also has its share of comical, touching, and WTF! scenes. It's a mixture of everything.
OH MY GOD dat art tho. OKAY, let's be real here, the art that's displayed here on MAL isn't that attractive. But don't be fooled. The art is actually drop dead gorgeous. The artwork really reminds me of Horimiya and Kamisama Hajimemashita.
I am so, so, so x 100,000 glad that the heroine wasn't some crybaby, stereotypical shoujo girl. Nope, our heroine is fierce, badass, funny, and cute all at the same time. I never got sick of her character.