Twenty-four-year-old Kirara is on her way to her wedding when she is killed in a car accident. However her love for her fiancé is so strong that she is permitted to return to earth as a ghost to see him. But she is sent back 8 years in time, to when she and her fiancé first met. However her own meddling in the past may make her 16 year-old-self turn away from her would-be fiancé.
Volume 4: Kanojo no Angle, Kanojo no Photo Kiss
Volume 5: Konna Koto ga Attemo Iiyou na Hibi
This manga, like it seems a lot of manga has interesting concepts, but ultimately the implementation felt like a mess. I like the concept of a ghost coming back in time and how that could interfere with the development of a relationship, and furthermore where such a plot could lead. I also found it interesting how the characters of the past and future version were so different, and thought that that was a good set up for solid character growth. However, as it went on, none of this was materialized on. The rules and mechanics of being a ghost and everything surrounding that were arbitrary,
and hence the plot felt random as well, all the way up to the ending which felt incredibly unsatisfying in that it felt rushed and also in that the memory aspect felt largely unnecessary. The character development and relationship development was random too, in that it barely happened, and things just ended up falling into place. On top of that, I'd have to say that while the premise was good, the characters placed in the roles didn't fit all that well. Also, the humor was some times okay, but largely was not even that funny. The art was also only okay.
tl;dr: An interesting premise that loses its way really quickly.
The easiest way to sum up "Kirara" is that it's a rom-com that consists of "Ghost Kirara" being deredere and throwing herself at Konpei while "Highschool Kirara" is tsundere and punishes Konpei for what the "Ghost Kirara" does to him. Of course, Konpei being a typical manga protagonist is too weak-willed and spineless to resolve the situation.
Add on to this a completely incomprehensible logic behind Kirara's "ghost state" as well as a cast of confusing characters that exist only to complicate the story and you have at best, a very mediocre manga.
The art, while dated, isn't particularly bad and there is a large amount of
soft-core fan service, but asides from the occasionally sexy outfit from the "Ghost Kirara" there isn't really anything here that will titillate people looking for that kind of story. Honestly, I would give "Kirara" a pass unless you're extremely bored. I can't even recommend it to fans of tsundere heroines because "Highschool Kirara" is decidedly non-cute.