Takaya has fallen in love at first sight with a girl he saw at his college. The only problem is that she happens to be Yurina, the girl he spent his elementary school days tormenting. While he hardly remembers her from those days, Yurina hates him with a passion. She holds him responsible for all the lasting emotional and psychological scars that were caused by the years he made her life a living hell. Takaya hopes they'll be able to move past their history and fall in love, but can Yurina ever feel anything for him but hatred and the desire for revenge?
Some may have gone through the experience of bullying, whether it was direct or indirect. What if the person who bullied you fell in love with you? Would you be able to forgive and love in return? Kimi no Sei is a shoujo manga that tries to build a romantic relationship between the bullier and the bullied, though it fails to present it in a believable way.
The story of Kimi no Sei centers around Takaya, the bullier, and Yurina, the bullied. These two encounter later on a mixer. Takaya immediately falls in love with Yurina, promting her to date him; however he doesn't recognize
her as the girl he tormented in his childhood. She eventually accepts the date, but with the intention to make him suffer.
The premise is interesting, but as the reader may be thinking, how will it be possible to make a working romantic relationship between these two? Throughout the story the reader can observe how their relationship grows, however it leaves the reader thinking whether the behaviour and reactions of the protagonists are believable or not. The final plot twist of the story really felt far-fetched and unrealistic, which I personally found to be the part where all credibility of the story left. Nevertheless it was still intriguing to see how the story progressed.
The cast of characters is limited in Kimi no Sei, having as main protagonists Takaya and Yurina, and a few friends of these. The bullying in the childhood was mainly caused by Takaya, who did it in order to blend into the society, while Yurina was faced with the inability to trust the other gender. The secondary characters have almost no significant interaction with the protagonists, besides to create jealousy in the main characters.
The art of Kimi no Sei is well done. The characters design is what the reader is accustomed to see in a shoujo manga. Backgrounds are drawn when necessary, leading overall to an enjoyable read.
Kimi no Sei had an interesting idea, though it failed to transmit it in a believable way. The lack of character depth of both the main and secondary characters, with the unrealistic story progress was the biggest drawback of the manga. Nevertheless, if you can ignore this, Kimi no Sei is certainly worth a try, as it was enjoyable to see how the author developed the romantic relationship.
Imagine being bullied in grade school for no reason. Having no friends and constantly being picked on and being forced to move away. Then, years later, the person who started all of it confesses to you. You end up with Kimi no Sei.
Then a plan for revenge but what ho? What happens when you start falling in love with this person. And that's it. The rest of the story is the inner turmoil of the main character as she tries to overcome her conflicting feelings of her past, and her present. The story never surprises you, and drama is almost nonexistent, although it does remain
interesting, at least for the 9 chapters this manga runs. You can really relate to the main character and you're not sure if you should hate or like Takaya.
Overall it's interesting and fun to read and realistic which is really nice, but there's definitely nothing that profound to be found. If you are into shoujo and you've got the time, go ahead and read this, you won't be disappointed. Otherwise, unless you really want to read something about bullying without the extremes of something like Life, you should probably pass.
Bullying, romance and change of hearts - the story had potential but didn't develop really strong I am not sure if it was because they only had a few chapters that the story turned to be in a rush. It didn't even include what happned to Rino and the guy who looks like Takaya in the end. It would have been nice if they allotted a chapter or two just so they can add a resolution to that conflict. Presenting multiple conflicts in a story is not good if you don't plan to make the manga lengthy enough to resolve those conflicts. The art was
good but I think it was more of the average. I think this manga may be good for killing time. If you'd want a manga with the same theme as this, it might be better to read 'The Silent Voice'. Speaking of which, I think I'll be rereading that so I can just make a review here. Tut :)
First off, this is a romance, so you know that Takaya and Yurina are going to have something, but the past keeps getting in the way. Takaya doesn't remember a thing about the bullying until Yurina tells him up front, and while he is sorry, he can't erase the past. What's more, he is in love with her. Yurina is dead set against liking him at all because of what he did to her in the past. It's something that she believes is unforgivable.
What's really great about this manga is the character development. Yurina has to come to terms with her feelings about the past
and face the present while also recognizing the person she is now as well as who Takaya has become. I didn't cry during her troubles, but every time she thought about how she felt, my chest hurt a lot. Yurina was constantly battling her bad memories and she couldn't see why Takaya could love her now. I think the feelings that arose from being bullied at a young age were depicted very well.
Personally I am not a fan of love at first sight, but the way Takaya was portrayed really did make him look like he loved Yurina. He was a sweetheart. I would rate it higher, though, if it didn't seem like he was infatuated at first by her appearance.
There is a slightly crazy conflict in the manga that I won't reveal here, but it's another reason why I won't rate it higher than an 8/10. I really did enjoy reading it, though. Even though it was short, it was extremely satisfying and kept me going to the next chapter.