Id actually give this manga an 8.5 and seriously, where are all the reviews for this work of art? To be honest though, I, myself only found it when doing the 2017 manga challenge and one of the requirements was to read a hidden gem. This manga is definitely a well hidden gem. I love shoujo manga with male protagonist because they are just so rare and I did not think I would stumble upon more of its species.
The story is pretty simple, the characters are older than high schoolers and in the work force, with Sekine being 30 and Sara,the woman, being who
knows how old, possibly 23-25. Sekine is the male embodiment of the "cool perfection" archetype and Sara is the "happy go lucky". Sekine is a yes man doing whatever he is told because rejecting is too troublesome and most of the time just does not care doing extra work/being used. He lacks will, an ability to love, and hobbies and upon realizing that, on a whim decided to pick up a knitting hobby. He meets an old dude in a crafts shop and let the curtains rise on Sara, the shop owner whom he falls in love with. Spoiler not spoiler since there arent many other characters listed who could add to the romance genre this manga is listed as. So yeah, in short it is about an unhappy guy finding love.
I really enjoyed Sekine's character, he is a fairly unique character and it was fun exploring the enigma of his mentality. He did not have the best experiences with women since young, seeming to have a few traumatic experiences which stems from his inability to refuse. It doesnt go into detail with them, showing only some memory fragments here and there but I would believe he doesnt think too fondly of them. He is actually quite emotional, being quick to tear up which is really cute.
The art is hella nice btw. Sekine is finnneeee, especially young Sekine and non-megane Sekine. There are tons of knit items and strings in the manga which prob took a long time to draw. Props on that.
So yes, in conclusion i thoughly enjoyed this manga and hope more people will discover this diamond in the rough
I hate how underrated this is but at the same time, I like being one of the few that know of this gem.
First and probably the last review so take my words with a grain of salt and beware of spoilers cause I don't know what i'm typing half the time. Also, to save any readers time, if ur looking for a drama, romance about a pure/ emotionless guy or if you're looking for a romance outside of all those Highschool lovefests, I recommend giving this manga a try. If you aren't, scurry off.
I don't think the synopsis does a very good job of
describing the manga though I doubt I could do better.
Essentially, Sekine-Kun no koi is about a man who seems perfect on the outside but is a mess within due to his past. we follow him as he falls in love for the first time but his pure character becomes an obstacle. don't want to spoil too much but the story really had me absorbed and empathizing with Sekine's character even though others may not like him as much.
Not the best but not the worst. I believe the artwork really fits in when establishing the mood and characters. I would give it a higher rating but when viewed objectively, the art is lacking in comparison with other more mature themed titles.
not many characters in this manga. If you like MCs that don't understand emotions/ themselves you'll love Sekine. in my opinion, the characters are well rounded, likable and most importantly, understandable..well to an extent. the "Sekine obsession" from the females around him is a bit absurd I have to admit.
I loved it.
Technically should have a 9 or 8 as an overall but I'm not a person that likes to go too technical into these things. what I value the most from the manga is enjoyment and clearly, enjoyded i did :)
Though in all seriousness if you're not looking for a slowish paced drama romance from an eccentric dudes perspective I can't recommend. This review is heavily opinion based and my ratings are skewed due to my love of these kinds of manga.
Honestly, I swear The Romance Genre should be added here. Bare in mind, I've only read 17 chapters, so things could change
The Main Story follows the plot of the man described in the Synopsis. This man seems to be good at everything...EVERYTHING! Though he doesn't know what to pursue. Thus you may start feeling that this man is horribly irritating, HOWEVER i beg you to just keep reading. You will in turn realize that this man has a flaw. The inability to get across what he thinks/loves/feels. Almost like what you would expect. Now i know that this is a everyday typical flaw in a
perfect character, but it is a good flaw to have and one that allows for a proper story (character development) to be told.
The Romance that i see here, is slow. Very slow. But the pacing for the story that is being told is just right. you wouldn't want it to increase.
The art work, is pleasing enough to the eyes. You wont be irritated by it, but you wont be in awe either.
Overall if you have time, and want to be told an intriguing tale, Have A Read. So far, I give it an 7/10.