This story lets us look into the relationship of Matsuda Otome (a home schooled girl) and Nakagawa Minato (an elementary school teacher). Otome has been through a difficult past and is now under the care of Minato-sensei. Otome becomes suspicious of Minato's day-to-day routines and investigates. What will Minato tell Otome when she confronts her?
There are seven things "wrong" with the relationship between Otome and Minato.
They are a couple with (1) a thirteen years age difference, (2) both girls, (3) a child and an adult, (4) a teacher and her student, (5) a mother and daughter relationship that's not blood related, and (6) they live together, not to mention that their being together is (7) against the law. For all these reasons I love this couple.
Unlike Shoujo Sect, Kurogane Ken leaves out the smut and focuses more on the romance between Otome and Sensei. Their love continues to evolve and grow with every page of the manga
and there are many times when their love is palpable and raw. Their story never stops progressing and never loses interest, successfully captivating the reader with their forbidden relationship. I cannot think of any other manga that has a similar plot or setting as Hoshikawa Ginza Yonchoume.
However, as perfect as I'd like it to be, this manga falls short at several points. Without spoiling anything, I'll just say that near the end, the plot seems to have been changed with something quite disturbing (at least to me T_T) because the mangaka ran out of ideas or felt like he needed to throw a surprise or succumbed to his tendency to draw smut (but not quite smut here) or the editor threatened him to do something different or whatever it was, it dropped my rating of perfection for this manga. Another downfall is its length. The ending could have been spreaded out in more volumes, but perhaps the mangaka wanted to end this series quickly and thus changed the plot accordingly.
That being said, I'd rate this manga a 9 out of 10 for having very well developed romance and heart-shaking moments with a unique setting and interesting story. This is one of my favorite mangas to read. I've reread this manga many times, and every time I get the same electric feeling that comes from love that the characters probably feel from each other.
I'd write a less-biased review, but I think a review coming from a fangirl of this manga helps lay out the emotions you might get from reading this manga as well, and also because the reader's feelings are an important part in deciding the rating of a manga. If I had to recommend a manga to a fellow yuri-lover, this is it! Thanks for reading!
If this review isn't enough to encourage you to read Hoshikawa Ginza Yonchoume, send me a message and I'll try my best to convince you otherwise!
I'm open-minded, but there's just something about bringing up your own intended spouse that reads as incredibly creepy. I wouldn't necessarily mind the situation quite so much if they were less apart in age, if Otome were at least 16 or so--well, okay, no, that'd still be pretty freaking squicky. But 13? C'MON. It doesn't matter if the relationship is chaste; there's still no way that that's going to work out emotionally.
I wanted to love the characters, and indeed that is a stronger part of the work, but they also wind up too cliche.
But really the last volume just
killed it for me entirely. I don't know that I can say this without spoilers, so look for spoilers in this section:
There are a series of Drama Bombs that serve to: 1) Show how fragile this relationship really is; 2) show that Otome has had some psychological impacts from her inappropriate relationship, in that she's willing to accept really awful things done to her by other people; 3) prevent us seeing character development between the two protagonists. I also absolutely detest long time-skips. Our ending features a time skip of ten years. WTF? What have they been doing all this time?? The author's note does not make this any clearer or any better.
Whatever this series had going for it that had me engaged, it lost me through these developments.
I can't hate this story, but I wish I had back the time I spent reading it.
The manga creator was going for a slightly different character design and it's okay but in some of the cells the drawings of the characters look rushed. It's also pretty obvious the creator can't draw backgrounds, as most of the backgrounds are minimal or are drawn poorly.
I don't want to spoil it in case one would still want to read it after reading this, so I'll give a general feel for the story. The story itself is questionable even for a manga and there are so many holes in it that I couldn't continue. Its implausible but the story requires that you
think it's plausible, so you're left in a weird position as the reader.
The characters were pretty straight forward and don't offer anything new or special. So the character of the manga itself falls flat, it's suppose to be a romantic drama comedy from what I can tell but all of those fields aren't done very well.
Enjoyment/ Conclusion: 4
I couldn't really enjoy it because of the plot holes, weak characters, and weak art.