As children, twins Umi and Sora became acquainted with a four-year old Beniko. Years later, Umi has moved away, and Sora confessed to Beniko that he'll propose to her when she turns 18. But when Sora dies in a traffic accident, why does Umi appear before Beniko looking and acting just like Sora?
The grave mistake here is that this manga isn't correctly tagged as psychological—which it should be. Yet even without that tag, it almost requires a warning label. There is a high chance it will make your stomach churn, why? Because this manga portrays an abusive relationship—one built on hate, guilt, repression, and resentment. The foundation of their relationship is deceit, which makes it rocky and unstable. This series neither excuses nor glorifies the abuse, however, if only because the abuse is so apparent and outrageous that it's impossible for you not to feel squicky about it.
There is no denying that Umi is sick and twisted.
What he does and how he treats Beniko is inexcusable to any ordinary human being. Yet the more sadistic he treats her, the more pleasure she starts to derive from it. This doesn't make her a consenting individual, of course, but there is development between them in the way you would expect of a seriously twisted psychological romance.
While it's easy to pass Beniko off as “weak” and “indecisive,” I would more so say that as a product of her own grief and guilt, for the sake of her own sanity, she accommodates Umi's sadism through necessity by becoming a masochist. The whole point of this being a psychological manga is to look deeper than the face value, which can be difficult when it's easy to feel so disgusted by both of the main characters.
The art does an amazing job of portraying the emotions, and the frames and dialogue are as creepy as Umi himself. There is a psychological feel to the manga that leaves you groping for answers—for better or worse, it never really sates your curiosity completely. Is that perhaps plot holes that the mangaka carelessly left behind, or legitimate parts of the manga that are left up to the viewer's interpretation?
This is a difficult manga to rate only on account of it having nearly illegible scans for the last volume, which made the ambiguities even more ambiguous. That said, it's easy to write this off as a crappy shoujo romance—if that's all it is intended to be. But what it's supposed to be may all depend on what kind of mindset you approach it with. Is it an intriguing psychological romance with a sick, twisted relationship that can only be defined as “love”? Or is it just another series that glorifies abuse?
This manga has an incredibly long title...it's meaning: "Our Love Is As Painful As Reaching Death".
Hmm...love? There was no love presented here. We are shown a happy young couple entering their first year of high school. Childhood friends, Beniko and Sora are already sexually active as they've been together for four years. Sora "proposes" to Beniko on her 16th birthday claiming that he will properly marry her once they are 18. On that same night, Sora's twin brother Umi comes outside Beniko's house leaving her favorite flower, the Red Spider Lily. Umi immediately leaves once she sees him.
The next day, Umi formally returns to
Beniko's life after an unfortunate event.
If the author's purpose was to create an erotic yet angsty manga, she succeeded. Unfortunately, the story was simply unrealistic. The mains, Umi and Beniko, lacked character development. The most disappointing aspect is that the plot was rushed to give it a "happy" ending.
First of all lets be clear about the genre of this manga.
This is definitely R18+ for readers who cant stand smut genre this is not the manga for you. basically its phycological based plot so it is difficult to understand each of the characters and why they behave/react the way they do.
the manga highlights the difficulties in loving & lusting someone you shouldn't (not incest). The boy's love for the girl is very twisted, as he is conflicted between hating and loving her, thus he abuses her for causing him such pain. the "horrific" scenes in the chapters are drawn in a modest
way for what the story is telling, it really isn't that bad tbh.
If you love phycological romance , with a dash of smut you would like this manga. When reading this manga you start to feel sorry for the characters. regardless of the bad reviews it seems to have from other readers, it is definitely a unique story line, and one to remember if you enjoyed it. it is really dark and emotional in comparison to high school girl senpai crush type of shoujo.
Okay, this manga should have the psychological genre tag in it. Plus, the sexual scenes almost worked perfectly with the psychological impact this manga gives (every chapter has it).
There were some things that pissed me off, though. It was too predictable, the ending felt rushed and that main character was a slut (just had to say it).
The reasons for the guy's actions are way too obvious and it feels like the manga is giving away the ending already. Unfortunately, it did end the way I predicted, though the "action" in the ending was unexpected and giving me WTF thoughts at the same time.
Somehow, it gives me the impression of a rushed ending. It doesn't make enough sense to me.
As for the MC, she pissed me off big time in the ending. I'm not looking for a surprising/shocking type of ending (might be cool though). I get that "she got abused and liked it" kind of plot, but that ending broke my image of the MC. She just becomes as twisted as the abuser.
6/10 because the art was nice, the characters were fairly depicted (disregarding the ending here) story development kept me wanting the next chapter, and it gave me a hanging question of "Why was it his fault anyway?"