For his twentieth birthday, Shizuka chooses to go to a hot springs alone. To his surprise, he also ends up seeing his first naked woman... a passed out drunk girl. Soon afterward he enters college, and his friend from high school convinces him to join the female dominated travel and hot springs club. Amazingly, the girl he saw naked, Ruka, is also a member of the club! Now he must interact with his club more or less normally, and pretend he doesn't imagine Ruka naked every time he sees her. He is determined that his embarrassing secret never be made public!
This story got the best confession line ever in manga.
I must admit, the author got really good job putting everything to work out in this Hetakoi. I easily enjoy every page, and every second of this. It's easy for me to get the feel of falling in love, jealousy, excitement, happiness, and anxiety, or even anger while reading this. And after all that roller coaster of emotion, we got one heck of a confession line. I love it.
That in itself is good enough to make a good manga, but this manga is not limited to just that.
The characters are really well done. they got drawn
really well. With point-to-point traits that is easily for readers to empathize. I especially like the male MC. He is caring, not only to those he like, but also to the one he doesn't like (He cares even to his love rival at some point). And it's just one of many likable trait he had. As the story progress, we get to see him maturing both in mind and in emotion.
The art is also excellent. Besides the characters, the world itself is a great work. Because this revolve around a hot spring lover club, of course there must be beautiful hot springs involved.
This is a great seinen love story. If adult romance with a good happy ending suits you. I definitely recommend you read Hetakoi.
I was a little skeptical on reading this manga because some of the genres it was in but after finishing the first vol. I was completely drawn into the story that I finished this in two days.
The story was really good in my opinion it started off a little predictable because of the synopsis, and I thought hmm this seems like it will be another cliche story but boy was I wrong, the relationship with the main characters progressed realistically and I was enjoying every second of it. Although it did end abruptly but not like other stuff I've seen(Everything important that you would want
to know is answered it just seems like they stopped it at a weird time.)
The art was good in capturing a lot of different perspectives that I myself haven't seen in other books or tv shows, it was well drawn and I give the artists credit for that. It did show more explicit scenes than I thought there would be but it was done alright in my opinion even if I don't like reading stuff that shows scenes like that.
Characters lets see my favourite had to be the male, lead there was times when I sympathized with him where I actually felt his relationship grow but then there was times like "WTF are you doing!" but not just him the female lead pissed me off a little but the main guy did mostly. As to why I felt like I got to know the male character a lot more is because it was narrated by his thoughts from i'm guessing a recollection of his memories and this reminds me of Kimagure Orange Road. I was a little disappointed how some characters just completely disappear out of the world untill the ending like Mike-san, Nachi, and Yuu, but it wasn't really about them so I didn't really mind
A Full 10 out of 10 for outstanding character development and for seeing everyone mentally grow into better people.
My Enjoyment out of this was really good it had me wanting more untill I finished the thing but some parts got tiresome like when the story focused on his neighbor Kotono, but when it got near the end I was clapping to myself saying this is how most manga and anime should be.(not the adult content mind you, the romance,relationships,and answers I was hoping for)
Overall incredible for such splendid work on this whole story, now I just need to find out if there are any other manga by the person who made this or something directed towards older audience romance like this. The only downside to this whole thing is that there is no Anime(It would definitely be a hentai if they don't change scenes though.)
Read this if my review seems to intrigue you because you won't regret when you finish reading it, unless you sometimes feel like your wasting your life reading manga and watching anime, believe me your not anime is the equivalent to tv dramas in a lot of ways and manga is a book with a more vivid picture, no seriously read it you won't regret it :)
Check out the manga Kimagure Orange Road if you liked this, it covers the main characters physical and mental growth from 15 to college read the manga first though because they don't cover a lot of things in the anime and the story and ending is completely different(but in a good way it has a really good twist ending! plus it has two movies that show what happens after the tv show)
So Hetakoi is pretty much a shoujo manga, let's make that clear. It is a shoujo manga, but the thing is, I normally don't read nor love shoujo mangas as much as I did this one. It starts out very funny with an unfortunate event between the main character (Komai/"grandpa") and the potential love interest...Most likely the most awkward first meeting between 2 characters i've seen in quite some time(trying not to spoil it). But that's just the first scene...and it gets oh so much better. I understand that it is a little cliched with all the romance and all that, but it certainly pushed
itself away from drowning in cliches...in fact, I didn't even notice as I was reading. What comes after the "first meeting" is what really sets the story. From there the main characters will have their ups, will have their downs, and will have their good times and bad. If you're a guy (and maybe some girls) you can sympathize with Komai. I kind of match his personality so I could sympathize with him much more. You'll get to see how each character struggles through their emotions, sometimes to create a more peaceful atmosphere. Some try to hide their feelings for the good of the group, and others afraid that it could tear them apart. Komai is the farthest thing from a perfect hero and the perfect guy, he's just the average nice guy trying to compete with her past and her(the female main character) past crush (not physically, but emotionally). Komai is a very low-self-esteem guy who assumes the worst so that is his tragic flaw. You sometimes want to root for different characters because they are all likeable and mature.
Hetakoi wasn't particularly revolutionary in any aspect, but once I started reading, I literally could not stop. Before I knew it I was already 20 chapters in. So if you're looking for something that'll entertain you ( not wow you) then give Hetakoi a shot. If a shoujo manga can keep me interested, I'm sure it can keep many people interested too.
Junko Nakano’s Hetakoi is about a young man who, upon turning 20 years old, decides to head over to a hot spring. He’s by himself, trying to relax, while still kind of feeling miserable about the fact that he’s all alone. But while he’s there, he sees a young woman completely naked for the first time. Which, you know, is a momentous event in any young man’s life. After heading back to Tokyo, his outgoing friend ends up convincing him to join the Hot Springs club, since there are a lot of cute girls in it; it goes without saying that the “naked
girl” is also a part of this club.
It’s at this point where you may decide to check out on Hetakoi and think to yourself: “oh, it’s just generic shounen romance, who cares.” This would be a mistake. Hetakoi largely concerns itself with the growing attraction and romantic feelings between said young man and naked girl, but within that template it manages to touch on many other emotions and ideas.
One of the main reasons that I chose to start reading Hetakoi was because I’ve grown tired of weak-willed, nothing high school protagonists and their love troubles and their school rituals which are all the same, and never change from series to series. I’ve consciously tried to find anime/manga that has college and/or adult settings because, not only do they speak more to me at this point, but they’re also rare enough that the ways in which they’re different are distinctive enough for it make a difference. Sure, Hetakoi may have a school festival chapter, but it’s surrounded by chapters where adults make decisions that have ramifications and are treated seriously.
Sex is something that’s constantly on the minds of the characters in Hetakoi. There are many humorous passages where sex and/or nudity are treated like a punchline. Think of the many scenes where our main character pictures someone naked and can’t even look at their face because of the embarrassment. Or how the main character’s best friend, nicknamed Obscene Dick, propositions every female member in the Hot Springs club. But sex is also something that’s completely serious. In Hetakoi, sex changes everything about a relationship. Two friends who had previously relied on each other solely for advice embark on a sexual relationship that’s unhealthy and based on consoling each other and trying to deal with each other’s pain. One young man wonders if the girl he likes has done it before, and wonders if that will make him think differently of her. Instead of dealing with problems, characters often try to lose themselves in sexual abandon, immerse themselves in their passion and forget everything. But this is something that’s new for the characters; this new way of dealing with their problems. Often they will think that what they’re doing is wrong, but be unable to stop. One of my favorite moments is when, with an absolutely brutal honesty, a character thinks to himself that it isn’t so much a partner he desires, but someone’s warmth.
There are moments in Hetakoi which speak to me for reasons I can barely process or comprehend. I think of how it handles those moments in your life where everyone around you is having fun and laughing, and in the middle of that you’re feeling completely miserable. There’s a great chapter near the end where such a thing happens. Our main character, although inside he’s completely alone and suffering, resolves to make the occasion a lively one. It reminded me of times where I’ve tried to block everything I may be thinking by simply doing stuff.
Nakano’s series is special because it understands how serious and how utterly silly we can be while in the pursuit of love; how much meaning we can assign the smallest things, and how utterly humbling getting to know other people can be. And it does this while being utterly hilarious. Hetakoi is a work that understands and embodies the passion of youth; and it made me completely miserable.
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