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!
Hetakoi is a seinen romance between college students with a dash of ecchi and slice of life. It has a solid story with great art that features memorable characters.
I greatly enjoyed the college setting. The characters aren't idiots; they make rational decisions based on good logic.
The male lead in particular is amazing. He is not some child who tries to be coy while copping a feel or getting a glimpse of an upskirt. He loves, not lusts after the female lead. He is sincere, kind, and gentle. He is the kind of man I'd imagine women want to raise children with. It does my heart good to see a character like him. A realistic, down-to-earth guy who respects women. Refreshing.
The nicknames that the characters have are funny. The male lead is referred to as 'grandpa' because he's so old-fashioned. The idiot perverted male is called 'obscene dick'. The comedy is well-timed in this manga.
Seinen romances that don't feature sex as the main theme are sadly a rare thing. Even more uncommon are those with characters so believable in so realistic a setting that I'd believe it if the manga was based off a true story. Solid art with beautifully drawn girls. Well-timed comedic scenes to balance the drama. A nice overall story that makes you want to know what's going to happen next. If you enjoy romances, this manga is about as good as it gets.read more
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.read more
So far I've only read 7 chapters of the manga and I think it's GREAT. The art is really good and so it's the plot,which I think it's something new. It's funny and seriouse; kept me clicking and clicking untill I ran out and was a sad puppy.
All and all, read it! You'll like it.
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)read more