The male protagonist is a well known published author who is suffering through severe boredom in the midst of his success. He has decided to move into a house in the countryside in an attempt to overcome his melancholy but it isn't working. Then one day a young girl stops by and asks him to allow her to raise a kitten at his home. This young girl causes an unexpected reaction from him and he agrees. What is in store for him? Why does he react this way to this young girl? Why did he agree to let her hang around his house with this kitten?
Since it's been a long time Kore wa Koi no Hanashi was last reviewed, I feel like an update was overdue. I cannot guarantee giving an unbiased review, however, I am quite sincere in my assessment of this manga. Now that I finished reading it, I can say with absolute confidence that Kore wa Koi no Hanashi found its place in the top of my all-time favorites. This manga received various comments and a lot of critique. Some argue that a romantic relationship between characters with such a huge age gap is bizarre and indecent. But I can assure you, there is nothing indecent about
this manga. It is a heartfelt story about humans, family, friendship and love. It is also a story about all the things that change with time and the things that remain unchanged. It is truly amazing.
The story is perfect. Yes, it is a drama, and there are moments to shed a tear over and feel a painful squeeze in your heart. But there are also moments to smile about, moments to feel happy for, moments to feel connected to the characters. The only thing one can complain about is the sudden jump (actually several jumps) a couple of years forward, but it has been quite skillfully executed each time so it didn't disturb the story's pacing. I am content with the ending as well. It wasn't rushed or forced, despite the fast-forward jumps. It was the most logical and beautiful end.
Personally, I enjoyed the character art. Faces and expressions were done quite well, especially for all of the main characters. But a little more detail in the backgrounds wouldn't have hurt. There is room for improvement.
Although I have no complains about the overall character development, I'm not giving a max score because I feel like there were still a few things that could have been done for Haruka's parents.
I don't think I have to explain myself here. You can tell from the first two paragraphs of this review that I enjoyed Kore wa Koi no Hanashi a lot.
I would recommend it to anyone who is feeling lost and lonely at times, who is in a standstill and doesn't know how to move forward. Despite being dramatic, this story is also pure hope, warmth and growth.
This is like a 8-9. This won't be a helpful review, but more so for me to be able to recall how I liked this manga (for future purposes haha).
I am actually quite disturbed by age gaps greater than 8-10 years. In fact even just student-sensei relationships in manga have me cringing sometimes if its not played right. So the fact that there's 21 age gap had me really... -____-
BUT after reading all the positive comments and reviews I gave it a try. I do have to say it is a relationship I still can not say I completely understand because I feel she fell
in love way too fast. I didn't see the development, but considering all the situations she ran into and all the support she got from him, I start to see why. When we're lonely, support is nice. Considering that, I became a supporter haha rooting this love on.
This is a very pure relationship. Things such as loneliness, what is happiness?, is this living?...
This is a mutual relationship in both characters support each other even if their feelings are a little difficult.
Read it. I won't give it a 9-10 because I couldn't see enough of development in my liking. Haha BUT i am not saying there was none! Don't get me wrong. Hahaha It's just the ending came way too quickly in CH42. I missed all the lovey development I was looking for, it just wasn't there for me.
SO OVERALL I HAVE TO BEGIN WITH: That was the most unsatisfactory ending oMg wHyYyYYy!
Recently I have been into mangas where the MC and the love interest has an age gap... obviously by this I mean like a 5-6 year age gap (think Dengeki Daisy or Keishichou Tokuhanka 007). So when when I read the first chapter and it turns out the MC is an elementary student and the guy is already 30 years old, I was extremely hesitant and unsure if this was something I wanted to continue– like yes, that is creepy.
But I DID. And I really enjoyed it! I know people are
a bit iffy on the age gap, especially in this case but I think this manga explored it in a good way. There was nothing perverted (which is what most would think when presented a manga that is about the love between a elementary student + 30 year old man..)
The story was a good story, it more than just the relationship between them. In fact, it wasn't much of that at all. It was focused on both the MC's backgrounds and we also get a decent amount of side character stories, which I enjoy! It was also focused on the male MC trying to understand his feelings towards her, but he is a good guy. He was not controlling or deceptive, he didn't take advantage of her at all. They truly just considered each other family.
Characters were good as well, I enjoyed that each character had their piece and an appropriate role to play throughout the WHOLE manga. I also really enjoyed the art, very cute and expressive at times.
NOW BACK TO MY FIRST SENTENCE.
AHHHHHHHHH there definitely needed to be a better epilogue chapter, but I can understand why the mangaka ended it the way she did.. because we have practically grown up with her! ;-)
After reading the chapter summary and taking a glimpse at the front cover, I decided that this story could either have a lot of promise and potential OR that it would just end up being a total train wreck.
Well, I don't typically venture through these kinds of stories, so I made it my duty to read through one finally...
Like most manga, the first few chapters might end up feeling a little rushed or typical. Thankfully, this is the kind of story that gradually gets better and better the more you progress into it. The idea about a romance budding between a scary-looking 31 year-old
writer and a baby-faced 10 year-old girl might sound a bit sketchy at first, but, truth is, the story doesn't go over too many boundaries.
The feelings of the characters are not completely overdone, and the circumstances that go along with the story aren't thrown out of nowhere like in some story plots. And, since it does have that "forbidden romance" theme, you tend to think about things you would normally not find yourself thinking about... or even WANTING to think about. For me, I actually like to ponder those things we constantly try to keep hidden within our subconsciousness, since no one ever mentions them.
The art is well done. I think the artist captures the main protagonist's persona very well and the author knows how to set the mood, whether it's a serious, light, or humorous tone. 'Guess I'm basically saying that the art is good but isn't exaggerated like in other manga that depend on their art for everything, especially humor, y'know?
I don't know, the main protagonist's character at first seemed rather stereotypical to me, but I ended up liking him after a couple more chapters. He's definitely not some lolicon or pervert, though. He's just a normal guy who didn't really think about the consequences in his actions and ended up in a pretty tough situation. It was surprising for me at first, but he does actually handle things pretty well.
What I really like about this story is the fact that although it started out as an innocent girl's crush, the main protagonist gradually starts to face the young girl with a sense of care and giving... like that of a family member. They were just two strangers who slowly started to relate to each other, and their bond is something that I can't exactly describe. Is it romantic love? Is it paternal love? I currently see it somewhere in the middle.
After reading 19 chapters in one sitting, I give Kore wa Koi no Hanashi an overall score of 9.
I highly recommend this story to people who desire to get in-tune with that inner subconscious we tend to push aside due to popular or even our moral beliefs.
By the way, thanks to those who ended up reading 'till the end. (This ended up getting longer than I thought.) Happy reading~! ^v^