Riya Narukawa is a high school freshman with a tremendous talent for the violin, and an equally large bag of mental issues. He seems to have a split personality. After injuring his own hand to compromise his playing ability, he winds up on the doorstep of college student Atsushi Ikeda. Atsushi's a nice guy, maybe too nice and generous. He takes Riya in for the night and helps him with his hand injury. Atsushi realizes there is much more Riya than is on the surface, and learns just how difficult Riya's life actually is. Not only does he have a personality disorder, but there's an aggressive senior at his school who has his eye on him. Atsushi becomes a sort of safe haven for Riya, an escape from the life of music he's been bound to.
This is the first manga i feel inclined to write a review.
the summary of this story is basically a heart warming romance between two guys (yes, it's BL), a college student, Ikeda Atsushi, who is too kind towards everything and everyone and a violin prodigy, Riya Narukawa. One day, Ikeda found Riya lying on his doorsteps and took him in, only to find Riya waking up with a weird personality, a sloppy eater, a high schooler with no aim. The only clue to him was a violin which was found beside him. However, Ikeda found out that Riya has a split personality, 'white', who is
docile and only has the violin, and 'black', who defies and hates his alter ego. the story goes on with Ikeda and Riya facing emotional obstacles as Riya tries to conquer his past and rid his fear of his other existence.
Ikeda is absolutely gentlemanly. his first impression might be of a boring and common college student, with bad luck chancing upon a 'stray' at his door. But as the story goes, we realise his character is not at all a simple college guy, but rather, an all-giving, self-sacrificing and sophisticated guy as he sticks by Riya, no matter which personality he's facing. He firmly believes that Riya is who he is and that both personalities make up to be him. And even if he has to give up only to receive nothing in the end, he still chose to be beside Riya whenever he needs him.
Riya's character is very complicated to describe. As he has two personalities, it would be safe to say that the author created two characters within one body. even though his personalities are splitted and completely different, the author manages to link both personality together so that in the end, they are in sync with each other. The alter egos are scared of each other, and afraid of what the other might do, but at the same time depends on each other to confirm their existence. If both personalities has one thing in common, it's their fear of their insignificance. It creates this weak and fragile personality that pretends to be strong, yet shouts for people to protect him. However, the author manages to prevent the character from turning too cheesy like the classic doe eyed ukes. He is definitely not the usual annoying i-want-to-beat-the-crap-out-of-you character!
The characters are drawn delicately. each stroke and line is drawn with precision, and breathed with life. It's as if the characters are alive. While i was reaeding the whole manga, i could almost feel myself in the book, right there where the characters are talking. It's amazing and has been a while since i have this tingling sensation from reading again. Absolutely fantastic drawings. couldn't have done better!
.. what else do i have to write? JUST READ THE SERIES AND FIND YOURSELVES IMMERSED WITHIN THE TOUCHING LOVE STORY OF THESE TWO BOYS.... absolutely marvelous!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
This is a rather touching story, enough so that I had to write a review. :)
It may just be that I've grown accustomed to disregarding gender, but to me, this story isn't about boyxboy or bl or whatever. This story is about the psychological effects of abuse and about the strength it takes to heal and grow as an individual.
Though I know that there are quite a few mangas that are out there that address this issue, I found this one to be the right balance of tactfulness and honesty. The characters meshed well together and the mangaka left room for the readers to
form their own opinions without shoving themes or biases down their throats.
The ending was also very satisfying, though short. Which is rare since many good mangas have been ruined by a poor ending or an ending that is drawn out unnecessarily.
This manga may not be a masterpiece, but for what it is and for its length, it is uncommonly good. Overall, I really enjoyed this manga. I just finished rereading it for the second time and I'm sure I will reread it, yet again, at some point in the future.