Aug 12, 2022
Most people have probably heard of Sakura no Uta via the popularity of its opening song in osu! (great song), or from their experience with visual novels such as Subarashiki Hibi (an earlier, translated work by SCA-自, writer of Sakura no Uta). Sadly, the Sakura no Uta vn remains untranslated to this day, leaving the manga version as the main way to experience Sakura no Uta for those who don't know Japanese.
Moving onto the manga itself: it's a short read with a tender atmosphere and easygoing interactions, flitters of tragedy and hints towards the past and future. It is the season of cherry blossoms
- you are introduced to Kusanagi Naoya after the funeral of his father, a world-class painter. He comes to live with the Natsume family (Ai, Kei, Shizuku), and with the return of his childhood friend, Rin, the world begins to move.
For those who've read the vn, the manga feels like an early prototype of the prologue, Frühlingsbeginn, and Abend. It goes without saying that a lot of things are either not present or changed drastically in the manga version (certain characters, swing scene), although stuff like the funeral and the general sense of humor remain similar. For those who haven't read the vn, keep in mind that the manga is basically like those book previews on Google Books where you get the cover art and 20 random pages from the beginning. Nonetheless, I would still recommend the manga since it's a cute and chill read, and maybe this will get someone interested in reading the vn (which has fascinating ideas on art, happiness, and life).
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