"Live with sincerity" is Natsuki Taiyou's motto. It's first day of high school and as Taiyou heads to school, he sees a girl named Hinata. He falls in love with her at first-sight and suddenly confesses to her. She accepts his confession but then runs away without saying who she is. Later, it turns she is Taiyou's classmate. Taiyou feels like there is some sort of destiny between them; however, the next day, she doesn't even remember who he is. How can that be...?
At first glance, Seishun Forget! looked like it might be a standard romantic comedy composed of male lead #7831 and female lead #5830. You know-- guy meets girl under unique circumstances, they rush to go their own ways without proper introductions, then by the power of fate (read: plot) are reunited, and we become witnesses to their slow paced, gradual grind of a relationship that would make 8th graders seem like dating professionals. Seishun Forget! (SF!) did hit some of those cliche markers but with some unique variations. Our male lead and female lead hook up in the very first chapter! Hey, pretty nice
change of pace huh? Well that is short lived as the premise/plot device (something I won't spoil mention here) really shakes everything up and keeps the readers engaged. As far as the story elements go, SF! fared very well. The chapters not only fit nicely together in a continuous format but the pacing of the story was satisfying. While I do think part of the ending was kind of far'fetched, it's always a pleasure to get a true happy ending.
Beautiful art work all around. The overall quality of each and every chapter down to each sequence of panels was superb. We are given a high school life setting and the art never fails to match its tempo. Character designs were very polished, i.e both male and female characters were appealing. The designs for the "supporting/quasi-main" characters while simple, were good enough for me to not forget their faces. Although, one minor complaint is really just due to a pet peeve of mine- overly sharp chins. Now I know that's pretty typical in the manga/drawing world, but just something that I wish worked out differently. As far as backgrounds go, it was kept minimalistic. Nothing more than shades of either black, white or toning with an occasional panel or two showing spurts of creativity. Most of the focus was directed to the characters and I say it worked out pretty well in the end.
The area of the manga that shined the most in my opinion. The dialogue written for our characters were really funny and realistic. While some of their antics and actions were implausible, they were still very enjoyable and the characters felt like genuine high school students. There weren't character growths per se, more like "character unveilings" as each chapter progressed. We learn more and more about each character and this method meshed well within the story. I can't really say there were actual defined supporting characters because each chapter pretty involved all of the "main" cast in one way or another. Overall, the mangaka did a good job ensuring each character was memorable and able to shine on their own.
All in all, it was a very enjoyable read. The mangaka's ability to combine individual story components such as the comedy, the romance, character cohesion and basic story-telling into a wonderful piece of work is commendable. Being a rom-com, it will naturally draw criticism for some cliche and or silliness but in my opinion it can still be enjoyed by veteran manga readers as well as fresh readers to the manga scene.
Taiyou has just seen the love of his life after being saved by her only a moment ago. Desperate, he asks to go out with her, she says yes. This turns out fine until he finds out that the cost to date her will be to make every memory together unforgetable, or else she will forget him and the time spent together. So with the help of a friend from middle school and others met along the way, he sets out to make Hinata remember him.
This story was very strong with love. I loved it. Taiyou survives many disappointing rejections as Hinata fails to remember
him. This i thought showed a very strong love, one that i will remember for times to come. This manga has many great moments where Taiyou and his friend try to get Hinata to remember them. Seishun Forget is full of laughs and love that are hard to forget. I loved this from beginning to end. Along with a few plot twists, this manga serves to be worth its time to read.
While i loved it i can't give it a 10. The biggest was that it was too short. I feel that more great moments of Taiyou and Hinata should have been present. Even more so should there have been more tension when the rival appears to take Taiyou away from Hinata. So yes it was a little to short but still long enough to show a good story unfold.
The ending was sweet and great for the story. I wish to be able to read more manga where there is such a loving ending. So my score is 8/10, for a great love story with a great theme, although the series was a little to short for my tastes, i do think that it was enough to make for a manga i want to fully purchase hard copies of.
Thank you: and,
Live long and prosper under the light of the sun.
When i started reading this, It reminded me about "50 first dates" (movie released in 2004) As The main female leads have the same symptoms and the main male leads do everything that they can to make the female remember them. Thinking about it that way, the concept of the story is not original.
Going on. The girl forgetting everything every 24Hours, presents a fun Dilemma for the protagonist. How he goes about to make the girl remember, is Great to watch, and presents some good laughs. The Romance, is sweet, Sweet young love, so very nice to feel. Though this was only in the first
half of the story.
The second half. Is kind of a let down, some parts of it made me annoyed, some parts made me not care anymore, you start getting the feeling that the ending was rushed.
The ending that we get, it is a good ending, i loved the ending, however you start getting a nagging feeling like, "maybe it shouldn't have ended that way, but i wanted it to end that way, but it shouldn't, but it did, it shouldn't though, but I'm really happy with the ending". Yeah...that feeling.
Honestly, i believe that this manga should have been classified as SHOUNEN. It didn't feel like it was made for young adults to read.
Artwork - its fine. Modern day artwork, its nice to look at. but nothing outstanding.
Overall i would give it a 8 for the first half and a 6 for the last. So a total of 7 for overall rating.
The strong point of this small series is its characters and the main couple, Natsuki is an amazing MC and while Hinata might be really annoying at first, its kind of not her fault and it will be explained in the latter half of the chapters. The supporting cast is actually really good and not just forcibly there, Shigure is espcially hilarious with her positive/negative switches
The ending was also really sweet, although while i wish this was longer pretty sure it will have felt forced like those other stupid LoveCom (Like KimiMachi or Nisekoi) that has a nice start but gets boring
its worth i myself enjoyed reading it for the main couple and comedy