*Sob* I'm literally bawling here even though I've read this story countless times, yet every time I read it, it manages to be a cathartic, purifying experience for me.
Dear Miwako plays the piano at a church and is slated to play for an upcoming wedding there. During this time, a breathtakingly beautiful demon (his words not mine, to me he looked like the most elegant angel!) happens to catch sight of her lovely hands which churn out such haunting timbre. He develops what can only be called a hand fetish and thus starts the relationship between these two uncannily matched souls.
The art, as is usually
the case with Shigeyoshi sama, is beyond gorgeous. Long elegant fingers, faces that make you want to weep at what god has given you in comparison, and actions, expressions and gestures as sharp and on track as a ballet performance. Panels are clean and no nonsense, but invoke an ethereal feel.
Dialogue is funny in bits, touching and sincere for the most part. It invokes feelings you never knew you had and will definitely make you shed a tear or ten. Within 40 pages, there are directions the story takes which you couldn't see coming a mile away, which is refreshing and lends to high re-readability.
Overall the story is a definitely MUST read, preferably every couple of months or so. If you're feeling blue or just zombie like and want something that'll ring some emotion into you, this is exactly the anti-Xanax that the doctor prescribed! I cannot gush enough about the loveliness of the characters, story and the non traditional romantic feelings that it will unearth in you!
This little tale will never fail to move even the most jaded of us, those who feel that in this crazy messed up world, love and sacrifice are notions no more or anyone who's just been through their own unrequited loves and knows the pangs that go with it.
I found this story enjoyable to read due to the unique storyline: a demon asking a human for their hands in exchange for a wish. So it was interesting to know what happened at the end of the one shot.
I love the art by Takagi Shigeyoshi (also goes by Ogawa Chise). She’s one of my favourite mangaka in regards to the art of character design.
Rin and Miwako were both pleasant to read about. It would’ve been nice to know more about Rin’s story about gathering the ‘most exquisite body parts from humans’, but there’s only so much that can happen
in a one shot story.
I liked reading this story because there aren’t many stories that are like this. I probably would’ve enjoyed it a lot more if it was longer.
If there are any similar manga or novels which had a similar storyline about demons associating with humans in exchange for something in return, I’d probably read it. Whenever I read something by Takagi Shigeyoshi or when she goes by Ogawa Chise, I will always enjoy the story, no matter how strange it is.
In the past, I’ve had some bad experiences with One-shot manga’s (I’ve found that they tend to end abruptly). However, this one-shot has proved me wrong.
The characters themselves are not incredibly original, however they are both given characteristics that make them relatable. The lead girl Miwako, opens the story with her willingly agreeing to give up her hands to a Demon. Even though Miwako and the Demons back stories are not hugely developed, we are able to get a glimpse into their lives.
To me the plot is more interesting than the characters. This is not necessarily a bad thing though. Even
though it is a short melancholy kind of story, it is cute, light, love story. I feel like the story could have been expanded to more than one chapter--but its not necessary. It was ended at a sweet point and left me satisfied.
The art is very clean and simple and fits well with the story that the author is portraying. I wouldn’t say it’s outstanding nor would I say it’s mediocre. It fits well with the story, its basic but it still looks pleasing. The art focuses more on the characters than the backgrounds, but the author definitely still gives a lot to look at.
I loved the whole motif and symbolic reference to hands in this manga. It really stressed not just how physically hands are important to humans, but, the beauty, grace and symbolism they hold. Overall, This was a very enjoyable manga. I would definitely recommend it to anyone looking for a short, sweet romance.