Yoshimatsu Hotaka is the president of the manga club and is always diligent with his school life and club activities, but even though he looks like a regular honor student in reality we have that there is something really odd with him; he has this bitter ~ heavy ~ melancholic look and is almost always looking at Awaya Nika, the beautiful, bright, radiant, super cheerful swimming club's female ace.
Why does Hotaka acts all bitter like that? And what will become of him as the sports teacher orders him to have at least "one secret swimming class lesson" where no one is supposed to be looking, whereas he normally skips class activities due to personal matters?
Ever Green was initially serialized in bi-monthly Dengeki Daioh GENESIS, but from chapter 10 moved to monthly Dengeki Daioh where it ran until chapter 23. In the last volume chapters 15 & 16, 20 & 21 and 22 & 23, which were published in the magazine as two parts, were merged into one, making for a total of 20 chapters.
The series was published in English by Seven Seas Entertainment from May 12, 2015 to March 15, 2016.
A nothing-out-of-the-ordinary manga club president, Yoshimatsu Hotaka, always enjoys his time to take a peek from the club's window to Awaya Niki, the Swimming Club Girl's Ace. Awaya Niki has athletic figure and enchanting face that make her known and admired to all of the students in the school. For being so perfect, Hotaka can't bear to take a step to even greet her, instead he chooses to be a secret admirer of her. But, the fate seems to say otherwise, for both of their longing soul.
They encounter each other in the moment when Hotaka isn't
ready for it. The minor character, On-chan, his vice president of manga club supports him all the way to make a move for Niki in another time. Somehow, Hotaka finds another chance to talk with Niki and then they are friends. It is clear here that Hotaka is presented with so much love for Niki. In another hand, Niki seems to have their own problem because of trust issues. Hotaka is ignorant enough with his environment, not too much having him in conversation outside from manga club members. Niki is a detached person even with her friends that she thinks only a bunch of people available around. The individual problems affect them in some way they form the relationship with others. This plot develops deeply involving family issues of Hotaka and Niki. This kind of development was predictable for me looking at the clue given earlier. In spite of the predictable event, I felt how heartbreaking it is. My emotions got stir there in the last one-third chapters. The last one-third of Evergreen is the turbulence of emotion. It's freaking me out when they clash on each other. They show their wounded hearts out and let it consume their thoughts and affect daily lives. Their friendship and club activities seem like in the verge of frozen age. The shocking, sad, anger, fed up, loss, disappointment; all of those feelings carefully presented in sensible way. In the end, I'm satisfied enough with the ending between Hotaka and Niki.
What was really good for me is the minor characters. They aren't look like the minor in other series who show up to fill the comedy part or give much more details of the minor characters only. The manga club members, Hotaka's friends, really are there to develop the story and give another bittersweet romance. They are being given role to support the development and also have their own story in love life. So fun to read since they are the source of most comical part.
The illustration has its own charming point. It is wonderful, both the background of it and expression of the characters. The shading is nice, right angle, made me imagine well. It's rare to see the background left blank. Even if the minor characters are given proper scenery. The simple classroom, outdoor activity, clothes, and effect for back up the emotions. The drawing will turn to be chibi often in comedy part and it’s so funny. I like the comedy because of how it is presented and in the way of sarcasm and drawing, especially when it's On-chan.
It's worth 8 in my opinion!
The minor characters aren't just normal ones! Eh... (?) Well, for minor characters I like them as much as I was waiting for the development of major characters in their relationship. I like the way the mangaka did make the major characters ending that way since it's suitable with the feelings of the characters there. (FYI, I'm not fond of happy ending or sad ending, I'm neutral in which if the ending is corresponding with the story and characters personality who decide it, then it's good to go. Forcefully making it good or bad is a big no-no.)
Well-earned emotional moments from their romantic circumstances.
A lot of thoughts put in the characters making and how they should appear.
Nice comedy and art
So I'm typing this review right after I finished this manga, and let me tell you what, this manga lost all everything in 1 chapter towards the end. It completely ruined everything they had built up that they could have done more with for some twisted weird ending that I didn't care much for. But that's juts me, maybe you'll like it... maybe
It's about a president of a club and a swimmer in the swim club that really like each other. When they eventually tell each other their feelings it goes great but things happen and eh it got weird real quick. You gotta
read it to find out cuz no spoilers
Good, not the best in my opinion but it's borderline passible. Idk what else to say, I'm not a artist
It felt like that the male and side characters had things going for them but wasn't explored deep enough so they kinda fell flat but the female mc that the male mc likes has one of those deredere archetypes. So yeah kinda all generic.
Pretty good until things got weird because of this I felt entirely unsatisfied at the end. However if you want to see the plot twist that comes at the end go read it. It average at best.
Had so much potential but didn't explore enough of the characters to fufill the potential. So fell flat and ended up being a pretty bad manga in my opinion. But what does my opinion matter, go read it for yourself and make your own judgement because I'm just that 1 dude on mal.
Although simply six chapters so far, this monthly manga shows serious promise.
The mangaka Takemiya, Yuyuko famous for adapting the light novel toradora into a very nice manga differentiating itself from the anime does a good job once again of establish differences between characters and how these opposites can attract.
The story is relatively simple but yet the art and the way it is presented although with not too much detail yet due to the length is quite enjoyable. Yoshimatsu Hotaka is a boy with a rather dark past, he isnt open to many people at all and he always looks at this one girls he
admires who is a very good swimmer, after some cliche encounters which everyone can expect in any rom com they know each other, but because of his past he sets there meeting off on the wrong note because he is afraid.
This manga is promising and anyone interested in rom coms should follow this. There arent too many details known yet due to the only 6 chapters out scanlated so far but has great potential as a rom com. Good read to pass some time and enjoy.