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.
Wow, this manga.. It started out with so much potential, but in the end.. *sigh*
Well, let's start with the story. It's not super original, but it was good! It kept me guessing and was both really sweet and dramatic when it wanted to. When the story wanted to be dramatic, comedy was put aside so the focus could be on the drama. It didn't try to lighten the mood and let us feel the drama. There were also times when I both smiled, awww-ed and laughed out loud. But then it got a plot twist that ruined it. At first I was kinda okay with it, but it kept getting worse and worse. In the end I just sat there and thought "WHAT?!". I'm just gonna say it straight out: the ending, tough it was unexpected, was really rushed, left me with no closure and was immensely unsatisfying. Up until around chapter 16 I was happy, but then it all spiraled downwards, which is a real shame.
I will admit, I did really enjoy most of the characters. Hotaka was interesting and had a lot of personality, and Niki was just a big bubble of fun. Almost all the side characters served a purpose while also being their own characters. I could genuinely feel the bond between the characters and they were a big part of what made me like this manga so much in the beginning. There were some side characters who were pretty unnecessary and some who were just there to move the plot along, but they didn't get too much focus. I did get a little annoyed that some of the more important characters didn't really get that much background story and were a bit confusing, and I kinda felt like I was missing out on something and couldn't get as invested in the characters as much as I wanted to.
The art style is good, though nothing spectacular. There were moments when it was very beautiful, and the character design was also very nice, but it never got to being spectacular.
In the beginning I enjoyed the heck out of this manga. It was a fun romcom/drama with some nice development and a lot of enjoyable story. Then the plot twist came. I kept reading in hopes that it would get better, but in the end, it didn't. This manga did, however, always keep me guessing. I really had no idea where it was going, and though the payoff was bad, that doesn't mean it shouldn't get credit. Many manga nowadays are so easy to predict and gets boring, but not this one.
Overall I will give credit where it is deserved. The art was pretty good, the characters were enjoyable and the first 15 chapters were some of the best romcom/drama story I've seen in a long time. Though the ending detracted from my enjoyment by quite a lot, it may be worth reading up until the plot twist at the very least. I do think I'm being a bit nice by giving an overall score of 7, but I just thought the beginning was that good, and didn't want the ending to define the entire manga. If you're looking for a good romcom with drama and a satisfying ending, look elsewhere. If you don't mind the bad payoff if you at least get something good, then give this one a try. read more
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.read more