Nino is a quiet outcast with only a bird for a friend. Kira is a popular boy with a big secret. Even though they live next to each other, they have never spoken. But when Nino learns Kira's secret, everything begins to change, and what starts as a hesitant friendship grows into something more... but how long can it last?
In my opinion, there are THREE things a High School-setting shoujo can bring to make it an awesome read above others in the same genre: ART, FEELING and CHARACTERS.
The art was great. Not the best I've seen (a 9 maybe) but awesome for a shoujo. It was cute, original and it didn't have any broken backs or limbs twisted at awkward angles, and that's always a plus.
I can't speak for the English translation, but, dialogue-wise, the Japanese original was great. It was ridiculously funny and simple; an easy read so that even people, like me, who only recently started reading in Japanese, could enjoy
Going in, I started reading without any real expectations for the plot. If you want an original plot then you don't read shoujo manga. And I wasn't disappointed. The story follows the pattern events of most High-School set shoujos, though they play a very superficial role on the plot. The romance was really sweet and vanilla (to a point where it got almost exasperating at times) and there were definitely some bitter-sweet moments that made you feel all tender inside.
I did think it was a bit light considering the dark side of Kira's "secret", but I can't say it was my biggest problem with this manga.
What did bother me, and sort of left me with a lukewarm feeling when I finished reading the manga, were the characters.
I liked that Ninon wasn't your typical cry-cause'-I'm-so-useless heroine and that she actually knew how to deal with the bad things, but that's it.
I just felt like the mangaka didn't try enough. Like she started developing them, but didn't really know what she wanted to do with them. All in all, I just felt like I couldn't "LOVE" any of them. They had no impact. Nothing to make me think back and remember them.
Overall, I think I gave this manga an 8.
It's the type of manga you pick up when you want something short, sweet and easy to read. It's definitely a great manga if you're just starting with the genre.
It's definitely not something I would recommend to a hard-core shoujo reader though, simply because they would have either probably read it already or would be bored with it.
One word that could sum up Kyou no Kira-kun for me is... bittersweet.
I don't think the story is very common but it's not original either. I mean when you say very common shoujo, for me it's:
"Unpopular girl will fall in love with the most popular guy in school. Many things will happen like girl confessing to boy but will get rejected but in the end they will end up together... but another guy will appear."
Something like that. Well Kyou no Kira-kun still has the same theme of "unpopular girl" and "popular boy" but there's a catch. The boy is sick and has only a
year left to live. I also said it's not that original since I think I've read something like that before.
But what makes this manga special to me are the words/quotes/converstaion that were being used. It's really very touching and will hit you very hard in your heart. It made me cry a lot. And it feels like you could really learn a lot from this in real life... that time is really precious!
I do find the art really cute and refreshing too. It also brings out the beauty of the story especially the scenes that made me cry. They were beautiful.
I don't have anything to say. I love the girl and boy protagonists a lot. I really think they suit each other a lot. Another reason I came to love this manga! Especially the boy, Kira. He's really so precious.
Wow I'm glad I read this manga. Though at first I was torn between "I shouldn't have read it" and "I'm glad I read it" but in the end, I'm really glad I did! Even though when I try to think what will happen to them in the future and it will make me cry, I still look forward to it! I really want to know what will happen regardless if it's a happy or sad ending.
But another good thing about this manga is even though it is "tragedy," it is still very CUTE and SWEET. While it made me cry a lot, it also made me smile a lot too. It's such a very touching and cute manga! It's really worth reading it!
"Its a promise.. 365 days before the blink of my eyes, ill keep staring at you"
The premise is fairly common, with the presence of manga's such as koizora, the theme of tragedy seems to reel in to both genders appealing to the readers sympathy.
The story starts off with a girl named Nino who is a shy girl who has a funky parrot who she likes talking too, and of course the main protagonist who is told he will die in less than a year.
The characters are fairly normal for a shoujo manga, there is nothing special about them. Apart from the fact
that there is tragedy involved theres nothing too special about this manga. It is definitely worth a read though as it is not horrible at all, but could be done better.
Like a previous reviewer has said the premise of the story is pretty common. The male assumed love interest has some sort of disease and knows he's going to die. Where this differs from other plot lines alike I think is the tone of the manga. The tone unlike others of the same kind of theme is a lot more light hearted. Obviously death and disease being the main theme its still slightly depressing but in a more bittersweet way than a pessimistic way.
One of the nicest things about the manga was the way in which the main characters are characterized. The protagonist is
a little more interesting than other protagonists in shoujo manga while she isn't one of the more typical crying and dependent protagonist she isn't one of the counter-typed, outlandish strong female leads either. She is definitely an interesting character. The same can be said for the main male lead he is also interesting, I wouldn't want to spoil anything about his character but he can come across as a typical 'bad boy' type of character to begin with but he is anything but. Let's say he is more of the typical dependent female protagonist then the main character is.
Though there is an over arching plot and some longer plot lines it is mainly written in a kind of episodic way, each chapter having a different plot line within the larger over arching plot. In some ways its better this way and other ways it not. If you like the kind of episodic way mangas like Usotsuki no Lily is written you may enjoy this one for the same styling.
Based on the fact the manga has yet to be translated completely into English is still ongoing I don't really have a good idea of the entire story but I am liking where it is going. There are a few complexities to the plot that could be explored further that I am looking forward too however there are already 6 volumes of the manga and I don't think given the number of volumes that the plot and story will continue to consistently well written.
In general the art style is quite nice. The characters don't seem to have much variety between being bishounens and bishoujos but despite this its generally quite pretty(?) to look at. Not really fond of how the adults are drawn they all seem to look no older than their mid-30's, where they should look a lot older especially in comparison to the main characters. eg. The protagonists mother looks more like her sister. The art is above average regardless and in collaboration with the well written story and good characters I would say overall, this a good if not very good manga.
3 chapters on update:
Some extra characters have been introduced to develop the plot albeit in a quite cliche way, still enjoying it regardless.
There was a really endearing very short one-shot extra (chapter 9.5) would seriously recommend you don't skip it, made me laugh. Wouldn't have minded a series about them, given that the protagonist was changed a bit. (She was kind of if not very annoying)