Shima, who is an outcast at her school and unable to get along with her third stepfather, decides to move out to Sapporo and live with her biological father. There she meets Wao and Gen. Even though she knows she would be shunned by every girl in school for hanging out with them, there's nothing she can really do about it because she's fallen in love.
The reason i signed up to my anime list was so i could write this review.
I'm not even joking haha...i sort of wish it was a joke.....but...if you do happen to find this manga...and somehow stumble on this review.....i am going to try and convince you as best as i can with my sorry exuse of an ability in writing ....to read it.
if your reading this you have probably already read the summary of this manga. Sounds pretty mediocre doesn't it...i dont blame you for thinking that though...i mean i did at first as well. God....although i read this in just one day it feels like light years since i was smirking at it, saying to myself " i have no manga to read....guess i have no choice...".
now i feel like such an idiot thinking about it lol
This story might be simple...heck it might even be mainstream....but for some reason....its the best thing ive read in my life. However....that being said...if you are looking for fluffy cutesy romance that transports you away from your everyday life....then this is is not for you. This is far from cutesy....its....more..how should i say this...depressing as hell.
when i say depressing i dont mean the obvious stuff you think which involves that word...such as death...or...well...death lol. its not a tragedy...but it made me cry so much more than any other tragic manga ive ever read...
why is that....gosh...there are so many reasons....i cant even put it into words how much this manga is stunning...each chapter is so well written....when you read it everything flows so naturally and realistically....as if you are experiencing it....as if you are the one feeling the emotions of the characters.its never too sad or too happy....there is never a moment which SHOULD make you devastated....there is no ilness...no incest..nothing of that sort which is stuff you are SUPPOSED to feel unhappy about.
in this manga...the only thing that is present that will make your heart hurt is...reality.
thats what makes the story special....that it deals with problems that you encounter in everyday life...nothing more...nothing less.
the art isnt beautiful......its nothing special......however it has a special charm to it. although i'm sure i wouldnt be saying this if the story was horrible. that's the thing though....even though the art is pretty ordinary...its still beautiful...its beautiful because it reflects the story perfectly...of something simple yet completely marvelous.
but enough about the story, i didnt give a 9 for art just because it was 'average'. i gave this a nine because that's what it deserved.
as someone who is trying to draw manga....i know all too well the struggles of panneling a story so that the reader can be feel emersed in the manga....
the panneling in this manga....is....perfect. the characters....the way they reflect the personalities is also...perfect. now that i think about it...when i first started reading this....i was thinking to myself...''hah...i can draw that way better...'', but after finishing this ive realised that...no....i cant do it ''way better''... i cant even ''do it'' at all. i might be able to draw well...but i can never get the same feeling or emotions that lie in the artwork of this manga.
the only reason i didnt give this a 10...is because i know that there are some people who will dislike this style...the art alone isnt the best...the story is what really makes it worth reading.
you have no idea how much i empathized with the main girl in this manga. her struggle...her sadness...her heart aches....they were all something i knew all too well. and unlike most shoujo mangas where they exagerate the characters emotions....Shima is just beautifully normal...her feelings are just so...normal...something you yourself can relate with...thats why i love her so much...thats why ive cried for her countless time....because she can mirror all the sadness..anxiety...even happiness you have ever felt in your life.that is why i kept reading this...because in all honesty..my heart wouldnt be able to bear it if she wasn't such a strong and fantastic character. quite simple said...she is and will always be a rolemodel to me.
Wao is one of the guys who is present in this manga.. he is the true image of your average popular guy. but....there's something about him that is just so different to any other character ive seen...he doesnt just fit into one character archetype....its as if...he has a mixture of traits....he isnt perfect...he always makes mistakes...but thats just what i love about him....
Gen is more of your tsundere character....but again....he isnt obvious...hes mellow....and well just...so real....in every way. i like his character more...i dont really have a reason...i feel as if wao's character has more depth...but even so....gen is just more...human...and that is why i prefer him i guess. of course there are many many other circumstances but if i explain then i will spoil everthing for you
but the characters relationships is what makes this story so interesting....they were also wonderfully realistic...almost so much that it hurt....i wont spoil anything...but if your expecting a extreme love triangle
with two men battling for her affection...then im sorry buddy...thats not what your gonna get.
what you will be receiving in this wonderful package is a character who is like...a secondary character. for her....she will almost always be someone who watches. the two guys dont fall in love at first sight or anything...the guys see her like a friend for most of the manga...the changes of feeling are almost invisible....but thats what is so painfully great about it...its not ''OH LOOK AT ME IM THE HEROINE...OHH 4 GUYS ARE CONFESSING TO ME WHAT SHOULD I DO!!!???'' its more liks '' DONT WORRY ABOUT ME...JUST BE HAPPY''.....isnt thats something a secondary character would say??? in mangas ive always admired the people who are in the shadows supporting everyone but never being noticed...so i am so glad that a story is finally taking notice of a character who is not someone who has the best luck in men...she has bad luck...just like alot of uss...
why 10??? geez i really dont know why im putting a 10 ...is feeling horrible and sad for the main character enjoyable???
no. its not.
but i still gave this a high score becuase....even though i feel so bad at times...that i actually end up sobbing in the middle of my living room...or that i rip my hair out out of pure frustration....even though i feel such emotions....im unbelievably grateful for them.
i find is so amazing that something which is not real..or happening to you...can get you so emotionally involved...that you start crying for that character..SOMEONE YOU DONT EVEN KNOW!!!
i cannot say honestly that there is really a moment apart from the end in this manga that makes you feel truly happy....but....it has these moment...these dazzling moments where even though your so sad....you jsut cant help but think..''ahhh this is making me feel so horribe but.....i just cant stop reading it...''
CONGRATULATIONS YOUVE ALMOST FINISHED READING THIS REVIEW!!! lol im sorry this is so long....im not good at cutting things short....i think more than a review....this was more me releasing all the feelings i had locked inside as i was reading this manga.....but i hope that i converyed to you...how fricking awesome this manga is. im sorry im not using elequent words....im not the best at expressing myself....thats one reason why i loved this manga so much....the whole story...the art...the characters...to me...they all represented the beautiful tale of a girl who kept fighting her way through life hiding her true feelings..until one day...she finally is able to convey them. what i said before...about not reading this if your looking for a cute shoujo manga....i take it back. maybe not now....maybe not in years time....but one day...i hope you read this. it may not be the kind of love story you dream of....but it is one which you will undoubtedly somehow....somewhere....sometime.....experience in your life. that is why...this manga is truly...remarkable.
"Shima, who is an outcast at her school and unable to get along with her third stepfather, decides to move out to Sapporo and live with her biological father. There she meets Wao and Gen. Even though she knows she would be shunned by every girl in school for hanging out with them, there's nothing she can really do about it because she's fallen in love."
Sounds cliche, doesn't it? I particularly hate these kinds of rewievs, because they don't cover the awfulness or, in this case, the awesomeness of a story. I don't want to sound too criticizing, because everything written in it is true. Although the story is not just another shoujo with a "girl falling in love with one or two boys while the others hate her tralalala..."
I think this manga's main point is it's characters. Shima isn't like the other heroines, who are often shallow and simple, so that it's easy for you to feel like you are in their place. Shima is quite a character and it's also cool that we don't always know that she's thinking because the author won't tell us. Also, I like her mother's letters, they give something to the mood of the manga. That's the key word: mood. I gave 9 for enjoyment rather than 10, because even though I adored this manga and its mood, it really isn't the happiest story out there. Quite depressing, actually. Although we still don't know what Wao's sickness is, it's obvious he's in real trouble. And don't be fooled, even if I say the story's not too "cheerful", it can make you laugh at certain moments!:) Really well-written!
The art is just great. Fantastic. I like this kind of art. Not typically shoujo, but showing the emotions properly, and the movements of the characters are also believable. I could compare it to the manga Six Half, but I can say this one's a bit better, although I adore that too. 10 for that!:)
Overall, I give it 10/10. You should give it a shot. It's refreshing after reading those cliche stories!:)