Nijiiro Days follows the daily lives of four high school boys: the hopeless romantic Natsuki Hashiba, the sadist Keiichi Katakura, the playboy Tomoya Matsunaga, and the smart otaku Tsuyoshi Naoe. Even while constantly struggling in their studies, they spend their days goofing around and having romantic misadventures.
On Christmas Eve, however, Natsuki is dumped by his girlfriend. While crying alone, he receives a pack of tissues from a girl wearing a Santa Claus costume, and, in return, gives her the scarf originally meant for his ex-girlfriend. As the holidays end and Natsuki returns to school, he finds out that the girl is named Anna Kobayakawa—who luckily goes to the same school as him! Having fallen in love with Anna, Natsuki aims to get closer to her, despite his friends interfering with his plans.
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Volume 1: Aru Toshi to Sorekara no Watashitachi
Volume 5: Shinbun-bu no Yoriko-kun
I read the whole manga today (slow day at work, hah) and overall, it was a good read.
But, it didn't live up to my expectations.
One of its strongest points is that it fleshes out our main 4 dudes, where in many other romance anime/manga the relationship of the mains take over and the characters remain undeveloped, and we even got 4 love interests for each of them!
But.... Just because we got potential love interests doesn't make the manga immediately good. Seems like they went very hard on the main 4 dudes stories and development, the romance was actually forgotten behind.
Throughout the manga it makes you
feel as though the romance and relationships between the guys and girls are what's important, but at the end of the day it was very lacking.
So many chapters where we didn't even see our mains Anna and Natsuki, let alone seeing Anna at all.
We might've gotten a lot of development of the main male characters, and a bit of Nozomi and Mari but I feel like Yukirin and especially Anna were left out from the development cycle. Which kinda sucks.
The characters were nice as a cast, they interacted well with each other and I think it made a very nice chemistry between all of them.
The story in itself wasn't really anything interesting, a pretty generic school romance.
Overall I will say- If you're looking for a hard romance, this is a tricky one, because it makes you feel like it is, but it isn't. If you're looking for a lighter romance with "Friendship power", this is a good manga to read.
I don't write many reviews, but Nijiiro Days definitely deserved it, so here goes:
Nijiiro Days is a lighthearted story about the everyday lives, (and romances), of 4 friends. Its premise makes it seem like your typical romance slice of life series, but there are many contributors which make Nijiiro Days stand out far above the rest.
The story of Nijiiro Days is quite simple, its about a boy who falls in love with a girl, and with the help of his friends, tries to get closer to her. Pretty straightforward. But the way the author elevates this basic premise, is what truly gets you invested.
Avoiding spoilers; the author manages to convey many smaller scale stories under the ongoing main story, without overcomplicating things. It gives many its characters their own story, not just completely focusing on the "main couple". There definitely are subplots that drift away from the main driving story, but that never becomes an issue. Because the thing is, at its best, Nijiiro Days is really a story about friendship and growing older, the romance aspects are just a beautiful garnish on top. Transitioning through tough moments and big life choices, with the help of the family you’ve formed on the path towards adulthood. All the individual stories are all connected, and they all intertwine with each other to create this beautiful picture. In the end, that's what differences Nijiiro Days from the countless other romance high school dramas. And in a very good way as well.
For the art to be done well is something that is very necessary in a manga, which heavily relies on the visuals to support the story. For art in a manga to be good, the artist has a very difficult job of not only translating the words into drawings, but having to portray the feelings of the characters as well. Its very important to be able to see emotion, as many times it helps us readers connect with the story on a deeper level. And I gotta say, the artist here did a truly wonderful job at doing that. Every time a character spoke, I could not only read the words, but the images as well. I could tell what a character was feeling, whether they were hiding it on the inside or not.
I can say with utmost certainty, that the thing I enjoyed most about Nijiiro Days was its characters. The story presents us with a very diverse selection of characters, each representing quite common character "tropes", (maybe minus the sadist). This allows for all sorts of interactions, keeping you invested in even the little things. The chemistry between all these different characters is portrayed exceptionally well by the author, and the characters simply interacting as a group create some of the most enjoyable moments in the series. Another thing is the Character Development. In most slice of life stories, there is little to no character development, as these realistic stories lack those "major events", which are often used to trigger development in a fictional character. Without spoiling anything, Nijiiro Days manages to give us character development which is both natural and realistic, and quite often, relatable. Usually with a large cast, it is difficult to connect with multiple characters, as they tend not to get fleshed out individually. But here I found myself relating to almost all the characters multiple times; making me to not only invest in the story, but in these characters, allowing the story elements to hit harder. Nijiiro Days did a truly phenomenal job at portraying its characters.
You can probably tell from everything I've said up to now, that I truly enjoyed this. No need to further say anything in this department.
In the end, Nijiiro Days was truly a game changer in the romance-drama genre for me, and I hope to see similar takes on other stories in the future. I 100% recommend this to anyone who enjoys romance or even just friendship stories!
I found it so refreshing to read a Shoujo manga that didn't center around girls and their school life antics. It was nice to read something that showed that boys had thoughts and problems just like girls do, because we're all the same!
Cute, cute, cute! Let's face it, we almost all read these types of manga to get all squeaky and fake happy cry when our ship goes canon. Thats exactly what this anime did for me. The characters are typical, but you see them in a new light, no one is mysterious and we don't know what
they're thinking. We get to see a side of everyone and it doesn't centter around a single couple or person.
The art is quite typical of shoujo manga, but the typical is still really good and way better than most normal people can do so..yeah.
Anyways, this is a definite must for shoujo lovers.
Nijiiro Daya is highly recommended to read but I'll just just keep my review short and simple.
Most would think at first glance that this might be BL because of these four handsome guys on the cover but no it isn't. In fact, nijiiro days is a typical slice of life story about boys in high school and of course their funny love experiences and dilemmas in school.
The plot is pretty generic like any slice of life and shoujo manga you read. However, you'll be fascinated by the characters in the manga which is the best thing here. You'll gonna love their personalities and interactions so
as their friendship. And if you're into romcom genre, then this will surely give you satisfaction and it's a multi-pairing as well!! You won't find this hard to read since the art is certainly pleasing to the eyes especially when you see the characters if you know what I mean.
The manga has ended and I did not regret on reading this. Again, Nijiiro Days is highly recommended to read and certainly, you won't regret it as well when you read this.