In eighteen years, Shôko does not know what she wants to make of her life. Whether it is its job, her boyfriend or her family, her existence has a back taste of nonexistence. However, when a friend mangaka, found incidentally, gives her job, her life changes...
it's not a popular series no wonder i'm seeing no reviews but i did hope to read some on here. so, starting this one off:
i personally thought that the story was well-written. everything about it is so average yet so real, and that's what makes it enjoyable.
a girl in her late teens named shouko doing part-time jobs here and there until she reunites with an old classmate of her. shouko, who hadn't received enough love from her parents, isn't really searching for love as you might think is the case even after you finish reading the whole story, she's searching for an identity. she doesn't
know herself, well, though she could've tried to think things over a little more but she was, in a way, pretty simple-minded. in some of her conservations with hajime, it was obvious how she has no clue wether she's a very nice person or not at all, she can't say for sure what she's doing with her life, she doesn't try but she doesn't give up, if that'd make any sense. anyway, so this confusion, we see it very clearly, and god, i was impressed by the way the mangaka had to put things together effortlessly. it was brilliant, i thought.
her relationship with her mom, hajime, and maki, that's what the plot mainly revolved around. towards the end of the story, she discovered a part of her through each one of them. for instance, through her mom she figures out how much of a caring person she is, and at times, a cruel one too.
there's more to point out about the characters and their influence on each other but this's getting long, right to the ending (spoiler alert) i couldn't care less about endings, i care about the enjoyment while reading every chapter way more, however, this one disappointed me so much. why the hell didn't she just quit working with maki+hajime and go searching for another, better path to start all over? like come on you're nineteen many opportunities are ahead of you have some self-respect and just quit, things are messed up already why continue being around them? it was a pathetic ending for a story that i found was pretty deep and mature.