Takuma and Mayu's story began when they were only 8 years old. During his childhood, Takuma was constantly hospitalised due to his heart condition. He soon became friends with Mayu, the daughter of the doctor in charge of his case. Day by day they grew closer and closer. However, the summer when Takuma was 8, he made a promise to Mayu that he couldn't keep... Their story unfolds as they grow older and their bond gets stronger...
Volume 1: Motto Ikitai...
Volume 7: The Things I Want
Volume 11: Kare wa Ike mo Shinai Sarukoen wo Mezasu
Boku no Hatsukoi wo Kimi ni Sasagu won the 53rd Shokakukan Manga Award in the shoujo category.
The series was adapted into a live-action movie in 2009, which became the highest grossing movie in Japan in the moment of its release. It was published in French by Soleil, in Spanish by Ivrea, and in Italian by Panini.
Boku no Hatsukoi wo Kimi ni Sasagu (I’ll Give You My First Love) is a refreshing Shoujo, Romance, Drama, Slice of Life about the promised love that may not be fulfilled. A bittersweet tale that will likely end in heartache. If only it wasn't so melodramatic about everything...
Well here's an interesting manga that follows the story of two childhood friends; Takuma & Mayu who’ve known each other since they were 8 yrs old. They are close. So close in fact that they want to remain together forever, but Takuma may not be able to keep that promise, due to his heart condition. Knowing that, it is easy for anyone to become wary of this manga, seeing how it has all the usual trappings to become a tragic romance. Nonetheless the story is just too great to pass up on. The beginning of the story certainly progresses rapidly, skipping years at a time, but the pacing slows down nicely once they reach middle school. It is from that point on that the shoujo romance really kicks in and what's interesting is how it mostly tells the story from the guy's perspective, instead of the girl's and how his thoughts and conflicting feelings are all portrayed in a way that gives off the same feel as a diary/memoir, preparing the reader for what’s to come. However I did have some issues with how melodramatic certain moments were and how unnecessary all the spoilerific, foreshadowing was. It's these little annoyances and some others, in the latter half, that prevent the story from being as intriguing it should have been.
With the story mostly focusing on Takuma & Mayu, they really had to be great characters, to leave an impression on the reader and they certainly left an impression but I can't exactly say great. I mean sure, I started of initially being captivated by the pair and how realistically portrayed they were. Seeing their personal struggles in life really gripped me. However as the story progresses they suffer from some inconsistencies, in both plot and personality. There’s also quite a lot of supporting characters and they all managed to contribute to the overall story, in some way. But too often that contribution results in some truly interesting side characters being used, merely as devices to drive the plot forward.
Now we come to the aspect of a manga, that I have become more and more critical of over the years... the artwork. Compared to most shoujo manga out there, the artwork is quite remarkable, with the characters having nicely defined looks and appealing styles. Unfortunately I've seen it all before, since it has all the typical shoujo characteristics. This mangaka really lacks that truly defines her work but she's certainly put more effort than most.
Overall BokuKimi undoubtedly gives off the impression of a tragic romance; however the very touching story makes the reader think more about the present moment and not about what may happen in the end. But there's no telling what will happen, because there's always this sense of hope, as the reader strives on to see how it all comes together. The romance is endearing, which eventually culminates into something truly passionate and engaging. The bits of comedy tend to pivot between jarring and entertaining. So there you have it. BokuKimi in a nutshell. Personally I enjoyed finally reaching the end of this touching story, however I wish I could have fully enjoyed my time getting there. If only it wasn't so melodramatic. read more
I don’t read sad…anything. I prefer fluffy and funny (I’m a sap). But I had to read this one but I didn’t want read all the volumes and to be disappointed. So I did what any person in my shoes would do, I watched the movie first. Wow, that didn’t go as I planned at all. Further research proved that both end differently and having already gotten hit by one train, what was one more?
Mayu met Takuma for the first time in the hospital. Her dad was doctor there and she was always playing around, pretending to be one herself. They were 8 at the time, they became best friends in a short time. She was fun and accepted him, saw past his heart condition. He was her friend. That summer they make a promise to each other, a promise they won’t be able to keep.
Unlike most manga this one is one of it’s kind in plot alone but the characters are what give it that extra push over to amazing. I’m not kidding either. Takuma tells the story, which makes the movie different since it’s from Mayu’s perspective.
Takuma as a kid is cute and… pure you could say. As the story progresses you see him morph, change into the person he needs to. Making choices he feels he needs to make. He was strong and weak at the same time. He was strong through his weakness, if that makes any sense.
Mayu , she’s the person you want by your side always. I mean he noticed when he was 8, how great she was. She was determined and in love. To save him, to protect him. Those two qualities have indefinite possibilities when combined. In the first chapter she overhears something she shouldn’t and it changes her.
They did an exceptional at making you feel what they feel.
[going any further in summary or in characters will give spoilers and you don’t want those…really you don’t]
The other thing I liked, apart from what I stated above, was the time line in the manga. I hate reading anything and feeling like the days drag on and the whole book/manga finished and only 2 weeks went by. That’s not the case with this one. It shows cause and effect in a timely matter, you could say.
The art was good, and the drawings made what they were going through seem real and genuine.
This manga is hard to summarize, characters and plot are serious yet funny and you will laugh out loud but also cry. I’m a sucker for boys crying…
It has sorrow and pain but it also has laughter and life. It is by my definition a slice of life. read more
this is the most cry-making manga i ever read.
the romance in it, and the sadness, will make anyone weep in tears.
it has pure love in it, and the sad sweetnest of never being completley able to be happy.
but don't think that it's just some super-sad manga - it also has parts that will make you smile like there is no bad in the world.
this manga reflects so many emotions in it, that i'm sure anyone that will read it will fall in love with it.
'I can't kiss you,I can't hug you,I can't love you because I can't give you happiness'
What would you do,if you loved someone so much but you have a limited period of time to do so?
(Warning:If you do not like tragedic stories,please do not continue)
Our main character,Takumi and Mayu,had been friends since their childhood days.Takumi,the main lead has a heart condition since his child days and so he was often hospitalised and he was not allowed to do vigorous exercises.The doctor incharge of him,was the father of Mayu.The two of them,soon fell in love.They even had their first kiss when they were in a camp...It was perfect...Until...
Takumi suddenly went to a boarding school,where he would be separated from Mayu.Mayu then follows suit to pursue him.Takumi,who still loved Mayu pretended not to love her .He even dyed his hair.Mayu's resolve went even higher,and she tried to win Takumi back.Even after winning him back,there were still a lot of trouble ahead.
Takumi had very little time left because the doctors said that he might not be able to live up to 20,at most at 20 before he dies.So,at 16 with the time that is running through his fingers,what will the two couple,against the world of tragedic do?Will he go through the risk and do th surgery at 50% living and 50% dying?Or will he do nothing about it???Ido t like spoiling the whole story in the end so I will just say that the ending was beautiful.There are quite area things I didn't add in and therefore you should really read the manga to know.If you want to skip the childhood time,skip to chapter 12-15 to see the last few chapter and move to the main plot :D
In my opinion,I think that the story was both tragedic and beautiful.It had quite a lot of humour and a lot of crying.I for one,laughed like a mad dog and cried like a baby.My mom even called me mad.So I really recommend you to read it.For a better understanding and the missed out parts like their engagement.read more