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.
'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.
Okay, so all of the reviews so far are overwhelmingly positive, and I understand why. At least most of the series is very enjoyable and manages to stand out as exceptional among a wave of an over-saturated trope (A main character being terminal). In order to reason why this series was very brought down for me are events toward the end, so while I'll be avoiding as much as I can, light spoilers ahead.
Towards the end of the series, a certain character becomes brain- dead and left an organ donor card suggesting that they wanted their heart to be donated to the main character. However,
every character talks about it in a way that suggests it's akin to murder. I hate saying this because of the many families who deal with their loved ones losing brain activity for one reason or another, but choosing to end what can only technically be considered life to ensure the life of another isn't evil and certainly not murder. While organ donation is a sensitive topic overlooked in much media, and shining a light on it is something respectable, claiming it to be immoral is disgusting and highly brings down what I would otherwise consider a great series.
Read many romance stuff so going into this wasn't new. Begins with telling of the two main characters childhood. However as the story progresses on how the main female lead learns whats to happen to her friend, she becomes sadden and makes the resolve to be with him for all his life and hopes what she learned doesn't happen. While it does sound like any other shojo manga, the story engrosses you in feeling the main males lead and his struggles to gain his own happiness or give it up for the happiness of another. The main female lead struggles to fight for her happiness
and support the one she cares for while encountering obstacles. The two live life at the same time capturing the reader, specifically me because i'm a sucker for romance, in feeling for what they're going through. Normally most romance stories i read all sorta are the same, but this provided a new enjoyment that I normally don't see often.