Although admired at school for her amiability and academic prowess, high school student Kyouko Hori has been hiding another side of her. With her parents often away from home due to work, Hori has to look after her younger brother and do the housework, leaving no chance to socialize away from school.
Meanwhile, Izumi Miyamura is seen as a brooding, glasses-wearing otaku. However, in reality, he is a gentle person inept at studying. Furthermore, he has nine piercings hidden behind his long hair and a tattoo along his back and left shoulder.
By sheer chance, Hori and Miyamura cross paths outside of school—neither looking as the other expects. These seemingly polar opposites become friends, sharing with each other a side they have never shown to anyone else.
Horimiya is a re-telling of the original 4-koma webcomic Hori-san to Miyamura-kun, drawn in standard manga format by Daisuke Hagiwara.
The series has been published in English by Yen Press since October 27, 2015, in Polish by Waneko since September 15, 2015, in Spanish by Norma Editorial since August 25, 2017, and in Indonesia by Elex Media since May 24, 2017.
Horimiya is a manga that I found occasionally, and seeing just the art, I found it very interesting and showy. Reading the synopsis already came to my mind "romance in sight", so I decided to deepen into the history of manga, and finally I ended up having good hours of entertainment by reading this great show. All content posted here is my opinion about the plot, I hope you enjoy reading.
Horimiya has a simple yet enjoyable story. I say simple in terms easy to be understood, and not be common. In fact, so far, I'm finding the development of history quite interesting, doesn't evolve very
fast, but neither slows the story, she is followed in a very natural rhythm. The plot is the style that holds the attention of who's reading, and at the end of each chapter, causes the reader wishes for more of it, wish that the next chapters are longer, or even that the month pass quicker to then read a new chapter. This is a very captivating show.
The visual in general is fairly simple, with the traits of the characters being well-crafted, and the scenary being sufficiently filled, not having many details that could give the possibility to the reader losing the focus to what's going on the scene. The character designs are very good, and in general all are very beautiful, with each having a differential which calls attention, not being so called generics.
The development of each of the characters is quite interesting too, are quite charismatic. Many of them have very original personalities, but also having no absurd or unreal characteristic, each with its mysteries, which are being shown in the course of the plot. When reading the plot and the development of his characters, can even stay imagining if this is a true story or not. On Horimiya, it's very easy the reader create affection for a character, being or not the protagonists.
About the entertainment, Horimiya is practically perfect for anyone who enjoys Slice of Life and Romance, having their stories told well very natural way. For who likes of genres, is possible spend hours reading the plot of Horimiya without getting tired, because it is a captivating storyline, without many repetitions, or so called clichés. I'm not sure if is the story itself or the charisma of the characters that hold the reader's attention. But anyway, the entertainment here is guaranteed.
Concluding, Horimiya is a great manga, recommended reading for those who like calm stories and without much agitation. And who is not accustomed to read in that story of this style, reading Horimiya has a good chance of going to like. I can say that it was something like me, because I've always been more restless styles, such as action and adventure, but reading Horimiya, I started to give greater attention to romances. Horimiya is a manga that has everything to please all your readers, or at least most of them.
Horimiya is the shining light amongst the excessive flood of rehashed high school romances that Japan loves to print out. But what makes this manga so special? It has the same cliché scenario, after all: a popular female lead, a shut-in otaku male lead, high school setting; the list goes on and on. The premise may be unoriginal, but Horimiya excels greatly in the one aspect that most romances fail to deliver.
The amount of intimacy that can be felt between our two lovers, Hori-san and Miyamura-kun, never ceases to amaze me. Unlike most romances, their love for each other never feels forced. HERO does a
delicate job of developing the relationship between Hori and Miyamura so that their romance doesn't seem strained but rather genuinely real.
The honest love that can be felt between Hori and Miyamura stems from HERO's portrayal of them two as actual teenagers with doubts and insecurities. not as dimwits who can't spell out whether the other person likes him or her or not without it being blasted with big blockbuster letters. Hori and Miyamura are nothing like the slow, dense protagonists that we see so frequently. Their relationship doesn't progress with a simple 'yes' or 'no' to the question "Does the other person actually like me or is she acting flustered around me and devoting all of her time to me out of sheer friendship?" Instead, HERO progresses the story of Hori and Miyamura's relationship by showing them overcoming the insecurities each person has about their feelings for each other. Hori is a very popular girl at her school, so she has to face the doubtful and negative reactions from people discovering that she's dating a "closet otaku." Miyamura, who had been ostracized all of his life, struggles to gain the self-confidence to see himself as someone who can make a great girl such as Hori happy. HERO brings in a breath of fresh air by progressing the story through Hori and Miyamura overcoming their individual flaws and the problems that arise from an odd couple such as theirs.
Despite the uncertainty Hori and Miyamura have about their relationship, Horimiya is a very lighthearted and sweet read. The interactions between not only Hori and Miyamura, but also the rest of the cast feel very natural and often caused me to grin or chuckle. The frequent jabs at Miyamura's extreme aversion of thriller movies or Hori's aggressiveness never fail to bring out a laugh from me. HERO does a superb job of balancing a carefree atmosphere with moments that give me toothaches from how sweet they were.
Horimiya's story also has refreshingly fast pacing, unlike other romances where it seems to take forever for the main couple to realize their feelings for each other. The moment from when Hori and Miyamura meet to when they start dating moves along without any conflicts that feel stretched out into many chapters. The drama of the series is dealt with immediately and any misunderstandings aren't painfully drawn out (I'm looking at you, Kimi ni Todoke).
One notable fact about Horimiya that is often unheard of amongst high school romances is that HERO continues to develop Hori and Miyamura's relationship past the confession scene and shows the hurdles they must cross to maintain their romance. HERO even eventually goes on to develop the romances between the side characters while continuing to pump out the current stage of Hori and Miyamura's relationship. Horimiya is a fresh read among the many romances who call it quits after their main characters finally start dating.
Horimiya also excels in its above-average character design. Every character is distinguishable from the others and the designs are simply eye-candy. Yet, even though Horimiya's characters look great, its background detail isn't anything special. The school windows, desks, and so on are average in terms of how high school settings go. In many panels, it's even just the characters on a white and gray background. Despite this flaw, I find the characters' designs to make up for the lack of detail, especially Miyamura's transformation from his school image to his true image.
Horimiya is the manga that kicks clichés to the side and stands firmly atop the flood of high school romances that get published so often. It brings new hope for a genre I had thought to be decent at best; my only complaint is my growing struggle to wait an entire month between chapters.
Before you decide my review is already too biased what with the perfect marks. . Do read this review and try the manga out first.
Story: 10/10. Classic romcom story with nice, subtle changes.
Horimiya is, undeniably, a high school romance comedy. It's not something that can be argued about. Thus, you can predict the general idea of how the story goes- girl meets guy, they fall in love, but there's another who was already in love with girl. However, what makes the story so amazing (that is, for a highschool romcom) is that it takes the classic story line and adds twists to it. Sadly,
as I want this to be a spoiler free review so you can properly enjoy the manga, I won't be able to provide any examples. Trust me when I say they are there, though, and that you will probably adore them.
Art: 9/10. Beautiful, detailled, and gorgeous; practically flawless.
As far as I can tell, almost all romcoms have beautiful art. Horimiya is not an exception. There's not much more to say here. If there are flaws in the art, they are so minor that I haven't even noticed them . . after rereading all available chapters four times.
. . Plus, the boys are pure eye candy. Just FYI. Every night, I cry when I remember that they don't exist in real life.
Character: 9/10. Nothing amazingly unique, but still loveable.
The characters are your somewhat "classic romcom characters." You have the pretty, smart, and housewife-like main female character, the handsome but broody-looking main male character, the second main male character that also likes the main female character, and the airheaded, but loving, best friend of both main characters. You can usually predict what they will do and say, but it doesn't make them any less amazing. Plus, they /do/ things that you don't expect them to at times. Furthermore, they go through a surprising amount of development; even some of the minor characters.
How could I not enjoy this? As a person who is tired of the usual animes and mangas found in the shoujo genre, Horimiya is not just a breath of fresh air- it is a whole, friggin' whirlwind. But a good whirlwind. As I've said, I've read it 4 times already; why would I do that if I didn't absolutely love and enjoy the manga?
The mangaka splendidly twists the usual highschool romcom story to make a very enjoyable manga; on top of that, he/she/it also twists the characters, which at first seem just like your usual, average set of characters. Moreover, the art is just a visual feast. I highly recommend this to anybody craving some romcoms but incapable of watching things like Amnesia with a straight face. Of course, if you like Amnesia, you will still like Horimiya.
Thank you for reading this review, and I hoped it helped you. Please provide some feedback if possible so I can better my writing. C8
After reading Hori-san Miyamura-kun or simply Horimiya, all i could think about is "This is not your average Romance Manga"
The story may not involve fantasy,fighting,heavy drama....a first impression of Horimiya would make you say that it has a simplistic story, but if you think about it The struggles of this characters, makes you connect to each one of them, they have those traits that make you want to sympathize with them, the struggles you face while growing up are clearly portrayed in the story, Horimiya is not your just romance or comedy...it has the power of making you feel nostalgia, it may be the
romance part or simply their struggles as an adolescent. Horimiya is such a light, feel-good Manga.
The art is simply amazing, it's pleasant to the eyes, the mangaka has that unique touch in creating the manga, for a Shounen Manga.one can differentiate a shounen style manga to a shoujo style manga but the characters look really good it would pass as one of the best drawn Shounen out there, that kind off has a shoujo taste.
You can tell from the first chapter, the characters are well developed Horimiya is carefully planned out, I am in love with every single one of them, i can connect with all of them. Each and every one of those characters reminds me of my life in Highschool.
I enjoyed reading the manga to the point of getting hooked, i haven't even noticed that it was already 5AM in the morning, it has that kind of power..the comedy part kept me laughing, the romance made my heart beat faster..the friendship that Miyamura experienced through meeting Hori made me want to hang-out with each one of them.
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