I'm not the greatest at writing these but seeing that there isn't one for this, I felt like I should because it really deserves some good remarks. I really wish it had more than 8 chapters to be honest, I think that's the only drawback to the story for me.
A quick synopsis: Futamura Umiho, a girl in love but afraid to do anything about it, meets Aisaka Yachiyo, the confident and bold president of the "Promise-Keeping Club". The goal of this club is to help fulfill other's wishes and help them to the best of their ability. After becoming friends, the girls meet Shinomiya Shirou,
a new transfer student that has difficulty socializing and decide to help him. The story moves through the lives of each student and how they change for the better.
As I mentioned earlier, I really think this manga deserves some good reviews. Not only is there NO LOVE TRIANGLE (if you're like me who's super sick of love triangles, I'm sure this has already peaked your interest) but there's forbidden love and a tragedy. If you're concerned that this forbidden love will be annoying, believe me, it's not (it was surprisingly somewhat realistic and in that sense, very sad). I personally love forbidden love (especially the kind that's in this story, but to avoid spoiling things I won't say more) and I think it was done well.
There's funny moments, painful moments, heart-warming moments, and so much more in just 8 chapters. I was surprised that I actually enjoyed it as much as I did. The description wasn't very informative so I really didn't know what to expect. But this is really a very good read and well worth the little time it takes to read 8 chapters. I highly recommend!
After reading this manga, I have so many thoughts on my mind, that I don't really know with what should I start. Actually, about my state now... this is that unusual moment, when I really have much stuff in my mind but the feeling is as if it was completely empty. What is for sure, I am overflowing with this pleasent, warm feeling which usually appears after reading something good.
I thought this would be relaxing lecture that does not involve thinking and any sort of effort. I thought I needed something like that. But when I read Hana to Rakurai I actually realized, primo, that
this is nothing like short, simple and silly love story, and secudno, that THIS is what i really needed.
The story is short - only 8 chapters - but it is built in very clever way. There are no superfluous plots, everythink builts tight and structured shape; there are none missing plots either, although you desires more. Good author knows where to stop the story and Watanabe-san has really nice timing. Emotions are not overstated, you can feel them thanks to climat, not because you are constantly reminded about them. (9)
Art is really nice and suits each situation. (9)
Characters are created really, really well. What I liked the most is that most of the times whenever someone new appeard, I already had an idea about what this person may be like - they features were stated so nicely as well as not pushy. They simply felt r e a l. (9)
As you can tell by now, I enjoyed this manga very much. I am grateful for this warm feeling to the story. I apriciate mangaka for making me feel like I can do anything. Hana to Rakurai also gives you oportunity to cry a bit, especially if you are soft-hearted like I am, there are humorous moments as well, but what I will remember for longest is the motto that is in there. (10)
I wish this manga could gain more attention, because it surely deserves it. If you like soft stories with love, friendship, life, a little bit of drama and beautiful idea, than spare some time and read it. It for sure on't take long, and I can't imaging regretting something like this.