Why is there no anime adaptation of this manga?
Plot and story:
The story follows the two best friends, Kaichi and Akira, where one of them can see spiritual things like ghosts and fairies.
The manga is very short, but is able to show us how the two characters became friends, how close they are now, (Spoiler) and (Spoiler). That's quite impressive for such a short manga.
Another thing I like about this manga is that they switch protagonist. The first chapter follows Kaichi while in the chapter after it, we get to follow Akira. This lets us, the readers, see the story from both characters' point of view.
is a bit of an idiot who can't think before acting, is quite blunt and loves to tease Akira while Akira is somewhere between a kuudere and a tsundere. He's quite distant, only opens up to friends and doesn't smile often. While being around Kaichi, Akira kinda acts like a tsundere sometimes. But not too much.
I really liked how they added flashbacks of them becoming friends where we also get to see the first time Akira showed Kaichi the spiritual creatures he can see.
I'm not a big fan of Tachikawa though. That man really needs to pull himself together.
Design and art:
Pretty decent. It's not the best artstyle I've seen, but it's not the worst either. The characters' appearances go well with their personalities and is overall fine to look at.
I'm not going to spoil what happens in the end, but I can at least say how I felt when I finished reading it.
I was relieved to see that Japan actually CAN create a cute shounen-ai manga between two best friends rather than the typical giant age difference they mostly have or the overdone Manly Man x Girly Guy trope.
At the same time, I was also sad about the manga being so short. I want to see more of this pairing. They're adorable together.
How can something so disturbing as Boku no Pico get its own anime while this adorable romance between two classmates didn't?
Despite being so short, the manga has enough material in it for at least three OVAs or a movie.
And they would easily be able to add new things to make it longer. Akira can see spirits, for God's sake. Why not use that?
I'm giving this manga a 7. I enjoyed reading it and I reread it every now and then because of how cute it is.
Just don't expect too much from it. After all, the manga is short and the story isn't that deep. But overall, it was pretty good for such a short manga.