Since the graduation of the senior members of the club, Takezou ends up being the sole member of the "Koto" (traditional Japanese string instrument) club. Now that the new school year has begun, Takezou will have to seek out new members into the club, or the club will become terminated. Out of nowhere, a new member barges into the near-abandoned club room, demanding to join the club. How will Takezou be able to keep his club alive and deal with this rascal of a new member?
Firstly I want to thank user inzaratha for recommending "Kono Oto Tomare!" to those who are reading "Chihayafuru!". If not her, I might have missed this gem.
The story in this manga is great. Its premise is unoriginal, but the way it's being told and the pacing makes it highly enjoyable to read. It has some funny moments, some touching moments, and some sad and romantic moments. I've read 17 chapters at the moment and there wasn't a single one that didn't serve purpose or was boring in any way.
I give the story a 9.
One of the main strengths of "Kono Oto Tomare!" is the
art. If not for the art, many moments wouldn't have the same emotional impact. It's really hard to describe it with words, it's better to see it for yourselves.
I give art a 10.
I really love characters in "Kono Oto Tomare!". They are very likable and interesting.
There are three main characters:
Kudou Chika - a bully and an outcast with a tragic past. Everyone fears him, but he is strong, honest, determined and really cares for his friends.
Kurata Takezou aka Four Eyes - Koto club president and the only member of the club at the beginning of the story. He is good and diligent person, but he lacks confidence.
Hozuki Satowa - One of the most beautiful girls I have seen in manga or anime. The young prodigy of the koto world. Because of her talent she is very lonely and don't have any friends.
The whole cast has a great chemistry but the chemistry between Chika and Satowa is something else. First time since "Dengeki Daisy" that I've enjoyed the interactions between two leads this much.
I'm having a great time with this manga, I've read all 17 chapters in a single breath.
Overall I highly recommend this manga to people who like interesting personal stories with great characters and art. The only flaw "Kono Oto Tomare!" has that it's only 17 chapters long at the moment, and you'll be craving for more.
And as of final score - manga that had me on the verge of tears several times can't get anything less than 10 from me.
Like many people stumbling upon Kono Oto Tomare!, I found this from the Chihayafuru page. And I've got to say I'm not disappointed.
What I notice first about manga is the art. And I am absolutely in love with Amyuu Sakura's art. It's cute, clean, and extremely detailed. I like how it isn't too flashy like Arina Tanemura's works (she's the mangaka of Full Moon Wo Sagashite). The characters look realistic yet still have that manga vibe to them. And--brownie points!--the guys look like guys and girls look like girls. So the art is really a ten out of ten for me.
But art is just
one component. I really like the story and characters as well. The story is pretty simple, and I can pretty much predict what would happen from this point. But what can I say, I'm a sucker for work-hard-for-common-goal-with-team-usually-in-competition stories. What really has me hooked are the characters. Specifically, the character dynamics. I especially love how their interactions are pretty normal (as in real people act like that), yet there are some typical shoujo moments. It's great, because while realistic character interactions are great and all, I still like those sa-wooon moments you get from reading shoujo. Don't get me wrong, this is definitely a shounen manga. Yet I can see some itty bitty romance down the road, and it would be interesting to see how this plays out. Something I never got to see in other mangas *cough* princeoftennis.
I'm really excited for this manga and am constantly checking for updates. I see so much potential for Kono Oto Tomare! and definitely recommend it to anyone who even remotely likes work-hard-for-goal mangas.
I'm surprised to see that there's not a single review for this manga, yet. Well, this will probably more of an opinion than a review, so I'm going to make it plain and simple.
The plot/story is very simple (8). A delinquent guy who actually has a soft heart especially for his friends and family, who joined a club in honour of the grandfather whom he adores so much.
This is more of a music genre. I was reluctant to read this at first because I don't exactly know what a Koto is, how it sounds like (it probably sound like a guitar or something), etc. But
the Art (which I rated 8) is kind of enticing so I gave it a try.
The characters (8) are those you always see in a manga. But they do have good individual points that make the manga really interesting.
Enjoyment (9). There is so much this manga could offer. Too many feels. And not to mention that it's really hard to make a manga that requires music. Like I said, this is more of a music genre. I never read these kinds of manga. I watched Nodame Cantabile for the same reason. I'd rather really hear the music than just read it. Because, imagine reading a song lyrics that you don't know how it sounds like. of course, that won't give too much impact on a reader, right? But, this manga seem to have pulled it off. it might be the art. Or the sfx thingy, or the characters' expressions whenever they play the damn Koto. It could be anything. But the manga still pulled it off. I didn't know what a Koto sounds like. but I did get goosebumps during that performance in front of all the students. it was totally amazing. You get dragged in inside the manga and be one of the audience. It's a different experience for a reader like me.
Takezou Kurata, as the sole remaining member of his beloved Koto (traditional Japanese string instrument) club, must find new members or it will be closed down.
Chika Kudou, an incoming student with a dark history and widely considered to be a dangerous delinquent, wishes to join the Koto club. But for what reason?
Satowa Hozuki, a genius from a well-known and famous koto-playing family, also has her own agenda for coming to this no-name school and joining this koto club.
Despite the three having completely dissimilar backgrounds and have very different motivations, this koto club is the place where their paths intersect. This is their story.
The main premise is rather straightforward and not exactly what one would call original, but the execution is fantastic. Well-paced and carefully crafted, the mangaka weaves together the individual stories of the three main characters and creates a masterpiece that will leave the reader deeply emotionally invested in.
The art is breathtakingly beautiful. It's not just that the illustrations themselves are amazing, but also how it truly complements and enhances the emotions of the characters and story. And at certain points of the story, a single wordless page truly speaks for itself. Very much so for this series, a picture is worth more than a thousand words.
The characters in this work feel very real. The mangaka has carefully developed not just each of the three main protagonists, but also to the many side-characters as well. Whether it be their backgrounds, their motivations, or their emotions, these are things that the reader can understand, and ultimately with them sincerely sympathize.
I acknowledge this series may not be for everyone. Not all enjoy reading about the activities and drama associated with a high school koto club. But it should speak volumes that this was the series that prompted me to create an account at MAL and write a review, despite the fact that I have read my fair share of manga throughout the years.
Additionally, I highly recommend searching online the koto performance videos Jump Square produced for this manga as well. It truly complements the reading experience of this manga.
I fully admit that I might be incredibly biased in regards to the more inherently objective sections of this review, due to my immense enjoyment of Kono Oto Tomare! But without a doubt, I give this series only the highest of praises and the strongest of recommendations.