I was looking for a good drama-less romance manga after enjoying Bonnouji and landed on this. Read it in a day, and I was not disappointed. This is one of the best romances out there!
Feelsgood romantic manga with no drama and no third wheel characters are rare to find. Every typical romance manga has some drama and third wheels and that has become too generic. Fortunately Kyou no Yuiko-san has none of them. Just a middle school romance that is super cute.
Yuiko is your typical tsundere who's in a relationship with the super normal Tomoya. The manga starts from a point when there relationship has
already began and the story progresses with more of Yuiko chan's character development. At first she appears selfish and irritable but deep down there's a cute but shy middle schooler hiding. The manga does a great job of revealing her true feelings to Tomoya.
The art is good, not great, but good. Yuiko is too cute and so are the other girls(sigh, why aren't real girls so cute as this). The story is a bit generic romance minus the drama bs, so I loved it. As for enjoyment, I'll give it a 9/10, because I really loved it.
If you are looking for just a plain, casual and lovely romance, read Kyou no Yuiko-san. I promise you, you'll not be disappointed. It's a great manga, and one that deserves an anime adaptation.
To be quite honest, I don't understand why this series is rated somewhat poorly. Does romance have to be action-packed, and filled with drama, and have insanely macho masculine men? Does there really have to be a damsel-in-distress at every passing moment for the MC to rescue, or plan to rescue?
No. There really doesn't have to be one. This manga will show you why, and hopefully, charm you with its beauteous simplicity.
The synopsis is exactly what it says: this really is the story of a boy, and his girlfriend, or a girl, and her boyfriend. Whichever you prefer.
When it comes to the story,
you get your average slice-of-life coupled with the moe moments, and the moe flowers bloom, etc. so there isn't really too much to talk about there, but the protagonists recognize their feelings for each other rather quickly, and act on them (thank goodness) instead of the generic back-and-forth "action" that we typically see in modern manga.
The art isn't anything terribly fantastic, but it conveys the emotion that the characters feel rather clearly, and it's still rather up-to-date with today's standards. I would say it's not anything special, but its quirks make it rather easy on the eyes, and enjoyable.
This is where I'm rather happy regarding this story. The characters have very gradual development throughout the story, but near the end, they change their attitudes rather quickly. Perhaps, I'm not experienced enough with relations in real life to say too much on this subject, but it was rather surprising. The development between the MCs is something already, but the side characters all get their own moments in the spotlight from time to time, and it becomes apparent that growth isn't limited to just the protagonists, but the ones supporting them as well.
This was so ridiculously easy to read, enjoyable, and stress-free *cough waiting for Kingdom scanlations cough*. Hah, but banter aside, there's very little drama, and the manga explores the situations that young people growing up usually encounter, and how in this case, they choose to communicate. They choose to try to understand each other, instead of following the beaten path of miscommunication.
Today's Yuiko-san might just be a little different from tomorrow's Yuiko-san. There were some minor quirks that irked me, but they could be enjoyable for the next person over. I give this a 9/10. Purely enjoyable from a slow pace-of-life standpoint. To those that enjoy a manga on the more peaceful side, this is a hidden gem indeed.
This manga is downright amazing. I didn't think much of it at first, simply viewing it as a typical romance manga with a tsundere female love interest who constantly torments the MC, similar to Chitoge from Nisekoi.
This was true for the first half of the manga, but Yuiko's awkwardness and jealousy charmed me which fueled me not to drop it. Furthermore, Tomoya and her had many cute romantic moments and arguments which were enjoyable to read.
However, it was in the later part of the manga where I realised just how much of a masterpiece this was. I'm trying not to spoil it so
I won't be able to cite any examples, but basically, both Tomoya and Yuiko begin to mature and start thinking about their future together, and how they can shape it by making crucial but sacrificial decisions in the present, even if they may involve being able to see each other less.
Furthermore, as Yuiko was 'seperated' from Tomoya during the later part of the manga, we are able to see how she develops as a character and how she learns to stop relying on Tomoya, step out of her comfort zone, and try to form her own circle of friends. Needless to say, she was successful, and it was heartwarming to see how she enjoyed life with her new friends.
Although it was heart-wrenching to have to watch Tomoya spiral into loneliness and slight jealousy, the new matured Yuiko manages to comfort him, express how grateful she is to him and tell him her true feelings regarding their relationship.
You can either view this manga as a typical romance manga (which it does well), or as more of a life story, with the real protagonist being Yuiko-san. It reached out to me as a charming story of a awkward high school girl's development into a passionate and mature woman of today, with plenty of help from her extremely caring boyfriend and their circle of friends, hence explaining the name Today's Yuiko-san.
In conclusion, this manga really shines in comparison to other romance manga, as Kyou no Yuiko-san is able to provide the reader with 2 different 'routes' or interpretations of the deeper message it is trying to convey. Once you are able to realise the existence of both paths, it really proves to be a masterpiece.
Its rather lighthearted and refreshing to read. With many moments where you will just go "Awwww" at the romantic interactions the main character and the main heroine engage in. The manga is so sweet it could give you diabetes.
The only downside to the manga is that there isn't a whole lot of story to it, it feels more like a sort of life story. Also the main heroine is a huge tsundere, depending on your taste, it could be good or bad.
to conclude, I think its a nice manga to read and to relax with.