This manga brought me a sincere amount of joy, it is short, fast-paced, yet I wish that it was longer, written by Nijino Yuuka and only being a total of 9 chapters, this manga brings the saying: I cannot live without him/her!, into reality.
It is short, I give you that, but for something so short it certainly packs in a lot. I think that the story is rushed, and that the characters, needed more time to mature, it was almost like watching a baby mature into a teenager, instantaneously.
If you are looking for something short, sweet, and not caring for the quality as
much this is a very good pick.
There are a few manga I’ve read where the synopsis was brief and strange, and this one was one of them. Seriously, there are only two sentences on MAL: “If you don't date her, you'll die! That was the prediction made to that delinquent boy. but what will be his destiny...?” I was bracing myself for a cheesy, corny, and lame short shoujo but I was taken aback by how funny this series was.
First of all, there’s this likable Kuroiwa guy who’s completely misunderstood and judged because of his red hair (not so uncommon). He is capable of being a sweetheart, though, as the reader
can see when he’s out on a date with Misaki-chan. If anyone were to observe him being himself, they’d find out he wasn’t what the rumors said.
Of course, I feel absolutely terrible for such a nice person being plagued with inexplicably bad luck. If every time I stepped outside something would hit me, I’d never leave the house. The weirdest stuff happens to him! He’s almost squashed by construction beams, desks fall on him, just anything horrible that can happen does. So for something good to befall him, say like, for him to fall in love, that would be the sweetest thing, right? The mangaka does a terrific job setting him up for this story.
Of the strange elements in this manga, the strangest is probably that old man that tells Kuroiwa his destiny. It’s never revealed fully in the story whether or not he’s actually a god, but his predictions are correct so far. He doesn’t seem to have any powers other than that of clairvoyance, though. At first I thought he might have been an older relation of Misaki who pretended to be some god and wanted to hook up his lonely granddaughter with a nice boy, but that really isn’t the case. His purpose for talking to and advising Kuroiwa is a complete mystery. Maybe he’s just a goofy good-doer?
Misaki Yuu has that cute innocence about her. She’s aware of her beauty and knows that though people find her attractive, they also think she is unapproachable. Therefore, she likes Kuroiwa’s forwardness with her. Her reasons for being alone most of the time were not to my liking, though, perhaps maybe because I couldn’t sympathize with them. Her cuteness is something I think Kuroiwa would find very appealing, though ;)
The artwork was pretty decent. It’s typical to most shoujo with the big-eyed long-haired girls and cool-looking males. I thought Misaki’s hair was kind of flat, but otherwise I had no complaints with the way things were drawn. The mangaka did well to make Kuroiwa look rough at times and a nice guy at others, and Misaki was as adorable as ever. That old man never looked like a real old man, though; he was always illustrated with that chibi stance after his first appearance, but that was all right given his comedic role.
All through the manga I found myself laughing a lot, though. It was hilarious seeing Kuroiwa just barely miss being hit by objects because he came to Misaki’s side. Even though he asked her out simply because he wanted to keep himself safe, seeing the two of them grow closer as they got to know each other was adorable. The methods that Kuroiwa had to take in order to be with Misaki were humorous as well. His reputation as a “delinquent” was known at Misaki’s school, and her brother was extremely protective of her, among other conflicts. The very last problem was not settled very well, so I was disappointed, but I still really enjoyed reading this manga. It’s rare to find manga under ten chapters to be any good because of length, but I thought this one was a gem. It originated from a oneshot, too, so the mangaka did a good job adding to this story to make it the way it is now.
There's a beautiful girl, loved by everyone to the point where they are too scared to even speak to her properly. And there's a boy.. almost hated by everyone.
Kuroiwa - the main character of this manga - is found as a delinquent. The truth is he does get involved in fights sometimes, but not for the bad cause! Unfortunately because of his apperance it happens, that everyone sees him as someone dangerous.
One day there appears a strange old man, calling himself a God. He tells Kuroiwa, that from now on the shadows of death will always be all upon him.
To avoid it Kuroiwa have to
stay besides popular and loved high schooler girl - Yuu.
Surprisingly Yuu is not scared of Kuroiwa. As they spend time together their feelings start to bloom.
Warning this Review May Contain Spoilers-
So this review decided it was going to be awkward while I was writing it and I kept pressing random buttons on my keyboard somehow and it deleted itself quite often. Anyway this review may be quite short so I’ll try and get through it quite quickly. So this manga is about a boy who has to have a relationship with a certain girl or he shall…. DIE. *Random Whale Noises*
So you may be thinking that this series is quite highly rated and that for me to rate the story only a 5 much be strange and unusual. Honestly I
feel like the story was squashed within a small few chapters so the story felt a bit rush and I would have liked a bit more development between the characters which the 7 (or 8 if you include the one-shot) chapters done allow for this type of development which is quite upsetting.
The art was good, quite normal for this style of shoujo romance. The big eyes and cute style are quite clear but they are really well done in most aspects. (I don’t really have that much to say about this section 0-0)
Misaki is our main female and is the typical shoujo heroine, in terms of appearance and original personality but we see her grow slightly in a new light…but not much. Masayosi is the main man, who will die without his one and only love, in the end though he isn’t the most interesting character. Then other than these two the old man seemed like an interesting person and the old woman in the school is quite annoying but that’s really it.
Overall it was quite interesting as a short series and you should check it out if you have the time for something light and fluffy.