Yutaka Hanagasaki is a 20-year-old gardener at the theme park Fuegaoka. Meet Merun-chan, the mascot of Fuegaoka, with lots of popularity. Hanagasaki just so happens to secretly like her, but can never work up the courage to even talk to her, always admiring her from afar like a flower. A sweet story of how Hanagasaki works up the courage and becomes closer to Merun!
Reader beware: this story is so vanilla you'll get a toothache. Itoshi no Karin tells the story of Yutaka Hanagasaki, an overlooked theme park gardener, and his fondness for the popular park mascot, Merun-chan. This is the author/artist's debut published work.
The art in this manga is fantastic. However, the characters are not that strong. No character aside from the two protagonists is developed; they are all merely plot devices. Meanwhile, the main characters aren't flawed enough to be realistic, but they aren't perfect either. The story is rather straightforward, but the ending, while sweet, left something to be desired. There are also some bits that
could be entirely eliminated without the reader losing much. At only 20 chapters, though, the fluff is hardly unbearable.
Overall, this manga was pleasant. It's a very light read, and a cute story. The art really sells it, and I look forward to the author/artist's next work.
Itoshi no Karin, a short manga iv'e stumbled to. It has 21 chapters, so as for the story it was rather lacking. I dont see where this manga is going nor any potential to it so even i was quite surprised i ended up reading it until the last chapter. The characters are just right, especially the heroine. My first impression of her was that she is "the silent and innocent type", but guess what? she's actually a talkative girl. About the protagonist, he looks like a tad but his personality suits him. The art was probably the reason why reading it was not
that bad, and wont bore you. Overall i had a decent enjoyment.
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"It's a hard task to grow the flower we call "love", to make it fully bloom one day. But I want to nurture it as best I can, for the sake of my beloved Karin."
Itoshi no Karin is basically summed up in the quote above. Love isn't an instant connection nor is it a fairy tale where a prince and a princess live happily ever after. Love contains what life has to offer and that is called choices. Itoshi no Karin is a typical lovey-dovey super cute love story about a 20yr gardener and a 17yr high school girl who both work at the same
place. Of course it starts off with the premise of the guy being infatuated by the girl and suddenly getting closer to her but as cliche as it sounds, there was something in this manga I really appreciated. It considered life. Usually these kind of love stories just end in a story about two people getting married, the couple escaping town together, or an ending that neither character takes account for what their actions will result in the future, but no, Itoshi relates to none of the things I mentioned. The main MC is a shy, warm hearted guy who actually has balls. He's not the typical MC where he holds his thoughts in but instead thinks about his actions and his words carefully. I really appreciated this about his character as the character wasn't all about "PANTIES! LOVE. LOVE. TITS", his thought process was more like, "What's the best decision for me and her and our future?" I really liked the fact that he wasn't driven by hormones but instead by logic and clear decision making.
The main heroine, Karin was absolutely great. Her character wasn't complex just another wifey material heroine. She was a solid character in that she wasn't annoying and properly presented her feelings and was not immature about any situation but that was about it. She had no outcasting personality that made me go WHOA but I really appreciated the mature side of her. She kind of reminds me of Takagi from Karakai just because of how much she cares and teases the MC.
Characters aside, the art was AMAZING. I was absolutely amazed by how good the characters looked. Everything aside, I would just read this story just for the art. It's that good.
Overall, this story is very cute and heartwarming. As people have said the ending isn't too conclusive but I felt it was perfect for this manga. The symbolic meaning of the ring at the end and how both of the protagonists chose to chase after their ambitions instead of their love for each other was admirable. I really wish more manga characters were like the protagonists in Itoshi and that's what made me enjoy this manga so much. I definitely recommend this to anyone who wants a great short read/romance/comedy/slice of life kind of manga. Just because of pure enjoyment and the art, I give it a 9.
I'm not a fan of writing or reading of reviews, as i think to myself - "why would i rely on someone else opinion, when i can check it myself". So when my eye stumbles upon review - i dont want someone to retell me whole story. I want to know, whether or not author recommends us all to spend our time on title.
And here, as an author - i write - YES - with large letters. I wish i found this manga later, when it would be finished, but now i'm forced to write review with 13 chapters and hunger for more. I wont
pay attention to marks (9 cause i didnt want to look maximalistic, as fans do), decribing story, characters or drawing methods.
It's very enjoyable story, wrapped in wonderful art. It is romantic, mature and pure. I, as target audience - guy from 18 years - enjoyed it to the limits, with wide smile and even with teardrop in one moment.
Reader, i dont want to take more time from you - hurry and read Itoshi no Karin, I hope you'll like it.
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