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.
If you dont have something to watch or read try giving this a shot, you might find it amusing.
"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.
Some spoilers at the very end (with spoiler warning)
At first (10 or so chapter) it was marvelous but sadly it started to stagnate and show it's flaws (as i heard it was this authors first work). While it made me all warm inside and if you go with the flow of the storyteller you can manage it, but i have my doubts here too many plot holes and too many unanswered question and too many unquestioned questions.
Story by it self is mild and easy going - having mild romance, comedic elements and slice of life but it was like a
potential was unfulfilled and thus it made me a little bitter at the end.
Characters are drawn to be likeable (esp. Main female), back ground is nice esp. flowers last but not least panel placement and dialogue bubbles were adequate, had some minor problems with bubbles.
Though likeable they were, shallow they were nonetheless. Do they grow and progress yes baby steps are seen over the series but too many things were swept under the rug. Under the rug - i wrote about it above already, characters don't represent their ages and are being too close to ocean surface where they could go in depth.
At the end they are likeable and if you read without asking questions about them everything goes smoothly (But i simply cannot fathom the thought of not questioning them)
Like I previously stated, when a read it i could see the positivity in it and could enjoy it but those bumps that i had concerning above stated problems made me drop out of zone of the story and constantly returning to reality.
Good read and i would advice you to read it if you like some light romance with some cuddly feelings inside your stomach but if you like to go deeper, no it is not for you, because the more questions you ask the more you see plot holes....
Let's start MC loves main female, female loves main male, there is no NTR or rivals they are like two puzzle pieces that can be easily combined. BUT male has some concerns he will soon leave for his home county (6 hours from city) because this job of a Gardner is like a buffer for him to enjoy city life and youth after which he will return to his home county and work in family business.
Why i told you all this? Well MC can't start relationships with her due to him leaving soon not ever thinking if she can leave with him or even asking something of the sorts the only weak answer he got "wElL hEr MoThEr iS iN tHe HoSpiTaL" but at the end of the chapters before he leaves we learn her mother was discharged so ok....Now i ask if you truly love her how about waiting a bit for her or asking her out but nada he is like a poetic romantic who came to this city to write a novel and mingle a bit with mortals (though authors are known to do extreme things while in search of inspiration).
Next we have this girl same applies to her (though she changed everything at the end without asking) but she could ask other questions and make other statements (like i don't care if you leave, let's go out (things might change if you are close enough)), but nothing of the sorts.
At the END we have her statement: I will go to Nursing College and after plan to Go to your county and work there, MC you don't mind? --NO i don't....>Sayonara
I could rise even more questions but don't give me this bull crap about him being mature (do you remember yourself at 20? I would understand if they were 10 years apart +/- but this is actually the best age for relationship between male female (due to female choice of older males)).
All in all I am a realist and have a backpack of experience behind me and I know that those cheezy statements are usually just sweet words (become them over the length of time) 6 hours apart is not a problem but you know daily routine, he is working at a family business free maybe on holidays and Sundays, she is in the college (+ a beauty) also working part time if we are talking about 4 years do you think they will stay firm to their affections? Don't make me laugh, ENDING would make only gullible people smile with joy for bright future as for me a could only take up a bitter smile of bitter wisdom.
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