Finally finished reading Utsukushii Koto and Itoshii Koto and I really think this deserves a review.
Utsukushii Koto was in Matsuoka's point of view while Itoshii Koto was in Hirosue's point of view.
I guess the first word that I could think of to describe this story is... PAIN. Painful yet beautiful.
Again, just like with Hako no Naka, this feels like THIS could really happen in real life.
But this one is much more focused in "unrequited love." I really love the story because this book shows that having romantic feelings towards the same gender is not that easy. It really portrays the "pain" and "beauty" of
same sex relationship. That love has nothing to with the gender. It's just difficult.
Another reason why I love this novel so much is because Hidaka Shoko-sensei (author of Hana wa Saku ka and Yuuutsu na Asa) did the illustrations! And I really love her art because it feels realistic too and I think it conveys well the scenes.
The story of course revolves around our two main protagonists, Matsuoka (uke) and Hirosue (seme).
I really really like Matsuoka. He's kind, honest and love Hirosue so much. So much it hurts. I guess "love is blind" really applies to him.
On the other hand, I'm so conflicted with Hirosue. I keep changing my opinion about him. At first I don't really like him then the next minute I will feel so sorry for him but then I will hate him again. He's boring, a jerk, insensitive. He just doesn't have any outstanding features that will make me really like him. But I guess in the end I just couldn't hate him at all. Probably because I just want Matsuoka to be happy with him.
Enjoyment/Overall: 10/10 & 9/10
The pain. So much pain that I feel so frustrated. There was even a time that I just don't want them to end up together anymore because I don't think Hirosue deserve Matsuoka. Matsuoka deserves someone "better" and I just want them to move on and both find their own happiness.
But in the end, I thought, "I really do want them to end up together after all!"
I really enjoyed it. A lot. It was really a good read even though Hirosue did piss me off most of the time. But I hope you'll forgive him in Itoshii Koto and consider his situation. I mean let's face it, not all men will act like Hirosue did if they find out that the person they're going out with is actually a man. Usually they'll get beaten or something so I'm kind of glad that Hirosue is clumsy and harmless.