first off: this is my first time writing a review, so i can only hope it'll be useful to you. I'll also be happy to receive feedback!
the storyline was well thought-out, without any gaps or sudden developments which would make it hard to follow.
Overall it has a more mature feel to it than usual shoujo manga (more josei-ish), there's none of that childish lighthartedness, first-love-heartbeat feeling, none of those typical standard-happenings (like tripping and accidentally kissing), so if you're a sucker for those, this is probably not your thing.
A big plus in my opion is, it's about a relationship and how they fare going through good and bad stuff - not about the obstacles to overcome to get together (i've read one too many of those stories, i guess)
I really liked that it doesn't get too 'angsty', though tamako (the heroine) is really insecure at times, it's still limited because the characters are on the whole rather composed people. however, their feelings still get across very well and they're easy to relate to, especially since the reader gets to peek into the male leads perspective every now and then, too. That's what i liked a lot, it made their actions seem reasonable and i think it helped me to dive more into the plot and relate myself to the characters and the situation they're in. (e.g. i have no interest in surfing, but i found myself wanting to try it out after i got a little further into the story)
Sadly, the ending is a little abrupt, it would've been better if it had been just a chapter longer. Except for that, the length is just perfect, matching the pace of the story.
the artwork is good, a little rough at times and not too detailed, but i liked it. Simple but nicely done. fitting for the characters, in my opinion.
the heroine is a normal, hardworking, good girl, but still not the typical stereotype shoujo-girl, because she's actually strong at heart, and while she does have insecurities and troubles with her feelings, her actions aren't over the top.
the male lead is serious, down-to-earth and mostly thinks things through before acting. He's caring and very sweet at times, but appears cold and insensitive at other times, partly because he IS a little dense and oblivious to whats emotionally going on between or with others.
I really liked how the characters had their own distinctive traits and always behaved accordingly, never out of character. it makes it much more realistic, having you think 'hey, there really could be someone like that in this world'
so, i can say I pretty much enjoyed reading this, and it kept me on it, so i actually finished it in one go. It's just perfect if you've got an hour or two, since it's not too long.
OVERALL - good
i prefer realistic plotlines, so my rating might be a little biased, actually... but if you happen to be the same, i definitely recommend this! ;) all the same if you just want to go for something different for once. read more