Ichiko Usami is a fifteen-year-old runaway girl. One day, while she’s loitering around the riverbed with nowhere to go, a masked boy named Kohaku suddenly appears in front of her! Ichiko faints and Kohaku takes her to the mansion he shares with several others. Even while lost in wonderment at the individualistic residents, Ichiko gradually opens up to them. But why is she somehow frightened by the fallen children shoes?
My initial expectations for this manga were low. I thought it would have a bunch of cliches, annoying love rivals, but syrupy-sweet shoujo moments. This surprised me with few cliches, sincere love growth, and a likable love rival. I wouldn't even call him a love rival, he was more of a playboy with a heart of gold.
This manga is in desperate need of a supernatural, horror, and tragedy label. Issho ni Neyou yo got so DEEP! I mean deep as in “dark.” Once, the manga reached a certain amount of chapters junk got serious. It made me whine, “Can a scene stay happy for more
than three pages!?” The child abuse scenes were a bit jarring. I NEVER saw the dark scenes coming! One moment everything would be fine and the next, the mom would be trying to drown her baby alive. All of these scenes could possibly be triggering. One time a sweet hug scene turned depressing fast. Of course, a scene of a gun placed to Ichiko's head, and Kohaku wanting to beat the gunman senseless was hard to watch. Another scene where a boy being beaten with high heels and a wine bottle was a bit brutal. There was even a (thankfully) subverted suicide attempt. However, even submerged in the darkness, Issho ni Neyou yo never lost its lightheartedness and humor. The bonds between the tenants were heartwarming to watch.
The premise is the small mismatched family of tenants, that all have their reasons for staying there. Besides Kohaku, everyone had fairly normal, non-feels-inducing backstories. Ichiko's reason for leaving was so OVER-DRAMATIZED. I guess the mangaka wanted it to be so over the top to showcase her innocence. It almost made me snicker at how much mental anguish Ichiko experienced. I wished she knew the phrase, “No use crying over spilled milk.” Anyone who has had younger siblings or taken care of babies will understand Ichiko's so-called unforgivable mistake. Thankfully, that plot was cleared up quickly! I am so glad because dragging it out longer than five chapters would have been ridiculous.
I liked all of the characters except that demonic teacher! I do wish Tsumoto and Haruka would have stopped with those groping moments. I guess there had to be some fan service. I swear neither of them had personal spaces issues.
The main character, Ichiko, was my favorite. It's so rare for me to like the main character more than the side characters in a manga. She was sweet as candy and a bit mousy, but I love that she had a feisty side too! She was such a hard worker and so loving, which was why everyone called her motherly. I adore that she was so honest. She always kept it real with Kohaku even letting him know he scared her at times. She called him out when he needed discipline, but never shunned or hated him. Ichiko did cry often but granted the horrifying reasons behind those tears, it was justified.
Kohaku was a close second for favorite. I honestly thought he would never take those masks off.
The love story between Ichiko and Kohaku (and the love rival) was placed in a slow cooker until the final arc. I like how things had to develop and how shy their love was. I also like how this love made Kohaku want to stop his arrested development and be a man (I.e grow up).
The art was great unless there was a close up for someone's eyes, especially Ichiko's. In close-ups the eyes were so lifeless- They just screamed yandere. On a positive note, I loved Ichiko's outfits! They weren't overly frilly and they look comfy.
Such a brilliant read from beginning to end. The reveal of Kohaku's face was well worth the wait. The characterizations, Kohaku's back story, and the light humor balanced with darkness made this a 10! My only semi-qualm is I waited forever for the big kiss, and it wasn't that “big.” On the other hand, I like how the kiss was gentle and subtle. The exact type that fitted those two well. I enjoyed reading this manga over two days! I don't think I will reread it from the beginning, but I will definitely check out my favorite pages whenever I stroll down memory lane. I recommend reading this underrated manga!
When I first read a summary about this manga it piqued my curiosity and I began to read it.
Ichiko did something terrible and ran away from home only to be found by a masked stranger and taken to his home where she is offered to live if she does the work of a maid.
Each of those living within this household alll have their reasons for doing so, none moreso than Kohaku, the masked stranger.
The story seems fairly normal, if a bit dramatic in regards to Ichiko's reason for fleeing from her home. There is a nice build up and you are lead to
be curious about why Kohaku wears a mask. I will warn you that you will not his his face till almost the very end of the manga, but the scene where he reveals his face is a powerful one.
The artwork is fine, though I personally did not care much for Ichkio's hair style, but that is simply personal taste. The eyes are not drawn successfully in a few 'close up' frames making them appear almost hollow while a character's facial expression shows one of joy, giving a weird creepiness when these close ups occur. That being said there aren't too many of these and after a while they aren't nearly as distracting as you progress through the manga.
I love all the characters in this manga! While many of the support characters don't have their backgrounds explained, they are still wonderfully developed characters with an important background role to the main characters. Kohaku's personality is incredibly complicated but this is only ever explain through the support characters.
This is a manga where I would read it again (and there are only a few that make me do this). I was never bored with a single chapter or volume as there aren't too many 'filler' moments.
First of all, Issho ni Neyou yo gets big points for originality. I can honestly say I've never come across a protagonist with a problem like Usami Ichiko's. It's pretty bizarre, but also pretty interesting. And, certainly, the same could be said of Kohaku's entire character.
That said, while reading this, I spent a lot of time sitting there with a giant question mark over my head. There were times when I had a hard time catching on to the tone of the scenes I was reading, understanding what was happening in the plot, and (a big pet peeve of mine)
knowing who was speaking. Needless to say, it was pretty frustrating. I'm not sure if it's because I got ahold of a bad translation, if I'm accustomed to a less subtle style of storytelling, or if the characters are just so strange that they're supposed to confuse the reader. Maybe all of the above. From what I understand, the mangaka had to go on hiatus while it was still being published, so that might also have something to do with the oddly disjointed story progression.
Despite the confusion, though, I still enjoyed it... for reasons that I still can't entirely pin down. The characters are very endearing and unique, for sure, and there are a lot of very funny and touching moments. I'm a sucker for toddlers and eccentric people, so I'm sure that had a lot to do with it. The art is lovely, if a bit odd at times. Considering how short it is, I'd definitely recommend it to anyone who's looking for something a little different.