Kirishima Haruto lives in a small town in Hiroshima and is just about to enter high school when Eba Yuzuki, a mysterious girl from Tokyo suddenly decided to go to high school in the countryside and despite his objections, she moves in to his home.
Haruto must now put up and take care of this clumsy freeloading city girl and at the same time, make sure his long time crush Kanzaki Nanami doesn't get the wrong idea!
Kimi no Iru Machi's another masterpiece by the ingenious Kouji Seo. He knows how to create and convey the exact emotions he wants to. He can entangle the audience with simple bittersweet romantic plots like no other. And that's precisely what got me to cling to this manga waiting for the next chapters desperately.
The manga's beautiful, enchanting and awe-inspiring despite of keeping an extremely close relation to reality.
The story line is intoxicating. Both deep and unpredictable.
The lead character "Haruto Kirishima" starts out very annoying according to my personal opinion but as the story progresses and the character develops he can be very amiable. The female lead "Yuzuki Eba" is my one of my all time favorite characters. A mysterious and kind person. The character development in this is certainly something one can talk about hours for.
The art's just as gorgeous. Really good for the eyes.
All in all if you're looking for a manga in the romance genre just go and read this. But if you hate waiting I'd advice you to start out after the whole thing is published.
(The ending may completely change my opinion on it though) read more
Pure utter crap.
So you know, I've re-read the 1st 16 volumes of KNIM (for short) while taking notes. So this is not a review made out of memory, and personal feelings. This is more of a chapter per chapter analysis. That means that no matter how much you KNIM fans loved this manga, no matter how much you disagree with my scoring, it does not change the fact that all that I'm about to write is REALITY!
I've divided all that I've read into 2 parts. The countryside arc that regroups v01 to v09, and the big city arc which regroups v10 to where I decided to drop it, v16.
First off, what is a cliffhanger ending? It's those types of ending where you just have to read the next chapter right away or you won't be able to sleep at ease that night. There are many ways to have such an ending. Such as a new character steps in to test the main couple (could be some playboy, horny girl or grouchy family member). Or that very brief sentence that can imply soooo much more. Or a major decision has been made, and now the storyline can go in various different directions.
So the countryside arc is made of 84 chapters, and I counted around 45 cliffhanger endings. I say around because some people may not consider some of those cliffs that high. But it's basically still a cliff (the real number that I've officially counted is 52). There is a limit to how dramatic and chaotic someone's life can be, ok? More than 3/4 of those endings has a panel with a close-up on the main guy's face or eyes, while he's going "huh?" or "wha...?" or "!". Do you know how annoying it is, to end every chapter with the same face going the same "uh?" every time? If you don't believe me, here's a little mix of the first 3 volumes (28 chaps): http://i977.photobucket.com/albums/ae259/kaysabb/Huh.png
That's 13 out of 28 (and I missed a couple).
KNIM is not a slice-of-life. Life is not that troublesome. KNIM is soap-opera-manga I tell you.
Now maybe some appreciate those constant cliff endings, and that's why they score KNIM so highly, but to others, it's annoying. When I start romance, I want romance. Not problems after problems. And yes there are alot more problems than dates in this manga.
Now I'll regroup the story and character review together. How? Simple. The story is basically a presentation of how the characters make horrible decisions, or right decisions but with horrible executions.
Guy likes Girl A, girl B knows it but flirts with guy noneless (slut). Then guy got closer to girl A, but stood up her a couple of time to help girl B (idiot). Girl C arrives! She's the nosy type who doesn't really care about guy, but has a passion to start shit between couples (bitch). Guy leans more and more towards girl B, despite liking girl A (still an idiot). Girl A has enough and dumps guy. Girl D arrives, and gets won over thanks to some incredibly meaningless compliment, then misunderstands everything else, and then we don't see her anymore after a few chapters (o...k). Guy finally goes for girl B, and then she moves away (perfect timing). So long distant relationship starts, guy now alone, so of course we got to have... girl E! Who gets won over by some other meaningless compliment (and then they say the guy is careless -_-), and also disappears after a few chapters (poor attempt to add some tension). Then school trip to big city, guy expects to see girl B for the 1st time in a long while, and of course... girl A who did the dumping starts regretting and making moves (typical), and naturally girl B sees it all. But it gets sorted out rather quickly (more useless tension). After a while, girl B dumps guy without giving any reason. Guy makes major life decision to move to the city to get her back (stalker alert). Then, as a goodbye present, childhood female friend (who was there since the beginning of the manga) decides to kiss guy and turn herself into girl F, and then nothing more from her (then why the kiss damnit?!). And finally, to close up the countryside arc, as soon as he arrives and tries to get settled into the big city, enters girl G.
Fascinating wasn't it?
As I've been ranting for a long time now, i'll cover the big city arc in a short paragraph and shut up.
At first, it seems that KNIM finally gets interesting. 2 new characters appear, and they must have been the most interesting and sane people in the entire cast. Plus there is a new plot twist that is definitely worth something. I even started liking it! But, after a volume or two, KNIM goes back to being catastrophic. All that thanks to the disappearance of one of those very interesting characters (stop adding characters just for one volume come on!), and the second very interesting character basically gets spit on the face, tripped, and kicked while being down. And of course, we welcome girl H, I and J (2 of them are the useless to plot and misunderstanding types btw). And girl B is back and keeps on falling and un-falling for guy (pattern), and the usual cliffhangers after cliffhangers and zoom on face while going "huh?".
If you like non-stop drama, read it. If you consider romance slice of life flicks to be an exaggerated struggle for love, read it.
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Let me just say I've never felt so compelled to share my opinion on something before. This has been an insane roller coaster ride of emotions through my time reading this. And I know that phrasing is cliched or whatever but I really really mean that literally. When you're on a roller coaster you have a sense of both enjoyment and absolute fright. That is exactly how this was for me.
But before I get down into the nitty gritty let me just clarify one thing first. This isn't to toot my horn or whatever but I think it's worth mentioning that I read the raws of manga and not the english scans. The story is in japan the characters are japanese - it's meant to be read and ultimately more enjoyably read in japanese. Any positive feelings I may have about a manga are compounded by reading it the way it was meant to be... so bear that in mind as I give my thoughts on this.
So let's first talk about the...
If there's one thing I'm grateful for in a manga is one where I don't have to guess at what might be happening in a scene. And this does everything the right way. Excellent clear cut designs on everything from the furniture the to the country side/city scenery. And more importantly of course the character designs. And that's one point where this manga really really shines is in it's character design. Some really talented people worked on this making sure everyone had very distinct/clean cut features. All in all very easy on the eyes. Everyone and everything is just drawn beautifully. ten outta ten :D
Next up the...
Another thing that happens all the time in shows or manga is when characters are introduced but eventually are more or less forgotten. I can think of more examples in shounen manga in such classics like DBZ, bleach or maybe Naruto whatever.. Right now I'm pretty sure you could name some characters from those series that you just didn't/couldn't bring yourself to care about over time. I think that's always just kind of been the accepted/expected thing to happen with any long running series. At least that's how I've always felt. So it really came as a surprise to me with this one in that every major character that is introduced throughout the series I developed some kind of a feeling for them. Every character is brimming with a unique personality that just jumps out and demands your attention. You feel as if you're the main character haruto or at least somehow or another connected directly with everyone. I can honestly say that I developed personal feelings towards all the characters. That's something that's very rare I think. Not since the anime NHK ni youkoso have I connected on such a high level. So yes, excellent work 10/10 ^^
And finally let's get to the main course the..
As I'm sure you're already aware this is a Comedy/Drama/Romance/Slice of Life story. Going into the plot details I think is kind of pointless. You kind of get the gist from the summary up there and I don't want to spoil anything so let me just describe to you my emotional response throughout my time reading this. I had said this was literally like being on a roller coaster ride. But maybe it would be more appropriate to describe it as a roller coaster that may or may not break during the course of the ride. I can honestly tell you that I experienced very real feeling emotions throughout the course of reading this -- Happiness, Depression, Anger, Sympathy, Hope, Despair,Attraction, Desperation, Fear, Relief, Grief etc etc. It just tosses and turns you in every direction and you just hope that the ride will just end safely.
One thing that you see unfortuantely posted on the forums is people complaining about the the latest happenings. You'll see someone say "I'm changing my score to a 4 because blah blah blah" And y'know I think it goes without saying that it's unfair and childish for someone to rate this based on how they wanted the story to turn out. Being that it tries to be realistic for the most part (at least in terms of character reactions/dialogue/choices) I think we should judge it based on that. Did the author create believable characters? The answer is absolutely yes. All the while having a plot that continues to keep surprising you. It's twists and turns are very much like the possibly breaking roller coaster that you've never ridden before.
But y'know I can't emphasize enough the amount of connection I felt with the characters. As lame as this is going to sound I almost felt like I was in love with the character(s) that Haruto falls for. And that is something that I've never had happen before. To be so incredibly lost in a story that you forget that it's a story. It might even be for this reason alone that I'm writing this review. I was just so taken aback by it. I've never been so emotionally involved in a manga or book to the point where I would break into tears at the story's climax. Just a really, really excellent job. No matter how this show winds up ending I can't deny the emotional rush this has put me through this past week or so. I look forward to the ending and yes, I most certainly recommend this to anyone out there with a pulse. Big thanks to my friend Lee for recommending it -- you sir are the man.
What makes it so bad? Well, let's go straight to the point─the story got too good too early. Yes, what makes it good is also what makes it bad (there's some Yin-Yang shit for ya).
Kimi no Iru Machi (or A Town Where You Live) is good drama. No denying. But the part where the writing was at it's prime happened too early in the story so I understand that to follow up an act like that is difficult. But Seo Kouji had the option of ending the series right there instead of prolonging this shit. So what happens is the experience, the praise, and the respect that you have with this manga are now replaced with meaningless fillers and fan services. If you're okay with that, then fine. That's your business. But that's not okay with me.
I was close to dropping this manga because the story got too boring in some parts.
I mean, sure, yeah, there are some arcs after "that particular arc" that talks about the ACTUAL STORY but when you realize that this happened after "that arc", it'll just feel inferior and that's a damn shame.
I'm sure right now you feel I'm over hyping you about this '"arc" and how it is superior among other arcs. I'm sorry. Results may vary.
(Edited: For those of you who are wondering, I'm talking about the "Tokyo Arc" here; the one the anime was focused on. And of course, the "better" part is everything before Volume 16.)
But let's talk about the good stuff now. KNIM is packed with a lot of plot twists. Some mild and some heavy which will leave you in the edge of your seats. I also like the amount of realism this manga has. It's one of the few things the didn't waver even after the series went downhill.
And the art. MAN, the art.
The amount of details in the eyes of these characters (especially the girls) is insane. Even to the point that it's..... creepy. I don't know if that's a standard to Shoujo mangas (even though it's not a Shoujo manga). I don't read them.
And the BGs are aces. Kudos to you, Seo-san.
It's kinda sad how this manga could have been better of what it is right now had it not been stretched out. But even though that it's been through shit, I still acknowledge this as one of the best that I've read. The emotional roller coaster this series has makes it seem worth it even though at times, you wish you were reading another manga. But regardless, I do recommend you checking this one out.read more