This manga is pretty fast-paced and kept me on the edge of my seat. I read it in one night because I was so anxious to find out what was going to happen next! The characters also develop in a very believable way. You get to see relationships strained by jealousy, fondness formed by making sacrifices for somebody, and the different ways people deal with stress. I really got attached to the characters - loving them, hating them, cheering for them, booing at them, and cheering for them all over again.
One thing that really irked me with this manga was the art. It's not bad, but all the characters look like high schoolers from Sailor Moon or something! It's impossible to determine their actual age. This makes it a little difficult to take some situations as seriously as I would if they looked like the adults they are. Youhei especially looked younger than what I guessed he should be.
Also, [spoiler alert!] Kaori is supposed to be pregnant for a good portion of the manga, but she never *looks it*! Because so many other aspects of the story are very true-to-life, I was a bit disappointed by this. I mean, at one point it mentions she is 30 weeks pregnant but she still looks like a freakin' twig! I have several friends that are about that far along right now and they are huge! So at times that was very distracting from the story. I would get all involved and forget it was just a manga, then you'd see Kaori talking about "the baby" but still extremely thin and it jerked me back to reality.
Finally, the ending was wrapped up a bit too neatly and wasn't even close to what I expected, based on how the manga had unfolded so far. It was like the mangaka thought, "Oh, I'm bored and I just want these two to get together, but I'm fresh out of good ideas so I'll end this in the most *unrealistic* way ever! Teehee!"
Overall, great manga. It was definitely worth the time I spent reading it. But be forewarned that the ending is not satisfying. read more