Shun, Kaname, and the twins Yuuki and Yuuta have been friends since kindergarten. It's a little hard to tell if they actually get along or not. But even as high school students, they still hang out together. Recently, they've had a new addition: the half-Japanese transfer student Chizuru, who has started to liven up the group. This manga is about their daily lives, which aren't particularly passionate or exciting. A tranquil and sometimes comedic story of youthful friendship...
This manga portrays the life of four (the group actually expands into a group of five or six, but I'll let you see for yourself when you read the later chapters of Kimi to Boku) boys who have been together since kindergarten. The chapters - or stories, if you prefer - switch back and forth, from their everyday lives in kindergarten, middle school, and mostly, high school. It's a manga about friendship, becoming young adults, and enjoying the much simpler things in life.
I must admit, the whole plot didn't make me want to read the manga. It's not a plot that's exactly original, nor does it stand out from other manga titles, although is does have certain potential that many mangas do not have. From start to finish (or what we can get online or in stores) is filled with moments where you will most definitely laugh out loud, cry, and smile to yourself from all the heart-felt moments Kimi to Boku brings. Hotta Kiichi really knows how to incorperate comedy, drama, romance, and a slight touch of slice of life into this manga. I must add that there is a bit of an undertone of shounen-ai.
The art is what really drew me into Kimi to Boku, then sealed the deal. The simplicity of the art is amazing, and really captures the depth of all the characters' emotions and expressions without being too detailed. Every character has their own unique features and essence, which makes them quite easy to tell apart (unlike other mangas; I'm talking to you Minami Haruka). The art style is very different from other mangakas, which really matches the story of Kimi to Boku.
Every character is just too lovable. They're each their own person, and they have really distinct personalities. The characters are so well explained, it's as if you really do know them. You'd think that you know someone like them in real life! The character developement is really well done, too. It's like everyone's in the manga for a reason (other than for enjoyment), but for a sentimental meaning.
I thoroughly enjoyed Kimi to Boku from start to finish. It's a must read for everyone; boy or girl. It's not a shoujo manga, but it's not exactly a shounen manga - it's sort of in between, and is practically for everyone (unless you're a stingy hermit crab).
Kimi to Boku is my favourite manga and I'd give it more than a 10 if I could, because it's an excellent story which is really easy to read - it's just the story of a group of friends going through high school together.
Story - 9/10
There's not much of a story in Kimi to Boku, it's not story heavy and you can more or less start from the middle of the book and still be able to follow it without it being difficult. It's really just the everyday lives of high school boys that deal with things that is common during high school, friendship and love.
Art - 10/10
The art is quite simple, which is one of the things that made me interested in reading the manga. Hotta Kiichi got an excellent and personal art style which might not seem much compared to the popular mangas of our generation, but it works perfectly well for this kind of story.
Character - 10/10
I adore the characters in Kimi to Boku, they're all special in their own ways.
Enjoyment - 10/10
I love reading Kimi to Boku and every time I see that there's a new chapter released, I squeal out of joy. It's such a simple, but yet amazing story. It's a story that fit everyone - boy or girl, teenager or adult.