Akira Tachibana is a soft-spoken high school student who used to be a part of the track and field club but, due to an injury, she is no longer able to run as fast as she once could. Working part-time at a family restaurant as a recourse, she finds herself inexplicably falling love with her manager, a divorced 45-year-old man with a young son.
Despite the age gap, Akira wholeheartedly embraces his mannerisms and kind nature, which is seen as spinelessness by the other employees, and little by little, the two begin to understand each other. Although unable to explain why exactly she is attracted to him, Akira believes that a concrete reason is not needed to truly love someone. On a rainy day, she decides to finally tell her manager about how she feels... But just how will he react?
"The way I see it. If you want the rainbow, you gotta put up with the rain" - Dolly Parton
Koi wa Ameagari is all about pushing yourself towards the finish-line of happiness no matter what hurdles stand in your way. Yes the premise of an adult-teen romance is uncomfortable, but it's actual portrayal of the controversial subject is handled with care and deep introspection. Not once does Koi wa Ameagari make light of the fact that it's main characters are 30 years apart. It wants you to understand that the two are facing a monumental hill in order to ever be together and have
it's characters make commentary on the issue as it relates to society - especially the adult.
The 45 year old manager Kondou is as kind a soul can be. Even to the degree of ridicule as fellow employees consider him to be a pushover, with the exception of a young waitress who is infatuated with his sincere nature. He struggles immensely with handling her affection and is at an utter loss as to how to answer it, in addition to dealing with skeletons in his past that have led his life to become what he deems a disappointment. Despite a heavy weight being placed on his shoulders, the manager is a delightful personality who often makes jokes at his own expense and treats everyone with care. It is easy to understand why Akira fell for him.
Lead character Akira is a stunning character - both in appearance and spirit. Her blunt, matter of fact attitude is a refreshing contrast from the usual lead characters of romance works and is quite frankly admirable. It takes a special person to go for what they want in this world without worrying about the consequences.
In great contrast from the manager, Akira has zero awareness of the societal concerns of a relationship between people in different age brackets. The only thing she cares about is pursuing the one that she loves, the person that helped to save her in a period of great depression, and nothing more than that.
If there were a manga Top Model competition, Akira would be a strong candidate to win first place. Her design is nothing short of flawless - given a slim athletic build, piercing eyes and a slender face. The fact that she looks like a young woman rather than a child does help the reader become more comfortable with the romance, which is not at all fetishized.
Jun Mayuzuki's debut manga is a strong one - crafting a beautiful seinen romance that shows all the promise of finishing as a classic of the genre. Try not to let the premise be an obstacle, give this story a serious try and you're likely to enjoy whats inside.
I was not going to write a review for this manga, because I found it mediocre. However, after a blackmail incident I decided to write a review. For the most part, the story is about a young high school girl that is in love with her manager, who happens to be in his 40's. You cannot choose who you love, but the manager does not have many redeeming qualities, except for his kindness. Not sure what happened to his ex-wife, but it is inferred that she left him because he choose literature over love. Yet, he is not a successful
writer, but a manager at a restaurant. So, if the wife did divorce him, then I do not blame her. Throughout the story, it is not explained how the female lead fell for the manger, until one flashback. The love did not progress slowly, she actually fell for him after the manager gave her a free coffee while she was at her lowest. That is it, there was no other reason why she fell in love with the manager.
Despite the simple reason she fell for the manager, it was not the dumbest incident to appear in the manga. Out of nowhere, a co-worker that she has been working with the female lead decided to hit on her. She refuses his advances, but the co-worker finds some doodle on one of her books. So, he blackmails her into going out with him. Granted, the doodle was slightly embarrassing, but nothing embarrassing that she should go out on a date with someone she does not want to. Does she have fun? Did the co-worker wanted only one date? Of course not, to both questions. Then, the blackmail was pretty much forgotten, and the female lead was amiable with the co-worker. I understand in manga logic, if you blackmail a girl, she will fall for you, but this story was not great and it definitely did not need the blackmail.
"When you truly love someone, age doesn't matter."
Something I really thought about while reading this series. Age gap in love has sometimes been a topic where people can have very different opinions. My opinion before reading his manga was that as long as the age gap is not too big, like 40 or 50 years, and if it's genuine love, I won't mind.
What I saw in this manga was very special, a big age gap of at least 25 years between 2 somewhat similar and yet maybe very different people. A high school girl and a restaurant manager. In context, this sounds as if
the manager is some pedophile or something... Completely wrong.
The manager doesn't really fit into his job, he gets scolded by his workers, forgets important meetings and things like that. But his personality makes him a very amiable person, he doesn't come back and scolds his workers in return and tries to lift up the serious work mood (even if he completely fails).
As for the girl, she's a high school girl who used to be in the track club but due to her injury she has not been training for a while and took up a job as a waitress in a restaurant.
Very cute couple, in my opinion. The manga was very successful in getting rid of any misconceptions. The development is somewhat slow, but it doesn't disappoint when important points are reached.
Art is very good too, consistent throughout the manga, with some very cute scenes. I think the anime will hopefully make it even better.
The question which you can answer... Is it alright to accept her love with someone like her on that current age?
Youth at times like this.. can be wild and times that can be vicious
And Yet, All those Emotions From every age become an irreplaceable treasure
Although you may not see that every second since the day you met her..
It would be kinda nonsense to know what are those genuine feelings are..
Even so, Right now He want to unburden her of her suffering. He wanted to secure the fact.. that she deepenly hurt.. Even he's not worth enough..
Possible That Mutual
Affection wouldn't call "Love"
Hopefully.. That this romance could mesmerize your inner interactions once... you'll be able to know the strong affections... or whether you pull out the strings you kept inside of it..