Yuu has always loved shoujo manga and awaits the day she gets a love confession that sends her heart aflutter with bubbles and blushes, and yet when a junior high classmate confesses his feelings to her...she feels nothing. Disappointed and confused, Yuu enters high school still unsure how to respond. That's when Yuu sees the beautiful student council president Nanami turn down a suitor with such maturity that she's inspired to ask her for help. But when the next person to confess to Yuu is Nanami herself. Has her shoujo romance finally begun?
As a lover of yuri/shoujo ai series I'm some times hesitant about starting an ongoing yuri/shoujo ai manga especially one that has less than 4 chapters available when I first came across it, but I was immediately drawn to this manga and God did I fall in love with it. The first thing that caught my eye was the art, the artwork in this manga is incredible and beautiful, then the characters were what kept me reading.
It certainly isn't a masterpiece or a unique series, it doesn't try to be more than it is, it's also not melodramatic like citrus or filled with absurd
amount of fan service like some yuri series. If you liked or enjoyed series like Aoi hana or Sasameki Koto than you would love Yagate Kimi ni Naru. It's a simple high school drama centred around two (well technically 3) high school girls experiencing and trying to understand love and love between girls, that's pretty much the plot (without revealing too much detail) However the real draw of the story is how the characters go about developing, experiencing and understanding love.
The 2 main characters are Koito Yuu and Nanami Touko. Yuu has always been facinated by love and falling in love. Why do people fall in love or confess? and how does one feel during a confession or choose/decide to confess? These are some of the questions Yuu explores and tries to understand. At the beginning of the series, it's let known that she pretty much knows about the subject of love through books/manga but when it came to experiencing it she realized she did not attain the sensation she had hoped for. Instead of giving up or changing herself and/or going along with natural expectations of being in love, she decides to continue being herself while continuing her journey towards real love. Of course she does so on our 2nd main character Touko's encouragement. Yuu's expectations of what love should be limits her and she's aware of that, one thing I love about her character is how honest and supportive/friendly she is. Just like Yuu, Touko is introduced as another who hasn't experienced real love or feeling of love even though she has received numerous confessions. She's your typical popular, smart and beautiful girl in high school, but hasn't found someone that's made her heart flutter until she meets Yuu. Touko is a lot older and is loved by all in her school and thought be perfect and the idea student. However of course she isn't, she had always put up a facade and projected an ideal persona of what others expect of her (which is explained later) and the only one who knew of this secret was her best friend Saeki Sayaka, but once she meets and falls for Yuu she breaks down this facade and begins to show pieces of her real self only to Yuu. We slowly get to see her grow and develop through Yuu's perspective. Yuu also learns of love through Touko's love for her. Touko becomes completely infatuated with Yuu and it's very adorable, she accepts Yuu for who she is and has made it her goal to have her fall for her even though she admits she won't mind if Yuu still didn't come to love her as long as Yuu doesn't fall for anyone else. Her honesty to say and do whatever she wants is another feature I like about her. This relationship is what makes this manga so good and entertaining. We also get to know a few of the supporting characters like Touko's best friend Saeki Sayaka, who also has her secrets. She becomes very important to the story later on after we get to know Yuu and Touko and it's just been 17 chapters.
The story is perfectly paced and doesn't drag on. I'm enjoying the progression and growth of characters and plot/story. I pray to the anime/manga gods to keep is one a live and going because I see a bright future for it. I also agree with the comment below hopefully it gets an anime adaptation!
I used to be a heavy yuri/shoujo-ai reader. And this is work is the first of its kind for me in the sense of how the characters are.
I think this Manga displays a very complex way of love.
Touko fulfills a very difficult phenomenon. To love/like someone when the other person doesn't love you. Also, the idea that love means nothing but wanting, needing and using someone. I don't think many can relate to this idea of love.
This story/ character development portrays a way of distance and closeness like I have never seen before in this exact form.
I don't see anyone else talking about
how amazing this concept is, so I had to.
I used to find this interesting because I could kind of understand. But right now, I'm falling hard for someone who isn't interested in anything like a monogamous relationship and also does not seek sex.
I feel that because of this experience I'm drawn to how Yuu will make it work out. And how they will find themselves to each other, without leaving some feelings out or denying them. How they are going to confront themselves with other will be most interesting.
I feel that asexuals may be able to relate to this, very well.
I am writing this as chapter 6 has just been released, January 2016. Also Yagate came into my life as I was on the height of my BL obsession, so I might be a bit bias to this and don't really see the flaws because it was a welcome change at that time. I apologize for this.
The series centers around a girl named Yuu who, big surprise, is a freshman in high school and doesn't know what club to join. She is convinced to help out in the student council where she meets the student council president, a girl named named Nanami Touko who
takes interest in her for reasons she herself is unsure of.
The story is really your basic high school drama, and so far nothing out of the ordinary has happened. So for anyone who is looking for something that stands out this probably isn't it. What the story does well tough is that it doesn't put any expectations on itself, so you're really going into it without an real idea of what it's gonna give you. This is really a series that focuses on the relationships between the characters, so if that's not your thing (again) then this probably isn't for you.
The main character Koito Yuu is really what makes this so worth while. Not only is she unique in her way to think and her personality, she's also not the first one to fall for the other, which really isn't that much of a spoiler. She knows her limits as a person, and she isn't the "give it your all and always smile" kind of character that you usually have as the main in shoujo ai. She feels isolated from her friends and from love, but she just keeps going anyways, she is by all means not a "what a pain" kind of character either tough.
The love interest Touko, while not as interesting still has a few things to her that makes her stand out from other characters in similar series. First of all she's the school's miss popular who gets confessed to a lot, but you can't really feel that from her and there isn't much emphasis to that. This makes her way more lovable and once she falls for Yuu (which is in chapter 1, it really isn't a spoiler) she becomes a bit dorky in a way that makes you root for her since Yuu really just thinks she's being weird. As their relationship builds you feel more and more chemistry between them as well.
The rest of the cast are by all means not badly written, but they don't get any real development, which is good because all the development time goes to the two mains. There is a character who is an exception and that plays a bigger role tough, but you'll have to discover who that is for yourself.
As for the art and style there isn't much to say other than that it's simple, yet refined, and fits the tone perfectly. The colored pages truly stand out tough as they are very calming and bring you a feeling of peace, at least in my case.
I say that if you're looking for something that's not complicated to read when it feels right and to lift your mood a bit this is a good choice! It doesn't try to be something it isn't, it's just a plain, well written, well paced, and really sweet shoujo ai. I really enjoy it so far and have even re-read the first chapters because I felt like it, which for me is rare.
I now feel the need to eat some chocolate, because don't we all?? Have a good day/night person reading!
Compared to many other yuri series out there -- you know the ones, full of fan service or extremely high on the melodrama or the will-they-won't-they -- Yagate Kimi ni Naru's most outstanding characteristic is definitely its well-developed characters. Apart from the first two chapters, which feel a little bit rushed, because they just want to set up the story, it's also incredibly well paced.
Both main character bring their own interpretation of love to the table, fundamentally and diametrically opposed -- Touka, who's fallen hard for Yuu, and knew immediately and now wants everything out of their relationship that normally goes along with such. Yuu,
on the other hand, who is a girl who loves romantic storylines about as much as I do, and expected love to be just like Touko experiences it, but simply doesn't and has resigned herself to this. There are occasional hints that Yuu might be developing feelings for Touko as well, but even this isn't overt and still open to interpretation. And then there's the added difficulty of Sayaka and the whole spiel about the two connected components in their relationship graph (but at least it's not a full love triangle).
I'm definitely ready for whatever the future might bring for this story.
Trying for some comparables: It's heavier than Kase-san, for sure, but by far not as heavy-handed as Kuzu no Honkai. Kobayashi-san Chi no Maid Dragon comes close in relationship dynamics, but the focus is different -- not only what it means to fall in love, but become a family there, what love itself means for different people here. More mature characters than in Tsuki ga Kirei.