Kiseki no ringo is one of these mangas that when you finish reading, you feel refreshed, and an urge to eat apples.
The story was quite memorable; mangas about anti-pesticide agriculture aren't all that common. But the subject of the story isn't the only thing that feels unique: it also feels real and nostalgic, as it was based on a real story. The transaction from biography to manga was done really well, although there are some unexplained time skips, and that is why I didn't give it a ten.
The way the characters are drawn in this story is very simplish, which makes it more
enticing. They are cute, and their faces make you feel empathy towards them. It's quite a contrast with the background, extremely detailed and stunnig vegetatgion/ nature. You can really see the mangaka put time and effort into making it seem as realistic as possible.
The main character is really well done. You feel his emotions, and let me say, he goes through a lot of them. You feel bad for him, and you feel really happy for him when he achieves Something; Because he seems REAL. I might be biased saying that, considering the story is based on a real life story, but I can say nonetheless that the manga in itself would still be a masterpiece in my book.
But let's look at secondary characters. His wife, the reason why Akinori decides not to use pesticides, has a really rushed introduction, and after a page or two, they are married. Same for their kids. So if I give it an 8, its solely based on the main character's well done portrayal.
Nothing can be said against it: this manga will make you go on quite the feels trip. But at the end, you feel like you've done Something good with your time, and following the life of this revolutionary farmer was a great experience.
I would put an 8 because overall, although there were a number of flaws in this story, I can't say I'm going to forget this story or that I haven't enjoyed it. I wouldn't mind even reading this story again; it's a story that, the more you read, the more you understand.