Two months after coming to Tokyo, Iku is enjoying otaku life, but something mysterious is happening to him: He's started to see ghosts!
One particular ghost—who's always standing on top of the pedestrian bridge at night—catches his interest, but he studiously ignores it... Until one day the guy turns up at his apartment holding a doujinshi Iku had dropped. He says his name is Seo Mimori, and seeing as he's a lost soul with nowhere to go, Iku doesn't really resist when he "moves in."
But then a shocking secret about Mimori's death is revealed...
agh i thought this had a lot of potential and was really excited for the ending but got disappointed
the story is obviously what excited me i thought it was gonna be a tragedy but then after the twist i thought it would slowly develop and be really emotional but idek why the mangaka chose that ending its honestly such a pity
the art is good for shounen ai which i say quite often but there are a lot of ugllyyyyy boy love and its so unappealing' the only bad point is that the glasses boy or whatever has too big eyes and a
line for a mouth and that's it and that's not very nice
hmmm the characters were ok like yay boy with glasses and then popular easy going to nice pink haired dude he was ok i guess they both are cute in there own ways
*sigh* you can read this but you might be the same as me and just be disappointed
23:45 is a cute love story that I really enjoyed. However, to enjoy it fully you need to read the sequel 23:45 Re:, which for some reason I can't find anywhere on MAL, unless it is included under 23:45 (since it says on this page that there are two volumes, 11 chapters, so I’m guessing it includes the sequel as well).
One thing that kept me engaged was the whole mystery surrounding what actually happened to Mimori and why he was a ghost. It was the thing that drew me to read this manga since it sounded interesting, and it paid off alright. But the
main focus of this manga is of course the romance.
I thought that the romance in this story was done really well, and I felt that things developed at the right pace. The only let down was the first story’s ending, which was a bit frustrating. This is why you MUST read the sequel if you want a good ending. I can't really talk about it without giving away any spoilers, but I thought the sequel continued the story perfectly, the romance was sweet and it had a satisfying ending.
An issue I did have with 23:45’s story is the fact that some parts of it are left unexplained, such as the reason why Iku can actually talk to ghosts, which isn't really addressed. I also thought that Mimori's backstory could have been explained a bit more, since some parts are a bit vague, but I got the general idea.
The sequel suffers in similar areas that 23:45 did, with some things not explained very well, like what was going on with Mimori's ghost in certain parts of the story. There was also some parts of the dialogue that didn't make much sense, and it still didn't fill any gaps left from the previous manga (like why Iku can talk to ghosts).
Also, just a warning, even though 23:45 Re: is not tagged as yaoi (at least on the sites I went on), at the very end of the last chapter there are a few pages of explicit yaoi which caught me completely off guard. It was quite jarring, and didn't really fit in with the tone of the rest of the manga. The story ended just fine and I felt that those scenes weren't really necessary.
Overall, the story isn't perfect, but it was engaging and sweet.
I really am a fan of this sort of art style. The thought that the characters were very well drawn and appealing to look at.
I found the two main characters very likeable and was really rooting for them. I found the interactions between the two to be endearing and even funny at times.
I came here for fluffy romance, and that is what I got, and I was satisfied. There were funny moments and cute moments and I had a good time reading this.
This overall score takes into account both 23:45 and 23:45 Re:
I would probably give the first story 8/10 and the second 9/10, leaving my overall impression of the series at 9/10.
I personally enjoyed 23:45 Re: more than 23:45, since I felt that the romance was cuter and you could see it develop more, as well as the fact that it actually had a good ending. But of course, you must read 23:45 first.
Despite its flaws, both 23:45 and 23:45 Re: are worth the read if you are a fan of shounen ai and want a cute romance story to read.