The story is set one month after a comet has fallen for the first time in a thousand years in Japan. Mitsuha, a high school girl living in the countryside, wants to live in the city because she is tired of life in the country. Then, there's Taki. He's a high school student living in Tokyo with his friends while working as a part-timer at an Italian restaurant. He also has a strong interest in fine arts involving architecture. One day, Mitsuha dreams of herself as a young man. On the other hand, Taki also has a dream where he is a female student attending high school in the countryside. What's the secret behind their dreams?
Manga adaptations based to Shinkai Makoto's movies have been very rewarding and practically obligatory reads in the past. There where the movies have been simplistic feel-good experiences that are -arguably doing their job - but still aren't much more than pretty to look at, the manga alternatives have been pushing the characters and story much further: offering the real emotional content.
Voices of a Distant Star manga build an incredible melancholic atmosphere with powerful, bittersweet conclusion. 5 centimeters per second manga, on the other hand, continued the story much further, introduced a whole new aspect to the narrative, and utterly focused on character feelings. Kimi
no Na wa is thus far the only manga adaptation that is inferior to the anime.
Despite Kimi no Na wa movie's mediocre cast and below average story, the amount of details and pretty scenes made the thing worth of my while to a point where I watched it twice and bought it on bluray. It wasn't very good, but it was enough for sure. This manga version is not enough. They somehow managed to make the story inferior, too fast paced, and completely lack in spirit and polish. An empty shell: a polar opposite of what the movie was.
Our characters convey zero personality and emotions. The art, especially during those gender bender boob touching moments, is hideous. Simplistic sketches of faces that are typically drawn for side characters in gag comedies. The panel to panel transition is awkward and random and most of all, makes it look like the series was drawn simply by pausing the movie at certain points and remastering the seen in paper. That's not how you make a manga, that's a collection of still, reference-based artwork. Nothing more.
I can only recommend this to those who insist that the story and characters in the movie are of good quality: read this and realize how half of all romances are better written than Kimi no Na wa: the movie was good for completely different reasons.
This manga is totally same as the movie and light novel.
8/10 story - Two teenagers, totally stranger to each other living in two different places starts to body swap and a melodramatic and romantic story sprinkled with a bit comedy follows.
8/10 art- above average, the few color pages that this manga have are very beautifully drawn and pleasing to look at at just like the movie.
7/10 chatterers - not much to say they are just average,seriously.our main guy is a shy boy who is nervous to ask out his coworker while our main girl is a country bumpkin who has father issues and
wants to get out of her town.hehe
8/10 enjoyment - well i enjoyed it.though the open ending killed a bit of my enjoyment but still it was above average.
go watch the movie. The manga is the same with the movie, with some few additional scene that were cut from the film. if u read this b4 watching the movie, you are doing a disservice. Because the movie was the true superior adaptation. The visual and sounds of the movie will add layer and depth to the experience. More than reading the manga will ever done. But if you finish the movie and like it i suggesting reading it on your free-time. Because it has some scene that were cut from the film, but sadly if your looking for a OVA or extended
ending. Your not lucky the manga end right where the movies ends.
Beautiful story written in only three volumes. Read it all in no more than two hours. Perfect if you want to read something in a short time but with a good story development.
I would really like to know more about the protagonist’s past life. Maybe adding a prequel volume were you can learn more about their stories would be great.
Art 10/10 !! Great design, beautiful drawings specially the landscapes where you can appreciate the contrast between city and country. The manga really makes you want to watch the anime movie to see every scenery in detail and colored.