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Tsugumi Kawana (26 years old) reunites with her first crush from high school, Itsuki Ayukawa, at a get-together with an architecture firm and the interior design company she works at. He sends her heart aflutter, until she realizes he's now disabled, and in a wheelchair. At first she feels she couldn't date a guy in a wheelchair, but then her feelings begin to change...
Dec 30, 2017
59 of 59 chapters read
56 people found this review helpfulPreliminary
The first few chapters of this series seemed rather interesting and promising. As proper, well done Josei is some of the best romance manga out there. I, like a specific comment I read on a chapter of this manga, expected to see the difficulties of being disabled, how to handle them, and how to provide support to such a significant other. Not this shit, where instead of focusing on those aspects, the manga uses them as a cheap weapon for characters opposed to the relationship to force cheap superfluous and frankly contrived melodrama. Something that certainly isn't SoL, and in my opinion, ends up creating a bad manga.
The characters of this manga seem irredeemable. Kawana is the most typical Shoujo protagonist I have ever seen, and hoped never to see in this supposed Josei and in any manga in general. She's weak, unable to function or think on her own, and frequently breaks down. Nothing is 'evil' or 'wrong' with these qualities individually, however compiled together it creates a frankly annoying character who has basically become concurrent with the Shoujo genre. Ayukawa is a bit more sympathetic a character and is generally of greater quality. He's paralyzed from the waist down, understandably tormented by it, and trying to deal with it. The ways his disability affected the main pair's relationship was interesting until the side characters started using it as a weapon to force drama and try and split them up. While this isn't impossible or even unlikely, it's overdone and out of place considering the genres. Kawana's parents use emotional blackmail stating her father is going to die soon and don't want their daughter tied to a cripple because 'he won't be able to provide or protect her'. Neither Kawana nor Ayukawa refute this or defend themselves. While they thankfully do not concede, they do simply accept this grotesque and invasive bullshit without response. It is not enjoyable or reasonable and does not make for a good slice of life, what this manga claims to be. The other cunt who weaponized Ayukawa's disability is his freshly divorced nurse who uses it to poke and prod Kawana and Ayukawa into breaking up be she thinks she a superior partner. An arrogant, god complexed and narcissistic cunt if I've ever seen one.
All in all, this manga instead of focusing on what it should and what by genre it purports to be, the reality of being in a relationship with someone who is paralyzed, it decides to focus on emotional blackmail, and the torment of two vulnerable characters. The only character I had the slightest respect for was Koreeda, however he ends up pursuing a relationship with Kawana after her emotional break down and nasty break up. Which is one of two things, a display of unparalleled idiocy and selfishness, or like the cunt nurse, an abuse of position and emotions.
In summary, the manga magnificently failed to focus on and write about what it should as a Josei and more specifically a Slice of Life. Instead it took a typical Shoujo approach to romance and further desecrated itself by using a character's disability as a weapon to push cheap drama. I believe such a manga had the potential for at least a "7 / 10". The reason however I am writing this review prior to it's completion is because I believe it has lost all possible hope of redemption. Regardless, I'll likely update the review upon completion of the series. While I'm almost certain that completion will resolve with the revival of the main relationship, I'm unconfident but suspect the road to such will be a typical and generic soul search, unhappiness in a new and unhealthy relationship followed by the ever unoriginal realization of who their true love is followed by reconciliation and a sad but inevitable acceptance by all previous cunts who opposed the relationship.
Considering such, I deem this manga an astounding 1 / 10. This manga merely uses disability as a cheap weapon instead of a main theme of the story. Follows typical Shoujo character design and plot formula, and aside from the aforementioned disability is of no originality of notice.
Update: I was right. Disappointing all around. read more
Jan 21, 2018
20 of 59 chapters read
34 people found this review helpfulPreliminary Spoiler
This manga could have been a gem if it had stayed true to its plot but since the mangaka decided to throw in some extra UNWANTED spices it lost its originality and became a mediocre
It was just unwanted drama
It was all good at the start, the female lead meets up with her first love who now is handicapped because of an accident and after which his relationship with his gf became weak and eventually broken, they both meet at work and are now work associates, they both start as friends and she feels like she has to profess her feelings this time and goes forward and eventually they start dating.
The things that happens after this is the real headache.
Relationship with a disabled, ok there are bound to be oppositions and struggles, opposition from her dad is acceptable but “her father suddenly getting a terminal illness, getting threatened by a possible rival in her relationship who is a nurse who shows that she can treat her bf better than her, and another guy approaching and reminding you of your struggles” are just bullshit
After stressed out by all these factors she just had to faint in a railway station on the track beside him who can only sit in his wheelchair chair and watch all this helplessly. (Seriously doesn’t she have any other place to faint where he could help?)
Why all this useless drama? Where are we getting with this? Anyone would breakdown if things get this hard for them, but things getting this hard itself is a joke in my opinion. read more