To be quite frank, this was honestly the number 1 manga I've ever read. The only other manga that brought me into tears, joy, and in a rollercoaster of emotions was Good Ending. The amount of character development through the use of Harem and true human emotions quickly enforced the real nature of the human heart. It brought so much love and compassion towards each character and set them into their correct paths into their own future. The constant interruptions of one couple finding themselves and trying to be the best that they can be, even through hurting one another brought about a sense of panic, a sense that they couldn't live with out each other and held onto the very last threads of love. Honestly, I just love strawberries.
This story is, for me, divided in 3 distinct parts.
1. Countryside part. Basically it's good. It's the introduction with the main characters, the context of the story and everything else. It becomes gradually more "drama" and it was quite frustrating to read at the end of this part (before yuzuki leaves to Tokyo). Story was interesting and characters were goods. What pissed me off was the behaviour of yuzuki right before she finally decides to date with MC (dont tell me it's a spoil everyone would have guessed that she is fated to date him). Her behaviour was just stupid and frustrating...
2. Tokyo part (after Yuzuki goes to Tokyo). Basically this part is horrendous to read. Drama, drama, drama and drama. That's all. Illogical actions, stupid actions and it's SLOOOOW. It's not like in any drama where everything is solved in 5 chapters. It's a hell for 100 fucking chapters. A hell where you will learn to hate Yuzuki and the author. You will read the whole part part being frustrated and in the incomprehension of everything, especially of Yuzuki, a character that you previously believed that you knew her and her behaviour. The part is finished very well but it will make a poor collateral victim that didnt deserve that and that act has raised the hate of many readers...
3. The "couple" life. This part is very good if you do not hate Yuzuki (basically if you forgive her naivety and her stupidity from the second part). It is filled with fillers where MC does cute things with Yuzuki. I think what made me love that part was the fact that I just blindly like Yuzuki even knowing what she done and the fact that you can finally relax with drama and romance with Yuzuki. It's like if you were MC, you have the feeling you have won a competition and now you relax with the price. It does not only consist of fillers based with MC and Yuzuki. It will be a great part to develop friendship and the other interesting characters that you know since a long time. Their relation, their lives and more. This part was for me the perfect slice of life possible, it's mainly because of that part that I give a 8.5 for the manga.
The end of the story will bring out a little bit of unecessary drama but it's a feather next to a barett 50 compared to the second part. It's also very short, only a few chapters so it's not troublesome.
The art is good especially to enhance girls's emotions and their cuteness.
To conclude, it's a love story where you will see the best part of love and the WORST fucking part of love. It covers everything from the good to the bad unfortunately. At least second part will make you a drama warrior. If you do not like overwhelming drama and frustration do not read, believe me it's better for you.
One of the best romance manga ever written , the story was extremely well written . Loved how no matter what relationship they were in they would always end up back together , this is what a proper romance manga needs where the couple breaks up and get back together. Amazing manga
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I've always liked manga with time gaps. You get to follow these charcters from middle/highschool all the way up to college and into adulthood. This manga is one of my favorite Slice of Life mangas. When you read it you'll feel every emotion you can think of, then you'll feel it again; there were times when I was so upset I nearly decided to put the comic down, but saner heads prevailed. It's stessful. However, in the end, it's a very good manga.
As I said in the overview, this manga is stressful. There are twists and turns everywhere. When you think it's going to go one way, something all too realistic happens and you'll be derailed. I actually envy anyone who starts reading it now that it's over. Waiting each week (or every other week sometimes), was nerve racking. This manga's story is very much the definition of Slice of Life.
The art is actually really good, and it gets progressively better as the chapters go on. The backgrounds are pleasant, and the characters are well drawn. There is a bit of fan service, but it's not quite ecchi.
The main character isn't too dumb, but not too smart either. However, he generally makes okay decisions. The main female character is a smart girl with a kind heart. The other backing characters are all well developed, and done in such a way that you can empathize with each one and their goals.
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It has been one long ride but after more than six years of weekly chapter releases, Kimi no Iru Machi has finally concluded. The problem? It should have ended a long time ago.
I wish I could rate this by arc because just like with Bleach this manga starts out incredibly great but really starts to lose steam as it chugs away. Part of the problem was that there were a lot of plot lines that either lasted way too long or were abruptly ended way too quick. It starts out as a romance high school type story but then migrates into a nauseous mess of "MUST GO HERE TO FIND 'X' PERSON WHO MAY OR MAY NOT LIKE ME". Problem with this is that the girl Haruto ends up really wanting was my least favorite out of the bunch. He literally tramples over like seven different girls heart's in order to get one.
All of this aside, there were good moments in the series. Unfortunately there was just way too much crap between. And that ending? Just when I felt like something fresh and new was about to happen....yeah the same ol' crap.
I very much enjoyed the art in this series. Character models were great both on the male and female side. Very detailed scenes in a lot of different parts of the story. I would check out the next manga the author has planned just to see some of the new character models.
Kind of a mixed bag here since Haruto and Yuzuki were by far the biggest factors of why I didn't end up enjoying the series as much as I could. The other characters however helped make the series much more enjoyable. Rin, Takashi, Akari, and Kyosuke really resonated with me since they had legitimate feelings, hopes, and dreams. There were even some really cute and awesome things that this cast accomplished. Too bad the main characters were total shit.
Like I said in the opening; I really enjoyed the start of the series. It felt like a normal high school romance in the making. It continued to evolve and move onto new ideas and areas. It however fell very short as there were large gaps in enjoyable content. The train has been milked as far as it could so onto something different.
Enjoyment: START 8/10 MIDDLE 5/10 ENDING 2.5/10
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