Yuu has always loved shoujo manga and awaits the day she gets a love confession that sends her heart aflutter with bubbles and hearts, and yet when a junior high classmate confesses his feelings to her...she feels nothing. Disappointed and confused, Yuu enters high school still unsure how to respond. That's when Yuu sees the beautiful student council president Nanami turn down a suitor with such maturity that she's inspired to ask her for help. But when the next person to confess to Yuu is Nanami herself, has her shoujo romance finally begun?
Source: Seven Seas
Yagate Kimi ni Naru is at the top of my list in the Yuri genre. Unlike most retrospect Yuri manga there's a solid reason why this manga is considered the very best for me. Plot/Story : The plot itself is significant and very unpredictable which is an element you rarely find in manga nowadays. The originality is the best part of this manga in my opinion. It revolves around 2 girls with very different approach to 'love' and has very different ways of defining it. Whereby one has achieved the ability to love and another has not yet*. As the story progress we see the main protagonist making agonizing decisions questioning herself if she should allow her feelings to flow or to put a stop to it. If she falls in love she will lose her partner. But if she keep her feelings bottled up she would still be with her partner but not be able to express anything. This puts a strain on their relationship and raises questions on whether to suppress her feelings or not. Heart-wrenching and painful to read but very immersive. I rate 10/10 Art : Like many other manga out there the winning card is on the art. Yagate Kimi ni Naru is no different. Its an eye candy for those who enjoy good art. The artist (Nakatani) does the job well and doesn't cut corners. The art style is very manga-like meaning its very common but that doesn't mean it isn't good. Its neat and comfortable for the eyes. I personally really enjoy the art style but feel like there is a slight hint of 'chibi-ness' in the art which really adds to the character. I rate 9/10 Character : Unlike most manga's Yagate Kimi ni Naru's characters are slightly more special. They don't revolve around the plot or the surroundings rather they are THE plot. As you read you don't feel like the characters are purposely placed in the setting but rather the setting works to their characters. There is plenty of character development which is a blast to read. You see progress on the character development thus you see progress on the plot. Same concept ;) I rate 10/10 Overall : All in all this manga has been an amazing experience. One very big downside is the slow updates. Yes, this manga is still on-going. Updates are very slow but there is still progress in the story. I really wished i had found it after it has been completed just so i can binge read this. I rate 9/10 Personal Opinion : There's a reason why this manga is on the top of my list and outshines the others and it comes from the realistic originality of the plot. Manga's tend to get real sometimes and Yagate Kimi ni Naru is one of those manga. They raise questions for the readers that leave them thinking twice in real life. It doesn't follow the cliche pattern of the usual shoujo-ai yuri manga but creates a truly different relationship between 2 girls. My experience has been amazing as i flipped through the pages of this manga. There is no special fan-service or the sort in this manga. Plain and simple, this manga doesn't try to appeal to a specific type of readers but attempts to create their own readers. This manga takes story-telling very differently. The twist and turns happen at the most unexpected moments and more often than once this manga is exploring a different part of a story where many manga have never done.
So far, in terms of Yuri Manga/Anime I've watched Candy Boy and Citrus, as well as read Citrus+. This by far, even compared to a non-yuri anime like Domestic Girlfriend, has one of the best stories that I've ever read. Story: The pacing of this Manga is immaculate, the flow of the story moves well, not to overdwell on character's and their qualities but gradually revealing more and more about them as you read. It's amazing to see Yuu and Touko develop as humans and understand themselves, which apex's at the end of the novel perfectly. I initially watched the Anime Adaptation, before moving to finishing the story through the manga, and this was by far one of the most heartwarming reads I've had. Art: 10/10, no reason to bash it. Characters: 10/10. I don't know what to talk about when it comes to the characters, other than how the story of an "unreasonable" or "unfair" love stemming from Touko really brings the 2 mc's together. In terms of the secondary characters, they play an undoubtly cornerstone part in the story, whether it be understanding more sides to the MC's, or deepening the understanding of the environment and setting that the MC's exist in. Overall, this is definitely one of my top 3, 2nd only to Domestic Girlfriend.
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