Blue Box

Alt title: Ao no Hako

Vol: 5+; Ch: 59+
2021 - ?
4.419 out of 5 from 231 votes
Rank #1,587
Blue Box

Taiki Inomata is on the boys' badminton team at sports powerhouse Eimei Junior and Senior High. He's in love with basketball player Chinatsu Kano, the older girl he trains alongside every morning in the gym. One Spring day, their relationship takes a sharp turn ... And thus begins this brand-new series of love, sports and youth!

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Story(with some light spoilers): The basic premise of Blue Box is that Taiki Inomata is this kid on a badminton team in high school. He's in love with basketball player Chinatsu Kano. She is addmittitdly pretty popular, well liked, and a year older than Inomata. One day Taiki finds out that Chinatsu's family would be moving and the plot is spurred into action through this.  Overall, the plot has been engaging so far with me looking forward to each chapter. The romance, drama, and sports aspects are well balanced and aren't overwhelming like in a lot of other manga. Art: I really like the art and the character designs. This aspect of the manga is a little more subjective(you can see for yourself if you like it or not), but I personally do. I feel like the artists put a lot of time and effort into the more plot heavy scenes and paced the panels pretty well. There is also more emphasis on action during the scenes sports related. The art does a good job conveying the emotions of the characters and fits in well with the plot imo.  Basically, I like the art a lot. Characters: The characters develop a good amount during the story progression. There isn't a ton of depth in their personalities but the authors definitly flesh out the characters as they go. You get to know the side and main characters with the story progression. It is interesting to watch their character dynamics and the interactions between everyone. There isn't a huge cast of charcters, which also makes everyone more memorable.  Each character is recognizable and the author focuses on a limited number of them. I like the character dynamics and how each character plays a role in the story.  Enjoyability: Blue Box is VERY ENJOYABLE. I get a sweet rush of dopamine every time I read a chapter. It is addicting. I would love to see more chapters in the future, maybe even an anime adaptation(if done well). Would reccomend to anyone that enjoys sports, romance, or drama manga.

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