Hanshin: Half-God

Alt title: Hanshin

One Shot
3.669 out of 5 from 310 votes
Rank #19,083
Hanshin: Half-God

Yucy and Yudy are two conjoined twins who have been together since birth. However, as the nutrients in their bodies distribute unevenly, Yucy is beautiful yet slow-minded while Yudy is intelligent and horrifically ugly. Yudy is torn between her love for her sister and her hate for having to care for Yucy; can the two continue to co-exist?

Chapter 6 of the English collection A Drunken Dream and Other Stories.​

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I found this manga here in Anime Planet in the random manga section, and it surprises me no one ever wrote a review for such a great manga. Hanshin is about Yucy and Yudy, conjoined sisters. Yucy is gorgeous but is incapable of walking, eating and doing other basic activities by herself. Yudy is ugly, but incredibly intelligent. Though the situation of the twins is naturally impossible, dismissing the manga for this inacuraccy is quite foolish. With less than 30 pages, the story is incredibly deep and revolves around Yudy, which, due to her ugliness, is ignored by everyone and has to help her sister do everything. Yudy gets unhappier by the day, and sees Yucy as a demon which steals her nutrients, wishing to kill her. Sometime later, some doctors realize that Yudy's organs are being forced to work too hard in order to support Yucy, and that if they do not perform a risky surgery to separate the twins, Yudy will die from heart failure and Yucy will die of lack of nutrients, given to her by Yudy. Yudy immediately sees the surgery as a chance of salvation and freedom and accepts doing it. As predicted, Yudy survives and visits a dying Yucy, which was now as ugly as her. Yudy eventually becomes as pretty as her now deceased sister, but lives on wondering if the one who died wasn't actually her, or half of her. The artwork of the manga is very good and conveys Yudy's feelings with great ease. Though incredibly short, this oneshot is very good and should be read.

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