In this deeply moving first-person story, a high school boy finds the diary of his classmate—and discovers that she’s dying. Yamauchi Sakura has been silently suffering from a pancreatic disease in school, and now exactly one person outside her family knows. He swears to her that he won’t tell anyone what he learned, and the shared secret brings them closer together. The two have very little in common, but they find themselves drawn to each other in Sakura’s final months to live.
Source: Seven Seas
I read this before watching the anime, but I will watch it soon. The story and progression of it are astounding until the ending. The ending was out of the blue and so random; I felt like anything related to Sakura's cancer would fit a lot more. I personally like the art since it was extremely expressive and helps seem the characters seem a lot more innocent and fit in with the story. The characters have character development and explore dealing with pancreatic cancer while forming a new friendship. Despite the ending being so random, the literal ending of the book did make me cry a bit, so I'm having high expectations of the anime!
The story was really fun to read and I enjoyed how it brought me such fangirling (SPOILER ALERT IN THIS REVIEW) I felt like at the end it should have been him spending his last moments with her in a hospital or at home as her pancreatic disease wore her off till death instead getting killed wasn't as emotional I mean I cried and that was like awful but I think it had ruined the point of the story I mean I get the point that it was supposed to be the pancreatic disease but it all felt like the author made an oopsie at the end that made it all go a bit wrong it really made me sad though and it really messed up my day but I love the story just the ending part for the poor girl was a bit off. I love the characters and how much I can relate in ways of hiding the emotional pain but for her, it is so much harder while a young boy has to interpret this and I feel like once I saw the poor girl drinking I noticed that she was actually going to die just a sweet girl who would follow the rules (kinda doesn't but) she is going to die this year so does it really matter? The art was pretty it wasn't bad nor was it the best but I saw no problem with it! The characters face look comfortable I just don't like the looks in the movie how different they are but in the manga (aka what I am reviewing) the eyes look big and the faces look small and sharp so it is more anime like and comfortable to me and they look so pretty! Okay overall it was a fun story with all these fangirl moments and it has a lot of sad moments so... yeah good story! And i would read it again too!
I absolutely loved the movie and decided to buy the manga to read it hands on. I thought it was pretty decent all around, it was missing some details I wished to have seen like in the movie though. The art was cute and I thought it was fitting for the story and type of manga this is. I would definitely recommend this if you enjoy slice of life and/or romance!
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