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 like the way they have the guy being referred to by descriptors in brackets instead of by feir name. It really gives a sense of how within feir own head fe is, plus it's just kinda neat. The guy is very gloomy, though the girl likes the way that fe is self-defiined and doesn't need to be validated by others. In contrast, the girl is very cheery, and the guy likes the way that fe is able to connect with others. They both want to learn to be more like the other person. Though since the story is told from the guy's perspective, it's more focused on fem learning to come out of feir shell of self-isolation and appreciate interacting with people. I like the general flow and atmosphere of the manga. And I appreciate the attempt on the girl's part to live as normally as possible while dying, though I'm not sure if I care for the bucket list mentality of "living life to the fullest" or the idea that living in depression is somehow less "normal" than living happily. I found the way they added meaning and significance to their mundane choices to be kinda corny, and the whole wrap-up session was also a bit in-your-face with the sentimentality and life lessons and stuff. The whole Kyoko dynamic also felt like it could've been handled better. But overall the experience was good, if a bit saddening.
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!
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