Death comes suddenly to a loved one. Though their body may have perished, you cling to the hope that their soul will stay with you. It is the year 2222, and that dream has been made a reality in a local city of Japan. Today, at the Soul Foundry in the center of the city, people's souls are being transferred to the bodies of others, or sometimes, to things that aren't human. This manga is a story about the curious, bittersweet love and human dramas that exist in an age where souls can remain in this world after death.
Source: Manga Box
I think a few months ago now, I read the first chapter of this manga, found it awkwardly introspective and melancholy, and set it aside. I blame Manami. Fe's not a very engaging character; fe's a "slow-witted and weepy" flower otaku who has a crush on the thorny and aloof Kazusa and spends too much time in feir own head. On top of that, the chapter included an out-of-place exposition about the nature of the soul foundry within some dialogue, just because they needed to set the stage. When I came back to finish this manga today, I found myself much more interested. Chapter two onward are the actual meat of the story, with Kazusa's soul having been temporarily transported into the body of a hamster. It's pretty cute seeing this talking hamster with feir grumpy little personality and seeing these two people getting to know each other for the first time during this strange situation. The situation introduced in chapter five does tug on my heartstrings, because that would suck, but I can't say I really empathize with their fear of not being in each other's lives anymore. After all, couldn't Kazusa have just written femself a note, or even better, a lengthy letter?
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