Since the graduation of the senior members of the club, Takezou ends up being the sole member of the "Koto" (traditional Japanese string instrument) club. Now that the new school year has begun, Takezou will have to seek out new members into the club, or the club will become terminated. Out of nowhere, a new member barges into the near-abandoned club room, demanding to join the club. How will Takezou be able to keep his club alive and deal with this rascal of a new member?
Even though this manga revolves around the koto (and that is what brought all the characters together) the story encapsulates so much more than music-- and it does so beautifully. It showcases the ups and downs from real life never wavering to be true to itself. The characters have gone through a lot of development thus far and I am sure there is more to come. The art is one of my favorites and you can tell that there is an abundance of love poured into it. I always look forward to reading Kono Oto Tomare because it does a great job of making everything around me disappear. It takes me into the world of the Tokise high school students to the point where I laugh, cry, and smile with them because of how great the writing and art is. For all these reasons, plus some, this is my favorite manga and it deserves all the appreciation in the world. 11/10.
This is so so so good. It's a bit of a slow burn, but absolutely worth the effort. The characters are dynamic and likeable. Really strong character growth. The art is great and does a good job of conveying the emotion behind the music. The plot is good. Very few, if any, filler chapters. The romance is present, but it's such a natural part of the manga that it doesn't feel forced or beats you over the head with it. Absolutely worth your time.
I rather the manga to the anime because I feel like some of the pacing in the anime is off, I can also read the koto playing parts quickly which are quite boring and long in the anime. This manga is sooo good, it goes so indepth into all the characters and gives them real, relatable back stories. It has a great balance between raw, emotional scenes and humerous light hearted ones. Each character is different to the other and goes through incredible character development. Chika is my favourite character as he is kind, driven and stubborn. He has flaws and he improves on them, he isn't a perfect character. I love the focus the manga has on the characters relationships with one another. The best stories, have the most interesting characters. Kono Oto Tomare shows different characters, that would be unlikely friends, come closer through their shared love of the Koto. I also love the slow burn love between Chika and Hoizuki, an enemy to lovers relationship never disapoints me. I desperatley want more of the manga turned into an anime, especially with the new characters. I 100% reccomend this manga as it is the best manga I have ever read. And I am very excited for the new chapters!!
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