Alt title: Hepatica Nobilis

Vol: 3; Ch: 20
2007 - 2009
3.671 out of 5 from 141 votes
Rank #9,245

Nozaki Haruka's family moves to a small town following her father's new job. Unfortunately, Haruka becomes a target of bullying in the new school, which is set to close in a few months due to the lack of students. As a strong girl, who doesn't want to worry her parent, Haruka tries to ignore the bullies, but the case is steadily growing out of proportion. And since the teachers are not willing to deal with bullying during the final school months, nothing is stopping an appalling tragedy that is looming over Haruka.

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My first impression was that it would be a stereotypical revenge story, but I enjoyed it. I also found the reason for the name of the manga interesting. The ending was the only one would have worked with it being about revenge. (Buckle up for my horribly written spoiler free review). -Characters: The best thing about the manga was how messed up the characters were. It explained the reasoning behind each of the main cast's actions. Despite how messed up their actions were, or maybe because of that, some characters had sympathetic traits. The actions the characters took because of their devotion to another character was horrifying. The contrast between love and obession was portrayed in the characters. The mortal compasses of the characters were ascrew, and that is what made it interesting.  -Story: It was a coherent story from start to finish.The themes of the story were tragedy, bullying, and revenge. How bullying affects people. How grief can affect people. What could happen if bullying went too far. The affect peer pressure can have. How cruel children and adults can be. How revenge is a cycle that will never end. Overall, it painted an unforgiving view of the world.  -Art: The character design wasn't bad but not overly detailed. It might not be to my standards, but it worked for the manga. It expressed the emotions the characters felt. It wasn't jarring and worked to develop the story. The backgrounds were used to set the tone and were nice enough. The paneling was used to exaggerate the horrific events of the manga. (I've spoiled by Berserk, Vinland saga, and Junji Itou).

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