Everyone has regrets in life. So who wouldn’t take the chance to change the past if given the opportunity? When sixteen-year-old Takamiya Naho receives a mysterious letter, claiming to be from her twenty-seven-year-old self, her life is suddenly thrown into flux. The letter tells her that a new transfer student by the name of Naruse Kakeru will be joining her class, and to keep her eye on him. But why? Naho must decide what to make of the letter and its cryptic warning, and what it means not only for her future, but for Kakeru's as well.
Source: Seven Seas
Extra story: Haruiro Astronaut
Volumes 1-5 were released by Seven Seas in two omnibus volumes, with volume 6 released separately under the title "Orange Future" and volume 7 released separately under the title "Orange To You, Dear One".
I started by watching the anime version which at this time is being released and could not wait for the ending so I decided to read the manga instead. I will say Orange is now one of my very favorites (anime and manga) due to its beautifully done story line and amazing characters. This review is spoiler-free but has some suggestive information of the plot. Story Who has not ever though what it would be like to write to your past self to avoid making mistakes? I believe everyone has had a similar though at least once in life. This story revolves around the topics of “regret” and “friendship”. The purpose of the story is to avoid Kakeru’s death. The premise itself may not be very original, but it was so well developed that it became a masterpiece in my eyes. The plot is well-paced (not too fast or too slow), the premise is intriguing from episode one going forward, and the story is very relatable and full of emotions. This story is promising in the sense that it will definitely take you in a roller coaster of emotions while keeping it so relatable to the audience that you will have to be prepared for your heart strings to be pulled time and time again. I am 26 years old at this time and I can honestly look back at a similar experience in my high school years and a very different perspective in life now that comes with time and becoming mature. The plot really got me from the get go and I highly recommend the manga and anime alike to anyone. Art The art in the manga was amazing, there are a lot of chapters that show so much color and they were beautiful. The scenery displayed in the manga was also really neat and the character’s design was very pleasant to the eyes. The characters were somewhat average but given the fact that they are “normal people” in a “normal word” it made sense they were that way. I also felt the art was very consistent throughout the chapters so all in all, the art was a good asset. Characters The story revolves around a group of 6 friends during their high school years. Although all of them are fairly present throughout the story and have a goal in common keeping them together, I felt the story revolved mostly around Naho, Kakeru and Suwa. Everyone in the “gang” has a personality of their own and a heart of gold so they are all very likeable. However, since the main characters (namely Naho, Kakeru and Suwa) are explored the most in the story, they are the ones with the most development and personal growth. I think the characters personalities, the fact they were very genuine and good people, and that they were very consistent in the way they were throughout the story made Orange as a whole a great anime/manga. Overall Orange has a very intriguing plot with good graphics and amazing characters. The manga/anime may be best suited for those who enjoy a good shoujo story. Orange has romance, emotional moments and beautiful characters that will take you in an amazing journey.
The charecters in the story, and I think the author as well, have a savior complex. I deeply dislike the portrayl of suicide as other's fault and if only they had done the right thing they could have "saved" the person who died. The charecters throughout walk on egg shells to say the perfect thing or to push other charecters together. It's horrible. It places the blame on the survivors and adds to the guilt many often feel. Suicide is preventable, but there is only so much people can do. The most important thing is to be kind and loving and watch out for warning signs. Which is exactly what the charectes did, they didn't do anything wrong, and yet spent the whole story racked with guilt trying to make up for their "mistakes" and "save" the boy who died.
First of all, to everyone who recommended this to me, I hate you all. Having said that, I love this and I recommend this to anyone who doesn't mind a tragedy or mentions of suicide. The storyline was beautiful and involved time travel in a way that avoids paradoxes. It is extremely emotional and funny. There are love triangles and pure innocent characters. The slow burn was real, yet not frustratingly paced. The story was stunningly melancholic in the best of ways. I cried. I don't do that a lot. it gave me an appreciation for my friends that I hadn't thought about for a long time. Also, hug your parents and those close to you.
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