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After a near-fatal car accident, surgeons rebuilt Reiji with prosthetic parts and renamed him Himejima Kazemichi. It was a second chance at life... but there was no guarantee that his new body would last. As his artificial heart runs down, Kazemichi embarks on a journey to discover what his life really means, and live -- and love -- to the fullest. Along the way, he uncovers dark secrets about his past... including the organization that was responsible for resurrecting him...
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So, Kazemichi has a near fatal accident on his bike. His body and organs are repaired by prosthetics which make him as drop-dead gorgeous as ever and has no loss of major motor functions. Unafraid, he sets out to attain his 'dream' of being a snowboarding champion along with ensuring the welfare of his sister and winning the love of Juri. With Kazemichi trying to attain many goals in limited amount of time, it's nearly impossible to figure out what's gonna happen next. The plotting is all over the place. And the characters... one minute Kazemichi is in depression, the next he's being over-emotional. Juri seems more robotic and lifeless than Kazemichi could ever be, and his parents are both cold and unfeeling monsters. Other side characters are not given enough time in the story for us to really care about them, any more than we do about the main characters, which is to say not at all. This has a continuation story from Juri's point of view, but based on the first volume, the story seems to lack any real direction, and contains the most unintentionally unsympathetic cast of characters you're likely to encounter. Maybe it explains more, but I wouldn't waste my time on it and neither should you.
... Last updated on January 29th, 2008, 1:49am
It just fell short
I loved the mangaka's style. The artwork was very nice. The story was all over the place, and hard to follow in the sense that it felt like only glimpses of the events were offered. It was an original and intriguing storyline, but its lack of depth and scattered feel kept me from enjoying it. I felt nothing for the characters. In the end, I could only finish the first volume. I didnt bother with the second.
A story turns awesome when you can relate with the characters. As a neuroscientist, the sci-fi part is also interesting. The characters are people who had been lacking love so badly that as adults, they can't recognise love anymore even though they are feeling it. Moral of the story: when the one you love is gone, you realise that you actually love that person and you never knew/learned enough about him/her. I like this :-)
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Heartbreaking, that is. The fact that she could never say she loved him was incredibly sad... the ending made me tear up. It's like that analogy that a pair of parallel lines never meet, but perpendicular lines meet once, then get further and further from each other. Juri and Kazemichi are like the perpendicular lines, which is the most tragic thing to me. They had so much to hide from each other because they thought they would lose something important, but in the end they learned that it just hurt them a lot more.
I really liked this. It also delved a lot into the thin line between human-like robots and humans, and how eerily alike they were becoming.
I didn't think I wasted time on this at all! I liked the different prospectives, but I would have liked to see a little more of Juri's feelings and scenes from her past. All in all, I enjoyed this series, and would recommend this for fans of a love like from Titanic.
Made in Heaven
Warning: there is a blow-job scene between 2 guys (it's i pic and blurry so don't worry, as someone who likes manga you should be able to read it without getting funny feelings ;p ) I ditto elianthos evaluation
The summary makes it sound really sappy, but it's better then it sounds. Heartbreaking. The way they communicate their feelings without words is lovely. I really like how volume 1 is from the guys perspective, and then volume 2 is from the girls perspective while she ferret's out the guys side of the story.
I liked it...
i liked the two sides to every story premise...it was sweet...the love story wasn't too sappy...Juri was interesting...and Kazemichi was quite the thinker in the end. like the others have said before...Melodrama...melodrama....melodrama....but in a good way...it leaves you reflecting on how you may live your life...it made me want to think twice on what you say to people...or what you choose not to say...it could be your last...all in all a decent read...
Waste of time
This one falls flat, really. The story wasn't really that interesting, it lacks depth and the characters aren't any extraordinary. The character development is scattered, very much like the plot. In the end, I found myself thinking... there's not one character in this book I care about. Maybe I was expecting more because of the reviews it has.
... Last updated on February 2nd, 2008, 11:26am
A truly beautiful story. I cried my eyes out. It was both sad and happy at the same time. A true love story. Recommend reading with a box of tissues.
Warning: toward the end it's a tear-jerker. A real tear-jerker. But it does it in a slow crescendo, without melodrama, and the romance isn't mushy. Also, the detective story bits add to the story IMO (the first volume is from the boy's POV, while the 2nd one is about his loved one -a detective and a psychologist- uncovering the truth about his past). I liked the lyrical feeling and the melancholy, and the amount of character's insight. Plus, the art is good and fit the story well. And it's very moving, in this subtle, slowly increasing way.