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Amazing, Addicting, one of the best Yaoi mangas ever.
Okay for someone to call this manga overrated is ridiculous. I have read a lot of yaoi mangas, and I let me just say, Haru O Daite Ita is my favorite yaoi mangas, and just mangas in general. It has so much depth, character development, beautiful and unique art, amazing characters, an amazing development of their relationship.... everything that I would love in a manga. And of course, it is LONG! Long and well worth the read- every second of it (I've read this like... 3 times).
Iwaki and Katou are two people that have so many internal problems but they work through them together and the way their relationship developed is amazing together and individually. They truly love each other so much, and they handle their problems in such an adult matter- of course Katou can be immature but who isn't immature even as an adult? But the care and love he has for Iwaki is so beautiful, and you can't help but just want that for yourself.
But the character that I love the most is Iwaki- he has so much depth because he's so righteous but also just as anxious and confused as well. But the way he is able to bring in moral and wise words into their problems is just beautiful. He's such a great character that developed so much because of Katou, and vice versa.
Together they're just.... indescribable. They grow together from being porn actors to actors that are much more- ones that gain so much respect despite their background, and how do you not admire them for that? Winter Cicada absolutely broke my heart, but it was just so beautiful because the amount of passion and ambition they had into acting in it, and how much they were affected by it too.
People that complain it's about them fighting and having sex and then all over again- honestly what couples don't do that? At least for these two, they always learn so much about each other and they're surrounded by new plots and devices that make this manga so impossible to not read.
And the unique aspects of this- I love Nitta sense's art style. But she even put in controversial elements, including a crossdresser, and even showing the difficulties that come with that kind of relationship. The amount of thought put into this is just amazing.
Overall, I recommend this manga to anyone tired of reading one-shots or one-volume mangas, leaving you to crave more. After this, you WILL want to crave more. But it will also be enough to last you because of its depth and beauty. Pay attention as you read it- the face expressions, the words, the development throughout the whole thing. The ending just blows you away and in the end, you'll just look at these two as any couple struggling together and individually but they survive because of each other.
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The scene where Katou holds onto Iwaki as they are falling over a bridge is just beautiful.... the way Katou says he'll not let go and you just know without each other, they would seriously die. So symbolic, intense, beautiful.
Anyways, please read! If the art throws you off, trust me the plot is enough to make you want to read and finish so please do!
Completely and utterly overrated
I don't get it...maybe i'm not reading this manga correctly, but this has got to be one of the most frustrating manga's that I've ever read in my life. How can you have 84 chapters on the same couple, b****ng and whining about the same bloody thing and then settling it with s*x, and then call it one of the best Yaoi mangas?
It was fine for the first 10 chapters, as a matter of fact I actually found the storyline kinda decent, and then it got to the 20th chapter, then the 30th, then the 40th and by the time it got to the 50th I was thought 'f**k this'. What am I going to gain by finishing this manga, I doubt some HUGE plot twist is going to appear...they'll probably just end up fighting and then having s*x -_- And by quickly scanning through all the chapters, that's all I could pretty much see.
The only thing that kept me going was the potential coupling of Miyazaki and Onozuka, but clearly that was all in my head (ironic to ship a non-canon Yaoi couple in a Yaoi manga). Although Miyazaki was a complete brat, I still saw some kind of potential in the couple, and if anything this probably would have distracted me from the fact that there is 84 chapters on the same couple.
Anyway, with that rant over (and i'm glad to get it out of my system) I still stick to the fact that this is an overrated manga, and I probably would have given this a 1, but for some reason I think that's probably too harsh...maybe its because i'm bitter about my couple not becoming canon xD
... Last updated on November 5th, 2014, 4:20pm
This is the first long yaoi series that i've read so far. Its one of the best for me!! And i really can't imagine myself reading this kind of genre in the past, but this series changed my views at all. I love it so much even if I'm not into yaoi but im working on it . Im also looking forward to the authors' other works. Iwaki and Katou HWAITINGG!! )))
I think it's already a complete scanlation
I love love love this series so much. I think Haru wo Daite ita is the one who made me a yaoi fan girl It has a lot of my 'thing' like younger uke, jealous and possesive lover, manly gay couple and hot smut too. Although it's a bit old, but it's acceptable art, and slowly grow into my liking.
Sorry, English isn't my first language. One thing: you won't waste your time reading this
Probably the best Yaoi out there!
Lovely art, lovely characters, and a lovely, slow, satisfying pace as the emotions of the main characters gets deeper and deeper. The events of the story are comprehensible and nothing feels forced or rushed. this story shows the progress of a realistic homosexual relationship between two straight guys, while they deal with their family and work related issues and help each other in overcoming their weaknesses and advancing in their life.
Love This Series But I think 14 Vol is Enough!
I just fired off an e-mail to sensei's website that I don't want her to continue Haru beyond the current 14 volumes. Instead I want her to continue & finish other series such as Secret Diplomacy, Boku No Koe & Kiss Ariki. I am amazed that her publisher is not counselling more self discipline to her. I definitely can't get away w/ so much unfinished tasks at my own work place!
Beautiful and Charming
I have to agree that as much as I love the story, the artwork in the beginning was something that was hard for me to look over but the improvement of the artwork from chapter 1 all the way to the end is shocking. The storyline also began to improve amazingly over time and i found myself enjoying every scene. Seems like i was one of those people who kept putting this manga aside but boy, was i ever wrong to do so. Haru wo Daite ita is definitely re-readable material! *sigh* oh how i will miss this series and all of its lovable characters <3
Beyound the words.....
I hate it so much!!!!!! Coz'I love it so much! I'd been seeing this manga for more two years but I didn't bother to flick a page even. Now, I'm addict to it serious. It's real strange to me since the whole manga is totally opposite to my tease. Role switch and celebrity couple themes are not my type. Manly couple...Gezz...it's used to be so creepy for me to read. Childish Seme? Hell, No! Manly uke? The worst! But, now, I think I really was too crazy that I neglect it for along time. This manga showed me the other side of my tease. Well, I fallen for Iwaki and Katou. First, I though that Katou is more suitable to be uke since he has cheerful personality and sorta cute. Iwaki, on the other hand, is quiet and very considerate (and older too ^^) which made him more mature than Katou. (I sound kinda tradition.^^) But, as I through the manga, I fallen for the way they are. Katou showed his dominant over Iwaki and Iwaki, too, was pampering Katou alot. I feel like Iwaki was acting like very mature and bossy lady who fallen in love with younger man. Both of them are beautiful and handsome at the same time and cute too, especially when they jealous and possessive over each other. Their belief in their love is awesome. This is something this manga attract me. It's really realistic, awesome, natural and...it's beyond the words to describe how incredible this manga is. It's quit long but I don't get it enough of those two. Really really love it! And, I totally recommend this manga for those who hesitate to try like I used to. Just try it. You will fine it worth!
... Last updated on March 4th, 2013, 2:14am
The side story Winter Cicada is by far the manga story that has shaken my heart the most. Actually, I have never cried as hard with any other manga or movie. I felt for every character.
I wish there was more manga like this one.
Like one of the previous reviewers mentioned, Sorry for ignoring this manga for so long! X( I've been reading yaoi for almost two years now and I came across this series two years ago! It's not that I didn't want to read it, but there was this "later" attitude I always had regarding this manga maybe because it's not a one shot or one volume-d like most yaois.
I generally never like manly gay couple but surprisingly, when the seme and uke kept shifting, I kinda like it. A lot. I always wanted Kouta to be the Uke but it was Iwasaki's nature that made him more like a uke. An extremely good read! Highly recommended! Better that Ayano Amane (Sorry If I got the name wrong) The latter's work is great but it's too violent and unrealistic although her art is better ^_^