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From Beautiful-Soup: "1999" is an angsty and widely varied series about a bunch of teenagers. One of them is the son of a drug lord and so as you can imagine, all sorts of shit goes down, surrounded by a backdrop of convoluted and fluctuating interpersonal relationships.
This is a plot heavy manga with some mildly-explicit sexual activity.
1999 年七の月～上海 1999 July in Shanghai 1999 Nen no Shichigatsu 1999上海夜未眠 1999-nen Shichi no Gatsu - Shanghai 1999nen 7 no Tsuki Shanghai July 1999 - Shanghai The Seventh Month in 1999 - Shanghai
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This was one heck of a story. In a good way of course. I wouldn't say the characters are promiscuous, but it's true that they did have intercourse with different partners over the span of the story. However, surprisingly, I only came up with this conclusion after finishing reading the whole manga. It seems that I was so engrossed with the story I didn't notice that fact at all. That's when I was suddenly hit with the realisation: The story-telling, character development, plot progress, panelling, everything was done so well in this manga, one wouldn't even have time to look left and right to judge and comment at all. Despite the fact that the issues brought up in the story are quite heavy stuff, they were dealt with under real care and authenticity. I didn't have to cringe or feel sick because of the gore/blood/violence/sexuality like I sometimes do with other series. This truly is a sublime piece of work.
Normally I'd take much consideration about artwork into account, but somehow the mid 90s' style of art in here feels strangely suitable for the story, and it's not like it's horrible in the first place. I used to avoid this mangaka due to my strong dislike for some of her later works, but I gotta say this manga, especially when it was written almost 2 decades ago, is freaking brilliant, not just for its genre but for the whole package.
I rarely give good critique and i can say that this is worth it!!!!! If I have to say, no words can express how beautifully crafted this piece of work of art is. It made me fall in love, happy, lonely, sad, angry just you name it.. It delivers all the emotions in me... The bad art and cover of the manga didn't affect me at all because i felt the feelings the manga wants to convey. The ending is not tragic at all and it gives you a hint of hope that things that may not be what you expect it to be..
I really truly love this manga and I will never forget this as long as i live!!!!
... Last updated on October 12th, 2013, 8:27am
This is the modern Romeo and Juliet for you.
You can feel it. Yes, you can feel it. The pain and the joy of the main characters. The storyline is wonderful. Bitter and sweetness mix together until the end. However, it does have some thing brighter than the classic Romeo and Juliet as it did tell you about a happy possibility (what i doubt that it 's not possible). You better prepare before you read this and for those who had already experienced Banana Fish this is something that may be in the same level.
One of the best yaoi out there!
As expected from Mizushiro Setona, this manga is another one of the her great works. She is skilled in story telling; the readers can empathise with the two protagonists and experience the emotions that they went through. This is definitely a good read for anyone who can tolerate a subpar art standard.
Beautiful written story about a tragic love, but ain't those not the best ones? (^~^)
I was not expecting this manga to be this good. Normally I am hooked from the very beginning, but with this I hadn't realized I was hooked until half way through. It's got great pace; even though it is slow, it gradually builds up and always makes the reader anticipating what is happening next. It's not one of those manga with dramatic moments, but has good flow between lows and highs.
Highly recommended. Great art as well - albeit a bit confusing, but as long as you take time to actually look at the characters, it shouldn't be so hard.
I was put off by the art at first but after reading just a few chapters, I had already fallen in love with the story that the art just didn't matter. Like many before me have mentioned, it's kind of like Romeo and Juliet but I think this was so much more touching and tragic. The ending was both sad and almost happy. I loved both the main couple and all the side pairings Definitely worth your time to read!
It depends on your definition of tragedy...
but I do believe this is a tragedy though. A definite Romeo and Juliet kind of ending, which I think was a bit depressing. I couldn't really see a happy ending for this though. I felt so terrible for the lovers, especially for Dawu. He was definitely losing whatever naivety and innocence he had because he lost Xiaoxue. Somehow, he's still remained one of the most naive characters throughout the whole thing though. Even in the end, he still really loved Xiaoxue...
Another character I find really interesting is XiangLong. He's one of the distinct characters for me...something about this bangs seem so recognizable. I also felt kind of terrible for him because of his "woman"...although I had the sense things were probably going to go wrong. I guess the ending is about as happy as happy gets for such a bleak situation....
This is not a tragedy
This classic manga has been in my favourite list ever despite the seemingly-bad art. I was in awe to discover that this manga was of the same author with The Cornered Mouse Dreams of Cheese series which I was very fond of. Dont be let down just by the art because it was so great a manga that it moved your heart and even shed your tears. The love-making scenes were also very .. yummy, haha, considering this was drawn in the 90ies.
I have only one comment though. This is not a tragedy. And it is clearly said in the few last pages of the manga, see it for yourself. This is, for me, a happy ending.
... Last updated on September 1st, 2011, 4:17am
CANNOT STAND THE ART
I wish that some day the author would redraw this entire manga...Reading through the comments I can see that the manga has a good plot, but honest to God, I just cannot get pass the art even though I've tried to several times. It is just too simple and down right ugly. I love to read angsty mangas. In fact, I've read the author's The Cornered Mouse Dreams of Cheese and its sequel and came to accept the illustrated arts in those mangas (They were a fantastic read). But this one...I don't think I will ever try reading it again.
... Last updated on April 22nd, 2011, 1:55am
perhaps one of the best out there...
you know something is REALLY good when while you're reading it, you actually FEEL your heartstrings being pulled...hard. it's sort of an aching feeling.
what's unique about this manga is how in intimate moments, they have a little or no dialogue...letting the story and the moment happening in the manga flow page by page. yes, the art is 90s, but for a series this good, the art works out just fine. this is a great story about true love, sacrifice...great stuff! just a beautiful storyline and manga - from beginning to the very end.