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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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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.
DON'T MISS THIS ONE! (seriously)
If you come across this manga, pick it up and read it. Don't pass it. It's worth the read!! The reviews already posted here cover everything. I agree with most of them and I think they would be a good guide to the manga. It's funny how sometimes it is so easy to look past the art and still enjoy the manga. This is one of those cases. The characters and story are so gripping that you don't concentrate on the art. I am not saying the art is that bad, I don't think it is. I find it unique/different. But i didn't focus on it. I was more interested in the progression of the story to notice the gaps in the art. The story feels like it is capturing a real time period in shanghai's gang history and these two characters seem very real. Their history and the events that happen to the main characters also are very plausible. I don't like reading tragedies but If i imagine a happy ending I don't think it would befit this story, so the author did justice to the manga by keeping it strong and in its element. I applaud the mangaka for creating a powerful manga, with a consistently strong and gripping plot, right till the end.
... Last updated on April 8th, 2010, 5:22pm
I'm so sad after reading this. But it was good.
The art is rather the nineties-ish (which is no surprise since it was made in 1996, haha), but you get used to it after a while. One thing though, sometimes it's hard to distinguish one character from another, because their haircuts are the only thing different about them (and some have the same haircuts, agh!).
The plot is like a modern Romeo and Juliette.
... Last updated on February 19th, 2010, 9:08am
SO AMAZING!! MUST READ!!
This is truly a must read! The art work is not really good in my opinion but the story is fantastic! If you was to escape from all the yaoi mangas just based on sex this will be for you! By the time i got to the end of Chp. 2 i was captivated by it! So beautiful and just wonderful! I over looked this manga more than once but once i read it i couldn't get enough. It will definitely not disappoint!
Like others have said, this kind of reminds me of Let Dai crossed with Romeo and Juliet in a way....forbidden love, rival gangs, city backdrop -- the art is worse than Let Dai but has that same 80's feel to it. It is very good, very emotional, nicely paced....
It isn't blowing my mind away (yet), but it's a very good story, very well thought out. You grow to respect the mangaka.
One thing that's amusing is that I've just finished volume 2, and it suddenly seems like it's turning into one of those yaoi universes where *surprise surprise* everyone is gay. LOL. It's not contrived, but. Just. Lolz. Also. fuu fuuuu...A good thing about it taking place in gang-controlled Shanghai is that few people make it past 30, so everyone's young and beautiful. ♥♥♥