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In the eleventh year of the Meiji era carrying swords was forbidden by the government and those known as samurai were slowly fading away. However there were plenty that didnít like those changes taking place in Japan and inevitably the crime rates increased. Japanís only resolve was an inescapable lake prison. While the prison had no other way to access it but only through water, the 3 boys of the Kumo family were assigned to transport the criminals to their new "home". Although... is that the only thing they were doing...?
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So many feels from this manga asdfghjkl;
"Donten ni Warau" is truly a fitting title for this series. Literally in English, "Donten ni Warau" means "Laughing while the sky is cloudy". The storyline of "Donten ni Warau" is heavily based on character growth and development; it's about how people learn to laugh even when times are rough or "cloudy". Albeit all of the characters are shown striving to be strong enough to "laugh while it's cloudy", our attention is directed towards the Kumou brothers, particularly Soramaru and Tenka. Soramaru strives to become stronger, both physically and character wise, so that he can help his brother Tenka carry the burden of the Kumou family. Tenka, on the other hand, is struggling both mentally and physically. He wants to do whatever it takes to protect his loved ones, though he knows one day his efforts will be proven futile. Both of them, if not all of the characters, want to be strong enough to smile during these cloudy times. It's a really sweet manga about characters who work hard to protect and help each other. It really gives you so much feeeeeeeeeeeels... Like that strong sibling bond is so cute asdfghjkl; I can kinda get why some people don't understand "Donten ni Warau". You have to read between the lines and look at the forshadowings. Karakara Kemuri is known to forshadow a lot, particularly in the chapter prior to a a major event or in the begining of an important chapter. [I had to read this multiple times to fully understand what's going on! ;w;] "Donten ni Warau" is great for readers who love to analyze stories, but a horror to the casual reader. If you're looking for something that you can casually read, do not read this manga; you'll just end up confused or give up on the whole manga. But, if you're willing to spend a couple hours analyzing and piecing the information together, this is the right series for you. You have to watch out for foreshadowing and double meanings. And don't get distracted by the beautiful art + smexy bishies >< Oh and Chuutaro's so cute~ I wanna pinch his cheeks!!!
... Last updated on August 10th, 2013, 10:36pm
Wonderful so far.
This... is the first and only manga where I have cried my heart out.
It's not finished, and so I'm not going to put a full review here, but man, parts of it are so realistic. And the art is wonderful. I think the author knows the way people are quite well.
Goodness, that was good
I think this manga could have been better written at the beginning. As another commenter mentioned, the first few chapters feel like one-shots. I almost gave up on it and would have seriously missed out, because around chapters 15-20 it started all coming together, amazingly, plot twist after plot twist after plot twist. So good! And the art is of course exceptional too!
Pretty damn good
I rarely give shouja mangas a good score because of how cookie cutter many of the series are. This series has proven that the demographic is alive and kicking. The manga still retains the naive happiness of shoujo without feeling as if the events that happen would have no consequence. There is a feeling that what's happening matters. This is as a result of the characters. I'm glad I took the time to read this, and I would definitely recommend it to others.
... Last updated on January 1st, 2015, 12:37pm
I really love this series. As the oldest out of three, with two younger brothers, I can get a good idea of how Tenka feels for his younger brothers. I feel like I can connect with the story that way. I think the art is quite good too; its not too bloody, but doesn't lack gore either. The way the chapters end keeps me attached and reading. I cannot wait to find out what happens next!
I didnt get as much feels as some people said the story gives. But the ones I got were heartbreaking ones.
Strangely, I liked the fact that Karakara didnt dwell too much on explaining the background of the town and characters. The story and characters can be a lot more fleshed out but instead progressed in a way that "fits the title". It could have been epic, but it went in the way of a beautiful but queer gem instead.
The "expanded" ending broke my heart. Especially because the big cliche where EVERYONE is together, well and happy did not happen. But it was gorgeous nonetheless. A story I would re-read and find something different to love about.
Donten ni Warau
Story isn't exactly there yet, but it is great so far. The second and third chapter do not stray from the main story line, if you read further, you will understand. Drawings are amazing and that is what sold me this story and other stories by Karakara Kemuri. I can't really rate it yet since there are only 7 chapters so far, but updates are much faster now, since a few months ago there were only 3 chapters for a long time. I highly recommend this. It'll keep you wanting more and more!
... Last updated on March 19th, 2012, 7:34pm
the feels in this manga are amazing, i love the art and the sense of humor, but i did cry a lot. i was unexpected at times too. i give this a 10 cause it had a good length that went straight to the point. and it has a sequelllll yesss!!!! although the sequel only has one chapter so far, i cant wait to see what happens next.
good so far
even though I'm not sure what the whole story is about but it's becoming more clear, chapter by chapter, the story seems interesting so far the artwork is great and since I love stories which involves brothers, I love this one and I hope it will become even more better!
The cute moments were very cute (the interaction between Botan and Hirari was a highlight), but the action and plot were otherwise too shounen for my taste. The siblings of the elder brother (i.e. the protagonists) are idiots and commit every shounen error in the book: Things like putting themselves in danger "to help their brother" and forcing their brother to sustain injuries to save them. In a significant fraction of action scenes, I was yelling at the screen due to this idiocy.