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A beautiful and mature sixth grade girl from Tokyo suddenly has to move out to the country side of Japan with her family. The girl, Natsume, then meets a boy and from then on she begins to feel 'something' in her body, like a surging wave.
السكين الغارقة 溺れるナイフ 溺水小刀 물에 빠진 나이프 À fleur de peau Drowning Knife Drowning Love Oboreru Naifu The Knife That Dropped in Water
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Everyone should read this now. So far it's only up to vol 7 in english scanlations, but they go up to vol 10 in if you can read chinese (me: painstakingly, but I want to know what happens so bad).
I should start off by saying the art is beautiful. Sometimes Natsume's eyes are a little too big for my liking, but other than that, I really like how the characters are drawn. Then again, it could be a like-it-or-you-don't scenario.
The female protangonist is unlike the normal shoujo females we come across. Yes, she's extremely pretty but other than that, she's a normal girl with her own thoughts that often jump between naivety and maturity. Things aren't always the way they seem and Natsume deals with those issues as realistically as you'd expect her to. Like someone else said, don't be thrown off by their age. Asakura started drawing them young for a reason. This manga really digs into the less-rosy aspects of being young and looking at things the way they are.
Kyou is always throwing me and Natsume off. He's a kid with a big responsibility and practically walks around like a star of the village, and naturally gains everyone's attention, especially Natsume. Without giving anything away, he's the character I have to rack my brains over the hardest. At first, it's crazy - the things he does and says - but when revealed, his human qualities are the most poignant. He is, after all, just a boy.
All in all, one can't help relating to this story, all of its painful, tender and joyful moments.
Drawbacks: Reading in chinese is making my brain hurt. If you're the type who can only read English, and like to read the whole series at one go, you might want to wait till it's completed scanlating.
I'm really into slice-of-life genres. I'm not saying this manga is extremely slow, because it does proceed at a pace I'm not tearing my hair over. However, it IS set at a rural village and Natsume spends a lot of her time wandering to the beach, so expect some scenes of the sea and flowers. Again, the art is spectacular.
Loved it until
Gave it a 9 until the 50s where it ended up turning into the cliche type of shoujo where
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The girl is finally properly dating the nice guy, tries to confront the bad boy, gets threatened into hanging out with him, gets abused, breaks up with the nice guy out of guilt, and finally gets together with the abusive guy. Who of course suddenly turns sweet a few chapters later.
So much wasted potential
Captivating and Powerful
There's something unsettling about Asakura's style here that is both lewd and elegant. Those eyes! Art style itself gave me guilty pleasure as I read this series in one sitting. There's so much more to this story than the usual web of tumultuous love between utterly flawed personalities. There are bigger topics that are tackled here that you wouldn't find in a mainstream shoujo. Children in a crumbled society with failed adults, a premature death of innocence, rampant with corruption and absent of love-- All dark and gripping. At times I thought "No! It's too much." Yet, it knew I needed more. I thought I had issues with the character's ages at first, but the world they're wrapped up in is so believable that the way they behave makes so much sense, I'm vicariously nodding at ever dramatic turning point. Not to mention that world! Interweaving folklore, old money, and adolescent angst in a small country town governed by the sea and it's superstitions. Sound like a mishmash of genres? Maybe as I have described it, yes, but it's all there and all complementary to one another in order to deliver the unique tone of this well crafted story.
Hmm, I've been meaning to read this for a while now... I was a bit hesitant because the plot's not what I usually go for. I thought it would be melodramatic and cliched, but the story really draws you in. Despite Kyou being the "bad boy" type that I detest, there's just something... magnetic about him. He and Natsume are just strangely interesting... I can't help but want to know more.
Compelling characters, masterful storytelling, layers and layers of complexity not to mention the gorgeous art--This one's a keeper.
Hooked, but don't know why...
Hmm.. I'm not sure how I should feel about this manga. The romance is... different. It's not the typical shojo romance. Sure, the girl did fell in love at first sight, but it wasn't named "love" at first --more like a deep devotion to something mysterious, unknown, or untamed. She loves him so much; he is her hope, her pride, her light, and her God. It's crazy. The same thing goes the other way, ... but not as well articulated because it's mostly from the girl's pov. Even though it may sound like a creepy obsession.. there's something to it that draws the reader in. I don't know what it is, but even though I have my reservations about the girl's ethical morality and mental state (questioned the same about the boy haha), I keep wanting more of their interaction. The romance is about love gained and lost love. It's not an ideal story, but it's terribly captivating.
Since the girl's a model, we do get to see some glimpses of the entertainment industry.
I don't care too much for the art. Not my cup o' tea.
One of the best...
I've only read up to Chapter 32, but this manga is amazing. The drawings and story were kind of lagging at the beginning, but as the story progressed, I really began to appreciate the art style. It's not lacking in skill - it is just a little grotesque, sort of. It shows expressions so well even though Natsume and Kou and Ootomo can be such indifferent characters. It's dark, brutal, yet charming and endearing. I love Kou the way Natsume does - I almost feel sucked in by his presence. There is just something about him that you can't put your hand on - "a blazing fire."
The story is also set around pulling at your heartstrings and writing things that normally you wouldn't want to see. In times where we hate the cliche happy endings, this manga really pushes the limits of that desire to see something "different." So many times, we are faced with disappointed in a bittersweet way.
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You'd want to see Natsume saved. You'd want to see Kou show a flaw, but not in that way. I loved the idea of Kou being invincible, that it was "his land," that he had a god-like power that could sway and move anybody. This story started out as a typical model-girl story, but with her being thrown into a hickish town, everything changed. Kou is practically the embodiment of nature and life itself, and she is drawn to that. Risk-taking, fearlessness, and most of all - a purposeless passion. Kou moves her for no good reason, he brings about feelings she has never experienced - and she calls it "love."
As another person commented, I love how the story progresses through the character's life from since they were little. It's almost like Oyasumi Punpun in that respect as basically a coming of age story. I love their childish responses to their feelings and even danger. They are impulsive, they hate easily, they are violent...I feel like the mangaka captures the feeling of uncertainty and fleetingness so well, and the idea of centering the story around that is just profound. Even down to the jagged and faded lines of the drawings, this manga embodies and speaks a great deal of sense on the matters of passion and the inevitable.
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Kou is transient, mysterious - one moment he is there, he is interested; the other he is gone and practically dead to you. It's a strange yet endearing character flaw/trait.
I'm so hyped about this manga that I may start to read chapter summaries...
First of all, I LOVE this series. Natsume has won my loyalty, and I just want her to succeed in everything. She is not only a strong character with a mind of her own, but she deals with problems in a very realistic way. It is also clear that her ridiculous beauty is a curse rather than a gift. Seriously, her life sucks.
Kou is also one of the most interesting male leads I've encountered in shoujo. He's pretty crazy, but it makes sense in context. And make no mistake, this may fall under the category of shoujo but is no light-hearted romance.
I highly recommend this series for anyone who likes character development, slice of life, coming-of-age, or romance stories. Oboreru Knife is one of my favorites!
... Last updated on November 11th, 2012, 8:13pm
This is the kind of story that simply captivates you. It's rich in emotional and situational tension and shines brilliantly in story telling and character portrayal. But what this story does that is so unlike most stories - is that it has this unusual power to overwhelm you. To give you this deep, but modest understanding of youth in all it's shameless glory.
What do I mean by that? It's all those powerful feelings - the elation, the disappointment, the anticipation, and that familiar dreamy longing for time to stand still, to live in seemingly perfect moments. If you've ever been an over-idealistic dreamer in your youth you'll be easily wowed by this as I am.
But apart from my abstract/personal thoughts: It's a great dramatic romancey slice-of-life sort of manga. Natsume is a strong character, but understandably weak too. We hear all her thoughts and watch as time and situations change her perspective of things. And I love the romance. I like that her relationship isn't smooth, but rather unstable and realistic. Her relationships between the main characters are a bit unpredictable (boys and girls alike).
Read it and be taken by it.
... Last updated on July 24th, 2013, 11:57pm
Pretty good *so far*
Up to the scanlated chapters so far, this is very good. Mangas like these, though unique, will become very stressful to read later because of the drama. For a "coming of age" story, it's rather intense... but I like how none of the characters are perfect. Even our main heroine has her dark side. However, since IT IS 12 volumes (and counting), I can't even... I hope my heart can sustain for that long lol. One overdramatic move, and it could really put you off. Kyou has the potential to be an ultimate douchebag.
... Last updated on February 14th, 2012, 10:10pm
It's very George Asakura. I mean from the art, the expression to the (somehow) storyline and progress. Its purely her.
Up till chapter 19, finally, it breaks out of the routine and ordinary. It finds frustration, tension and intensity within a new context. Some time, I keep telling myself, hey he understands it. Really. And when Natsume was thinking of him with her Polaroid I can see myself imagining and grippingly hoping it was reality too. Asakura knows her audience feelings rather well I suggest.
However, by looking at the translation progress, Evil Flowers is really taking their time. It would be great someday they pick it up again cause I know for some titles I enjoy from them, many are left in progress.
A good read. Sometimes, a real good read like this, I want to criticise and be harsh instead of encouraging like some others. I don't know. I guess it's okay. And maybe I've been reading way too many shoujos these past few months. I need to pick up some shounens or else my head will explode with the tardiness.