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Feeling rebellious toward his overprotective and neurotic mother, 16-year-old Soma Mitsuya cares only about his violin and his hospitalized grandfather. One night his grandfather’s condition suddenly worsens, an earthquake hits, and Mitsuya finds himself lost and alone in the Japan of year 1921…
ゴールデン・デイズ 黄金岁月 골든 데이즈 Golden Days ย้อนยุคไปสะดุดรัก
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Warning: Slight Spoilers
It's rather dramatic, with one event happening after another, but despite that slight rush of drama, it's still very interesting. The drawing is lovely (Mitsuya is so pretty! xD), much like rindtron said--clean and simple. The characters are still slightly mysterious, despite the four chapters released, but that only makes me more anxious to learn about them and their quirks. And, goodness! The humor! XDD It's not exactly jam-packed with it, but the relationship between Jin and Mitsuya is total win, with enough homosexual puns to make a fangirl sigh. XD And giggle, and then feel teary. As much as I like shoujo, I have to say that in this case the relationship between Jin and Mitsuya really makes me hope that it develops a little further, but since this was published in Hakuensha, it probably isn't. *cry*
The beginning is a little shaky, what with the narrator's mother and grandfather, and his violin playing (which hopefully will be developed more later on..). But it gets better once he goes back in time, and the manga-ka makes his situation very interesting. What makes this manga only more intriguing are the many questions still left unanswered--what was Mitsu like? What happened to Mitsu after Mitsuya went back in time and took his place? How and when will Mitsuya go back to his time? What will happen to Mitsuya as he learns more about the time period he was transported back to?
I recommend this series to people who like light comedy-drama series, with an interesting plot and pleasing art, and who don't mind shounen-ai. Of course, you might like this manga even if you don't care much for it--it *is* pretty good! Though I really hope that it'll get updated soon.. (
... Last updated on July 6th, 2008, 4:54pm
One of the best!
I went through hell to look for the rest of the volumes. I can't contain myself after reading Chap 24 (of Vol 5)! I just had to look for the raw and finish the series. And after many hours of browsing the net, I finally found them!!! I've finished all 8 volumes and I'm going to read it all over again. This is one of those manga with a great story, wonderful characters, some witty scenes with a little unexpected side to the plot. I can't believe I missed this manga until now...! What have I been doing?
Spoiler (mouse over to view)
I read the final chapter... when this guy hand the knight chess to Mitsuya, I burst into tears instantaneously. It was really painful. Things... just had to end this way. If only Mitsuya was able to stay with Jin... aaaaahhh I'm getting teary again, thinking about it.
Perfect (slight, vague spoilers?)
I usually don't write reviews but I just had to for this series.
I finally finished reading this yesterday and.. wow. No manga has ever moved/touched me as much as this one. I cried so much my tears wouldn't come out anymore.. and then I cried some more. The characters are all so lovable and the ending is very unpredictable (I read somewhere that someone said you could guess how the story ends by the end of chapter 1.. that's not true.) The art is wonderful and there are absolutely no "filler" chapters. I'm pretty sure the author planned out every single detail before starting the series (which is awesome!)
I definitely recommend this series, but if you get upset easily and/or can empathize well with the characters, you might want to reconsider. The ending is VERY sad. (See Klein's review) But there are also lots of funny and heartwarming moments in the manga as well.
To all the people who made fun of the cover art: you are missing out on one of the greatest mangas ever (in my opinion of course!) Don't judge a book by its cover, give it a try!
Edit: @calstine, I wouldn't exactly dismiss the BL as unrequited ^^;;
... Last updated on April 25th, 2011, 1:48am
This manga will make you cry. It's epicly good. The only reason I registered to this website, is to rate this series a 10. The art is beautiful, the characters are three-dimensional and the story is very good. This manga will definitely touch your heart.
I registered just so I can write something about this.
I just finished reading the last volume and have followed this series through the years. I agree with some people when they say the cover does the story and art no justice, but then again, there is something very poignant about its simplicity as well. I remember just a couple of months back, while at Kinokuniya, a group of girls were making fun of its chinese title, saying that it looks and sounds like some old grandpa comic. I wanted to point out that yes it is indeed a story about a grandfather in fact, but it is also something that goes deeper than just its title, its cover, its art. But to do so seemed like I demeaned the story, because it didn't need defending at all. I've read manga for over a decade, spanned wide genres and own thousands. This is special. It left me fragile but wiser, sadder but nostalgic, but most of all appreciative. I didn't get this until I read the whole story in its entirety, and I don't think any spoiler should turn you away from this.
... Last updated on April 24th, 2011, 12:00pm
Absolutely worth the try.
As an all time favourite, I recommend this manga a lot and I've got several reasons to why.
The cover doesn't show much, but the manga has amazing artwork that has great potential from start to finish. There are no flaws, and everything is down to scale and proportionately correct with clean lines and drawings. Expressions well portray the character's emotions, and their faces are drawn very youthful and serenely.
The story line is a passionate tale of deep family bonds, and time travel into the western-lifestyle during the beautifully and realistically represented Taisho era. Time travel is a popular story element, but it's purpose in this manga creates an emotional life-changing experience for the main character which will impact him for the rest of his life. It has its typical jokes and gags that will pull a laugh or two out of you once and a while. There are many different charming and likable characters with background and depth. They face the hardships of acceptance, love, and other things in life that can come across as difficult. The sequence of dramatic challenges and struggles keeps the story line interesting as the characters build.
Although the manga is subtly shounen-ai, the physical aspect (kissing, etc.) is rare. The friendship and tender loving care between the two leads makes the story exceptionally sweet. Whenever they are together, I get a soft sensation of their emotional connection. Their contact is intimate and tender, which could suitably label their relationship as a "bromance".
The manga is an acceptable length, but left me wanting more. It had a bittersweet ending, that tugged my heartstrings and shed many tears from my eyes, leaving a shallow sad feeling in my throat (even though I couldn't understand a thing of the RAWS). It's a brilliant denouement that doesn't leave you hanging.
A really really great manga, all in all.
... Last updated on May 16th, 2010, 4:22pm
Althought I know the ending will be sad, very sad.. but I can't help myself reading and reading it until end... This story, honestly, not to special so much, but don't know why it attract me from begining to the end I love Jin and Matsuya, they love each other by tender, warming and softly love
If I know I have cry so much for ending, I will never read it. Now I regret that I read it, really regret. It leave me strong feeling, sad and tear can't stop from my eye I cried, cried and cried so much after read final volume, I don't know how I can release this feeling from my chest, my heart and my mind....
If you are a person who hate sad ending, don't read it, or you will regret - like me
Anyway, this is a greatest manga I have read, the love of Jin and Matsuya, although apart in manga, but they will in my heart, from now and then, forever
Warm and gentle, funny and humorous
This is a gently mysterious manga with interesting characters being thrown into a back into the Taisho era. The main character Mitsuya from the future and Jin have a gentle love hate realtionship. Mitsuya wants to 'save Jin' as his grandfather Yoshimitsu wished on his deathbed. There are subtle shonen-ai aspects to this manga but even if this is not your thing still read it. The Taisho period background is brilliant and dynamic and its interesting to see Mitsuya reaction to to the total lack of basic amenities like computer games music and films. The art in this is simple but touching. The characters are likeable, warm, gentle and humorous and you are left wondering what will happen to them all and in your heart wishing them the best. Outside the main characters there is a rich array of supporting actors. This authors manages always to make a manga that touches your heart. Be warned however the opening chapters contain Mitsuya's mum who is fragile, very dramatic and a little psychotic. Don't let her put you off. Keep reading and you will find it worth every moment
Aaah for a second without paying attention to the rate at which this is ordinarily translated I thought this was licensed due to the lack of updates but turns out it's not. I'm so disappointed! I would be more than happy to buy this series. It's a shame that the covers are so simple since I think that would put some people off Golden Days; the actual art inside of the manga is very easy on the eyes.
... Last updated on November 29th, 2010, 12:55am
i once thought it was plain, with a very boring start and the fact i'm not really fond of shounen-ai so much, though i always try to find one after another, maybe to ensure me that this genre is also valuable one to read but i continued on reading because i felt kinda run out of good shoujo mangas to read (and i already bought the first 2 volumes, it could be a waste if i didn't read it to the end)
and in the end it's the only manga that could make cry (if not one in a few, if i ever cried before it must had been a long time ago)
the story and characters are well-developed in the next volumes i really respect the strong bond of friendship that grow between two main characters and somewhat unrequited love (from jin toward mitsu) and i could feel a very beautiful world consist of beautiful-hearted people evolve around the main character
i don't know if i could ever read the last volume again, it's really touch my heart