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After college, Rikuo Uozumi, a boy without much ambition in life, takes on a job at a convenience store. The days pass by uneventfully for Rikuo until he meets his former love interest and classmate, but especially thanks to the unusual Haru Nonaka, and her pet crow…
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The ending and my thoughts
Ok so i found the raw, read it for the ending only. I don't know Japanese so i'm not sure at the end. Read the spoiler at your own choice.
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Shinako and Rikuo Uozumi try to maintain the relationship but it's not working out. They try to kiss, but fail to since Uozumi realizes Shinako has been pushing herself to the relationship, they are not comfortable confronting both themselves to problems that they are hiding. Both of them are concerned of Rou/Haru but won't tell each other about it. They then decide to break up.
Rikuo and the guy chasing after Haru come to Haru's hometown to find her. She is found at the train station by the other guy. She told him something, which reminds him about his childhood friend. He leaves. Rikuo then arrives the station, have some talks with Haru. Rikuo kisses her.
I don't really understand after that so i might guess some: cafe owner or Shinako is getting married (dunno who, since they are alike, in a dress, with wedding hair so pretty unable to tell). Rou has some talks with the girl he's living with. Not sure what happens. The End.
So here's my thought. I really want Rikuo and Shinako to end up together, but i know flags are telling me that they are not. It's expected but i'm disappointed. It hits my feelings like a truck. It reminds me of Natsu no Zenjitsu. God damn these authors, can we have a better ending for vanilla person like me? Still, i give it a 9. Good read, nice art. Fucking ending anyway.
It could be great story but...
... it's too long. Heroes are too indecisive and let's be honest - they are too good-natured and too kind. People are usually more egoistic and self-centered, and feelings of love always come with jealousy. Nethertheless this story is too long. People tend to sway under pressure of other's feelings. I doubt ever exist a human who can stay solid then someone express such strong love towards them. In all honesty, I cheer for Haru to be paired with the main hero in the end since she deserves it the most.
This manga is all about unrequited love
And I'm really excited to see how far she takes it with these characters. Have not read a romance that almost exclusively focused on the theme on unrequited love (for all parties involved) since Honey & Clover. I wonder if it's not a coincidence that Art and Art School was a theme in both works. Either way, I really love Kei Toume's art style and writing. Have not enjoyed a romance manga this much in a long time.
This manga is too realistic that it becomes boring
I really tried so hard to actually finish reading it all the way to the latest chapter possible, but I just couldn't take it anymore as the plot is really slow, boring, and there's no "real conflict" that sparks interest in me as a reader.
Rather than expecting character development, I saw a lot of self pity contest between characters. I couldn't take it anymore because probably I don't relate myself to these character as I am not that kind of person in real life who always dwells on stupid trivial things like these characters in this manga does.
There's also no objective at all to be given to reader, instead we just see boring daily life between characters, and when the main characters doesn't get character development, the mangaka instead decided to branch the story out to the side characters. Story then becomes unnecessary complex, not in a way that is intelligently complex, but more like complex in a very unimaginative way possible. It's like trying to figure out what is going on inside all these loser's mind.
What you are going to see here is a loser protagonist that does not want to develop his character and actually becomes something in his life, but rather dwells on his past, and rather contempt with his present situation. He's like an invincible guy, but unlike your usual interesting mysterious character, this guy is just plain boring. Then you will see two other characters that would create like love triangle drama , but it doesn't stop between these three people, as the story goes on, there's a fourth character that is going to be involved , and I'm not suprised there will be a love polygon drama later on the story.
Storyline can be summarized like this: A like B but B likes C , but too bad C likes D , but D can't like C because D already dead. And here comes E who also likes C , C having dilemmatic situation where C has to choose between E and B, but wait...B also has a dilemma as B's heart probably going to switch from C to A.
So now you see how dumb the relationship in the story is? If you are the drama guy / girl in real life who enjoys this kind of relationship, then probably you also enjoy reading this manga. As for me, this is boring. Reading this manga is no different than watching soap opera drama in TV.
... Last updated on March 14th, 2014, 8:54pm
Looks Like Reality!
Almost everything in this manga--the characters, their economic situations, their hopes and disappointments, and above all their smoldering feelings--is very much like stuff that has happened to me or people I've known. Some of this realism is actually painful to watch, particularly the long, passive avoidance by the main character of the good things reality is offering him. Nevertheless, that's the way people, in fact, often are!
And the other characters in this manga, who are mostly less irritating than the MC, make up for his unwillingness to move on by being especially likable and interesting. Toume Kei is a woman, and maybe that's one reason why her female characters tend to be so deep and interesting. Or maybe not--but in any case a story with such interesting women in it is, perhaps paradoxically, bound to be of extra interest to male readers. And I believe that most female readers will like this manga simply because they will probably be able to thoroughly identify with it.
In short, it's a very well-told story about romantic uncertainty playing out in the lives of people in their early 20s. That's one of the great themes of story-telling, and this is a very good story of that sort.
... Last updated on November 17th, 2013, 4:12pm
I like it. Some other people might complain that it's slow and nothing really happens at first but that happens in most slice-of-life romances. The story and art are a good combo and it's not that frustrating to read. In the start it might seem that the main character is going to be one of those "pathetic, can't-do-anything" type of guys but he's clearly not. He has a strong personality and is a good guy.
Slow Romance should really be added to this because even tho there are confessions early on, nothing happens. Pace is really slow, one of the character can't seem to move on, which basically all revolves around that.
I can't bear to read it.
Slow pace, awkward drawing style, not really something I'd consider a "light read". I've read Lament of the Lamb and I pretty much hated it; it just made me sad -- and not the sad you get from reading manga in the normal tragedy genre, just like a depressing sad that is elevated from her dreary artistic style, this has the same vibe. Others may say to take a break from "robot-samurai and psychological thrillers" I say link to them please. This is a definite niche-style manga; it's a hit or miss.
Hopefully won't get all melodramatic
Kei Toume Rocks indeed!
She's a knack for making a simple and moving drama without the usual accompaniment of melodrama =P
On this, I would have to disagree. Hitsuji no Uta was the embodiment of melodrama, but I still loved it. I'm hoping that this series doesn't devolve into a mess of melodrama however.
I'm beginning to wonder if there's anything Toume can't do...
Just like the majority of her other works, Yesterday wo Utatte is another unique gem powered by a compelling plot and impressive character development. Taking a break from robot-samurai and psychological thrillers and switching to something realistic is something I normally wouldn't expect to succeed, but Toume always seems to prevail at what she attempts. Excellent pacing, intricate characters, and her adept art style leaves me once again with very little, if anything, to complain about.