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On his first day of transferring to a new high school, a loner named Mori Buntarou, is cajoled by a classmate into climbing the school building. Despite knowing that one misstep could send him spiraling to his death, he moves forward, and upon finally reaching the top, Mori experiences a sense of fulfillment. That feeling, which seems to be telling him, "You're alive!" gives birth to an adrenaline for rock-climbing.
Note: Sakamoto Shinichi did both the story and the art from Volume 4 onwards.
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I just finished reading all the scanlated chapters, and WOW, there's so much to talk about that I don't know where to begin. Kokou no Hito is a manga that's definitely in a league of it's own. The art is breathtaking and the storyline intense, as it focuses not only on the physical difficulties that Mori encounters when he climbs, but also the psychological horrors.
I did have my doubts at first, as the story does start off as a seemingly typical shonen sports manga, but was pleasantly surprised by the maturity and depth that soon developed. And then when it began to progress into more darker themes and Mori began to sink into his loner depression, I thought that it might end up as one of those stories where the protagonist goes mental and psychotic and the manga ends up as one big overwhelming mess of insanity. However, it did eventually take a turn for the better when it settled down and established a lighter tone in the story.
All I can really say, I guess, is that this manga is truly one of a kind. Even though I found myself horrified and disturbed by a lot of what happens in the middle of the story and really just wanted to put the manga down, I was simply unable to stop myself from reading. I got hooked and couldn't let go.
I think the best part of the manga is that the mangaka does a great job in making this much more then a typical sports manga, by accurately portraying the consequences of what happens when humans are pushed into life-and-death situations (where your survival is literally dependent on your teammates' deaths) as well as the insanity that can also happen as a result. I would definitely recommend this to people that enjoy realistic, action-packed, and intense stories.
... Last updated on November 14th, 2011, 4:47pm
I only started recently but have been reading it constantly, and its amazing but horrible at the same time. The main character is really good and I like the way it started with his school and then the whole manga changes and gets alot darker. It's so strong and really sad, but in a way that just makes me speechless really. EDIT: I actually stopped reading this for a while cause it just made me really sad and I would keep on thinking about it, so I don't try to read it one go now, just take it slowly.
... Last updated on October 3rd, 2011, 1:47pm
My current favorite
Kokou no Hito currently is my #1 favorite and a clean 10/10. It exceeds most other Seinen in depth of storytelling and characters by far and combines it with brilliant arts which make it also enjoyable to look at and re-read.
It contains so much symbolism and complex storytelling in different time lines as well of insertion of symbols/dreams/imaginations at a time, and yet remains neatly arranged and not too difficult to follow each line of action. The protagonist's character developement is good and doesn't follow the typical flat patterns of allmost all Shonen and many Seinen, yet remains perfectly comprehensible while keeping the reader constantly thinking. The story is dark and dramatic, and yet giving glimmers of light at the right times. I love how it never turns too far to one side - it's neither becoming absolutely depressive nor a put-on good mood everything will be fine-lollypop story (ok, actually it's keeping really far away from that side).
Climbing is used so well as a mirror of psyche and humanity, and yet remains awesome for itself, too, especially due to the brilliant arts and detailled drawings of mountains, weather and characters with their clothing and tools. It also seemed absolutely convincing to me in the authors' deep knowledge of climbing and mountaineering.
unique yet strange
This manga is really on his own world, I think. The art, no doubt really a great one. The story, it's not so focused yet so blur, and it is really walk on his own path. When I think the story go to make the main character keep walking straight the light and struggling all of the obstacles. But he instead went back to darkness. And the darkness that needed by the light, maybe. The biggest minus point I think is, it is kind of hard to differ which one is hallucination and which one is the realita. So I am a kind of missing some story of what is going on.
But the art is really good
Truly a masterpiece!
This manga is truly a masterpiece due to the detail artwork plus a rather unique and quite strange protagonist. The protagonist, unlike other shounen or seinen manga's protagonists, has no purpose or aim in life. He just wants to be alone without any one to bother him. He is what we called "social outcast" yet because of that, this manga is quite different than other regular manga out there.
All sports are self-oriented, dumbass. Thus, they are not useful except to oneself. It's a mere self-accomplishment. Someone who finds it useful by seeing other doing it is just self-explanatory. Anyway, the artist had lived some stupid life there and expressed it in the story. Perhaps, he's trying to teach something implicitly.
update: style has changed in recent chapters; at first, it was great, but now all that symbols are keep popping up here and there. Pace has slowed down to the extreme. I had to deduct 1 point from my previous rating.
update2: seems like the trail of symbolism has ended. The author has abandoned manga-like fictional flavor to complete realistic-looking story. I don't know how many phases this manga is undergoing, but now the story seems to be, surprisingly, already almost at the end phase.
... Last updated on April 3rd, 2011, 10:01pm
At 10 volumes the art is still the best thing about this series. However, as the main focus switches from how messed up Mori is to how cool mountain climbing is, the story is getting better. And allowing Mori to grow up is a great idea. There are way too many mangas about teeanged alienation and angst. Moving my rating up to a full 10, because this is finally making me wonder what it would be like to climb a mountain.
... Last updated on January 13th, 2011, 1:20am
The artwork is amazing, the characters on the other hand are terrible. I have encountered socially award people and they aren't as stupid as the main character in this manga. The main character has shown zero growth actually he has regressed
The only reason I read it for as long as I did was the artwork.
Starts off as a shounen but develops into something much more
In the beginning it seems like a typical oblivious and carefree yet highly gifted character angering a hardworking flawed rival. The first chapters WILL seem like the typical - hey I'm so lonely, oh I've found something in life, oh ive angered someone but we're still friends and will help each other grow, enter an ambiguous love interest, club activities where we have fun and grow close together! type story. You know, the type of shounen where all of the other people keep ragging on how gifted and talented and amazing the main character is and the main character is just oblivious about the praise and wants to do his own thing...
But it turns into something much more.
Without giving too much away, keep reading until the time lapse. The story turns from a "I will get better" shounen story to something that becomes much deeper. It becomes a rich story that explores aspects of the human condition.
The protagonist is constantly mentioned as being odd or strange by the other characters, but he is the most relatable to us out of all of them - perhaps revealing a little bit of him in us in the process. He's someone who's had much pain in his life, someone who is innocently good but is constantly thrusted into situations where it is easy to blame him. He didn't ask for someone to commit suicide in front of him - but he is blamed because he could not stop him. He didn't ask for his rival to go nuts because of jealousy - but he is blamed because he elicits these responses in others. He had good intentions in saving the girl, and did something incredibly noble - yet the newspaper journal blows it out of proportion very maliciously and everyone, including the girl, ends up blaming him - the girl blaming him for who she has become. In all these instances we see someone so fragile but well meaning, due to no fault of his own, cause a series of events that turn him into a target of blame. For this reason he is pushed away from society constantly, and as he lacks the social intelligence to understand the situation, he believes their words and further alienates himself.
This alienation allows him to push himself over a passion - climbing - that reminds you of something more like an obsession. He focuses mainly in relying on himself and wanting to be alone in nature, something free of life's complications. However, ironically, this obsession over this solitary pursuit forces him to interact with a team to be able to climb the daunting K2.
During this climb he steps outside of his box and becomes more assertive, telling his friend to abort the mission to be safe, even if it would jeopardize their expedition. He is not given a typical response, but instead is treated surprisingly harshly and is forced to bear a punishment.
However, when you view the situation later you begin to realize that the climb leader is a bit psychotic - he doesn't care about his team, he only cares about climbing. This reveals another ironic situation because the protagonist, someone who you were led to believe should be callous towards his fellow humans due to his sole passion for climbing, is the one that made the judgment call to keep his friend safe despite risking the opportunity to eventually climb K2, his dream. In all circumstances his actions would be noble. Yet due to the situation created by others, he is ostracized.
One must wonder if climbing is a meanless distraction from life's responsibilities, or something that is truly worth doing for him. I guess we'll find out.
... Last updated on November 27th, 2010, 9:54pm
i gotta agree with haruhi_han. the beginning is kinda shounenish, but around ch 30 there's a time skip and i gets far more intense. it reminds me a lot of shamo with all those broken side characters and the main character having some serious issues. quite dark but keeps you turning the pages