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Keidai Saeki is a high school student who remembers his past life in Pompeii, living as the Italian warrior Sirix... His friends around him are all also reincarnated - although they don't quite remember things the way he does. Keidai's wife from the past? He's now a middle school boy - while his best male friend is now a cute girl?! Throw in a case of love at first sight, and you have a new look at romance - manga-style!
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Loved the first two volumes or so..
..but as the amount of romance grew, the less I was interested. What I liked in the first few volumes was the hilarious dynamics/friendship between Keidai, Yuuma, and Serizawa. (I expected Yuuma-->Keidai<--Serizawa. I was pleasantly surprised to see it wasn't the case) Of course, within the first volume, I already knew Keidai and Serizawa would be the end pairing and the friendship between the three would take a backseat, but I still kept reading since the series was entertaining (Keidai's expressions..) and I thought Keidai/Serizawa was also good too. Sadly, for me, I didn't enjoy how these two became as the series went on:
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Keidai acts uncharacteristically forceful towards Serizawa ("suave Italian" I guess), and Serizawa became a typical female character who can only talk about her feelings/love.
I ended up skimming a couple chapters in the end.
The art style is nostalgic yet rather nice on the eyes. Some of the characters are highly amusing. Unfortunately, they don't go through much of a character development and whatever that does change is light and predictable.
Overall, shoujo lovers would enjoy this. Everyone else, it's a hit or miss depending on your sense of humor.
... Last updated on June 30th, 2015, 10:48pm
Unbearably Tear Jerking As a Result of Great Story Progression
The number one thing I would like to point about in this manga is its realistic, convincing developments. When I first began reading this manga I felt like this was a simple nice comical relief, but boy was I wrong. The comical relief was the basic foundation used to solidify each character's background and a foil for the characters in the later chapters. (I really like this aspect because it's quite rare to find a manga that expresses character depth. PS KUSANAGI Mizuho's works all have deep characters.)
So basically half was through the story (seriously like half way) we finally see the plot moving. At first I supported the Sirix x Selena pair, but as we observe Kei-kun's character development, begining to realize it's time to move on from his painful past life, I changed to Kei-kun x Serizawa. The first flag to my betrayal begins when the author skillfully implements souichi mikage and shauna sakakibara into to the mix. Introducing the dramatic, foreshadowing resolve to overcome their past lives. As a result of this arc, it broaden my stone hard heart for this couple, and I became more lenient as to which route Kei-kun would take. Following from there, we begin to learn the heartbreaking, historical details of their past lives, therefore furthering the foundation of the coming tear jerking climax. The details of their past lives allow the dramatic emotions that Kei-kun feels and expresses realistic, reasonable (and most of all NOT ANNOYING!!!<-quite a hard find for a manga). This arc is also where I begin to root for Loleus (hehehe yes I mean the male Serizawa). You can make a clear comparison to Yumma's andSerizawa's past lives. It is clear that the most static and boring character development would be Selena. (Sorry Selena, Although as much as I love you, you seriously didn't change much.) Furthermore it give Loleus a more deserving reason to have a shot at love (in his next life). Finally the arc which begins the most unbearably addicting morsel I slowly began to yearn throughout the whole series, totally smashed my final flag for Sirix x Selena pair and raised the Kei-kun x Serizawa pair flag up high in the air, Kei-kun scaring development for his feelings for Serizawa. It is implied in this arc that Kei-kun thoughout the story wasn't truly Kei-kun, but a former shadow of Sirix where time has stopped (and that clearly is depressingly not healthy I tell you for anyone). The unbearable truth and tragic reasons as to why he can not let go got me crying a river heavily wished for someone. These painstaking emotions felt horrible to the point I didn't care whoever it was I simply just wanted someone to rescue him. (I was like ANYONE ANYONE!!??!! SAVE KEI-KUN HE DOESN'T DESERVE ANY OF THIS!!!) I was grasping at straws at that point, and the only one I saw could touch Kei-kun deep enough and save him from dispair was Serizawa. When they finally "got together" I was like "yes, yes. This is a good ending. This manga deserves a 10."
And that's why I began rooting for Serizawa/Loleus(, and my explanation as to why it was such a tear jerker).
Recommending to Readers who are: - alright with slow progression - tolerant to cliches - looking for a tear jerker (later chapters) - looking for comical relief (this comical relief depends on the type of person of course)
Additional Personal Comments: - I cried every time, a total of 2 times. (How odd.... remembering that I was crying during first read. Which was like maybe 3 years ago or so? Must have left an emotionally scaring impression.) - pretty drawings - This manga deserves more praise.
... Last updated on January 3rd, 2015, 8:03am
Didn't get it.SPOILER ALERT
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I didn't get why lovers (Serena and Sirix) would be reincarnated but not end up together.They spent MORE THAN half the manga talking about how they want to be together always and i pretty sure they mentioned going into their next life and meeting again .It annoyed me soooooo much cause then it had me wondering when they reincarnate the 3rd time are the couples going to stay WITH EACH OTHER.
Started years ago and never finished until now
And there was a reason for that. It was so boring and cliché I only got two volume's in. For some reason people really love this, but I just don't see it. Maybe it's because of the reincarnation, yet there are plenty you better executed stories out there. Alright, the flashback a were sad at times, but the events in the present were really poorly placed. And the introduction of a new character was ALWAYS awful, or at least Keidai hating which was really irritating. I also don't really like the way the romance worked out. It felt too rushed on his part, since it was like he suddenly fell in love with her. I don't think there were many romantic scenes between the two of them, although that may be due to my poor memory. However, there was the odd times I've laughed that could be counted on one hand, but it might also just be my sense of humor. I personally think that overly protective fathers are irrational and dumb. I'm not the biggest fan of the art either. Sure, its nice but I don't really like the typical anime look. I prefer a style that has been altered to make it unique to the mangaka, but this is very similar to the art found in anime. Like clannad for example. It's not even an old manga where many artists had the same style. Essentially , it was boring and cliché at times , but if you want to read a decent manga about reincarnation, go ahead and read this.
Original concept with fine execution. Things were slow at times but that made Keidai's emotional progress more believable and sincere. Other characters were also well developed and had their unique sparks. The humor was not as great as praised, or maybe I just didn't get it. The art looked kinda shounen-ish, which was fresh and appealing to a shoujo fan like me. All in all, I had a very enjoyable time, and highly recommend this.
... Last updated on August 15th, 2014, 11:43pm
One of the best I've seen..?
Hmm.. I really didn't expect much at first, considering I've read quite a number of manga with the Reincarnation theme to them. But this is just too cool. Like REALLY COOL. It managed to keep me reading up to the last chapter. The love triangle's quite unique, too. At first I thought there's like Shounen Ai happening but oh well. This is just too nice.
a must read!
the story has good art and truly written spectacularly the characters and story controle your emotions completely,...the depth of the conflicted feelings in the main character makes your heart throb and skip a beat this manga is just too good to not read
... Last updated on May 23rd, 2013, 10:38am
Really tugs your heartstring!!!!!
I really like this series......... The very 1st volume already captured my interest and made me emotional a lot of times... I like Kei-chan antics but he can be romantic and doting when needed. I also like Serizawa's dedication and tolerance. Even if Kei-chan hurts her intentionally and unintentionally at times, she always forgives him with a smile. Serizawa is like Kei-chan's sun that illuminates his life.
The overall series was great, it made me cry a thousand times, especially the scene when Serena from the past wishes that he would be a boy instead so that he can die beside Sirix.
What left me hanging was why was Loleus reincarnated as a girl. Did Loleus secretly wish to be by Sirix side as his most important person. Does he have a hidden feeling for Sirix. I wish that the author elaborated this.
I am bit curious too, on how Kei-chan's mother and father met>>> I really wish to see who Yuuma would end up with.
This series a gem!!!! It really made a deep impression on me!!!
... Last updated on May 3rd, 2013, 10:29am
Wow, this manga blew me away! I started reading it many years ago but put it in the back burner for some unknown reason. I finally sat down and started reading the series and couldn't stop until I finished!!! I simply loved it. THIS IS A MUST READ!!! I even went out to buy the physical books because of how much this series moved me.
I have always loved plots that deal with reincarnations and history, but the thing that really grabbed me is the depth of every main character. No character is 2-dimensional and/or artificial. You learn about what motivates each character and how they deal with their choices. I also thought that the ending was perfect because it ties everything up neatly concerning the past and the present. Definitely read this!
I love this. I can't even begin to put into words how stunned it made me. True, I was drawn in for the false shonen-ai (mostly because goddammit, nobody's making even hardly realistic anything anymore), but what drew me in deeper was the chemistry. The beginning was iffy, but the way the story carried out in terms of pacing was great. I'm not happy that in the beginning, our main character Keidai was super overexaggerative and awkward, and the constant Serena-ing was exasperating to watch, because the story then seemed to become a Win-Reincarnated-Serena's-Heart, and everything had to do with Yuuma. We had the classic love triangle set-up, what with the included childhood friend who likes Keidai (and this really isn't a spoiler). However, I was blown away by the depths of the characters as the chapters continued because the focus started EXPANDING, and it wasn't just two people living in one world of romance. Their motivations--it really went past the superficial.
Keidai was given depth, and as not many main characters can be sympathetic and yet way cool and yet ridiculous at the same time, I guess that's why he's my favourite character out of this entire thing. I really did enjoy the side story between Sirix and Loleus was great.
There's a reason that reincarnation in itself always makes me feel a little iffy. Whether or not it's because it's got such cliched lines, the fact that the people reincarnated always find each other or eventually get all their memories; this manga draws several characters who are aware of their past lives along with others who had lived those past lives as well but may or may not remember. It's a decent-sized cast with beautiful interactions, and you really can't hate any one of them.
The pace started picking up (and improving, in my opinion) after we got over the glorification of Yuuma as Serena
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(as in post-'Serena's reincarnated sister now a dude and still hates men' aka Smyrna "arc". Everything before that was kind of cliched and really ehhh for me. But things picked up especially when Reina returned, and we got introduced along with Mikage and Shuna, and goddammit, if unrequited love isn't enough to make me cry for her--because in essence, all of these characters are good kids, really. I'm appreciative of it, and I especially enjoy the interaction of the "Twins".)
, and our cast turned from three main characters and expanded. The beginning's a little iffy, but Keidai as a character is very great--there are definitely great moments to lol and do spittakes at for yourself. My favourite chapter was the side story in which showed how Keidai and Serizawa met and became friends, but on the whole, I was impressed by the amount of character interaction and development, exploration and depth this manga had. Also, the past isn't just mentioned once and never seen again--the past in itself serves as basis for a lot of regrets, and its importance.
This manga ends up addressing the concern (through a reasonable amount of chapters) about the issue I've always personally had with reincarnation-genres. Do you, if you are reincarnated (and also have those memories), have an obligation to fulfill what you once had? Are you still trapped back to that life, or can you still have your own life separate to the obligations and regrets you had in the past? I love the focus on the characters, and damn this was one impressive manga.
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"Why do we alone retain our memories? The answer is simple. Because we love that place more than anyone else. And we hate it...more than anyone else."--chapter 45.
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Just--even as a child, Keidai could recognize his mom and dad as his reincarnated sister and rival, but then he was ultimately all alone because there was no one he could confess to about it. AND ALSO IT WAS HEARTBREAKING WHEN HE STARTED TO LOSE HIS MEMORIES OF THE PAST LIFE--or they were unstable-ish, BUT STILL. Because later on in the chapters (maybe near the end?) it flashes back to his childhood where he thinks that if he had to lose the past to live in the present, he didn't need the present at all. AND JUST. That if he allows himself to go with Serizawa--he'll forfeit Serena and what his feelings for her meant and he'll just FORGET HIS MEMORIES in order to live his own life and just--we even got a flashback back to their PAST LIVES and just--what Loleus and Serena meant to Sirix and vice versa in both other accounts--MY HEART'S BREAKING.
Seriously, it is. Because the reason Keidai is unable to let go of his past life is because of how much Sirix wanted to keep it--but with Yuuma telling him to forget and Keidai having to struggle--I love this, not sadistically, but because it emotionally tears at me, because this is really well-written. We get further insight onto his reasons and purposes, why even in the present he remembers about Serena--we know exactly what his regrets are for him to have been living in the present with memories of his past life. And then near the end, Keidai comes into terms with himself: Sirix may have been him in a past life, but all the regrets, all the hopeless and the sorrow that Sirix had at being unable to save the people he cared about and failing them--Keidai has his own life, his own friends too, and so as much as Sirix's voice reaches him, Keidai's should too--and WOW Keidai going back in time as Sirix (ish?)--he dealt with his fears and he dealt with those regrets with one action.
"They won't "vanish". Everyone's soul remembers all the reincarnations that have come and gone. They just don't realize it because it simply isn't necessary. so when you think...that you truly don't need them...they'll sleep softly within your heart."--chapter 50