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Old 2014-07-06, 21:53   Link #1
Okashira
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Hatsukoi Shinjuu [Manga]

Hatsukoi Shinjuu or First Love Suicide Pact is part of Kodansha's mangabox online app manga line up, this is a well acclaimed title by Suzaki Yosuke [ 須崎洋輔 ] ; this is the title that pretty much awakened me to "publisher endorsed manga readers" (how thankful I am for that!), currently this is being officially released on English and Japanese and updated weekly on Sundays. This is the title I have enjoyed the best from mangabox, along with Ana Satsujin and Logick.

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What would you do if you were to die tomorrow?

Shinji Mizukawa couldn't muster any type remotely interesting answer when faced with that hypothetical question, he is a stark contrast from the rest of the class which can hype about their dreams and desires on the spot.

.... But, there are two good reasons for Shinji too be unable to give a good answer; for one; he is apatethic, detached, negative and lacks dreams & ambitions. Definitely a "gray" highschool boy.... The second reason, is that he isn't going to die tomorrow, he is dying today (Christmas eve).

But there is a little bit of a twist of fate that Shinji failed to be aware of at first; it seems that there is one other person that couldn't give an interesting answer to that hypothetical question, and the twist of fate is that such person has a little bit of too much in common with him....

-------- By coincidence, Shinji Mizukawa chooses the same place, time, day and suicide method that his homeroom teacher; the beautiful, seemly friendly and soft spoken Kyoko Yaegashi, wanted for herself.

Kyouko approaches Shinji and after a short talk she more or less "asks for his life".... reasong being; since they are going to die anyway, they might as well make the most out of their last day.... "Let's hug a cloud" is the first thing she can think about.
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The story is really interesting because of the ups and downs that it has, along with that "youthful indiscretion" feeling; all in all the true identity of the series is a trip; the contents of the trip are impredictable and varied (such as life, ironically)..... As the story progresses, the reader can come up with a very big and interesting question : are these two going to find "light" (salvation) at the end of their travel? or are they going to just be swallowed up by their own darkness? (ergo, they'll be facing dead).

The story is not really black and white, in fact there is this subtle hint that even if they find salvation; that is ultimately going to doom them anyway. The saying "the trip is more meaningful than the destination" might very well apply here. Also, as many other stories based on the idea of "a couple"; the effect that the main leads have over each other is pretty interesting and refreshing at times; Kyouko's dark side is always a sight to be behold


Title : Hatsukoi Shinjuu // 初恋心中
Author : Suzaki Yosuke // 須崎洋輔
Status : Publication 1 volume, ongoing. Web release over 30 chapters.
Year : 2013
Genre : Romance mainly, with shades of drama comedy and other genres.
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Old 2014-08-07, 11:54   Link #2
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So, so we got to an interesting part.

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The actuall details of the last sentence will be revealed later, and it looks like it's going to be interesting.


Oh, and speaking of, Ana satsujin is also at a very good part.

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