The start of high school life. To the girls, that also meant the start of their love lives. For brand new first year student, Takahashi Nanami (Nana for short), it was no different… She happens to end up in the same class as the incredibly popular Yano Motoharu, who rumors say that two thirds of all the girls are guaranteed to fall in love with. But will that hold true for Nana, who says that if she had to choose between like or dislike, she’d say she dislikes him!?
Avelys Rating: 6-7/10
Avelys Notes: I started this manga due to the overwhelming fan photos of it on the internet and how popular it is over all. I think this manga was really interesting at the beginning, and overall it was a good read. My issue was how frustrating the middle was. There was a lot of forced drama which didn’t fly. It’s a shame because it could’ve really been one of my favorites if it didn’t drag out so much for no reason. It starts off introduced the main character, who doesn’t really break the shoujo MC role. She’s not particularly smart or special but she falls in love. The male lead is a good looking, popular guy who is friendly and outgoing. Their lives intertwine and they undergo a lot of drama together. Mainly because of the guy’s issues and his past. The set up was well done, where we understand how his past relationship and his issues made him cynical about love. It doesn’t stop there. He has issues with his mother as she’s quite unstable and he needs to take care of her.
All of his problems and issues are fine, I didn’t mind it because it was written well and I could understand his character and feel sorry for him. But then unfolds a bunch of really stupid decisions from his part that make the MC suffer and 30 chapters later, after all that drama that could’ve been handled better, we get a conclusion. It was so disappointing. It’s not even the decision he made that upset me, it’s that it was so dragged out. Why are you making me suffer? The other disappointment was the love triangle. I think the best love triangles is when they leave the reader rooting for both guys and not knowing who she will decide on in the end. Bokura introduced this love rival but we all knew he wouldn’t win in the end. Pretty useless character. And don’t get me started on the other useless character, our MC’s rival.
But all of that is just my personal distaste. I do think it handled mourning and death appropriately and the side effects were well written. The romance really balanced out the drama. I think the anime and movie adaptation was done well. I don’t know why I watched them all but I guess I kept hoping they would be better. The movie was slightly better, probably since they had time constraints (thank God) so it wasn’t as frustrating. If you have patience and want to read a reallly dramatic story, then this might just be for you. Overall, it’s not a bad manga. I just get frustrated easily when I have to read dragged out parts for no real reason.