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  • Hmm, this is really too bad. I have to say that this premise deals with quite a number of heavy topics, but if executed well this could really be one of those heartbreaking yet amazing kind of tales. Sad to see that’s not the case here. The art looks beautiful though, so it’s honestly even more of a shame. This being a debut, let’s hope the next manga will be a better one! 😊

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    • Right? I was often too distracted by the unusual comedy in which the story was wrapped. Maybe it’s just me who couldn’t connect with the character’s personality but it was too odd for me to really FEEL the heavy moments properly! But I agree. I’m sure Waka Hirako will be able to tell some great stories throughout her career going forward now. Thanks for reading, Michel! 😀

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  • My thoughts echo Michel’s. Very heavy topics. I suppose I can understand the desire to throw in some comedic elements to keep it from getting too dark and too heavy, but that also risks destroying the power this kind of story can have. Your mention of never learning the reasons behind the tragedy, something I think all too common with suicide, brought back memories of one college class when the professor informed us one of our fellow students had committed suicide the day before and pointed to where they usually sat. I didn’t know the student but it hit hard, just the thought that for weeks I’d been sitting not that far from this person and now they were gone because they chose to end it. Left me with all kinds of unanswered questions.

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    • I can definitely understand those comedic elements to tone down the story but man… this was done in such a way that my eyebrows were always raised too. Oh man, I can only imagine how it must’ve been. I experienced something similar a while back too at work where we had this retirement party for a cop buddy and I was sitting at a table with someone I didn’t know only to discover the next week that she had committed suicide… Yet she was all smiles around everyone during that party! Ahh.. life and its many mysteries. Nothing is really ever predictable with us humans…

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  • What a disappointment 😦 I believe the editor should’ve or could’ve at least played a role in this…either she/he did or didn’t. The inconsistencies throughout must’ve been such turnoffs, but you did, in the end finish it so kudos to you on that! Great review, my friend!

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    • I’m convinced that it could’ve been executed better if someone else could’ve helped redirect the direction of the story but here we are hahah I guess this is how she preferred telling this story and hopefully her next stories will have a more “consistent” tone. Thank you so much for reading, Jee! I appreciate it a lot, my dear friend! 😀

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    • Ahhh, it’s hard to explain but it can be scenes where the character breaks form to make ludicrous expressions ridiculizing herself because of she does… I don’t know, honestly. I think it’s more of an attempt to infuse the character with a humour that only some can relate to? I just found it more confusing than anything else.

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  • Ummm, ok. I think I’ll pass. I get the temptation to lighten up the dark tone with a bit of comedy, but sometimes it’s not only unnecessary but also totally wrong (yes, I’m looking at you, Thor: Ragnarok! :P)
    Interesting, in-depth review, Lashaan!

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