Name: Kyou no Kira-kun (kira-kun Today)
Mangaka: Mikimoto Rin
Volumes: 9 (Complete)
Licensed: Kodansha (Complete)
Age Group: Teen
Summary: In 360 days, there were bright days and disappointment while I was staring at you. Though they were neighbors, Nino and Kira had never talked to each other.
But when Nino found out about Kira’s secret, her life changes and everyday became more interesting!!
Their link will lead them to a love close to paradise.
Graphics Rating: 5/5
Plot Rating: 4/5
Opinion: The graphics are so so SO gorgeous! Adorable!
So the guys “secret” is he only has 1 year to live. No spoilers it’s revealed in the first few pages and is the basis of the whole story. That being said this is a very unique series that manages to stay fairly light hearted despite a very ominous ending. While each chapter will squeeze at your heart you may not actually cry for a while, while stressful I think I only cried once? And I’m a big stupid baby.
I’m going to point out real quick that strange that you NEVER see the heroines “scar” ever again. Also the fact her bird is as intelligent as a teenager is SO weird, but even weirder is how you accept it as time goes on despite the rest of the story being realistic. It bugged me, but…
The characters are so amazing! This whole manga plays on layers upon layers of stereotypes and tropes; from characters to plot points it’s all been done before which is the only reason I didn’t give it a perfect score. On the other hand like I said despite the formulaic design the story is very easy to fall in to and relate to. The characters are sweet and loving, while not perfect. I think it points out that although the story can be told over and over the humanity of the situations shines through. In reality nothing we as humans experience is really that unique in the eye of the entire universe.
Good manga are hard to come by, this one is GREAT. Highly recommend. Even if you’re hesitant on taking on a sad story, the burden of this story is just light enough to carry.
Final Rating: 4/5
Extra: From the author of Kinkyori Renai