Publisher: Printemps Shuppan’s Canna magazine
Release Date: October 27, 2014 (Volume 1) + May 28, 2016 (Volume 2)
Pages: 493 (1-12.5 Chapters)
Summary: The story starts with college student Taichi, who comes from a not-so-well-off household and is desperately searching for work. He (literally) stumbles across fellow student Kouhei while on a job hunt, and is incredibly enticed by the delicious bento Kouhei has in hand. However, something seems a bit off about Kouhei–and when Taichi consults his friends about it, he gets an answer he really wasn’t expecting: Kouhei is severely hearing impaired.
My Thoughts: A realistic story both touching and heart-breaking. It will leave you wanting more once you’ve reached the ending.
I have a different type of review today!
On a manga series that has captured my heart 💕❤️💖
I’ve read a lot of YA and felt it was time to take a quick break and get back into manga, which I haven’t read in SOO LONG!!
My first manga in years was Hidamari ga Kikoeru & it was all kinds of amazing!! ❤
The story starts off with college student Taichi searching for a part-time job. With no luck, he makes his way towards his college campus just in time for lunch and meets Kouhei after stumbling into him.
Kouhei is in search of a note taker due to having difficulty hearing and Taichi gladly agrees. In return for being note taker, Kouhei promises Taichi free lunches and the two become friends.
It is revealed that Kouhei lost his hearing around middle school when he got a terrible fever and throughout the rest of middle school + high school found it very difficult to connect with people and make friends.
This manga brings up hearing disability and really takes time to discuss it!
While I personally don’t have much knowledge on people who are hearing impaired/deaf, I felt it taught me a lot and showed me the struggles one can face and how it could significantly impact the important build blocks of one’s social life (making friends, etc.)
+ I felt so bad for Kouhei because he just gave up almost on making friends entirely 😭 and was so lonely, of course until Taichi came along.
There are moments when Kouhei can’t hear what people are saying to him or when he asks people to repeat what they said and sometimes their response is “it was nothing.”
To him its a big deal, because he wants to be a part of a conversation or just feel included.
Sadly Kouhei discovers his hearing is getting worse and he could possibly end up losing his hearing all together!
Wanting to avoid hurting Taichi if he does end up losing his hearing, he slowly begins to drift away from him.
It broke my heart!! 💔😭
Luckily, by the end Kouhei explains why Taichi is so important to him & they kiss!!
Now onto Volume 2: (which separately is 4.5★ )
During a club day on campus, Taichi tells a new student Maya to watch where she is going, when she steps on his flyers accidentally. Not knowing she is hard of hearing as well, he tells her to watch where she’s going.
Soon after, Taichi realizes she is there to see Kouhei and both Maya & Kouhei click instantly.
After one of Taichi’s friends recommends they go with a big group of friends to a local restaurant, Taichi becomes somewhat jealous of being ignored by Kouhei all night + of Maya becoming friends with him.
Shortly after, Taichi gets convinced from people around him that he doesn’t need to be with Kouhei anymore because he has Maya + Maya herself doesn’t necessarily like Taichi either and that he should leave Kouhei alone (he’s loud and talkative compared to her who is more soft-spoken).
As for Kouhei himself, he gets convinced that he’s holding Taichi back & doesn’t deserve his friendship.He then admits to himself that having Taichi as his friend makes him stress over the littlest things, considering they haven’t talked in a while.
+ in between chapters moments of Spring Break are shown & further reveals why Taichi + Kouhei don’t really hang out much anymore (+ it complicated their relationship!)
As time goes on, Maya begins to question whether Kouhei likes someone (b/c she somewhat has a crush on him, but overtime gets the idea that he doesn’t like her back.)
Taichi becomes unsure of what he wants to do with his life and what he wants to study. By chance he meets Maya’s Uncle and realizes he runs a company with a variety of services for the hard of hearing/deaf.
After bringing up valid points in a discussion, he gets offered a job at the company. Convinced he’s where he should be, he considers dropping out.
Before Taichi drops out, he still wants to make time to hang out w/ Kouhei.
However before they meet up, Taishi sees Maya and notices she’s having a hard time understanding what her childhood friends are saying and he helps Maya avoid the situation.
In between this scene, we come to understand why Maya didn’t really like him and why she really wanted to be friends w/ Kouhei (b/c she saw herself in him and understood his struggles).
Kouhei + Taishi meet up once more and Kouhei admits that Taishi taught him to be a better person, enjoy life, and understand other people.
Wanting to get it out of the way, Taishi tells him he’s dropping out.
They hug one last time, Kouhei signs something for Taishi and leaves.
Its been 6 months (now winter) since Taishi started working at his new job and he hasn’t seen Kouhei since then.
Both are unsure how to reconnect their friendship after so much time apart.
Taishi gets convinced that Kouhei has a girlfriend now (which ends up not being true!)
He sees Maya and she tells him that he still hasn’t admitted to himself that he loves Kouhei. He’s assigned to drop something off and sees Kouhei after so long. ❤ ❤
They begin to talk and catch each other up on whats been going on in their lives.
Taichi then comes to understand what Kouhei signed for him all those months ago (not his name as he believed, but “LOVE”)
He runs off after coming to realize what Kouhei had meant, then a truck begins driving by & Taichi is about to get hit.
Kouhei luckily is there to help and they finally admit their feelings for each other after so long. + admit how much they missed each other ❤ ❤ ❤
I absolutely loved this manga start to finish! I will admit I did cry a couple times but overall this story is filled with such well developed characters and brings up discussion about the hard of hearing/deaf with, to my knowledge very well and taught me a little more about it.
I love that Taichi & Kouhei got their happy ending and finally admitted to each other how they felt. I’m just so sad its over b/c I would have loved to read more about these characters!! ❤ ❤
My only minor issue is that volume 2 felt somewhat dragged in places but rushed in others and I wish there was more moments with Taishi & Kouhei!!
The story is beautifully written and the art is very well done. At its core this manga is about friendship and not giving up when things seem tough.
Overall this manga was spectacular, I highly recommend it!!