Andante [2001]

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Manga-ka: Obana Miho
Tankoubon: 3
Magazine: Ribon
Publisher: Shueisha

About (mangaupdates):
Mei is a 2nd year junior high student from the Wind Orchestra Club. She lives with her older brother, Natsu, a musical genius. Actually, they don’t have any sibling blood relation. When Mel, a pretty girl also gets to live with them, Mei with her complicated feelings…

I Say…

Human emotion is indeed very powerful. After reading Andante, Obana Miho became a favorite. I like her award winning Kodomo no Omocha, and I am not surprised this turned out to be equally good. Obana Miho is a tearjerker manga-ka. The conflict was very good, and utterly heart-wrenching. I wished for it to be a mistake or a test… but it didn’t end that way. I hate putting up spoilers so you just might want to check it out. Don’t keep your hopes up. There are no happy endings. They don’t exist.

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Review: Kodomo no Omocha

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                           Child’s Toy

Manga-ka: Obana Miho

Genre: Shoujo

Tankoubons: 10

Publisher: Shueisha

Magazine: Ribon

Overview (mangaupdates):

Sana Kurata, a child actress, faces many problems in her classroom, including a major one – her bullying classmate, Akito Hayama. Sana’s outgoing and friendly nature leads her to work towards correcting all of the problems around her. Her ‘meddling’ irritates Hayama but at the same time captivates him, just as Hayama’s gloomy nature irritates Sana and compels her to change him. As these two opposites attract each other, they face many hardships which bring them closer to a mutual understanding.

This manga won the 1998 Kodansha Manga Award for shōjo.

I Say…

100% cuteness! I love Sana and Akito! I wish I can watch the anime version too, but I there’s no chance for it to be released as a complete series. Under hiatus for so long already. Anyway, the manga is already cute enough!

I just want to stress on the maturity of the characters. At the beginning of the story they’re only 11 years old. But as young as that they are already too violent and too harsh with their language. But I’m not new to issues of bullying and peer pressure as early as grade school. It does happen.

Akito is very lucky to have best friends, and Sana who acted like a band aid to all his deep wounds from the past. He is a very troublesome kid, if you’d ask me! Sana sort of “thawed” his heart and gave a new meaning to his existence.

You will likely fall in love with this one once you start reading your first volume. It won’t win a shoujo award if it ain’t good, right?