Thursday, 16 April 2015

Manga Review : Hori-san and Miyamura-kun by Hero & Hagiwara Daisuke



Title: Hori-san and Miyamura-kun 
Original Title: Horimiya
Author: Hero
Artist: Hagiwara Daisuke

Year of Release: 2011
Genres: Comedy, Romance, School Life, Shounen, Slice of Life

Status: Ongoing
Chapters (Translated in English): 48
Volumes & Chapters: 7 Volumes (ongoing)
Volume 1 Chapters 1-6
Volume 2 Chapters 7-13
Volume 3 Chapters 14-20
Volume 4 Chapters 21-26
Volume 5 Chapters 27-34
Volume 6 Chapters 35-42
Volume 7 translation in progress 


Summary


Hori may seem like a normal teenage girl, but she's a completely different person after school. In her workaholic parents' absence, Hori has been like a parent for her little brother since she was young herself. Between taking care of her brother, feeding them both, and housework, she doesn't have much time for a usual teenage social life. One day, she meets someone else who does not present his true self at school: a quiet, glasses-wearing boy called Miyamura. She'd assumed he was bookish, and possibly an otaku, but Hori couldn't have been more wrong. Outside of school, Miyamura is a friendly guy with many piercings, and he's not very good at academics. Now the two of them have someone with whom they can share both halves of their lives! 

My Thoughts


Review covers 48 chapters (especially Chapter 37: Cold Rain)


 This manga got its popularity around previous year mostly (2014). You may ask what is so amazing about it, why every romance manga fan first chooses this manga as their favorite ongoing? If you ask me why I love it, I will just say one word: “pure”. And by that I do not mean that there is nothing, it has everything, however not everything is shown and if that in most cases makes us annoyed, not here, here the artist plants the seed and the readers make it blossom in their minds. I will upload a part of the chapter, which I just adore and which made me squeal with satisfaction. But that’s for the end of the review.

Now let me just tell you a bit about the plot. Nothing extraordinary, but the author did his job making the manga worth reading. Meet our heroine – Hori Kyoko a popular girl at school, but as soon as the school is over she becomes a perfect housewife, because she has to take care of her little brother. No, her parents are alive, but they are rarely home. Our heroine does not want her classmates to know her other side, but what if someday this secret is going to be revealed? Well, now let’s meet our hero – Miyamura Izumi, the person who is thought to be a nerd at school, but who actually is very stylish and very wild in his appearance in his free time. I don’t really want to reveal his secret, because it’s what makes the first impression about this manga, and that is what some jokes are made though out the manga.


The humor in this manga is something amazing. And it differs from characters to character. There are jokes that never get boring and characters, which just crack you up without saying anything. The last chapters have been really fun, but at the same time they have chapters, which are solely for the reader, mainly ones that are talking about future. I guess now I will talk a bit about my favorite chapter, Chapter 37 Cold Rain. It’s the chapter where our lovebirds take the “next step” (plainly they have sex). However, I didn’t really want that word, because, the scene is somehow still pure and it is so natural, that you just wish either of the characters to be real and by your side. In the beginning when I finished the chapter, I was thinking that my mind was playing tricks on me, but the comments of my fellow manga fans made it clear to me, that it was real and official now. Most of us agreed that it was too soon, but as we are we, we didn’t have any objections. Now let me just tell you one more thing before you get to see the part of this chapter (the “juicy” part). In Japanese culture when you call somebody by his or her name, it means you are very close to that person. And sometimes even though people are dating they still call their partners by the family name. (Knowledge from manga, and now you will get the first two photos.)

Horimiya by Hero
Ch. 37 Cold Rain 

Horimiya by Hero
Ch. 37 Cold Rain 

Horimiya by Hero
Ch. 37 Cold Rain 

Horimiya by Hero
Ch. 37 Cold Rain 

Horimiya by Hero
Ch. 37 Cold Rain 

Horimiya by Hero
Ch. 37 Cold Rain



Amazing, isn’t it? I love this manga for another reason too. The main two characters say what they wish and do not dwell on being kissed or hugged, but that maybe because the manga is not shoujo, but seinen. Meaning it is written for the male readers mostly not female. However romance is romance and this is an amazing manga to read. I hope you will find some time to start it. You will not be disappointed. Enjoy it to it’s fullest and if you read, no after you read it, don’t forget to share your thoughts with me. Happy reading!!!!

XOXO


Katie

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