Sunday, December 22, 2013

Manga Review: Socrates in Love by Kyoichi Katayama and Kazumi Kazui

Rating (Out of 5): ~2.5
Publisher: Shojo Beat (VIZ Media)
Publish Date: 2005
Volumes: 1
Spoilers: Not really.
Buy it here: Amazon. Barnes and Noble. Powells.

Amazon Synopsis:
The novel adaptation of the all-time best selling manga in Japan! Affectionately known as "Sekachu" in Japan, Socrates in Love became a national sensation bringing innocent love and romance to the forefront of Japan's ultra-hip mass market. A sweet high school romance between an average guy and a beautiful girl has just gotten underway. But tragedy ensues when the girl falls ill with leukemia. A bittersweet tale of young love, enduring devotion, and heartbreaking loss, Socrates in Love is a story to cherish and nurture.

This book was kind of a miss for me, sadly.
It’s about a boy and a girl, their love for each other, and what happens when she gets cancer.
I didn’t really connect very well with the characters, although I did see their affection for each other, and how he felt for her, and her struggle with cancer. There was a lot of sweet and sad moments, some humor, some nostalgia (on the characters’ part, not mine). 
Overall I think I just didn’t connect well enough, I didn’t enjoy the art very much, and it left me feeling sad (which is understandable, but still).

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