NOTE: Some pages are not fully loaded. This means that there is just a blank space where something should be. This includes the bottom HALF of chapter 5 (about 20 pages), and all of chapter 6, which is the epilogue. So the entire review I just wrote up is incomplete and not really important anymore. Some of my points are still valid, and all are accurate up to page 24 of chapter 5, but this is not the review to read if you want to judge the entire series. Starkana, do me a favor and just delete the manga if you don't want to have all of it up.
This manga is depressing. That's the biggest thing to say about it. If it really is completed, and all five chapters are up, then it ends on the most depressing statement ever uttered by a human. I can only imagine the pain the author was in to need to write this in the first place.
It is not complicated with happy overtones like Kodomo no Jikan, it's not a mix of creepy and serious like that "Love Club" lolicon manga, it's just depressing.
The story is good; the author explains everything well, from the different viewpoints on what a family is, to symbolism relating to child molestation. Everything has a point. The dialogue is excellent, the fansub group did great. The animation is a little blocky, which is fine because no one is supposed to look attractive in this soul-crushing piece, just different from each other. Entertainment is low because this leaves feelings; and these are not fun feelings to have.
This being a drama, there's drama and flawed characters. Me feeling judge-y today means I'm gonna list them in order for you, the few who will actually read this because it's from a manga I imagine is not popular at all.
Mom is the worst, sister is the least worst.
Everyone's -fucked- up, but in the girl's case, it's not her fault. It happened as a coping mechanism to a pathetic family life.
So, betrayal, betrayal, betrayal, a selfish guy, a big lack of communication, a fool who can't say no to TEMPTATION, and a kid forced to grow up too fast, yet who doesn't realize how messed up it is that she had to.
I do feel that anyone reading this needs some counterpoint to the author's version of a 'family,' something cheerful. And the best I've got for you is that the brother is wrong. That's all there is to it. Know that, and you can distance yourself from the depression and sadness of this manga.
On a final note: I think this is the only review I've ever left, and it's the only review I ever imagine I will leave. It's a testament to how powerful this...thing... is.
Now, read my note at the top again. (show less