Manga: Kimi ga Koi ni Ochiru
Author: Takanaga Hinako
Genres: Drama, Romance, School Life, Sports, Yaoi
Status in Country of Origin: 1 Volume (Complete)
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Summary: Painful, heartbreaking memories suddenly surface for Haru when he agrees to fill in as teacher for the high school archery club. In his youth, Haru was a brilliant archer who competed for the national championship. But uncontrollable urges for a male rival forced him to give up on his archery dream and run away from his true feelings. Now that he’s back in the bow-and-arrow game, Haru becomes drawn to the brother of his long-lost love–and he must find out if desire has taken on a new, seductive aim…
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Note: This is a personal opinion, it does not reflect YaoiOtaku’s official position towards the manga.
Kimi ga Koi ni Ochiru is definitely one of those mangas that you either like it or you don’t. There are many reasons to dislike it, but there are many reasons to love it as well. The story isn’t exactly unique or without cliches, but the idea of archery mirroring one’s heart does make for a more philosophical question about love, like: How do you if you are in love? What is love? And What does it mean to be in love. It also deals with the questions on how do you treat the one you love and how being in love can be reflected in your treatment of the person you love.
The other thing that makes this story/series a little interesting, is that the characters, and the Sequel aren’t backwards or forwards, they actually overlap and the universe is interwoven with the characters. So while this manga focuses more on Haru and Tsukasa when you read the sequel it makes a lot of sense and gives you a bit more perspective and insight into how all of the characters feel.
While most people seemed to like the sequel better, I happened to like this manga better because I felt when it came to the evolution and the emotion of the relationship was deep and knew how to tug at the emotional strings. One of the other things I liked about Kimi ga Koi ni Ochiru was that this was very gentle, and sweet, even with the moment where Tsukasa is trying to take Haru by force he was stopped by Haru’s gentleness, and his realization that he wanted to prove his love to Haru. One of the most beautiful moments was when he told Haru that he would prove his love for Haru with his archery. Which is the constant theme throughout the story.
The other thing that I liked is the fact that Tsukasa is the kind of person who is “rough around the edges” as opposed to Haru who is rather gentle, and understanding which made him quite cute, especially when it came to dealing with the selfish and childish behavior of Tsukasa.
Neither of them are perfect, and they both make mistakes, have misunderstandings and even act irrationally. But all of the behavior is within their characters which adds to the human element of the story. Part of what makes this so good to me is the fact that the emotion between Haru and Tsukasa seems so real, and the emotions, the feelings and the thoughts between all the characters involved are relatable.
This may not be for everyone, and there are people who like the rival character Reiichirou more than Tsukasa, but reading both this story and the sequel I still like the relationship between Tsukasa and Haru because it is so honest, and gentle. Even when Tsukasa loses his temper and acts selfish or childish Haru is able to get him to grow, while Tsukasa is also able to get Haru to eventually change his feelings from Reiichirou to Tsukasa.
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