Title: Hana no Namae Author: Saitou Ken Release: Monthly Status: Finished Genre: Shoujo, Romance Art: A Originality: A Story: S Characters: S Humor: B Action: B
Impression: This beautiful story is about a girl who is staying with an antisocial novelist relative of hers after the death of her parents and the hospitalization of her grandfather. When she first came over to the guy’s house, she was even more despondent than he was so he told her to do chores around the house and that included taking of the barren garden. After two years of living there, the garden now flourished and the girl herself had overcome her grief and was now living her life happily. Over time the two had become smitten with each other and the author’s affection for her led him to publish a tragic romance story based on their lives. I really, really like this story. Unlike most of the shoujo romance manga I’ve read, this one chooses to focus on the fragility of the characters and their hesitation to act out on their feelings. This series manages to convey the powerful emotions that the main characters feel through every little action they do making it easy to get swept up in the ambience shared between them. My only complaint is that it reached its climax a volume too early and tried to end it with another attempt at showcasing their love for one another. It’s still a good scene by any other manga’s standard but the one in volume 3 easily trumps it by a long shot. I absolutely have to recommend this to anyone who enjoys a good story and that goes double for anyone who loves their romances. Trust me on this, this definitely qualifies as a must read.