Half and Half

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A one-shot by Seo Kouji, the same author of Suzuka and Kimi no Iru Machi

Brief Summary

The story centers around Shinichi Nagakawa, an aspiring painter living in Tokyo. His life changed forever when he died… along with a random woman who happened to be next to him.

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However, before their spirits could pass into the afterlife, God (or lack of a better term) decided to let one of them live… after letting the two decide after a seven day period.

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Of course, the first thing they try to do is go back to their normal lives… but since God had bound their existence together, they can’t go far without risking death.

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They can’t kill each other off either as they share the same pain. The two also learned that they could read the thoughts and emotions of the other.

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Due to the circumstances, Yuuki Sanada decides to stay with Shinichi.

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And she teases him a bit with their special relationship.

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The next day, Shinichi takes Yuuki with him for a painting. While he’s working, she gets to see his love and passion for the arts.

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But slowly and surely, the two strangers develop feelings for each other.

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Until… they realize that they’ve fallen in love.

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But there is still that seven day limit to how long the both of them could be alive. Yuuki, seeing that Shinichi’s painting of her was finished, decided to give herself up.

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And poor Shinichi work up the next day… finding her gone and only a letter on his desk.

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The letter explained the reason why she chose to let Shinichi live. She was already terminally ill and wanted to live with someone she loved. Thanks to Shinichi, she was able to do that. In addition, with his painting and love, she will always be remembered.

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And in some art gallery in Tokyo, Shinichi’s painting of Yuuki smiling wins an award.

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Impressions

I can’t say that this was an excellent work… since it wasn’t. Too cliché with the plot and romance development but I guess that’s Seo Kouji’s style. However, it was interesting enough that I finished it. The one-shot format helped in that aspect since if this was drawn out into a full series, I doubt it would hold my interest. Average but very promising for the author’s first work (I think, published 1996).

To be honest, the part about God imposing those limitations on the two seemed nothing more than cruel and sadistic. Granted, some people may talk about “God working in mysterious ways” or that the God here isn’t the same kind, caring “God” they believe in… but that’s irrelevant since most of my sentiments stem from the final result of one person dying while the other lives. It wouldn’t be too bad if they remained strangers but since they spent a week together, feelings developed and love blossomed. And just when Shinichi and Yuuki took the first step in romance… one’s torn away. Happy ending? Not really… more like bittersweet with finding love and then being widowed in the following day.

Or maybe my dislike stems from my idealist concept of love. It should have no limitations.

Anyways, that aside, I wasn’t surprised by how the ending turned up since I’ve read something like this before. The way they fall in love is not slow and dramatic like the other romances I enjoy, but it’s understandable due to the publishing format. With character designs, Yuuki here really resembles Yuzuki from the author’s most recent work, Kimi no Iru Machi.

Overall, I enjoyed the work but not to the extent that I’ll suggest it to fellow manga fans. Probably something to read when waiting for other series to update.

2 Responses

  1. I always like manga involving art students :) However, It seemed like this moved too fast and felt somewhat generic.

  2. Well it is a one-shot (and first publication work I think) from Seo Kouji so there’s only so much to expect.

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