Kuzu no Honkai (2012)

They found comfort in each other, even if it’s just temporary.

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I’ve been curious about this manga for quite some time until I decided to give it a go. I just started reading this manga when it had reached chapter 42, only few chapters left until the end.

This manga tells a story about 17 years old couple Yasuraoka Hanabi and Awaya Mugi. Both of them had hopeless unrequited love for another person. Mugi loved Minagawa Akane, a young teacher and used to be his home tutor while Hanabi loved her teacher who was also her childhood friend. Hanabi was cute and Mugi was popular, both of the seemed like a perfect couple, but no one knows they were going out just to soothe their loneliness from their unrequited love. As someone who shared the same feelings, they found comfort in each other and so it led to loneliness-driven physical intimacy.

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Watashitachi no Shiawase na Jikan (2007)

In the midst of the darkest path of their life, they saved each other.

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I stumbled upon this manga accidentally when I was looking at Manga Rock’s editorial collection about tragic heartbreak stories. There were 5 mangas on the list and this manga was number 4. I read this manga right away and can’t stop until I reached the end. Lucky this manga only had 8 chapters so it didn’t take a lot of time to finish.

Apparently this manga is an adaptation of a novel by South Korea’s most popular female novelist, Gong Ji-young. It tells a story of a woman and a man who had tried to kill themselves several times. The woman was a famous pianist but stopped at the age of 16. On the other hand, the man was a murderer of 3 innocents people and was sentenced to death. He had such a tragic past that led him to the murders. They ended up talking to each other every Thursday at 10AM for 30 minutes. The stories they shared to each other changed them and they who once had given up to live starting to had hope again.

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