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REVIEW: Start with a Happy Ending GN 1

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PostPosted: Tue Nov 06, 2012 12:59 pm Reply with quote
I was going to "blind buy" this off of RightStuf since the art seems so chidish and simplistic, I figured it was a "feel good" story. But, since it's really a collection of bittersweet tales, I have to buy it!

“To follow the entire life of just one person,” Risa Motoyama says in her afterward, “does not a story make.” Start With a Happy Ending proves that – we only follow the ends of the protagonists' lives, not privy to their starts, only their finishes.

Other than Colorful (the film), which sort of counts, I haven't watched/read too many of stories where it starts with the death of a character so this seems like a change I might enjoy.
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 12, 2013 7:52 am Reply with quote
I know this is somewhat of an older review but I just received this manga last week from RightStuf (ordered entirely due to Rebecca's comments on the "Super Manga Pals" ANNCast, at 56:30 specifically, back in December) and it was so emotionally compelling that I just had to comment.

I thought maybe this would be really cute, light reading ("cat manga," y'know?) but to be honest, I read it right before going to sleep and I ended up crying so hard that I looked like hell the next morning. Something about seeing the same kind of sad, self-revelatory thoughts ("It might seem like just a bunch of small details... but... my life has been an endless cycle of doing nothing. An endless cycle of self-loathing...") that regularly occur to me being spoken by cute, abstract kittens/cats (a la Chi's Sweet Home) really hits home, like a punch in the gut, every chapter without fail.

Having said that, I'm absolutely going to buy vol.2 whenever it comes out. I just have to remember to read it relatively early in the day so that the weeping has abated well before it's time for bed.
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