Orange | Ichigo Takano | Review

“Maybe it’s impossible to live life without any regrets. Even when you know the future… you’ll still mess up.”

RATING:

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

SYNOPSIS:

A Plea From the Future

On the day that Naho begins 11th grade, she receives a letter from herself ten years in the future. At first, she writes it off as a prank, but as the letter’s predictions come true one by one, Naho realizes that the letter might be the real deal. Her future self tells Naho that a new transfer student, a boy named Kakeru, will soon join her class. The letter begs Naho to watch over him, saying that only Naho can save Kakeru from a terrible future. Who is this mystery boy, and can Naho save him from his destiny? This is the heart-wrenching sci-fi romance that has over million copies in print in Japan! 

REVIEW:

This is the first Manga that I have ever read, so I was very excited to go into it. After binge ready a fairly heavy fantasy series I decided this is what I needed to read in order to cleanse my pallet. After around 50 pages after getting used to the fact I was essentially reading backwards I discovered that I absolutely love this genre. And this Manga in particular blew me away. I absolutely loved it.

Orange, the complete collection, Volume 1 comes in at over a whopping 500 pages yet I devoured it within an hour before going to bed. Once I began I could not, and did not want to stop therefore I read it in its entirety without moving from my sofa. I immediately contacted my friends to get them to put it on their wishlist as I loved it that much.

I feel like the idea behind this manga is so unique, I have not seen anything like it before. I really liked seeing the execution of it, I feel like the creator did really well with this. This book is listed as sci-fi and it is to a certain extent particularly in relation to parallel universes etc. However please do not let that put you off, it is definitely a minor part of the story. It is fairly romance heavy however, which for me is normally what I do not enjoy. I did, 100% like this one though. Whilst heavy I did not feel like the romance was overbearing to the point that I would roll my eyes and find myself uninterested. It was gripping me throughout and I just wanted more.

My favourite part about this whole volume is the message behind friendships, how everybody should have strong friendships. Friends who are there for you through the good times and the bad times. Lifelong friends who you carry with you forever. I really loved the friendships in this volume.

All in all volume 1 was a really wonderful read which I devoured within an hour. I immediately got my hands on the second so I could continue.

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