Hi ! Renxkyoko Iglesias here. * waves *
I’m posting about a manga that I have read many moons ago, Kimi No Sei, which I have rated 5/10. This is a bit of a low rating for a story that I actually like and find meaningful, realistic and relevant. Kimi no Sei is about bullying and how it can leave a permanent scar on a person’s psyche.
Synopsis from Baka Updates:
Takaya has fallen in love at first sight with a girl he saw at his college. The only problem is that the girl happens to be Yurina, the girl he spent his elementary days tormenting. While he hardly remembers her from those days, Yurina hates him with a passion. She holds him responsible for all the emotional and psychological scars that were caused by the years he made her life a living hell. Takaya hopes they’ll be able to move past their history and fall in love, but can Yurina ever feel anything for him but hatred and the desire for revenge ?
The story is not your regular garden variety shoujo romance . The female protagonist does not fall in love first, as is typical of shoujo . Takaya acts like a puppy , accepting calmly anything that Yurina spews out . Although I’m glad this is happening to him, Yurina’s cruelty does make me cringe once in while.
To be honest, I get it. Takaya deserves it. I know what it feels to be bullied. I was bullied once . I can still feel the fear and apprehension of going to school, cowering in the school bus, hoping my tormentor wouldn’t notice me, coming to the cafeteria only when everyone had gotten their food. What I suffered was physical bullying. She would elbow me out of food line, would sit behind me in the bus and hit my head and wouldn’t stop until she got off the bus. I was just 7 years old, a small girl, and worse, a new immigrant who couldn’t speak English. It went on for about a month until I couldn’t take it anymore and hit her with my backpack. Then I told my Mom, my Mom came to my school and told the principal, and this girl was suspended for one week. I had so many witnesses, including the bus driver. Then a classmate befriended me, and we teamed up to torment that ugly , fat- assed , 200 lb. bully. We ‘d gag and pretend to vomit everytime she passed by, called her oink, oink, and for my birthday , I gave everyone an invitation, and saw to it she was the only one who didn’t get an invitation. I became popular and she was still an ugly, fat-assed 200 lb bulldog. It was justice with restitution. Classic. As they say, don’t get angry, get even.
But then, I knew how to fight back. Yurina didn’t. So the hatred festered and grew . Unfortunately, Takaya didn’t even know he had inflicted so much pain to a child .
I get it, Yurina.
But why did you fall in love at Chapter 9 ? You should have fallen in love at Chapter 35. Lame. That’s why I’m giving this a low 5/10.
Okay, I know I’m not being nice. But who can forgive and forget when a gay classmate who was bullied at school committed suicide ? He sat next to me in class. He was nice and friendly that day and there was no indication whatsoever that he was going to kill himself as soon as he got home. . That’s why I hate bullies.
Or maybe I should rate this a 10/10? It did affect me emotionally, and that’s a good thing.