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Saturday, October 4, 2008

Saishu Heiki Kanojo: The Last Love Song on This Little Planet

The first time I saw this manga, I was captured by the subtitle "The Last Love Song on This Little Planet". It associated me to a collaboration film called Last Life in The Universe (Thai-Japan, 2003). Obviously, they had no relation at all. I looked at the cover. The cute girl was standing there, shy. I carefully trace the outline and I just had a feeling, this was gonna be an awesome story.


My intuition was correct. I bought the first volume (and later unable to buy the rest *hiks..*), red the story, and enjoyed the illustration. Though it was hard for me to understand Japanese completely, I got the idea: a couple of friend - Shuji and Chise - were attracted one each other on their own way. Chise was portrayed as a shy and clumsy with a lot of plasters at her body. Shuji was a 'standard' boy who didn't really understand girl's feeling. The two of them became closer after a bomb raid as Shuji witnessed Chise's power. She could grew wings with weapons on it. Believing that she couldn't control it, Shuji realized that he must helped her.


The mood

The story, to my opinion, is pretty romantic. This mood was built by the narration from Shuji. He used beautiful words (almost like writing a letter or diary) to express his thought. His opinion here became important as we - the reader - were mostly guided by Shuji's point of view. His feeling to Chise gradually became clear with the secret that both of them kept. Though his narration sounded sad, Takahashi Shin (Takahashi is his family name) was clever enough to put some sidekicks to both parties. He also put funny situation between Shuji and Chise. For example, when Shuji saw Chise fly in a night, Chise was shock and thought that Shuji peeked on her underwear. Losing her concentration, she fell to the ground in chibi style drawing.


Illustration

If I am correct, Takahashi is a male. Yet, his drawing style in this manga was close to shoujo manga. The city illustration was great with manipulation of real photos so it looked pretty realistic. In Wikipedia, it was said that the city landscape for this manga was taken from Otaru City.


Suggestion

Though I cannot finish reading the story, I suggest you to read the manga (English version is available. You can check via Good Reads or online book stores). I actually also curious with the live-action (J-drama?) version and the anime version. . It must be awesome to see. Anyway, enjoy!^_^

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Reference links:
Wikipedia - Saikano
Wikipedia - Shin Takahashi
Good Reads
(photo source)

1 comment:

Neohybrid_kai said...

ah, saikano, it brings back memories.. till now, I still have to agree that its one of the few bittersweet romance narrated in the male protagonist's first point of view. If you're not that into moe 2D I recommend to watch the live action, sure Chise is not a loli dojikko there, but imho the movie catch the essence of Saikano pretty well.