Forget me not nao emoto
それでも僕は君が好き 3 [Soredemo Boku wa Kimi ga Suki 3] by Emoto Nao[Review for vols. 1-4. Spoilers, obvs.]
The covers are a bit misleading, because they make you think its going to be super girly. I picked it up because I tend to be impressed with what Kodansha puts out, no matter the subject matter. Plus, I cracked it open and the art reminded me a bit of the stellar A Silent Voice, so I thought Id give it a shot despite my reservations about the cover art. Inside is an incredibly insightful profile of a young man who fails at relationship after relationship, despite his good intentions towards women and his attempts to treat them respectfully.
Part of his problem is that he tends to idealize women--not quite to the point of objectification, but his use of pornography certainly doesnt help--and consequently freezes up around them to varying degrees with expected misunderstandings following. But the creators do an excellent job of showing us the difficulties he had growing up: a father who left for a mistress and a mother who subsequently became unhinged--and never really revealed her true self to him. Its pretty easy to connect his difficult relationship with his mother to his difficult relationship to women.
It might be tempting to put him in the white knight category, but the big difference there is that he doesnt seem interested in anyone else knowing it. He will impetuously rush to the defense of a woman he is close to but rarely ever checks in with her to ask if thats all right. In general, he makes a lot of assumptions about how his actions affect the women around him. This, combined with his low self-esteem, lead him to self-deprecate and inevitably the relationship deteriorates because his focus then turns inward and he loses that connection to what his really partners want or need.
I feel a lot of compassion for Serizawa because I think his heart is in the right place. But he tends to be a bit of a loner, and without sufficient external input, continues to spin on his relationship hamster wheel. Which is unfortunate, because he has an uncanny knack for attracting incredibly attractive women, haha.
I genuinely hope he learns something by the end, because his endless spinning is getting depressing! Most of the book is flashbacks, though, and early on we get an indication that the mystery woman who kicks off Serizawas reminiscences has also made him think about his patterns in a different way.
Im in the middle of volume 5, and its still dealing with one of his past relationships, so theres only a volume and a half left for things to end well! Not that Im counting on it, since the story has done a remarkable job of creating realistic interactions between Serizawa and his various women. So much so, that it can be heartwrenching, especially in the case of his relationship with Gucci.
Overall, its an excellent series and I cant recommend it highly enough!
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Kodansha USA has been publishing some titles that seem like a hybrid between shonen and shojo romance; Your Lie in April , which I reviewed last year, is up to seven volumes now, and a new release, Forget Me Not , is now up to its second volume with a third scheduled to be released in July. The comic features a seemingly lonely something Yusuke Serizawa working for a law office while studying for the bar exam. Walking home from work one evening, he gets into an accident and a mysterious woman takes him to medical care. The revelation sets off a chain of memories as Serizawa attempts to piece together who is savior is and what he should do moving forward. We see a younger Serizawa in middle school and high school relationships, crushing on his college-age cram school teacher, and a college-age Serizawa juggling close friendships and romantic relationships. Emoto is especially good at conveying the emotions of characters, with expressive faces flush with embarrassment, sadness joy, and sometimes longing.
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