Leave a comment

Love Letter – Kouji Seo

This is not a shoujo, I repeat this is definitely not a shoujo.

This is a shounen tragedy, following a romance that had barely begun just as the  Second World War is breaking out. Based on a real events, this manga follows what it meant to be an ordinary Japanese person in WWII – and how extraordinary times can cruelly conspire against the ordinary wishes and desires of two people.

Kouji Seo is perhaps best known for Kimi no Iru Machi, a much more light-hearted work. Love Letter proves that he can render a quiet heartbreak and gravitas, as well as the more humorous aspects of life.  Kouji-sensei’s artwork mayn’t be to everyone’s tastes, but it has a lovely quality of simplicity – a definite lack of a conscious effort to make make characters “pretty”, or “zany” for the intended audience. A manga about ordinary people in extraordinary times.

5 out of 5, read it and weep. Stay tuned folks.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: