This is the manga I am currently so crazy about: HORIMIYA!


Kyoko Hori is a popular girl at school. Girls like to hang out with her and guys ask her out. And then, there is Izumi Miyamura. He gives off dark aura vibes and people in class stay as far as they can from him. A typical otaku type: eyeglasses, long haired, gloomy, aloof, and smart. One day, Kyoko's brother comes home from school with a nosebleed. He tripped himself and fell flat on the ground, and that's how he ran into a young man with quite a lot of piercings on his face and brought him home. Kyoko thanked the young man, but he, in turn, replied that he found it really awesome how she could run the house by herself. He addressed her as "Hori-san." Kyoko is shocked to learn that this gangster-looking type is no other than Izumi Miyamura!

The longer they hang out at her house, the more she gets to know more of Izumi: he's the exact opposite of otaku. Doesn't really like anime that much, only wears glasses and maintain long hair so he could hide his piercings, and totally not smart at all! Izumi, on the other hand, gets to see what she is like after school: doesn't wear make up, dresses really plain, and has no time for social hang outs since she takes care of the house and her brother.

They learn a lot more of each other until they can't help but liking each other more and more. It's a new strange feeling for Izumi given his past life, but he's willing to change for Izumi. And Kyoko, who's been so independent and strong all her life, has put her shield and armour down and depended on Izumi.

What I think of the series:

I am seriously in love with this manga! I know the plot sounds so cliche, but it's much deeper when you read the manga. This series reminds me of Kimi Ni Todoke. Izumi is definitely Sawako's boy version. He's having a hard time talking to people and making friends. He grew up alone, aloof and different. He inflicted physical pain on himself to somehow ease the pain he is feeling emotionally. Then, enters Kyoko. A perfect girl, liked by everyone, who isn't really that perfect on the inside. She can have every guy she wants, but she has already claimed Izumi as hers even before she realizes her feelings for him. Izumi is the only one who knows her imperfection and willingly stays with her despite of that.

Kyoko opens doors for Izumi to grow up and be more out there with people, and Izumi has been the only person Kyoko has ever depended on since she was a kid. They are so perfect for each other. It's like they're filling in the holes of each other's imperfection.

I mentioned that this manga reminds me of Kimi Ni Todoke, however, this is much more fast paced than Kimi Ni Todoke. I mean, in Volume 5, we already have this!!!
I didn't see this one coming, yet it felt so right that they've finally done the deed.

I can't wait for the day this series is licensed! Oh man, that would be a feat! Siiiiiigh so many series I want to stack on my shelf. ~______~
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