7 thoughts on “Orange (Manga) Review

  1. I totally agree with the friendship aspect being the focus of the story-telling (as of now), rather than the romance between Naho and Kakeru. Because of the realism in the portrayal of the group’s friendship, I can’t help but think of my own group of friends while reading this manga. And to think that we’re also six in the group (3 guys and 3 girls), this personal connection just makes the manga a memorable and pleasant experience for me. I also can’t ignore that these characters kind of resemble us, such that I can associate each character to one of us. That said, I can’t possibly be uninterested in this manga, so it’s very close to my heart.

    Great review, by the way.

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    • It’s always a cool experience when a piece of fiction reflects your real life closely like that!

      Personally, I prefer this kind of friendship-first, romance-second approach to a story. It keeps things fresh, hopeful, and doesn’t let the manga get bogged down in repetitive romantic clichés.

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  2. This manga saved my life. I know it’s not perfect, but it will always be perfect to me, as it helped me so much with my suicidal tendencies and opening up to my friends. It made me realize that people loved me, even if I couldn’t believe that. I seriously wish manga was more mainstream, because I want everyone to give this a read, even my family. I rarely cry, I have gone a year without crying, but reading this… I always bawl like a child. It’s beautiful.

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    • Thanks for sharing, Tara! It’s always amazing to get to hear people’s stories about the way art has improved their lives.

      Frankly, I feel like this is a better endorsement for Orange than I could ever give, no matter how much I wrote. ^_^”

      I wish you all the best & thank you again for sharing your story!

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  3. “…and more the story of how a group of friends strive to make one boy feel loved and needed.”
    Totally agree! Though the main focus of the manga was on the romance, I absolutely loved the friend group in their interactions among each other. I think ultimately that’s what made Orange stand out–the romance was sweet, the plot was somewhat suspenseful, but the way that it portrayed the group of friends and how they loved and cared for each other was what made me love the manga. It definitely touched me personally as well 🙂

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  4. While I was reading this manga, I had just.. The worst anxiety about the ending. You know.. I won’t truly ever understand how it feels to be depressed and suicidal, but damn, I truly felt the emotions that was put in those words and pictures of each character. I don’t think I’ve read anything so powerful.. Something that has so much depth on not just love, but deep roots of friendship. I understood their regret, on not being able to save the poor kid and I also understood their hard work, saving him.
    I honestly don’t think I’ve ever felt so… Emotional for a manga before. Then again, I’m only just getting started. I have lots more to read! But still, this manga was just absolutely memorable. Even after I’ve finished this manga, the intense emotions still linger in me. I don’t know, maybe I’m just a super emotional person, haha!
    Overall, this manga gave me a whole new view of life. Life is truly a beautiful, yet impossibly difficult, thing to hold onto, but with people who love and surround me, I just have to look at them and reach out for their guidance.

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