Okay so I left school like 6 years ago…I know I feel old just saying that!!! But for some reason I still love reading and watching anything set in School, perhaps it’s because I’m at Uni, I don’t know. And as a result, I have watched probably far too many Japanese High School Movies (Enoshima Prism, Strobe Edge and Close Range Love are just a few that came to mind). So when I found out about Orange it was just totally up my street.
Read from 22/02/18 to 03/03/18
So the story of Orange follows Naho who receives a letter from herself 10 years in the future, in the letter it says that she must save her friend Kakeru who will die next year!!!
The idea of time travel is something that I am infinitely interested in, it’s such a mind-blowing concept that if done right (I’m looking at you Dark on Netflix) is utterly fascinating. And while no characters actually time travel, the idea of a letter from your future self is also just as intriguing, and I bet all of us have wished that we could pen a letter of advice to our younger selves.
Orange is beautifully written, the drawings are stunning and the budding friendship/relationship between Naho and Kakeru is super cute. But one of the best things about this manga is the representation of Mental Health which is a rather serious issue all around the world but more so in countries like Japan and Korea (who have one of the highest suicide rates in the world!!!) where familial and societal pressure is rather overbearing in everyone’s lives.
I felt like the ending was a little rushed (but maybe Orange: Future will clear that up?), but overall it was a brilliant journey that highlighted important issues of friendship and mental health.
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