I first saw the movie and become an instant fan. Makoto Shinkai has been declared Miyazaki's heir and you can see this by the way he does his scenery. Especially impressive was a short of real life scenes compared to what was in the movie.
I didn't know this manga was in print and of course had to obtain it.
Overall, it follows the movie pretty well. Some differences but it's pretty close. We of course start with Takao skipping first period as he likes to do when it rains. He loves a gazebo in a park. This time he happens on Ms. Yakino who is also ditching work. She is an interesting woman as she is drinking beer and eating chocolate. A warning sign that a woman is having a bad day. But a teenager would not know this. He does his usual of drawing shoes and starts using her feet and shoes for ideas. He of course tries to be secret about it. Over time they start becoming friends. Sharing food and talking. She starts eating normal and stops having her morning beer and chocolate. He has more confidence in this quest. There is an age difference and it all goes comes to a confrontation and a resolution.
As I liked the movie; I liked this printed version. Midori Motohashi is the artist and there is a few addons at the end. I did like how Takao became fascinated with shoes. Sort of bitter sweet. I did like the addons as it added more. I wanted more at the end of the story and this gave a little more insight especially a drawing of Takao and Ms. Yakino.
From the award-winning director and author Makoto Shinkai comes the comic adaptation of his most recent work. A modern day love store built on forbidden romance, Shinkai weaves another heartfelt tale that should appeal to his large existing fan-base while winning over more readers for years to come.
Can a poem save your life? Words are powerful. Insults and rumors can derail a career; a bit of encouragement can give someone the strength to pursue their dreams. When a high school boy skipping class to sketch shoe designs and a taciturn woman drinking a morning beer meet in a Tokyo park, they say little, but the woman bids farewell with an ancient tanka poem. Will the boy figure out the poem’s meaning—and its corresponding response—before it’s too late?