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.
- Paperback: 220 pages
- Publisher: VERTICAL INC; 1 edition (15 November 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1939130832
- ISBN-13: 978-1939130839
- Product Dimensions: 12.8 x 1.6 x 17.8 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 141 g
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- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 141,165 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)