Read the manga called MARS if you want an excellent romance drama with mystery as well.
Can't recommend this manga enough to those wanting a serious story, yet nobody I know reads it.
It starts off immature and slightly cutesy, but for a reason. This story delves into some serious issues with everything having reasons for everything, along with a very psychological and deep plot. This is probably one of the best mangas I've ever read.
As a basic outline, the plot revolves around Rei, who's twin brother committed suicide and how he coped with it since then, as well as a girl named Kira who is socially withdrawn and single parented, with the plot surrounding the two as they learned more and more about each others backstories and problems and tackle them.
Other themes delve into the psychology of the twisted and mentally ill, as well as rape, and suicide.
As the story unfolds, the story strings together so brilliantly, and every possible plot hole, even the personalities of characters, is filled.
It's also a very psychological book and a violent one while I'm at it. Don't expect giant swords or gang fights here, but the shock what could happen on the street.
Do note that while this is not
an erotic manga in any way, things still become a little mature (Sexually and non sexually) later on and I would not recommend this manga to anyone who would be offended by such content. I would give this a 16+ age rating, not just because it gets a little mature, but because you yourself must be mature to appreciate and understand the story
Also, I'm going to recommend Saikano as well if you want a truly
The story begins with Shuji, a high school student in a Hokkaid; coastal city, walking up to an observatory and reminiscing about his girlfriend, Chise; there he finds her exchange diaries that she purposefully left behind. The ensuing story is narrated by Shuji through flashbacks while reading Chise's diary. Chise, a fellow student in his class, declares her love for Shuji at the beginning of the series. However, Chise is very shy and Shuji is insensitive: neither know how to express their feelings very well, but they do indeed have feelings for each other.
One day, while Shuji is shopping in Sapporo, unknown bombers attack the city in broad daylight. He and his friends run for cover, but notice a fast and small flying object shooting down the enemy bombers. Separated from his friends, Shuji wanders through the wreckage - only to stumble upon Chise; here she has metal wings and weapons - apparently grafted onto her body. She tells him she has become the ultimate weapon, without her knowledge or consent, and that she is seen by the Japan Self-Defense Forces (JSDF) as the last hope for defending Japan from imminent invasion.
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