The Name of the Flower Vol. 1

thenameofflower1Summary: Devastated by the lost of both parents in a tragic accident. 18-year-old Chouko Mizushima loses her will to live. After living at the homes of several different relatives, she settles in with a handsome young writer named Kei Mizushima. Kei’s  a solitary, private person who is uncomfortable around most people and doesn’t quite know how to deal with this emotional young woman. At first, Chouko can’t seem to do anything right. But her dedication to tending the flowers in his garden leads kei to eventually accept her presence. Will their growing mutual affection lead to something more?

Review: I was pleasantly surprised by this manga. At first when I read the back cover of this volume, I wasn’t sure if I would be interested in it. But reading some of the reviews online, I was told that this manga is a good read. I agree with what everyone thinks about this manga.

The story is really mellow in terms of the story line. Chouko, who lost her parents, refused to talk. Kei, who’s normally a reclusive, orders Chouko to cook and clean the house, if she wants to live in it. She was also told to tend the garden in her free time. As time goes on, and her garden grows, Chouko starts to speak again. She later realize that the reason she was able to move on was because of Kei’s influences on her. She also realizes that she is in love Kei.

Kei also loves her, but he feels he doesn’t deserve her. A flashback happens and we find out that at first Kei did not want to take her in. But when he saw her emotionless face, he took her in. As Chouko continues to live with him, he slowly changes into another person. At first, he would normally write dark fiction. But when Chouko lived with him, he wrote a book called “Hana” which is based on their relationship.

Conclusion: I will definitely be picking up the next volume. It’s not often that you find gems such as this.

Overall Grade: A

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