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[Manga Talk] Yokohama Monogatari by Yamato Waki (大和和紀)

This is extracted from my other reviews on “Favourite Shoujo Couples”.  But I thought this series is so good that it deserves a new post on its own  ^^

Yokohama Monogatari
ヨコハマ物語 (橫檳故事)

By Yamato Waki (大和和紀)

Complete: 8 Volumes Tankoubon/ 4 Volumes Bunko

Description: In 1875, after the death of her parents, Uno goes to live in the Kanou household as a companion to Mariko, who is the same age as Uno. The two girls become very close and attend Cimons private school. This great romance tells the story of the loves and dreams of two girls growing up during the westernization of Japan in the Meiji era…. (From Baka-updates)

https://i1.wp.com/img40.imageshack.us/img40/3076/i4216.gifI suppose, the main theme of this manga was about the friendship between Uno and Mariko. But I could hardly take my eyes away from the parts where both Mariko and Ryusuke were present. They certainly looked good together (handsome and beautiful), but it was their colourful  characters, both head-strong and sometimes stubborn, that really spiced up the story.

Undoubtedly, the romance between Uno and Shintaro was touching, especially coupled by Uno’s strong-will and determination to pursue her dream (i.e. meeting Shintaro).  In comparison, Mariko might have appeared as a weaker woman who, as Ryusuke said,  was like the flying gulls over  Yokohama harbour that could never settle anywhere else but Yokohama. Whatever weakness Mariko might have, I thought it was exactly that made her adorable in the story.

When Mariko married Ryusuke, she despised him, for he was only a husband, or a “stranger” whom she was married to only for the sake of securing her family. But when she finally realised she has fallen in love with Ryusuke, it was emotional for her; she was happy but sad and ashamed at the sametime. She thought Ryusuke did not love her as much as she did, or he might be still in love with another woman from miles away. Mariko was also ashamed to fell in love with another man other than Shintaro; it would be a betrayal to Shintaro and her first love….

For Ryusuke, it was like a “dream comes true” when Mariko finally confessed her feelings for him! He  has thought of her since their first (and brief) encounter when she was still a child. He worked hard and earned his success so that he could be a match for her and to marry her. But even they were married afterward, he has never really won her heart, and the fact that she despised him nearly torn him apart. He even  thought he would never win her over Shintaro….

It would have been the best part of the series, when the two were finally in love with each other and followed by some passionate kisses, hugs, and……  *cough*

But of course, the author did not let the story end just there,  since happiness would never come by “too easy” in a shoujo world…..!! Anyway… thank lord it was a happy ending!!

To conclude, Yokohama Monogatari is a must-read for any shoujo-lover, regardless how old-school it may appear to be. But overall, I enjoyed reading the  romance between Mariko and Ryusuke, more so than that of Uno and Shintaro… ^^


7 thoughts on “[Manga Talk] Yokohama Monogatari by Yamato Waki (大和和紀)

  1. i find your reviews very fun and i totally agree with u. I’m from thailand and i love 90’s shoujo,hehehe. some are quite hard to find with translation too.

    Posted by tippy | April 25, 2011, 6:40 pm
    • I couldn’t believe I have left your comment outside my radar for so long!
      I am not sure how true it is, but I’ve been told by my Thai friend that there is actually an increasing amount of 90’s shoujo being licensed/ translated into Thai language these days… So, best of luck finding them in Thailand! : )

      Posted by xkazemg | June 30, 2011, 12:56 pm
  2. I am from Thailand too. And I found your site very useful as I am looking for any interesting shojo manga. ^___^ I love reading manga too.

    Posted by jiji | December 29, 2011, 11:26 am
  3. ah forgot to tell you. Thanks a lot for your sharing good manga reviews

    Posted by jiji | December 31, 2011, 4:56 am
  4. I love this manga! Esp mariko and ryusuke. I reread it so many times the book practically fell apart. Even after almost 2 decades later i still want to read it again. My old manga collection is in my country back in indonesia. im mostly reading them online these days, but they are not complete yet, the scanlation. I can’t believe this! Let me tell you tell you that after 22 years of reading manga, i find the older manga are much better than the new ones! Total gem! The new ones are how can i say this, a total drag. The story started out great, then they drag it for eternity. The old ones stick to the original plot, tells the story, and end it just at the right moment. I wish mangaka these days can learn from their predecessors.

    Posted by Lbean321 | August 13, 2013, 5:33 am
    • Hi there
      Thanks for dropping by! Your comment reminded me of my friend who was like that also, re-reading those manga books until the pages drop… so in the end, she brought two copies of her favourite series, one for collection purely and one for casual reading! XD

      Old series are just great, arent they. 🙂

      Is there any other older series that you’d recommend reading?

      Posted by xkazemg | August 13, 2013, 11:41 pm

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