I MADE IT!!! (finally!)
I’m so slow!! Seriously, I’ve barely had any time to read, but I’ve finally made it and I’m so proud and it’s only be second book that I finished in Japanese and I can finally join your ranks. /rant over/
I just read through the thread again (this time with all the spoilery bits) and I really just agree with most that’s been said. Especially the little details you talked about @sloa123.
I actually also agree with @Naphthalene about how it’s quite nice that there’s a relationship that isn’t romantic and just as, if not more important to the people involved. And also while I see the point that it’s a boy learns to live through girl’s death kinda story, I also just think that the learning curve went both ways. I think they both equally benefitted from knowing and spending time with each other. I personally prefer that most relationship’s in the book were platonic and that the focus wasn’t on romance.
I’ve been looking for a book where a girl and a boy can simply be friends (although I suppose there was some sort of … something romantic there somehow.
I also agree with you, @lopicake that they should have just made her be in love with her best friend. Just go there. I don’t think it would have actually changed that much, except for give some readers some satisfaction. And I guess to just make a point.
As for the ending, I loved it. For the reasons stated above about platonic relationships. When Sakura died without getting together with Haruki, I was kinda worried (some part of me secretly hoping while being hated by my love-well-written-and-different-plots-part) that he would get together with Kyouko. I was so happy that it just simply stayed like that (so I guess I did get my book in which a girl and a boy are simply friends, in some way).
Not sure what else to say except that this was a much more satisfying read than Toki wo kakeru shoujo (too lazy to change my keyboard) and I’m already planning to reread it when I’m more advanced to see whether I can catch more nuances. Definitely recommend!
Whew I’m done now. If you read through all of the spoilery bits, well done, it was a bit of a wall