Half & Half is the author of Kimi no Iru Machi’s debut work…and it’s good, somewhat. My only complain is that it’s too short, it would be nice if the story is elaborated for at least two chapters. It’s supposed to be a heart-wrenching story as one of the character dies but I don’t really get the feeling since the story is told in one short chapter.
Here’s how the story goes: A guy and a girl met in the worst circumstance – on the day that they both involved in an accident and perished together. After negotiating with God, they were given one more week two live but after the one week period passes, one of them has to die and within that one week, they have to decide which of them will leave the world for good. Here’s another catch: within that one week, their lives will be halved (hence the title Half & Half) meaning that they each have to stick together as they share their lives; if one of them leaves the other, both will die as a result. They were strangers to begin with but as they began to live together for a week, they have done things together and naturally, they fell in love. It’s just too bad that at the end of the week, one of them has to die leaving the other sad in the world.
I must admit that I never expect a shounen mangaka to be this good in telling a love story, albeit a short one. And according to Baka-Updates, this oneshot was published in 1996 which I find hard to believe as the manga artwork from the 90s that I read are mostly old-fashioned and not up to my taste. A good read.
P.S.: I’ve started reading Kimi no Iru Machi recently, despite my better judgment since I for one, am not too fond of ecchi. So far so good though.