Manga Reviews
Half & Half by Seo Kouji
  • Review byJ.X. Fu
  • May 25, 2022
  • Chapters: 13/13
  • Status: Completed

Genres: Drama, Romance, Supernatural, Shounen

"Guess I'll just curl up into a ball and bawl."

Just to be frank: I gave everything a 9/10 except for "Enjoyment" because I'm just too sad and unfulfilled to give this manga any higher. But ignoring that, everything about this short manga story is amazing.

See my MAL Review.

Story Rating - 9/10

The length and depth of the story was a perfect balance given the limited chapters Seo decided to work with. There is great plot progression (as required), and each chapter featured a plethora of events and such that was obviously significant. There were a few well-orchestrated plot twists here and there that didn't make readers necessarily gasp in anxiety, but still created enough chaos to keep the story moving in the right direction.

Now, for the ending, as befitting (and fine, satisfying given the tragedy and drama we had to endure...) as it was, my own heart just couldn't handle it. I live for satisfying/fulfilling endings when it comes to romance. Tragedies are just not for me, but from an objective point of view, it fit this story perfectly.

Art Rating - 9/10

Not much to say here since I've already went into detail in the past about Seo's art. I think his strengths are his character expressions, detailed backdrops, depiction of characters postures and their beauty, and, God forbid, naked (or nearly naked) women for the sake of his shounen fanbase.

Characters Rating - 9/10

Man oh man, the character development was smooth and well executed in just the short duration of time we had with this manga. I never thought that Seo's characters acted out of place for who they were, and the our main pair - Yuuki and Shinichi - exposed a brilliant dynamic with each other that blossomed at the end. The other characters were briefly written for their roles within the story, which is fine given the story was short.

Overall Enjoyment Rating - 9/10 (But my heart wants to give it a 6...)

And here is where I differentiate "enjoyment" with the overall rating I'm giving Half & Half. I just couldn't bear the ending and felt frustrated because of how much I fell in love with both characters despite the short number of chapters. I enjoyed the majority of this manga, and then the ending crashed into me like a swinging bat. For most who found it fulfilling, that's great - I can understand why.

Favorite Quote:

I'm sorry that I couldn't finish your picture... But I'll find you again, and draw you even more beautifully.

But despite what I said above, this manga still deserves a 9. It was beautifully written for the short territory it covered, and the characters were very likeable. Definitely recommend reading it - just be prepared to steal your heart for the hurt to come.

J.X. Fu

I'm a manga fanatic that reads many genres. I love writing, and have published two fiction novels: a YA Fantasy/Action titled "Darkness Me, Colorful You" and a RomCom light novel titled "Corruptions Are Best Exposed In The Autumn!"