Volume Count: 1 Volume
His Romance of 500 Years: In the year 2010, Torao Yamada jumps off a building after he learns of the death of the one he loves.
250 years later, he wakes up in a room that resembles his own, and to an android that resembled the person he died for.
He may not be that same as Hikaru Oota, but Hikaru-B claims he’d been made specifically for when Torao wakes up. Torao struggles with this, and tries to fruitlessly distance himself from the android lookalike.
After all, it seems like a cruel joke to him, that everyone would go through the trouble to suspend his life. Not only that, but his parents from 250 years ago suggested that a Hikaru android be made for their son’s sake. They never supported him before, why start now?
Lots of things don’t feel right to him, but he has to try once more to live again. And a good place to start, is in the future.
Review: This book is too short for a review, but I’m going to give it one anyway!
I actually seen this book a few times on Goodreads, but never really picked it up. (Still wasn’t a huge sci-fi fan back then.) But I wanted to try something a little different this time around and went with it.
This was a really sweet, sad, and redeeming book!
Sweet, because, well, you can just look at the title and determine for yourself. 😉 Sad, for some in-depth meanings, but also many events that take place. (Not a tearjerker exactly, but still kind of sad looking back.) And redeeming for what you feel after finishing the book!
This was very short (close to 5 chapters), but you still get a minimal amount of character development from Torao and world building.
Torao’s character wasn’t as complex as a lot of other characters I’ve read, but he doesn’t quite fit in any typical tropes either (well, ones I recognize anyway). He and the original Hikaru were always against each other in academics, athletics, and even status. Even though Hikaru’s family was struggling because of Torao’s, Torao couldn’t help but feel like he was always second place. Eventually, character development happens, then you’ll be at the present during the first chapter where he commits suicide. It doesn’t take too much effort to become accustomed to the future. (Which I think is odd, because it’s 250 years later, and there was a fourth world war. I would probably have been in more confusion than Torao was.) Torao eventually manages to grow comfortable in the future, with a little help from his android.
As I mentioned previously, there was some world building going on. There was a rundown of all the wars and colossal events that took place in the Earth’s history leading up to the future. (They resembled that of The Selection‘s history lessons. I wouldn’t be surprised if they came true, two separate books have the similar predictions. I find the coincidence a bit odd.)
I really did enjoy all the art. I’ve read manga books with similar art styles, but there was still something unique about this one. I even enjoyed how the beginning shows a panel about the ending (it’s also in the cover too).
Overall, I really enjoyed this volume, short as it may be. It’s definitely something to look into, and I’m glad I took the time to read it.
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