With but two weeks left until Otakon his Baltimore with full force, figured this week we’d hit up a manga with as much passion as the convention itself. This week’s pick is GE- Good Ending.
Second year Seiji Utsumi is just an average every day high school student. He finds himself head over heels in love with his sempai, Shou Iketami. Problem is that he doesn’t know quite how to tell her and is coming off as rather stalkerish. That is until he catches the attention of Shou’s friend, Yuki Harukawa. Deciding to couch Seiji on how to win the girl, Yuki gets him to join the tennis club to increase his chances. Of course that’s just one step forward. There’s so much more left for Seiji to do to reach his Good Ending.
One of the most attractive parts of this story is its relativity to reality. The story is something that seems right out of some gangly teenager’s life. Which normally wouldn’t be all that appealing; however, something about this story draws you in quickly. From the time Yuki busts Seiji for spying to her couching him how to get the girl, the story keeps you hooked in there trying to see how Seiji will screw it up. I mean, let’s face it; everyone loves watching someone get shot down from time to time. Does that make us bad people? No, no. Of course not, we’re just humans. Anyway… The only drawbacks that could be seen is that Seiji seems really sensitive at times. Most guys are somewhat intuitive, but in Seiji’s case, he seems to over think so much which lags the story a bit, but sets up for some amazing plot twists. Overall, the story itself is undoubtedly a romance with some comedic elements thrown in there. Which is great because no guy really likes just a straight romance with nothing else going on. Actually, I take it back, no one likes just a romance with nothing else going on.
On to the art. Nothing to special to say for the art; its pretty standard as shonens go. Of course that doesn’t mean that its not stunning by any stretch of the imagination. The characters are vividly lively and their reactions and poses are very lifelike. Speaking of characters, let’s move on to them. Though Shou is the ultimate goal, she’s more of a supporting character, even in the first volume. The main characters would be Seiji and Yuki. The first volume follows them quite faithfully but even the supporting characters get a fair amount of attention. There are a lot of characters that pop up but you’ll recognize the ones that are focused on fairly quickly. There are times where the supporting characters are bumped up to main character status but then return to supporting but aren’t forgotten. The way it’s done within the plot is very smooth and cool.
Long story cut really short, GE- Good Ending is something of a light hearted read. Something that will be thoroughly enjoyed and appreciated for a high school romance story. You’ll learn to feel for people and walk in their shoes, and isn’t that the best part of reading. But trust your own judgment. Give it a read and see if you agree.