Release Date: February 1, 2017
Taiyo is a normal high-school girl living with her Grandmother in Sendai. She goes to school, partakes in club activities and hangs out with her two best friends, twin brothers Ryuu and Kairi. However, her perfect world is shattered when she begins dating Kairi but quickly discovers she's already in love with Ryuu.
A tangled web of lies surrounds the pair, but everything is suddenly knocked into perspective on March 11th when they are caught up in a natural disaster that devastates the country and robs thousands of their homes, their possessions and their lives...
I'm going to start off this review by saying I really don't know much about Japanese culture. If someone else knows more and has input, I'd love to hear it. So this is coming from someone who is mostly ignorant.
The tsunami that devastated Japan in 2011 was huge news, but I feel like it was overshadowed quite a lot by what was going on at Fukushima. Honestly, when the earthquake is mentioned, Fukushima is what automatically comes to mind. I knew there was a tsunami, but I hadn't realized just how badly it destroyed some of the coastal towns.
I find it kind of amusing that I read this the same day my friend watched Titanic, so we were crying back and forth to each other about natural disasters and people in love and the like. We start off with Taiyo best friends with Kairi and Ryuu. It's kind of clear she has a thing for Ryuu, but when Kairi kisses her and Ryuu walks in on it, he storms off out of jealousy. Things happen, and Taiyo can't keep her lies straight.
Eventually, she and Ryuu end up together in the coastal town of Rikuzentakata when the magnitude-9 earthquake hits.
It was heartbreaking reading about the devastation and damage. The possibility of Taiyo and Ryuu losing each other in the monster wave. Constant death and destruction.
Characters: 5 stars
Plot: 4 stars
Writing: 4 stars
World: 4 stars
Feels: 5 stars