on 3 December 2008
This may be my favourite manga series. The portrayal of student life, frustrated love, and artistic temperament is incredibly true-to-life, seen through the eyes of a group of characters who you will grow to love. Even people who don't read manga would enjoy this, as it doesn't contain the usual stereotypes or conventions that can be offputting to the unfamiliar. The art is loose and sketchy, with lots of little throwaway comments and details that make re-reading a necessity and a pleasure. I suppose the plot is rather like a soap opera, but the frequent laugh out loud humour balances the poignant emotion perfectly. I wish the anime were available ... the live action film is a nice complement, but not as funny as the manga. Buy this - you will never see a Twister board the same way again!
Edit: The Twister board episode is actually in Volume 2, so buy both together :-)