あの日見た花の名前を僕達はまだ知らない。(上) (MF文庫ダ・ヴィンチ)

あの日見た花の名前を僕達はまだ知らない。(上) (MF文庫ダ・ヴィンチ) - 岡田麿里 I wonder why it is categorized as shounen? This manga is about a group of friends (3 boys, 2 girls) whose friendship fell apart once one of their friends died. When they were children, they formed some kind of Sentai group, and they were all very close. Then Menma died. Years later, her ghost appears to Jintan, who used to be like the leader of the group. She wants her wish to be fulfilled; only she can't remember what that wish was. So slowly, Jintan starts to talk to his former friends again, and although only one of them believe him, eventually they all work to make the wish come true.

I think this was a good, melancholic story. Too bad there are only 2 volumes translated. The story deals with friendship, dealing with death (not only Menma's, but Jintan's mother as well, a tiny bit), reminiscences, jealousy. How Menma died is never explicit. It is sad to see this group of friends reacting coldly to each other after many years of not talking (except for Poppo). Some were even mean to each other. I read that this story made people cry, but I didn't. Yes, it was sad, but some parts didn't make sense to me. Weren't they like 7 when Menma died? So why is that Yukiatsu so obsessed with her? Yes, she was his crush when they were like 7, however, I don't understand why he would be THAT obsessed with her. Not counting he was a little bastard towards Jintan, because of jealousy.

So I liked the group at the beginning, but it disappointed me that there are several crushes within the group. It would have been much better if it was all based on friendship. Isn't that more a shoujo thing than shounen?

Anyway, the story is not completed yet.