It’s one of those pet peeves of mine when it comes to finding something interesting. When I read Hoozuki Island and Parasyte (which I will review in a meanwhile), I got myself entangled with manga. Which to my surprise, starting to find more and more wonderful stories, particularly in the seinen demographic.
My Lovely Ghost Kana is one of those young-adult ghost stories, that somewhat has a bit of similarity from the western film Ghost with Patrick Swazey and Demi Moore. But despite the death of Patrick Swazey’s character, even death can not separate them. This one foretells how one guy’s bad luck in the verge of depression, finds life over a dead girl, in the process giving the dead a chance to live.
It has a sweet story, despite the supernatural elements present. I can feel that the characters has a good chemistry together. I find their love natural, somewhat it shows you that journey of knowing each other drew them closer together, that not only made them one, but also made the people around them closer. I didn’t expect the ending to be a happy one. But it did happen, with them living until things last. It’s a bit of a shame that the story didn’t put more depth into Kana, our ghost character, to her past. As well as dig a bit on the tragedies that Daikichi, our main character. Yet, despite the missing pieces. Concentrating the story with their love is satisfying enough.
In the art department, it was done nicely. What made me comfortable reading this, is that Daikichi looks like a young-adult. Somewhat around the age of 18. I read the other works of the author, in particular Ai-Ren which tackles the same concept, but different presentation. The main character looks exactly the same as the one here. Which I think, the author doesn’t really put much effort on its male cast. But to which I don’t really mind.
Overall, I would had expected a tragic ending with Kana leaving Daikichi, or Daikichi dying leaving Kana behind. Despite of, the story manages todeliver its intent on sharing the love between a human and a ghost, and how it changes their lives to the better.