Shio is an ordinary girl who loves to sing. In fact, she wants to become a professional singer someday, however, her secret dream is locked up inside her as she only expresses her words through writing lyrics. One day, a boy named Shuu approaches her who becomes interested to Shio’s song as he encourages her to sing in front of him. Shuu has also great enthusiasm in music, so they later on develop a closer relationship to go on with their journey towards their dream.
Written and illustrated by Chiba Kozue, Hitoribocchi wa Samishikute is composed of 13 chapters with 3 volumes. Inspiring as what the plot depicts, the manga primarily focuses on reaching one’s goal while breaking the barriers in achieving it. The story is filled with strong feelings of determination that enlighten every reader that there is no harm in trying what you really want to achieve in life. The progress of the story runs fast yet maintains a good blend of drama and romance. There are many inspiring lines in the story, and I’m pretty sure, you will take down notes, especially those catchy lines of the female protagonist.
I like the scene where Shio struggles to the highest extent, mostly seen after the first half of the story, while she keeps on fighting for what she believes in. From being a silent dreamer to a determined girl, Shio’s character development takes several chapters to go while the series tries to reach the highest point of the story.
The artwork is well-drawn. It has a typical shoujo style with the well-detailed cute eyes and stylish hair. The presence of a bishounen character is enough to satisfy your eyes, and yes, I’m referring to Shuu. Different emotions of the characters are appropriately expressed. Within the panel layout however, there are few conversations that feel like a rush so it might be easy for the readers to finish the whole series in just several hours.
Hitoribocchi wa Samishikute never fails to encourage the readers to spread their wings and fly even higher. After all, success requires hardwork and perseverance. This manga is a must read!