TokiDoki by Naoshi Komi
Publication Date: October 20th 2016
Genres: Manga, Shonen, Romance
Date Read: August 30th 2017
What do you spend the time left of your life when it’s measured in heartbeats? This is the story of Hato Iijima and Hatsu Takagi, connected to each other by a rare disease called “Tempocardy”.
The unsuspecting Hato Iijima stumbles upon Hatsu Takagi undressed in the school infirmary. He hurriedly covers his eyes, but not before he sees a small medical device on her chest. She informs him later that it monitors her heartbeats. She suffers from “koku haku disease,” and she knows she’ll die when her heartbeats run out. As a result, she’s quiet in class and refrains from strenuous activity. Despite this, Hato becomes inspired to help Hatsu live her life to the fullest.
The name “Tokidoki” makes it sound like it’s going to be cute, and it was when I breezed through it. At first glance it seems like a tender-looking school manga about precious first love, perhaps even a shoujo, but it’s definitely not that.
However, as he takes her out to amusement parks, the beach, and tells her to try new foods, we get to see the real side of her. She’s a sweet girl who wants to know the world. After she tries these wonderful new things, her personality sparkles.
At the same time, we easily see what a kind person Hato is. He has a lot of fun showing Hatsu around town, but he’s also happy to be spending time with a new friend. It’s exciting to really get to know someone like this, especially since he thought she was just a shy girl who liked to keep to herself. The romance is cute and I liked the characters. Due to the unique premise, it’s definitely a story I’ll remember.
That’s it for this review! Have you read this? If so, What did you think of it? Is it on your TBR? Tell me in the comments if you agree or disagree with any of this. I’d love to know your opinion.