March 19, 2020 by TinyNavajo
Orange: The Complete Collection, Vol. 1 by Ichigo Takano, translated by Lasse Christian Christiansen, and Amber Tamosaitis.
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*Published January 26, 2016*
This manga volume was brought to my attention thanks to one of my friends, who has already read and rated it on Goodreads. Once I saw that she had rated it relatively high for her, I had to read through its blurb to see what it was about and see if it was something for me. It’s about time travel and yes, this is a series for me!
A Plea From the Future
On the day that Naho begins 11th grade, she receives a letter from herself ten years in the future. At first, she writes it off as a prank, but as the letter’s predictions come true one by one, Naho realizes that the letter might be the real deal. Her future self tells Naho that a new transfer student, a boy named Kakeru, will soon join her class. The letter begs Naho to watch over him, saying that only Naho can save Kakeru from a terrible future. Who is this mystery boy, and can Naho save him from his destiny? This is the heart-wrenching sci-fi romance that has over million copies in print in Japan!
I love this series! It’s so nice and quiet, it’s a bit of life as it is in high school, but with the small added bit of letters that have traveled through time to their younger selves. Letters that allude to a time in the future where they are regretting a time where they don’t have a friend of theirs from high school.
Naho receives a letter from her future self on her first day of 11th grade, a letter that tells her all that will happen on that day and future days to time and what she is to do to save a new friend from a terrible fate. As she goes throughout her school year, she realizes that what she thought at first to be a hoax or a joke, is in fact reality. There is truth to what this letter says and if it did come from the future, then something terrible will happen if she doesn’t strive to save Kakeru.
I love this story and I love what it says about your actions in the here and now. It means that you can always change the future NOW. You don’t have to wait for a big chance to do big change. Sometimes, all you can do is do a bunch of small changes in order to enact a bunch of small changes. And in this time of uncertainty and fear, we can do these small things to help others. We can do small things that can lead to big affects.
With that, especially during this time of social distancing and some self-isolation, then think of some small things you can do to better someone’s day, even if that day is your own. What are some little things that have happened in your life that made your day better? What is a little thing you can do to better someone else’s life? Comment below and let me know!