The only reason I gave this manga a 3 star rating is because I like some parts of it like the whole chase your dream no matter how weird it is, also I like when books mention the weather and how it makes them feel and what it reminds them of.the speaking thought bubbles tho were so random and misplaced it made everything so confusing.the story was just not for me. 3.5 stars The art style was lovely, and overall, I liked the themes for the story too. The beautiful thing about Shinkai s stories are that aren t plot driven but full of emotions It s like a gentle breeze blowing against your face You feel it ever so slightly before it completely overtakes you The story is very simple Young man meets distraught woman drinking on a rainy day She leaves him with a poem, which consumes him as he tries to find the perfect response It s an unusual idea to write as a story, but I found the manga to be better than the anime I felt like I understo The beautiful thing about Shinkai s stories are that aren t plot driven but full of emotions It s like a gentle breeze blowing against your face You feel it ever so slightly before it completely overtakes you The story is very simple Young man meets distraught woman drinking on a rainy day She leaves him with a poem, which consumes him as he tries to find the perfect response It s an unusual idea to write as a story, but I found the manga to be better than the anime I felt like I understood Shinkai s intentions in this, and the ending waspowerful that way What a wonderful way to end a story with hope Must read for fans of Shinkai s previous works 5 Centimeters Per Second and Voices of a Distant Star I read this because I loved and adored the movie SERIOUSLY Watch the movie Whilst the ending of this was lovely, I felt like this fell short of the movie, which was nuanced and developed despite its short length, whereas this felt a little rushed and underdeveloped in comparison and I would have loved to see the relationship between Takao and Yukino sensei grow. So FYI I did not know this was an adaptation of the film of the same name If I did I would have totally watched the movie first I ve heard such good things about it I liked the message and the story that was being told here but for me it lacked emotion and depth The manga lacks what the film probably portrays better. Hmmmmthe forbidden romance was pretty questionable but the artwork was perfect RTC Can a poem save your life Words are powerful Insults and rumors can derail a career a bit of encouragement can give someone the strength to pursue their dreams When a high school boy skipping class to sketch shoe designs and a taciturn woman drinking a morning beer meet in a Tokyo park, they say little, but the woman bids farewell with an ancient tanka poem Will the boy figure out the poem s meaning and its corresponding response before it s too late Such a well written one shot Manga I loved the animation of this, very much it was so beautiful, uhm, I am talking about the movie So, here comes the manga, that made me understand itor maybe because when I was watching it, i was so focused on the visuals lol However, it was emotional, but didn t give me that feels. The Garden of Words had an interesting idea that really sort of fizzled out and then went somewhere uncomfortable I picked this up after hearing a lot of good things about Shinkai but I have to say I don t like contemporary fiction so this really wasn t the manga for me The tag line Can a poem save your life was intriguing This story isn t A young man likes to skip school when it rains I don t remember the names, that s how uninteresting this was to me He meets a woman drinking morning The Garden of Words had an interesting idea that really sort of fizzled out and then went somewhere uncomfortable I picked this up after hearing a lot of good things about Shinkai but I have to say I don t like contemporary fiction so this really wasn t the manga for me The tag line Can a poem save your life was intriguing This story isn t A young man likes to skip school when it rains I don t remember the names, that s how uninteresting this was to me He meets a woman drinking morning beers in the park They talk some and she leaves him with a tanka poem to which he spends many weeks trying to come up with the right response Over the next several weeks they meet in the park.They help each other by just being a friend to each other She encourages him to follow his dream making women s shoes and he helps her heal from the anxiety nervous breakdown she had after she was accused of something at her last job but we don t know what it was And now for what really ruined this for me spoilers ahead was this beers in the morning woman wasn t guilty of what she was accused of.until she meets him Now she starts that she s only twelve years older than him and we learn she was a high school teacher accused of seducing a student and now she s considering it with him This manga wasn t helped by the fact I read it while there was a nation wide manhunt for a teacher who did just that It s not romantic It s an abuse of power by an adult over a teen in their control To me it s not even a trope, it s a crime So yeah, totally the wrong audience for this one I need to go pull it off my netflix queue while I m at it