Image source: Mizu ni Sumu Hana Manga Cover Volume 2.
20/01/2021 – Listening to TWICE’s Sweet Summer Day.
Recently I finished Mizu ni Sumu Hana (水に棲む花; Flowers That Live in Water; alternative title: Romance of Darkness) manga series. It was written by Shinohara Chie and published from 2004 to 2005. The series itself consists of five manga volumes (24 chapters).
The story revolves around a high school girl named Nikaidou Rikka. One day, the school bus she was on plunged into a lake and everyone inside died, except for her. She was miraculously saved by a water god called Izumi. For years, Izumi had been interested in girls named Rikka though he couldn’t remember why. Another Rikka was previously also saved by Izumi using a seed that could prolong her life. If she didn’t get the seed, she would die soon. On the other hand, by swallowing the seed Izumi had given her, Nikaidou Rikka was on the process of assimilating with water. That gave her two option: to live with Izumi in water and leave Yuzuru (the guy she loved) behind or to give up the seed and die so that another Rikka could live?
Personally I think the story’s plot is a bit cliche. I don’t enjoy much of the characters, except for the other Rikka (who seemed to be the only character showing personality development in the entire series). There was a lot of talks about sacrifice and destiny, which were supposed to be romantic, but ended up as being too forced and, honestly, kind of unnecessary. On the other hand, the art was really good and I love how the author incorporated all water scenes into the story. I also appreciate that even though the initial premise was a love triangle, it actually didn’t quite evolve to be so. On that mark, the series wasn’t as predictable as I expected it to be.
I recommend this for a light read when you have spare time and want something quick to enjoy. Also good for fantasy and supernatural lover who doesn’t want to dive deep into another universe but still crave some magical moments.