Quick review – Be With You, Ichikawa Takuji

Be With You

When Takumi’s wife suddenly returns from the grave, he can’t believe his eyes. How could such a thing be possible? Is she here to stay? Has love miraculously triumphed over death? As Takumi starts looking for answers to these questions, he discovers the secret of his wife’s appearance is somehow linked to the past…and the future.

When I first saw this book in the manga section at my local Borders, I was a bit intrigued. First, it wasn’t a title I recognized, and second, there wasn’t an accompanying manga next to it. I picked it up and read the description (which also included a quick blurb about how the story was later adapted into a manga, full length live action film, and live action TV series) and decided it might be worth a read. Up until this point, my exposure to Japanese literature has been limited to the works of Murakami Haruki and various light novels that were later adapted into manga/anime. I’m also a sucker for love stories, so this really was right up my alley.

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