A Bullet or A Lollipop, despite the beginning of the plot, is by far, one of the deepest and darkest series I have read. It not only focuses on love, friendships, and conflicts, but it’s also down to earth. It’s also more psychological than anything else but this was the manga that got me into the psychology genre so I would still recommend it to everyone.
This story is like no other stories out there. The impact the characters gives you will make you want to reread the whole series just to get a better view on the plot. And many of the points in this, we can relate to; may it be negligence, sadness, grief, or happiness. There are hints laid out throughout the whole story that leads to the ending. Although the beginning might be slow, it’s definitely worth the read after getting through the first… Say, 3 or 4 chapters. The length of the story is just right; it doesn’t drag out too much but neither does it
leave anything important unanswered. As some of you may notice after reading through a couple of chapters, yes, it does mainly only focus on two girls, and yes it does have a Shoujo-ai base to it, but it doesn’t go far at all. It’s like bromance, just with no “bro”, but a “sis”. Now before some of you girls out there decide to put it on your “Never to touch/pick up” list, I’d like to say that I, as a girl enjoyed this series to no end and the hints didn’t bother me at all. It’s just there to show the deep relationship they have with each other. The only warning that I will give, though, is that there was this one scene where it was pretty gruesome. And that it’s not a very good series to read if you’re depressed. (I bawled at the ending. Literally bawled like as if I just lost my most important possession).
“There was a married man who died in an uninteresting way. At his funeral, his wife met one of his colleagues. The wife and the colleague immediately developed a favorable impression towards each other. Or rather, there was mutual attraction. Later that night, the deceased man’s son was killed. And the murderer turned out to be his wife. She suddenly murdered her own child.”
–Excerpt from the manga
This short manga is based on the novel; Sugar Candy Bullets Can’t Pierce Anything. The plot follows two girls and their summer-time adventures in a rural area. Nagisa Yamada is a bored teenager who finds everyday life extremely unappealing – thus she plans on joining a Military School as soon as possible. A strange new student named Umino Mokuzu (who claims to be a mermaid) transfers into Nagisa’s school and, much to our heroine’s bewilderment, soon begins to follow her around incessantly. Initially, an annoyed and discomfited Nagisa strives to avoid any encounters with Mokuzu. But she soon begins to comprehend the pain and sadness concealed beneath this strange girl’s cheerful and carefree demeanour…