The feelings they provoke series; Suwa Hiroto (Orange)
I will start this by saying the entire manga gives me a lot of feelings, specially because I really appreciate how it portrays suicide and its effects on the people who knew the deceased.
Among all the characters, though, the one that I have gotten a bit protective about is not Kakeru, but Suwa.
He is a very interesting guy, with his easy-going personality and his strength of character. A strength that truly surprised me, because I hadn’t expected him to like Naho, and I also hadn’t expected him to let go of her. In most mangas, that would have been taken as accepting defeat but, given their situation, it actually represents a lot of maturity.
Naho is important to him, we see that easily in their present, but it’s with the little scenes of their future that we truly understand how much Suwa loves her. However, to his 16 year old self, this seed of love that could (and would) grow into a together-for-life kind of love is not worth the pain of a dear friend, it’s not worth his life.
So, he will gladly give up that love, losing (probably without knowing) a future with the girl he treasures and the family they would build. Which brings me to the fact that it was the man he will become, with the girl and the baby, that writes the letter to the past and sets himself in this path. It might break him to do so, but Kakeru deserves better.
The kindness he shows through the manga, along with his optimism and his sometimes insightful ways, is something that makes me sad and pleased and completely heartbroken. It makes me wish to know more about him. More than that, though, it just makes me wish for him to find happiness.