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Haruka 17  
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Description
Miyamae Haruka, 22, is a soon-to-be graduate and at first glance a very unremarkable looking young woman. No one will even stop to help her up when she falls and each time she applies for a job, she's blithely passed over. Things are getting desperate and if Haruka cannot get a job soon, she may become known as a jobless university graduate -- a very unenviable title for any young graduate to bear.

So Haruka decides to lower her expectations. She goes to apply for a job she found on an ad and is shocked by how flippant the interview is. Little does she know, the job she really wanted is already taken and she is now interviewing for a spot as the newest idol... who is supposed to be 17 years old!

And so begins the birth of a new idol, Haruka 17, and follows the adventures and ordeals Haruka must go through as her star rises. She discovers that the world of an idol can be sleazy, terrifying, and a cruel competition. With the positive and negative relationships she develops with the other people around her, she begins to discover herself as well.

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Haruka is about to graduate from a first-rate college and is looking for work but no one wants to hire her. Faced with the prospect of becoming a "shuushoku rounin" she finally lowers her expectations and decides to apply at a tiny talent agency for a job as an agent. When she shows up for the interview however, it's like no interview she's ever had before. She's asked all sorts of embarrasing questions and asked to say lines in front of a camera.

Later she finds out that they thought she was interviewing to become a talent, and the agent position she wanted has already been given away. However, they think she has that special quality that can make someone a star. She refuses at first, but finally gives in. Thus starts Haruka's career in the entertainment industry.

Type
Manga

Related Series
N/A

Associated Names
はるか17
蜜桃17
Haruka Seventeen
Haruka17

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Latest Release(s)
v.5 c.41 by Death Toll (377d ago)
v.5 c.40 by Death Toll (410d ago)
v.4 c.39 by Death Toll (625d ago)
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Status in Country of Origin
19 Volumes (Complete)

Completely Scanlated?
No

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User Rating
Average: 8.4 / 10.0 (88 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8 / 10.0
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Last Updated
April 12th 2014, 10:19am PST


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Year
2003

Original Publisher

Serialized In (magazine)
Morning (Kodansha)

Licensed (in English)
No

English Publisher
N/A

Activity Stats (vs. other series)
Weekly Pos #988 increased(+248)
Monthly Pos #2282 increased(+199)
3 Month Pos #3335 increased(+866)
6 Month Pos #4573 increased(+903)

List Stats
On 556 reading lists
On 378 wish lists
On 30 completed lists
On 24 unfinished lists
On 143 custom lists

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A case study in sexism.   
Rating: 4.0 / 10.0
by MondSemmel
November 12th, 2013, 9:45am
What the HELL is up with this story? Seriously, it's like a case study in sexism. And sadly, I don't just mean the in-story stuff like shady idol bikini shootings, but also the whole setup.
A quote from chapter 8: "Even though I inherited my father's intelligence, why didn't I get my mother's breasts?"
And Haruka's personality let's people do with her whatever they want, as long as they apologize afterwards, or tell they they need her.
I finally quit when...
Spoiler (mouse over to view)
...Haruka was nearly raped in chapter 11, and then simply forgave the person who was pretty much responsible for that.

At that point it was clear that the story might pretend to be mature, but in fact depends on insanely juvenile behavior by the characters.

... Last updated on November 12th, 2013, 9:45am
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Great so far   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by XileDragon
April 6th, 2013, 9:03am
Only read up until the translated chapters, but it's captivating so far. It's not a setting that will surprise anyone, but it has great potential because of the uniqueness of the main character.
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Great Manga, but some depressing scenes   
Rating: N/A
by emkat
March 21st, 2012, 3:29am
It's an interesting manga - the typical wide eyed innocent protagonist that does things her way and becomes liked by all story. But there are scenes involving a different character that is quite depressing. Great manga overall. I recommend it for sure.
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exciting   
Rating: N/A
by whitespade
January 18th, 2012, 1:08pm
this manga give me a sort of exciting feeling because i want so very badly that haruka will succeed in her endeavour. its not that shes particularly cute, but she echoes a lot of my own thoughts and behaviour that i find a kinship in her. the characters are not fake with template personality but individuals that breathe and live. i will look forward to new developments!
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Interesting   
Rating: N/A
by cecixiao78
January 3rd, 2012, 6:08pm
I personally don't like the art but later on I got use to it
I thought it was interesting and original
it's all about life of a women who at first isn't so hot but
later on with make-up she became hot
totally recommended to people who is not looking for romance and all that lovey dovely stuff
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You don't want to miss this one!   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by Szigane
July 22nd, 2008, 9:23am
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Miyamae Haruka, 22, is a soon-to-be graduate and at first glance a very unremarkable looking young woman. No one will even stop to help her up when she falls and each time she applies for a job, she's blithely passed over. Things are getting desperate and if Haruka cannot get a job soon, she may become known as a jobless university graduate -- a very unenviable title for any young graduate to bear.

So Haruka decides to lower her expectations. She goes to apply for a job she found on an ad and is shocked by how flippant the interview is. Little does she know, the job she really wanted is already taken and she is now interviewing for a spot as the newest idol... who is supposed to be 17 years old!

And so begins the birth of a new idol, Haruka 17, and follows the adventures and ordeals Haruka must go through as her star rises. She discovers that the world of an idol can be sleazy, terrifying, and a cruel competition. With the positive and negative relationships she develops with the other people around her, she begins to discover herself as well.

This series is wonderful. It has fun humor and some very good drama. It also reveals something of what the young women who aspire to be idols in Japan must go through and at times seems almost like a gauntlet to be run. Still, despite all the ugliness and cruelty seen in some of the people around her, Haruka never becomes like them. The story is at once interesting, intriguing, and beautiful.
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