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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.

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Manga

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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 (510d ago)
v.5 c.40 by Death Toll (543d ago)
v.4 c.39 by Death Toll (758d ago)
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Status in Country of Origin
19 Volumes (Complete)

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Average: 8.4 / 10.0 (89 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8 / 10.0
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Year
2003

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Serialized In (magazine)
Morning (Kodansha)

Licensed (in English)
No

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Weekly Pos #1079 increased(+195)
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On 556 reading lists
On 383 wish lists
On 32 completed lists
On 26 unfinished lists
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You don't want to miss this one!   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by Szigane
July 22nd, 2008, 9:23am
Spoiler (highlight to view)
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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Slice of life with some promise   
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by MangaGhost
June 26th, 2014, 5:37pm
Haruka 17 is an ok manga so far. Its not shy about showing the seedy and cutthroat sides of the idol industry. The dark side of entertainment industries is not anything new and you will find people swallowed up by this whether its in Hollywood or some other entertainment machine in some other part of the world. This is also not the first time that a manga or anime has touched on the subject. You can see it the 1997 anime Perfect Blue where a young actress has to deal with some unsavory situations as well. Its a tougher situation in some cultures where its heavily male dominated. This is why you get all these scenes in Haruka 17 where the interviewer wants them to put on a bikini to "see" their talents. There's been stories in the news recently where Japanese legislators heckled a female legislator and told her she should get married and have babies. This did spark a political backlash, but it tells you something about the context of the culture that this manga is based on. The glass ceiling is much much lower in Japan for women.

The story is also a bit about desperation. Haruka wants to be a strong independent well educated woman. However, she can't get a job and her family is pressuring her to go the traditional route which is of course go to a marriage meeting and find yourself a husband. So she's forced into getting a job in the idol industry and for the first several chapters she's against it because she doesn't want to be in these kind of situations. She finds a lot of other women of various ages who are equally desperate to survive and are passionate with stars in their eyes. Its that desire and passion, often youthful, that is taken advantage of by unsavory male characters. Even though Haruka is intelligent and educated she is still a wide-eyed innocent that barely manages to skirt some compromising situations thru luck, guts and support of her agency. There's also politiking, good-old-boy networking, and backstabbing that goes on between agencies, companies and producers. Some of this stuff is decent.

I think the story so far falters a bit, because it seems too eager to show the seedy side of the idol industry. Up to the chapters I've read male idols seem to be non-existent which is weird and it would be interesting to see somethings thru a male idol perspective. All of this is probably because the manga is still aimed at an older male audience (seinen). So while we have a female protagonist I think the manga is still aiming for some titillation. I didn't have a problem with Haruka complaining about her breast size that's just par for the course in manga and anime. At least there's an excuse here in that women are often forced to compete based on their physical looks and Haruka has a competitive streak. There's one scene that was handled weakly and was a turn off. It was a situation that could have turned into a sexual assault and it was kind of handwaved by the creators and quickly forgotten. I think the victims should have been angrier based on their personalities. I also think the writer missed an opportunity of dealing with the lingering effects of such a scary moment, and I think they could have explained the reticence to deal with the situation with the need to hide some people's ages which would have come out in a police investigation.

So far Haruka17 has some promise. It gives us a strong but innocent character, there's adversity, politics, trying to learn a new job, and gender inequality. Its hampered though by its eagerness to swim in the sleazy parts of the story and so far there seems to be no training involved to prepare her to be an idol besides throwing her at a situation. Its in the 7-8 range for me so far. I'll give it an 8 for now, but I'd like to see the author have Haruka bring her intelligence and education into play. That is one of her assets. However, if it continues to wallow in the underbelly of the entertainment industry I will have no problem dropping this and the score like a rock.
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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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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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Interesting   
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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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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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