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Bitou Lollipop  
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Description
Madoka is surprised to discover that her parents have won a 100,000,000 yen (one million dollar) lottery. To make things worse, they inform her of their decision to pursue their lifelong dream of becoming doctors. What will happen to Madoka who, when deciding to stay behind, is left to fend for herself in a family acquaintance's (the Asagi's) guest house?

- Hatsumimi99

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Manga

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Associated Names
微糖ロリポップ
รักอมหวานแค่พอใจหวิว (Thai)
비터스위트 롤리팝
Bito Lollipop
Lollipop (French)

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Latest Release(s)
v.3 c.13 by Forbidden Garden (309d ago)
v.3 c.12 by Forbidden Garden (521d ago)
v.3 c.11 by Forbidden Garden (528d ago)
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Status in Country of Origin
7 Volumes (Complete)

Completely Scanlated?
No

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Average: 8.7 / 10.0 (221 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.45 / 10.0
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August 11th 2014, 7:46am PST

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Year
2006

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Serialized In (magazine)
Cookie (Shueisha)

Licensed (in English)
No

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Realistic, yet still entertaining.   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by LittleKittyGroans
April 21st, 2011, 4:04am
A nice feature in which came across the course of the story for me (Iím 6 chapters in) is that even though potential love is looming in the air with its hidden depths, it is not similar to most typical shoujo. Love is not the end all be all, prominent label here. And I can honestly judge even none shoujo fans would be fond of this manga.
Modoka, the heroine of this story- is far from a weak and stupid girl like in most shoujo. She is not exaggeratedly strong and unbelievable either like in some shonen either, but she is- as you could say, in the middle. She is afraid of ghosts, and after becoming alienated and alone for the first time (living in a sub house alone) she is doing her best to overcome her fear, as well as live her life the best she can. That being said: her parents do come check on her every once and awhile, and show up whenever she needs them. So they do honestly care about her, and itís not just a gimmick for her to be a typical shoujo girl when their gone.
The male characters are not 100% in love with Madoka at first sight. As well as they are not used as focus for plot division. They are -to put simply, natural. Moreover the two males we most see in the book have their own outside aspirations and are maturely thought out characters, and well as developed in a way in which they are not overly jerks, nor overly sweet-coated. So, therefore I would say to someone who is reading this review (if anyone is ha ha): It would be a shame for you to miss-out on this manga. There is a blend of mystery thru-out the story, and if you think this is a story about a girl trying to overcome only her hardships, youíre wrong. All the characters have their own story.
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Hooked like a fish.   
Rating: 8.8 / 10.0
by hatsumimi99
May 13th, 2010, 2:44pm
See, this is the problem I have when someone reviews it as "very girly." Some people who are already skeptical about delving into a shoujo comic will immediately be turned off because of what that term "girly" implies: candy floss, flowery, big-eyed hoopla. It rarely stands for anything less pejorative, and that pisses me off.

The 'bitou" in "Bitou Lollipop" stands for "low in sugar", and is an apt title for the manga that has "guts" to turn it's back on natural shoujo conventions, and give us something with more substance.

I'll have to agree with the first reviewer that it's "fun" though, because it is. I haven't read a shoujo manga in a long time that's as fun as this one. One that doesn't put too much focus on the dreaded " love triangles" or relationship rivalry. There are more equally pressing matters for the heroine than just her romantic escapades (be it family separation or a ghost), and that's what sets her apart from other shoujo heroines. It's also insanely funny, and each chapter leaves you thirsting for more.

Everyone should give this manga a try, including the skeptics.

... Last updated on May 13th, 2010, 5:31pm
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Great Mangaka, Great Manga   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by noboundaries
February 20th, 2012, 8:57pm
Read the manga all the way to the end. Loved it. Another great work by a great mangaka.

For the people trying to classify the heroine Madoka as "masculine" or "feminine"... I'd say, more like, she's just a real person? She's strong, but she's not an island. She has her weaknesses and strengths. Honestly I don't like characters who are relentlessly optimistic and sparkly about every frickin damn thing in life, and I don't like characters who are helpless wilting flowers that need constant rescuing from their rich, smart, hot, d-bag boyfriends. Madoka's not either, thank goodness.

One thing I noticed about this mangaka is that she starts with a cliched premise and then develops the story into something much more meaningful and alluring. Like this manga starts with the overused premise of the parents selfishly abandoning their child for whatever reason - but actually the parents are an integral (and really fun) part of the story, so the plotline is not as typical as you think it is.

I've been reading shoujo for years now and lately it's gotten to the point where I think 85% of it is just pure recycled garbage. Bitou (Bittersweet) Lollipop is a good read, definitely worth your time.
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Intriguing Plot   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by sculamio
October 30th, 2012, 3:46pm
Iketani sensei's drawings are much more attractive than in Six Half. As usual, she pulls off a suspenseful plot that pulls you in with it's mysterious, yet believable characters. She writes suspense very well, so be sure to have time on your hands before reading it. The story does deal with some mature themes, though, so if you're looking for a fluffy shoujo, search elsewhere. Great story so far, anyways! I highly recommend it to anyone looking for a realistic and thoughtful manga.
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Great   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Peppermint
July 14th, 2012, 8:54pm
This is a shoujo that stands out from the crowd. There are underlying elements of low-key mystery and unrequited desires that gives this romcom an edge. This manga is reasonably well-drawn from the start, and it's extremely funny.

Because the heroine isn't a cold pillar of self-reliant ice and nonexistent tear ducts, I wouldn't call her strong. She is codependent on her relationships to an extent, but she isn't an overemotional puddle of tears and inferiority complexes either. The two male leads also have their own dreams and problems to deal with and don't dedicate every waking moment to thinking about the heroine. Interactions between characters seem to be more complex than the average shoujo.

A gem.

... Last updated on July 14th, 2012, 8:55pm
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It's a MUST READ!!!   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by TaeminLuv
December 4th, 2010, 8:34pm
Through my excursions of trying to look for non-yaoi/hentai/smut shotacon manga, I was able to discover this one, and I have to say it's one of the best I'm reading. Bitou Lollipop is seriously a must-read. Although it's pretty obvious who the main girl Madoka is going to end up with, you can't help but want to read the whole manga because of the great story-line and that you really want to see the development that happens between character.. The art is also eye-appealing in my opinion. Bitou Lollipop is manga that has it's reader excited to flip every page as it's filled with humorous moments that you burst in laughter, and also has it's readers feel for each character whether it be hate or love. Please read!
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Good Female Lead!   
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by BronteFan
August 26th, 2012, 12:16pm
The heroine is down-to-earth, open, intelligent, and confident in herself without being conceited. She's really very likable...but I really haven't grown to like any of the other characters. In fact, as time goes by, I seem to like them less and less. They are all very selfish (especially her parents) and none of them think of how their actions affect her or anyone else. The art is good, and the plot is interesting, but I really hope to see some good in some of the characters in furture chapters.
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TWO DEADLY DRAWBACKS   
Rating: N/A
by cecropiamoth
July 18th, 2014, 11:03am
No. 1: The slowness of scanlation. I really (potentially) liked this story when I first discovered it years ago, but lacked, and continue to lack, the extraordinary patience necessary to follow it.

No. 2: The presence of the Shoujo Curse. I had just started tentatively reading some shoujo when I stumbled upon this highly unusual shoujo manga that has both good art (by shoujo standards), and a very non-shoujo-standard heroine. I was starting to enjoy her story thoroughly when there appeared on the scene that standard shoujo character the Smooth Operator. One thing I had learned by that point in my shoujo reading was that girls literally can't resist these guys, even if they start out hating them. Something female readers may not know is that most male readers can't identify with such men at all. I'm one of those. Therefore, as Our Heroine started out justly suspicious of Mr. Smooth Operator, and then gradually began to warm to him, and as I recalled that the only other male in the running for her affections was too nice to have a chance within the terms of the shoujo universe, my interest in this manga quickly waned.

Recommended for girl and woman readers who are very patient.
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Great but disappointing in the end   
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by Jasminthe
June 17th, 2013, 2:29am
I really liked the art and the fact that this wasn't the typical Shoujo with a really naïve and weak heroine etc... However I didn't like how the plot evolved in the lasts volumes

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Seriously, she just had to be a little bit more honest and Tomoyo didn't have to disappear like that. I didn't like the pitiful Madoka at that time (and why the short hair? She was so cute before with her long hair!) and that part of the manga was depressing...

As for their reunion in the end, I expected something more touching, and explicit. Seriously I don't even remember if they kissed at least!


So much potential but it could have been a lot better in the end.

... Last updated on June 17th, 2013, 2:30am
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I want moooree! Definitely one of my faves<3   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by fantasize
July 13th, 2012, 1:15am
I came upon this by luck and decided to read it because of the beautiful cover (of Madoka and Tomoyo). I hesitated at first because the artwork wasn't very good (I'm very picky on the art), but I kept reading because I was so hooked into the story. It's really unique and funny. And the art is actually pretty beautiful. Totally worth your time! I usually dislike it when the female is older than the guy, but this is an exception ^^. The heroine is really strong (not in the way you would think so) and admirable... and not the type of girl who fusses about their looks or not having a boyfriend. If you're looking for something refreshing, new, funny, and cute, read this!!

Please update this faster ;w; I'm dying from the lack of non-cliche shoujo mangas..

... Last updated on July 13th, 2012, 1:17am
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