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Poor Sumi Kitamura… Her irresponsible older brother Eisuke keeps bringing home orphans for her to take care of even though they can barely afford their own basic needs! Just when Sumi's financial problems become dire, wealthy Soichiro Ashida enters her life with a bizarre proposition: he'll provide her with the money she so desperately needs if she agrees to marry him. But can Sumi fool high society into thinking she's a proper lady? Moreover, is it worth giving up everything for this sham of a marriage?
玫瑰契約 裸足でバラを踏め ก้าวย่างบนดอกกุหลาบ Hadashi de Bara wo Fume Stepping on Roses Stepping on Roses Barefoot
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i dont like the characters. theyre so.....dumb. well, not in a way like the author did them badly, i just dislike their personalities and how they overdramative EVERYTHING. like, more than other shoujo mangas. it bothers me, but i still read it cause its amusing and the art is pretty
More fun than I thought
Ueda Rinko's art just keeps getting better and more detailed. She draws such nuanced expressions on the characters' faces. Of course it's cliche at the beginning, but the best kind of cliche. The kind that makes me feel nostalgic for older shoujo manga, as opposed to the kind that just makes me groan. It's such a classic premise (poor, good hearted girl +sudden money+romantic issues), but the actions of the characters sometimes surprise me. It's difficult to tell what each character really wants, which makes the story fun to read. Ueda-sensei has obviously been doing shoujo for a long time. The story reads more like a pro's fond look at classic romance than a newcomer's hackneyed rehash of stupid plots she thinks are new and fresh.
Anyway, I give this story an 8 for now. I will continue reading it.
... Last updated on February 18th, 2009, 7:27pm
it gets better
We shouldn't be so quick to judge. It does get better around chapter 10 or so. I've read until chapter 22 and
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Souichirou learns how to cherish Sumi and a lot of cute moments happen along the way. Souichirou is not so heartless at all and Sumi is not so weak or as stupid as we think her to be. In fact, she's a genius at Japanese chess, as later chapters will reveal. Even if she was brought up in a harsh world, she was still able to become the sweet and caring person that she is. She does visit her siblings from time to time with permission from Souichirou. On the other hand, Souichirou's best friend, Nozomu is not quite the kind person he seems to be. He turns out to be a twisted person as his desire for Sumi grows very strong.
... Last updated on February 18th, 2009, 9:48am
Not so good
I don't know about this one. I read and liked tsuki no shippo but I couldn't get into this one. I guess it was too cliched and too dramatic. The characters seemed weak and the story was heading off in a direction that I didn't like. EDIT: After more chapters I'll released I'll give it another try since I read blottyparchment's summary of chapters to come. I only read up to chapter 3. We'll see. But where did you find the later chapters?
... Last updated on February 25th, 2009, 8:27am
I give a 10 for this because, even though it is cliche and corny, it is a great shojou manga with many classic elements of a shojou manga! I love it!
I give 5 for this manga.. It's not boring but it bugs me.. the characters..esp Sumi is so...cliche..she's a dumb weak naive girl (with a heart of GOLD) who ended up marrying this really arrogant..rude..greedy bishie.. uh.. it's too much for me. I find her brother and adopted siblings to be INCREDIBLY annoying since they're so whiny and oblivious on what happened to their sister. She tried to SELL HERSELF forgodsakes!
The Smutty scenes and fanservices in this manga are plain stupid.. why would anyone liek to get a kiss from an abusive husband?? Bishie or NOT...I don't think anyone would deserve that kind of treatment to a woman. i really hate these kind of shoujos... it's degrading to the female identity ..we are not weak, whiny, vulnerable, indecisive, hopelessly in 'LOVE' and Naive in REAL LIFE. and obviously women do not EASILY SUBMIT ourselves to MEN. (no matter how 'bishonen' he is ..lol!!!)
... Last updated on November 2nd, 2008, 2:31am
mixed feelings about it.
i love ueda rinko's works! The art and the humor and the guys (Souchirou's a hottie even if he's a bit mean)! It is something of a mix between an marriage-of-convenience-themed romance novel (i love romance novels) and my fair lady.
I had liked the first 10 chapters or so. Then I hated it. Then I liked it again around chapter 20-something or so when we find out Sumi's talent for Shogi. Then in the recent chapters 30/31, Sumi does the most idiotic things. It's like a soap opera parody now. Seriously, Ueda Rinko is better than this!
... Last updated on December 25th, 2009, 3:48pm
i don't agree with celinae at all. its probabli cuz i'm not a big shoujo fan. in most shoujos, the beginning kinda gives u a feel of what the ending will be like, and theres usually a (baseless/irrational) lovey-dovey thing going on with the main characters from the very beginning. I've only read two chapters of this manga, and i'm definitely hooked. The characters are a bit different (if somewhat odd) and as the plot progresses your not sure whats going to happen next (dont get me wrong, it's not a mystery novel) and so far, your not even sure who's supposed to fall for who. I'm luvin' it, and i hope it keeps getting more interesting.
I was hoping that this would be another decent shoujo, as Ueda-sensei's other series aren't so bad, but so far it is overwhelmingly cliched. I mean, yes, you have to take several grains of salt to read manga, but I really don't see a romance like the first two chapters describe actually happening irl. There's a lot of fanservice, which doesn't help the flow of the plot at all, and the art is pretty but I'm dissatisfied with the story..
I'm still going to read the future chapters because I *do* like the manga-ka, and there is a chance that she might make something good out of it (like Tsuki no Shippou, which also, I guess, got off to a rough start). But I don't see any depth to it, so I guess I would only recommend this if you're a fan of shoujo, and Ueda-sensei.
i love it! i just started reading it.... i wonder if there are any smuts........ plus, the girl will really suffer if he is going to marry that man because she did not go to school and so she needs to learn a lot........