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A schoolgirl who was adopted by a family experiences hardships at school and home. Her foster family treats her as Reika, their daughter who had died a couple years ago. Suddenly, her real blood-related brother appears before her, who has been searching for her for years. Now her life is turned upside down. Will she learn to trust other people again?
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Oriemo all over again
I don't know what it is about Japan and oh, surprise! its ok they aren't "really" blood related incest, but that shit is everywhere. You have Oriemo, Usagi Drop, and now this where it has the main character happy in a healthy relationship and then they have to force the romance so they can break up with a good person to bang family members.
Also this shit is waaaay overdramatic.
This title was pulled off the shelves for plagiarism.
Well, this and all the other titles by Suetsugu Yuki.
There is a super long list here on what scenes were copied; just tap on the links contained in the second yellow panel.
your common cliched shoujo manga
Too much drama, too much annoying selfish stupid characters, too ideal main boy (pretty, genius, sporty, caring, loving, brave, etc). The main girl is your typical damsel in distress, who from a proud strong and determined girl from the vol1 gradually became a wimpy wreck, somehow feeling guilty for what she should not.
Was missing connection
You could see how much feeling everyone else had towards everything.. But hers was a bit off. Some parts were too annoying for me. Artistry was flat but okay.
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this girl is living in an abusive house and she wants out. She meets this guy randomly someday and he ends up being her real brother. She runs away with him and is able to live with him. She seems to not give a care for him though. There is also a guy at school that likes her even though no one at school likes her. His is when the story is built only on her relationship and you wonder what the deal is with her brother. And it starts to get dramatic suddenly even though there was no real sister/ brother build up during the middle of the story. His ex American lover is also very annoying to read about because she gets away with doing the stupidest most selfish shit. Also their dad is also very childish. Then she moves more and more forward with her now schoolboy bf. and they go all the way and all that. While at the same time she keeps falling more for her brother and her bf is also annoyingly pushy about her love for her brother. It's a bit much. Her real dad comes into the picture and tries to kill her and eventually he killed himself. She once again pushed her brother away just to chase after him. Lovely happy ending.. But spent most of my time being annoyed.
The series was ok. In fact it is 5:47 am and I stayed up till now just to finish this thing out of curiosity. Everything was okay, but why did they have to make the last chapter like every other melodramatic drama? The waiting and all. The ending was happy,,, fine but it was .... rather stuffed... I would say. Whatever, since it was happy, I can go on with my life without anything haunting me. And seriously, plagiarism takes place many times and it goes unnoticed. Here the author has quite a fresh, original storyline and the plagiarism thing ruined her career itself. Feel bad as the story does have talent and as a writer I can't even imagine that happening to me. So sigh! Now good night or good morning or something. I have to sleep. So yeah, read it, but try to not pull off any all-nighter stunts I just did.
Woah. Just wow.
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After speeding through the entire series earlier today, all I can say is that this was one heck of a roller-coaster ride. I ABSOLUTELY loved it from start to finish.
For one thing, I never bothered reading the summary or the reviews about this manga, so I had NO clue who would end up with the girl. For the longest time, I had thought that Watanuke(donno his name) was the love interest, and that Tokio was just overly affectionate guy.
But, as it turns out, I had it completely wrong---and I'm happy that I was wrong. (I was totally rooting for Tokio, so when I finally realized he would end up with her, I was SOOO happy) It was sad as well though, because the author had given so much personality to Watanuke (who turned out to be the love triangle dude) that I really loved him as well.
In fact, in a way, it was the two love rivals who gave the girl the chances for her to smile and be happy. Oh the feels.. TT_TT They taught her how to socialize, be happy, and have faith in others. Just the fact that Watanuke had more purpose than just to act as temporary love interest made this manga stand out from a lot of the others.
Everything was also very realistic, which I truly appreciate. Unlike what some reviews noted, the characters' actions ARE understandable. When love is born from such a situation, melodrama is hard to avoid. Anyhow, I thought the characters handled everything pretty well. Usually I get really annoyed by melodramatic stuff such as "The One," "Kyo, Koi wo Hajimemasu" or "Only Girl," but this one somehow kept me reading; so, all I can say is that it's doing a pretty good job.
So why not a 10/10? That's just my sympathy for the glasses dude. I honestly feel bad for him. And personally, it was a tad too filled with sad scenes, but that was just how some peoples' lives are--I guess I can't blame the manga for that. ha ha.
But let me just spoil one thing: This manga has a good ending, depending on who you root for.
It's good that the author gave us a happy ending, because I would be raging and flipping her face if she didn't. After all that the girl has gone through, she deserves 10 Happily Ever Afters....
... Last updated on February 16th, 2014, 10:23pm
From enjoyable to really disappointing
I wanted to write a review with a neutral tone, but i can't get myself to do it. I'll be harsh and won't talk about what i liked for the sake of constructive contradiction (who am i kidding here ?). My apologies, as this manga still has its good part(s) and could have been a lot worse.
The obvious and admittedly completely subjective reason for my disappointement is that i hated this onii-chan's character right from the start. First he's waaaaaaaaaay too perfect (over-considerate of his sister's well-being, not to mention he's over-beautiful, over-skilled and over-wealthy on the surface) ; When i can't help but picture a guy as Richard Gere, it's usually really bad omen for my entertainment. Then, throughout most of the show, his patriarchal decisions don't feel natural to me within the context i'm given to behold ; i'm not saying he's stupid or unreasonable for doing this or that (this is what drama is all about), but that more often than not i found his choices simply inconsistent with his objective love for his sister and his objective extraordinary abilities.
The same facepalmgenous decision making pattern goes for his sister's behaviour, but fortunately not as often (i'm probably more benevolent). And seriously, who put into the author's mind that buckets of tears equals effective dramaturgy ?
I won't even mention most of the supporting characters (the exceptions being the classmates) that are only thrown into the setting to fulfil a specific task and absolutely nothing more.
Storywise, i kind of enjoyed it as long as there is indecision in the sentimental outcome and it doesn't take itself too seriously (in spite of the dark topics involved), ie. roughly until halfway through. After that, it just becomes one of these wannabe tragedies that i'm not personnally fond of : every single element on the face of Earth seems to be intriguing against the protagonists' living happily ever after, gods, nature, family and foes alike. Please, modern Japan is not mythological Greece.
More depth in the characters and situations would have been welcome in my opinion, instead of groundless and forced "oh, i'm the antagonist so i'm gonna do something real nasty to them", "oh, i love him/her so why don't we just forget about each other". The way the whole truth is progressively uncovered felt awkward and unoriginal to say the least. But by then i had already lost any hope and interest.
Wow, this one is veeery dark.
This one kind of reminds me of Mars. But holy sh**, this one made me feel even worse, it's like an open wound and just makes the reader suffer their pain. The schoolmates are cruel, people are ruthless and the emotions are raw; it's not an easy read by any means. If you are looking for a sweet romance I suggest you look elsewhere because this one, if you are into bubbly shoujo, will probably make you nauseated from the pure hatred of most of the characters. Other than that, this manga was simply incredible and I highly suggest it.
... Last updated on July 16th, 2013, 6:04pm
Holy crap, I didn't think this manga would turn out like that! I was so confident about the outcome and some things were so obvious to me I almost stopped reading it but HOLY CRAP CRAZY TWIST later on and it's frikking amazing how good this manga is! At first I thought I wouldn't like this manga cuz it seems a bit too emotional and sad for me but the character development here is so damn beautiful that it makes my heart go crazy. Look, if you're reading this comment, and you're looking for a manga that will give you a roller coaster of emotions, twists, growth development in the characters and beautiful art work, then i highly highly suggest you read this manga. Not to mention the ending was absolutely wonderful and frikkin perfect. UGH SO MUCH LOVE FOR THIS MANGA!
10/10 hands down one of the craziest manga's I've ever read.
I thought the plot was great - keeping up the suspense, dealing with psychological traumas etc, a gripping read. I mostly enjoyed it though it could get a little boring in places. When it introduced the tension with the character Yukari, and then got into the whole fire business it started to get a little tedious. Another thing was that all of the characters just came across as a little stupid and selfish which got on my nerves. And what was up with the ambulance scene at the very end? It kept me reading all the way till the end so it was definitely a good read, but not a great one.