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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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Sorry radnip, but you're wrong
Sexual abuse is not legal in Japan. The only reason Midori's abusive adopted brother didn't get sent to jail is because she didn't tell the authorities. Rapists get away with rape and sexual abusive all over the place, in America too, and that doesn't mean it's legal.
Also, Midori is not a stupid helpless chick. The fact that radnip categorizes her as one is very insulting. She was abused and raped; of course she's gonna be somewhat broken after that. On the contrary. I think she's actually incredibly strong to be able to endure all of that and still move on and try to live a normal life.
Sure she's not supergirl who weighs 90 pounds and can beat up 300 pound guys. That's because this story is realistic. No one who ways 90 pounds in this story goes around beating up 300 pound guys. But even though none of the people in this story is super physical, they all have strong personalities, which, I think, is more important. Midori especially has a very strong personality and she doesn't have a problem with telling Tokio off when he's being stupid (their relationship is so much fun)
Anyway, aside from that.
The plotline of this story is very interesting, as long as you can deal with incestuous themes, and the mystery of the past is extremely intriguing. Very nice balance of lightness and comedy and darkness and tragedy.
The art is lovely. I'd give it maybe a 9 or a 9.5 out of 10.
The characters are interesting and different from each other, and their relationships with each other are complex.
Overall, this is definitely worth reading. And by the way, for those of you who think the story wasn't finished, it was. All twelve volumes have been published, and so far eleven of them have been scanlated in English.
... Last updated on March 16th, 2011, 4:06pm
I was seriously on a roller coaster on this one. The art is beautiful, and the Midori in the beginning is strongly reminiscent of that girl from Bitter Virgin. Then her brother saves her and they get serious brother/sister complexes. As a fan of incest manga, I find myself really enjoying this series. I don't care that the mangaka was caught for ripping off Inoue Takehiko's art. I'm following this series till the bitter end.
Darker and more complex than the typical shoujo manga, Eden no Hana is a gripping read. Midori is one of my favorite shoujo heroines ever, because she isn't one of those ridiculously genki, brainless types. She's deep and conflicted and hurt, but she's strong enough to have survived her fractured past.
I really hope things work out for her. I've never felt this worried about a character before...
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.
--Struck a Cord--
Eden no Hana is one of those stories that can be frustrating sometimes, but heartwarming most other times. The most irritating parts are when the characters are indecisive about who/what they want.
But, I could somehow tolerate all of that because this manga struck a cord---the author was writing a sentimental story more than a dramatic one.
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What ultimately frustrates me the most is that the manga was discontinued because the author plagiarized panels from other works. The story genuinely feels believable, but ends rushed and anti-climactic. After 40 chapters, I would have at least liked to see some intimacy between Midori and Tokio, seeing as there was so much sexual tension throughout that was never properly addressed.
... Last updated on February 20th, 2017, 12:09am
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
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.
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.
Not even finished reading yet but I think it's going to be one of my faves
It speaks of the skill of the mangaka to convey the characters' emotions and affect the reader. I found myself sympathizing and empathizing with the characters many times and eventually rooting for Midori and Tokio's happiness (and Wakatsuki's, he's such a wonderful character, how could I not!). There are dramatic moments, but as long as the characters have realistic reactions it works to the manga's advantage. There is a love triangle but it's handled extremely well - and by that I mean that the mangaka spends time DEVELOPING it for maximum effect.
The main thing I love about Eden no Hana is its characters; they all seem very human to me. The three main characters, in particular, are quite mature, which was a pleasant surprise since most shoujo characters tend to... not be so mature. Midori - She's a refreshing protagonist. Her isolated behavior makes perfect sense after what she's been through, and her emotional barriers present a challenge to others (and to herself). It's a pleasure to see how she continues to grow and opens up to relationships with Tokio and Wakatsuki's help.
Tokio - His struggles to understand Midori and to define his position as her brother is admirable, amusing, and heartbreaking. I just really enjoy his warm personality and his attempts to chip away at Midori's walls.
Wakatsuki - I like how the 'third-wheel' character has an actual personality. He's evidently one of the smartest in his class, but the reader isn't hit over the head with it. I see in shoujo that the potential male love-interests have so-called defining qualities, mostly superficial - smart, handsome, etc. But Wakatsuki is as multidimensional as Tokio and Midori.
I'm also adding the 'Uncle' gardener who takes care of the school's roses. He's a minor character but he contributes to the story, oftentimes acting as a neutral confidante of Midori. I like how the mangaka doesn't overpopulate the manga with extraneous characters. The 'antagonistic' characters, the foster brother and the classmates are quite... ah, terrible people. I wonder if the classmates, at least, will show some redeemable qualities but at this point in the manga it looks like they're about to do something irreparably damaging to the heroine. :/
EDIT: Halfway through and... when a manga has be thinking, 'OH, HEART, BE STILL~!" then I know it's good.
EDIT: Done, except I struggled my way through the last few chapters since I have the raw and there aren't any scans (darn!). My god. This was fantastic. I even started to feel for the crazy father in the end. Sobbing forever. The ending was nice but I wish there was more. After all the sadness and angst going on I felt entitled to more happiness. Oh, and the watch and rose symbolism was lovely and well thought-out. This was beautiful and I upped my previous rating. Sigh, this manga leaves a void in me...need to find another manga now.