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From Viz: Sachie Wakamura just lost her mother, and her estranged grandfather has shown up to take care of her. The only problem is that Grandpa is the head of a yakuza gang! Sachie tries to continue living her normal life, but she can't run far since Rakuto, one of the most popular guys in school, is part of her grandfather's gang and her new protector. Soon, Sachie finds herself falling for her bodyguard. But she's the granddaughter of Rakuto's boss, so she can never show her feelings for him. Can Sachie find a way to fit into her new family and seize her chance at romance?
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I found the plot interesting so I read it. The art is so-so, typical shoujo-ness and it doesn't really stand out. The plot's quite interesting but somehow the story flow is slow paced. Nothing life changing for the characters happen but more like they're the ones who "change" people. Halfway through it's as if Azuma and the mangaka forgot about the existence of the postcard. I know bringing it up quite often without any results or change of the characters' view would get annoying but heck, the characters didn't really change probably aside from Rakuto's view about their master-servant type relationship.
To be continued and edited...
You know what you're getting
Shoujo manga with a master-servant relationship between the stereotypical shoujo heroine and the cool princely love interest. Toss in a dash of yakuza. Same old shoujo tropes. Very cutesy. Nothing horrendous. Bound to get repetitive after a couple chapters, but if you're in the mood for shoujo, this is a solid pick.
A Cute Story
Cute story between a body guard and the granddaughter of a yakuza boss. Art is okay. Feel like it could be a little more romantic, yet it's still good. Both main characters are like able, with Rakuto always helping Sachie when she does something bold that doesn't always end well.
Waste of your time and it's potential
Nothing happens for 9 of the 10 volumes despite the relatively large amount of time that is supposed to have passed over the course of the series. There was potential there but there just isn't any development which makes the typical shoujo cliches more annoying than they usually are.
I picked it up because I wanted a light, enjoyable read but I ended up hating nearly every second I spent on the series after about the 10th chapter. By then, though, I was committed and decided to finish it anyway.
There is little to no character development, everyone is just the same as they are in the beginning even though a very long time passes. Relationships are very forced to the point of being painful. The content of 10 volumes could be condensed into 1 without even being rushed, which makes about 9 of those volumes filler fluff. The art's okay at the very best but what made me begin to dislike it is the deadness in their eyes. They're so lifeless. Then the characters are far too perfect, like their flaws are superficial and subject to change at any time. Perfect characters are hated characters. People have flaws, often very deep flaws that cause others to hate them, so I believe characters should display these traits as well.
The story was average, slightly worse than average actually. Most shoujo like this at least have some development. The pacing was very slow, though I don't mind as much of life plods along as well.
Anyway, I believe the mangaka could have done much better with the premise, which is why I'm giving this series such a low rating. Originality is an absolute must when dealing with such a cliched plot. I look forward to better series from this author, though my expectations aren't very high after reading this.
I liked it at first but my problem with it was Sachi. She was just too perfect of a heroine. To me, I feel as though she didn't really grow at all. All her strong moments seemed really random and I didn't like it because it didn't really click with the way her character was. Like kichiX said, her personality was inconsistent throughout the series. It was an easy read. I'd recommend it if you're bored.
... Last updated on March 11th, 2012, 10:38pm
Sweet and fun ^^ I only got a little disappointed with the end. I sure wanted something more lovely-dovey. Still,it was a good ending. Oh! And going through these 10 vols was a breeze. Pretty amazing for its length. Ah! And it reminded me of Hatori Bisco's work at times, which is probably a reason why I felt so at ease reading it.
I almost gave it a 7, but it convinced me somehow. The beginning and ending of the story is not that great in my opinion, but the middle of it is pretty good. I loved Takaya, a character that was not a lot in the series, but overall the rest of the characters were interesting and an overall good story as well. I can say I enjoyed it at least.
Don't be thrown off by the first 10 chapters, because it is worth the read. The protagonist, though weak at points, comes back fighting to the end. He is a bit dense, Ill admit, but has that sweet and protective side that is so irresistable Its worth picking up.
The problem with this manga
Is that there's nothing special about it. It's a generic shoujo manga with a Yakuza family, and it's also really disjointed, busy and inconsistent. For instance, right at the beginning every man in the family, Rakuto included, instantly falls at Sachie's feet, eager to please. She's a nice kid and all, but even though she's their ojou, I can't imagine it happening just like that. She never really does anything to earn it; she just kind of acts like a normal person, and they're all "Ojou! You're so amazing! Here, have our love!"
The great plus point of this manga is the unique setting, and it's just screaming out for chapters and chapters about how Sachie gets to grow into her place there, gets to know more people (aside from prerequisite love interest), her thoughts and emotions (other than being flustered over pretty boys), learning new things, looking from new perspectives, and earning the trust of the people around her. All that is just wasted on chapters and chapters of Rakuto saying sappy things, and she never gets used to any of it, either.
So overall, kind of a disappointment. I wouldn't have been quite so harsh, because it wasn't THAT bad, but like Kevadu said, it was just so promising! I kind of feel a little cheated somehow.