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Timid and self-conscious high-school student Karin never paid much attention to boys until she met Kiriya, a popular student from a nearby boys' school. Karin and Kiriya embark on a romantic journey despite Karin's classmate Yuka's best efforts to sabotage their relationship, but Karin soon learns that living happily ever after isn't on the curriculum when she becomes Kiriya's center of attention, as well as embittered Yuka's bull's-eye on her dartboard of hate.
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I started reading this a few years ago, and as far as the romance goes it was really dumb (like a bunch of other shoujo manga) but i continued reading it just because, but i stopped at volume 5 until later i decided to pick it up again (from the beginning) after reading Bokutachi wa Shitte Shimatta (which is a much better manga btw) at first i was all "i'll give this another shot.." and then later i was all "ew" i agree with MissRaw's comment about the series.
... Last updated on December 15th, 2008, 8:20pm
The art is OK but the story is really overused. Shy, smart girl that is bullied has super hotty fall in love with her. Girl bully comes in and tries to get in their way. Girl and guy overcome challenge and start going out. Girl finds out guy is super rich but has a sad past and mean family. A bunch of other guys and girls try to get in there way. Blah blah blah they end up happily ever after. Sometimes you need something classic but it isn't all that special to tell you the truth
Seemingly Cliche, but Look Closer.
It's certainly what you would call a standard shoujo, not least because of all the cliches it employs right from the beginning. Socially awkward, never-had-a-boyfriend-before four-eyes somehow meets a seemingly flirtatious hottie and they end up hitting it off. Of course we have our rivals and ex-flames and misunderstandings but everything works out eventually.
Where it stands out and goes beyond the intial 7 rating it promised was the character development. Our characters grow. Karin, who's hid in some shell and feared challenging the status quo for all her life, eventually wises up and makes pretty big decisions for herself in spite of her parents' opposition. Kiriya is interesting: superficially, he hasn't changed much; but more discerning readers will realize he's managed to let loose of a lot of old insecurities, especially the guilt that's hung over him all this while, and become much more natural and relaxed around his friends. So this character development, I think, is the series' saving grace to differentiate it from the sea of cliche out there.
... Last updated on October 25th, 2011, 12:56pm
Kare first Love brought out the romance and shoujo-ness crazed human within me
One of my first shoujo manga,( come to think of it this was the one that made me shoujo or romance crazed!) This is why i will always truly remeber this! I loved the Art, the Plot, Character/s and development and simply the shoujo-ness that is portrayed whithin this manga. I mean , you got to love the part where he takes offf her glasses and Love struck! XD CUTE KAWAIII OVERALL i loved this manga, not because it was my first manga but it was actually a very sweet and decent mangaw which moments that make you heart melt!!!! HIGHLY RECOMENDED
I can't remember exactly how or when I stumbled across this manga, but what I do know is the second I started reading it I was hooked. I love it! Love everything about it! I find the story sweet and refreshing. Absolutely adorable, the artwork I love (one of my favourites). Recommend it as a good manga to start with, as the jump off point. However, like most to all shoujo, very cliche. but this manga being the first shoujo I actually read I loved it! =D
There are countless stories of the emotionally weak heroine falling in love with some popular playboy, so it just comes down to who can pull it off better. I think Miyasaka did a good job.
There were undeniable cute parts and their relationship seems very grounded. They fought a lot, I would have been more annoyed if they didn't. Both of them had family problems, which gave it just enough drama. Kiriya seemed to have liked Karin BEFORE she took her glasses off, thank god because I hate superficial characters. This made a good bases for the story.
The story moves at a decent pace, though I think they might have fallen in love too fast. The only thing I did not like about this story was Karin's sudden personality change. At the beginning of the story she was quiet, but cynical. She did not fall for Kiriya's charm and she did not care how she looked. She may have been weak to Yuka, but she was strong in her own way. If only because she saw through people's utter bullshit.
But this changes. Remove her glasses and she becomes a beautiful bimbo. She suddenly gets a fashion sense and she becomes clingy and whiny. She becomes utterly lost without Kiriya guiding her and motivating her. I found it annoying, but I guess her "kind personality"(which I'm not sure when that developed), made up for it.
It's like people wanted to hate her but couldn't, so they ended up helping her instead. Which is just ridiculous. I don't mind the fact that she became beautiful, but I would have liked it better if she weren't so...weak. She has no problem standing up to Kiriya, she even grows a pair and stands up to her parents a few times, but it seems like she's just weak to everyone else.
All in all, I give it a 8/10. I still enjoyed it, dispite this. Karin wasn't completely hopeless and I leveled with her in some aspects. Give it a shot.
... Last updated on May 30th, 2013, 8:27pm
Best Romance Manga I've Ever Read
Like the subject says. I've read tons of shoujo mangas but KFL is still the best. It's romantic, it's cute, and the artwork is simply beautiful.
And unlike some great addictive romance mangas out there, KFL didn't have the two main characters breaking up all the time, if you know what I mean. Sometimes I'm just reading a manga and I feel that everyone is trying to break the two main characters up. KFL had it's ups and downs but there was never anything totally heartbreaking.
It's may be considered a typical shoujo manga, but it's quite realistic in it's own way. That's another reason why I liked this manga, it was realistic for two people in love. There were unrealistic parts of course (what else do you expect from a cute romance manga?), but KFL talked about how Karin and Kiriya got together from the beginning to the end. There were also family and work problems, which adds to the reality of this manga.
The relationship development between Karin and Kiriya is very detailed. You get to see how they get closer to each other each step of the way. The mangaka doesn't miss a single moment. Not many manga's are blended with a sense of innocence/cuteness and seriousness while still focusing on the romance genre completely. I loved the fact that it was completed by the time I started reading it so I didn't have to wait for the scanlations -.-" And the ending was not rushed like some mangas, it was clear and straightforward. This manga can really make a girl feel all sweet inside, some of the romantic moments are too cute for words <3333 This manga is an inspiration to those of us looking for our one true love.
... Last updated on August 2nd, 2009, 5:35pm
don't really like it
Actually the art is pretty nice. but i absolutely don't like the main guy. at first i still like him. but until what volume i was so dissapointed and left this one hahaha. How come he push his girlfriend to do whatever he wants. I hate him. And in my opinion the main girl is so boring and too shy.
A Story that can get a Guy to Like Shoujo Mangas
First of all I'm an older guy (On the Back Side of 50(Going down fast too!)); who likes those really old hollywood romance films from the 30's-50's..You know those kind that they don't make anymore. The screwball romantic comedy, the heavy film-noir romances. This manga has it all. It gave the the same kind of feelings that I had watching one of those old films...A little bit of comedy a little bit of drama, and a great romance - with fears and bumps in the road...But Most importantly just like those old Hollywood Films.....It has a HAPPY ENDING!!!!
... Last updated on May 12th, 2012, 9:21am
this was a nice romance read nothing much more though..it pretty much just focuses on the two main characters. I thought they could have focused less on sex too...it was kind of awkward at a lot of parts plus..i would have liked the girl to grow a backbone.