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At Wataru Fujii's high school, it's all the rage to wear paired rings with the girl you love. Wataru wears one though he is single, and one day inadvertently discovers that his ring pairs up with that of tall, handsome and smart Yuichi Kazuki, the senior classman idolized by the entire school. Though Kazuki has a reputation for being kind to all, when dealing with Wataru, he is strangely harsh. Their paired rings somehow draw them together and the two alternately clash and attract, as they must sort out their budding feelings for each other.
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Based on a light novel
This manga is definitely romantic. I mean rings are involved and there is a lot of blushing. Of course my heart was beating every time there was a moment between the two characters. They are definitely made for one another. I think anyone would enjoy this series, because of the sheer amount of love shown. What is not to like?
Good for passing time
I totally agree with the person who said this is extremely reminiscent of a shoujo manga. Y'know, kind of tsundere character meets aloof boy who is
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simply concealing his feelings
. The whole ring thing was kinda girly too. I wonder if the sensei was actually planning on making this a straight romance originally. Seriously, its kind of worth just reading it to see how much it's like the genre. I wasn't crazy for it. It was nice reading a yaoi that seemed to have been officially translated, though the version I read had the honorifics cut out (this always annoys me, I like the chans and kuns and sans xD). The art was decent but not amazing. The uke was kind of sweet, and there were a couple of really nice moments, so I'm not slandering the manga completely. Generally, a good read. Not a deep enough plot for my liking, but give it a bash if you have some time.
... Last updated on October 22nd, 2012, 12:49pm
I'm currently reading the novel to this manga, and every time I turned a page over there was this voice that said: go get the manga from that dusty shelf. Read it. Read it. And boy did I. I studied it to perfection. I spent roughly fifteen minutes in every page, reading every line time and time again, absorbing the beautiful art work.
The kissing scenes could be a little frustrating. I'm so used to tongues and "saliva everywhere", I really wished they were a little bit more detailed but, well, I guess we have the novel to see that happening.
Which leads me to my title. It would be so amazingly awesome if they suddenly decided to continue the manga, following the novel. And we could really use an OVA or two, just to keep the spark alive.
The manga is so absolutely cute and it deserves to be continued. Plus, there's so much more to Kazuki and Wataru's relationship! No matter how much I adore reading about it, it pains me to know such beautiful pieces are being left out...
Yeah, that's it.
one of a kind
its like one of my favourite mangas.i usually dont like reading long mangas and after a while i get bored of mangas but i stayed up all night to finish this one.its cute and sweet and it is really good
... Last updated on July 9th, 2012, 7:54am
One of my favorites, there is depth to the characters, the story is sweet, and though the art wasn't the most fabulous it isn't an eye sore by any means. I recommend it to absolutely any yaoi fan.
it's a light shonnen ai, and really lovely the caractere are cute and the art is'nt bad ( for once ) i really liked this manga, it's a shame that there is only one volume, cuz the novel are really long and it seem interesing :/
The first time I've read this manga was few years ago and now that I'm reading it again makes me feel nostalgic. One of my favorite shounen ai stories. Though like a typical story in a shoujo manga, there is a feeling of uniqueness of the story. A must-read story. I recommend it.
Honestly this manga is a typical shoujo, but only that it's with guys. The art is nice, characters likeable, but the plot is full of shoujo clichees. That beeing said it was still a good read. And the reason for my rating is the great ending and the small extra, I really loved those.
This manga seriously is the best. I’ve read it countless times before – a billion years ago, the first time – and I can’t get enough of it. From time to time, I re-read it and it’ll never make it out of the top 3.
Every time I read it, I realize something I hadn’t before, like it makes this manga more special every time. Don’t get me wrong: it’s not like this is a totally innovative story that’s never been seen before in the BL world. On the contrary, it’s pretty a common one. But that’s what make it so good, the fact that Kannagi-sensei managed to turn such an ordinary plot into a brilliant one.
The characters grow with the story; they develop alongside their relationship.
Wataru’s quite a normal person – not like all the ukes out there, thank God, but he’s not profound, complicated either. Then again, it doesn’t make him any less complex. He’s got a lot going inside his head, from hate evolving to love, constant pain and a newly found love that he’s never experienced before. As Karin (his sister) said, there’s indeed a cold side to him, because he had to go from being so comfortable as an indifferent person to being in love with someone and suffering.
Kazuki’s not behind him, either. False and fake, he’s always been engaged in this act of being perfect. He is that character that you look at and say “God, how complicated!”. As his whole life’s been a lie to please others, he doesn’t know how to deal with his own feelings when they are forced to arise and does what he does best: makes up yet another act, this time being the opposite of what he normally is. Basically, Kazuki’s never true to himself. When he wants to say “to hell with it” and be himself, he pretends to be perfect, and when he actually wants to be that perfect person because he’s in love, he pretends to be cold. Though some may think Kazuki’s a jerk, he’s actually really insecure, and that’s why he does all those things.
But the character construction isn’t even the best part about this manga. What makes it amazing is how it’s throughoutly thought of by the author. Every single part is needed, there isn’t a phrase that’s not indented to make an impact or isn’t crucial to the storyline. I’ll exemplify that by Kazuki’s behavior towards Wataru. Though it may seem he’s absent at parts, as the story isn’t narrated by him, he’s been there the whole time for us to observe. Kazuki follows Wataru’s every movement:
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- At first, Wataru shows up and Kazuki panics, which is explained by him later on. - Then, Wataru starts falling in love with him and since Kazuki’s only causing him pain, the seme wants to get away from him (which is shown by his constant remarks about not wanting to see Wataru again). He’s not oblivious to the fact he’s being hurtful, he just doesn’t know it affects Wataru so much, and also, he doesn’t know what to do. Despite that, he wants to be noticed by him. - Then comes that part when Wataru shivers just from hearing his name, and what does Kazuki do? Take the chance to advance. He wanted to kiss Wataru, he was going to. But since Wataru questions him, Kazuki stops and makes an excuse that’ll make Wataru think it’s all in his head – like he’s done several times before and does further on, too. - A few days later, comes the part Kazuki escapes the basketball game and Wataru goes after him. That’s where many readers get lost, since none of it is explained, but Kazuki actually wanted to test if Wataru would follow him. - Since he does, Kazuki then advances again – and this time actually kisses him. In Kazuki’s mind, everything was solved and they’d be a couple already. Of course Wataru doesn’t know that, misunderstands it all and rejects him, which leads to yet another conflict. – Kazuki then closes himself up, because he thinks won’t get a chance. From then on, things are explained cautiously.
You see? “Only the Ring Finger Knows” isn’t about originality as a plot, but about subtleness and details. It isn’t another common shounen-ai. It’s about misunderstandings and unknown mutual feelings. Of course it’s predictable, but you have to pay attention to every detail in order to fully extract everything. That’s why you can read it many times and never be tired of it, but satisfied with what you have every time you do. I also like to call this an “angst producer”, since it makes me cry my heart out every single time I read it.
Finally, Odagiri-sensei’s such an amazing drawer and the art goes along with the story just perfectly as well. It’s delicate and simple, beautifully done!
EDIT: Poorly reviewed by me and it deserver better!
... Last updated on September 9th, 2011, 4:33pm
wow, it's so nostalgic. I've read this manga a long time ago. I remember this story is so cute (even tho I dont really remember the plot now ) I recommend you, this is one heart-warming story! The art is no doubt very beautiful : ] Odagiri sensei's drawing is one of my fav ><
I wonder why no one is actually scanlating this story. I was lucky I got to read it b/c my friend scan and translate it for me. I hope some scanlating group would pick it up so others can share the joy of reading this manga! ; D