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Bitter Virgin  
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Suwa Daisuke is an ordinary, but popular, high school student. One of his classmates, Aikawa Hinako, is somewhat fearful of men and because she ran away from just his attempt to touch her hair, he states to one of his buddies, that she is the only one he wouldn't date, unaware all of the people in his classroom could hear them, including Hinako.

Daisuke's attitude changes after he unintentionally hears a shocking truth that she confesses in an abandoned church. His former annoyance turns to compassion and concern. Hinako is unaware that he knows her 'little' secret. Believing him to have no romantic interest, she becomes more relaxed and comfortable in his company. Their relationship faces a lot of obstacles, including jealous classmates.


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Горькая невинность

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v.4 c.31-32 (end) by Solaris-SVU (2650d ago)
v.4 c.30 by Solaris-SVU (2651d ago)
v.4 c.29 by Solaris-SVU (2652d ago)
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4 Volumes (Complete)

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Bitter Virgin by Master_M2K

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User Rating
Average: 8.3 / 10.0 (2590 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.28 / 10.0
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Last Updated
May 12th 2015, 2:47pm PST



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Young GanGan (Square Enix)

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Bitter Virgin   
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by scorcher
September 4th, 2014, 4:41am
This cannot be describe as anything else, other than a work of extraordinary art and fantastic storytelling. Most manga that are of the same kind of theme as Bitter Virgin tends to lose it's purity by displaying an excessive amount of sexual assault. I am not some sick person who would want to read in details about what happen when it comes to something such as Rape and so I do not wish for there to be unnecessary display. And being who I am, I am please that the manga did a great job showing just the right amount to give me an idea of what the heroine is going through. At the same time, we aren't just focus with the protagonist point of view alone but the whole casts of characters. Reading through this manga, it is as though I myself have been pulled into their world and is living among them, watching as their story unfold.

Truth be told, I was afraid to read this because I thought that it would surely leave a hole inside me. But after finishing it, I regretted not reading it sooner. Bitter Virgin isn't just about your typical school romance of back and white, but a colorful story of a young man who fell in love with a girl whom no one could possibly love. A love that transcend beyond what people comprehend as love and a purity that goes beyond Virginity itself. I think that this is what the author is trying to display and is the driving force for a Bitter Virgin.
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Rating: N/A
by alicewhite3151998
May 17th, 2014, 9:40am
I feel for the Hinako, and all that shes been through, but I'm guessing everybody else feels the same way for her...
I thought the main character (Daisuke) could of been more confident, and more there for the character. Yes, granted that they are in high school. Any high school guy would have wavered in their response upon hearing the awful truth about what had happened to the girl.
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I felt so bad that the Daisuke's sister had a baby and wanted one w. She went through all this fuss about wanting one or not. Then she loses it. I was crying so badly when I got to that part. I think the saying "beggars can't be choosers" would fit in with that scenario.
When I read that Hinako finally found out that Daisuke listened to her at the church. I would of been so mad and hurt. Yeah, she got mad for a while and ignored Daisuke; but it didn't last too long. I don't know, I thought if I was in her situation I would of done something differently. I mean that's the ONLY reason why he approached yo. He wouldn't of done so if he didn't listen to your problems, that essentially means that your whole friendship basis was out of pity.

... Last updated on May 17th, 2014, 9:55am
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Pretty good   
Rating: 7.3 / 10.0
by MatrixM
December 14th, 2013, 2:00am
I remember years ago I definintely did NOT want to read this series. For the same reason as hot gimmick. I just didn't want to read a series about abuse. In the last couple of years, though, i've kinda craved these darker stories.

This is a pretty solid series but it has a smattering of cliches. I was kind of surprised when one of the tragic developments that I was thinking 'it would be good for the story if this happened' actually happened. bigrazz

It's classified as Seinen here, probably as it was published in a seinen mag, but at times it frequently flirts with shoujo which is at times annoying.

I'm pretty amazed by the ending, where 4 of the characters, including the main 2 are certain
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that the two won't stay together forever but will break up eventually and spend the rest of their lives with others
. Due to the underlying shoujo-ness of the series it's a fantastic little spin on the story. I mean, it's really freaking realistic, but perhaps a touch cynical and definitely a little sad.

Still, for the few cliches perhaps, it felt like it could've been better. Still, read it, if you have a few hours and not much else or want some escapism. I think it took me 4-5.
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Not good at all   
Rating: 4.0 / 10.0
by residentgrigo
July 27th, 2013, 3:17am
That the manga tries to cover the subject of sexual abuse doesn´t mean it gets an automatic pass from me as the narrative frankly sucks overall, the art is only ok, the characters are one dimensional and the ending is just bad. I view this a giant waste of my time and a big letdown. I also checked out a few of her other mangas and didn´t like them either. For a very good rape related drama read the reviewed Mars (10/10) or Watashi-tachi no Shiawase na Jikan (9,5/10) instead.

... Last updated on May 12th, 2015, 2:47pm
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surprised it has mostly great ratings   
Rating: 4.0 / 10.0
by Suiren-nyan
April 14th, 2013, 2:34pm
I'm disappointed with this manga. Having read Zankoku na kami ga shihai suru, I think Bitter Virgin doesn't explore the theme of sexual abuse of teenagers all that great. Some parts were left unexplored (the offender, the protagonist's realtionship with her mother, her reasoning not to tell the mother about her abuse when it started...). In comparision to Jeremy, the heroine doesn't have much personality. During her abuse she acts more like she is below 10, rather than a middle school student (well she is a Japanese girl, likely to be submissive and passive, but I couldn't enjoy her characterization - she does *nothing* to stop the abuse and she is no small child). Actually, to me she seems like a dumb doll - the way she is drawn, her expressions... I don't like the art of this manga, it's not really pretty, kinda awkward.

Another example of a very interesting manga with a teenager abused by the father/step-father is Satougashi no Dangan wa Uchinukenai. The characterizations are unique and amazing, the psychological themes explored in a mature and interesting way. In comparision, the lady from Bitter Virgin "hates men" and flinches every time a person with a penis approaches her, even when they are teenage boys in school uniforms and don't resemble the offender in any way. She wasn't gang raped or tortured physically (not counting the rape itself) so I don't find this portrayal of her reaction to males realistic at all, rather cliche, something a teenage girl would write thinking it's "dramatic". The protagonist acted normal enough during her abuse, with the abuser in the house-- normal enough her mother didn't suspect anything. So why later she flinches even when a boy just try speaking to her? I'm not a specialist of sexual abuse, but one I know for sure - I don't find characterization like this deep, interesting (won't argue it's unrealistic - I don't know)

I think this manga is trying to be too dramatic, it's almost ridiculous. For example the heroine's confession...
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She was raped in middle school by her step-father, got pregnant, had miscarriage... Dramatic, isn't it? But then she continues... she got pregnant again... gave birth to a boy... gave him up for adoption... At this point I'm like "". But's it's not over yet-- before her confession she admitted she is not Catholic, yet she decides to ask the "Catholic priest"'s permission to celebrate her baby boy's first birthday.

Her boy's first birthday is today, how dramatic! /sarcasm

Another example is the first rape scene. The guy takes her panties off, rapes her, then shows her the panties splattered with blood-- he just took her virginity. White innocent panties splattered with blood, how dramatic. Except he took them off.

Even the chapters' names are cheesy and overly dramatic "her horror", "her nightmare", "her determination", "her unknown tragedy"...

I admit I did cry a bit while reading the manga, but you know, I also cried while watching the Lion King. I think Bitter Virgin explores some interesting dark themes, but I'm not sure I like how they are explored - at times too sketchy, at times too over-the-top. Not for me.

... Last updated on April 15th, 2013, 4:00am
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Progressive Decline   
Rating: 5.0 / 10.0
by caozhi
January 15th, 2013, 11:07pm
The start of the manga keeps your interest and initiates an emotional response from the reader, but as the plot continues there is very little to expound upon as the biggest secrets are immediately made public. I would have advised the author to add more to their story than just the single tragic detail we are made aware of early on. What little there is. The main characters just appear to skirt around the painful issue and dance around it for the duration of the entire manga without having solved, created, or strengthened anything. Not anything clearly memorable. All in all I've read books on similar synopsis with a great deal more to offer. This manga doesn't represent the issues as compassionately as someone familiar to the
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crime of child abuse and the adoption methods
, but it feels played out like a one-trick soap opera. Deep premise demands a capable author. This one doesn't cut it. It's a 'meh' for me and something I can't treasure or learn from.

... Last updated on May 12th, 2014, 12:56am
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Life is True   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by RealRian
December 25th, 2012, 11:54pm
I'm just sad because the story ended so fast. I hope the story is ongoing 'till both of them find their true life. But i'm happy, this manga completely moved me to tear. The story is the best.
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Rating: N/A
by boo-bop
October 22nd, 2012, 12:17am
This manga is one of those mangas that won't leave your mind. You'll always remember it because of its depth, and the feelings you get from the characters. For people who like the psychological/dark past kind of thing with a happy ending. This is right up your ally biggrin
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Real, yet not gratuitous   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Radicality
March 27th, 2012, 5:34pm
This manga is pretty moving, and it successfully deals with the topic of sexual abuse head-on without descending into melodrama or unnecessarily graphic depictions. The one quibble I have with this is that the MC's change from a playboy-type character into a sweet, considerate guy is really sudden. I would have liked to see his 'old' personality to be fleshed out a bit more.

But all in all, Bitter Virgin is a great read for those looking for a romance story that doesn't fit the usual mold.
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Rating: N/A
by LittleOddity
March 26th, 2012, 12:14am
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Bitter Virgin is a manga that I have known about for a long while now. The only reason that I had never picked it up is because I read somewhere that the two don't end up together and I just wanted a story with both depth as well as a happy ending. Well, I was put back in the right direction by some different BU members as a result of one of my topics and I am incredibly grateful that they straightened things out for me.

The ending fits the story very well and it is a happy one. The two both realize that they love each other and until someone better comes along, they'll remain side by side. This might seem pretty shallow to some, but it really fits well with their character types since they both just want what is best for the other person. Daisuke wants to protect Aikawa and Aikawa wants to be protected. They give each other what they need. She grounds him while he lifts her up.

Throughout the manga, the author does a good job of showing exactly how well the two fit together. The tragedy that ended up hurting them both actually serves as a bond that will probably keep them together for many years to come. The author shows that they will make it through whatever happens to come along. However, Daisuke's two "friends" are truly punch-worthy, in my opinion. If you read it, you'll understand.

I do agree with some opinions on here, though. I wish there would have been something to explain what happened to the step-father. I think that it would have been particularly satisfying if he had been stabbed to death in the kitchen by Aikawa's mom. I also would have liked to see more about her mom, but it wouldn't have fit well with the story. After what happened with her daughter, it's natural that she would pull back because of her feelings of guilt. Even so, it would have been nice if the author fleshed it out in a couple pages after everything was finished. Kind of like a "Where are they now?" add-on. But that's just what I wanted, it wouldn't have fit well. The open ending is exactly what was needed.

Anyways, it's a great series. Don't let people scare you off from reading it like I did... It's a great one. I found it realistic. I give it a 9 since I would have liked to see things fleshed out a bit more between Aikawa and Daisuke on a level other than him trying to protect her and her wanting to move on from the past. Also, I noticed that Daisuke's friend dropped off the face of the earth after a short time. There was also no other characters involved besides the ones that were immediately relevant. I hate rabbit trails, but sometimes a little outside interference is natural. But that's just my take :)

... Last updated on March 26th, 2012, 12:18am
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