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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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Latest Release(s)
v.4 c.31-32 (end) by Solaris-SVU (2197d ago)
v.4 c.30 by Solaris-SVU (2198d ago)
v.4 c.29 by Solaris-SVU (2199d ago)
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Status in Country of Origin
4 Volumes (Complete)

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Bitter Virgin by Master_M2K

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User Rating
Average: 8.3 / 10.0 (2484 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.28 / 10.0
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Last Updated
June 10th 2014, 3:39am PST

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Young GanGan (Square Enix)

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its so-so   
Rating: 5.0 / 10.0
by Nosa
August 25th, 2008, 10:08am
too much melodrama and tragedy that felt a bit forced. The fact that they kept repeating "she got pregnant in middle school" several times and the repetition of the words "middle school" atleast twice if not thrice in the same chapter kinda of annoyed me, but thats a petty complaint on my behalf.

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The ending kind of redeemed this manga for me, because atleast both Aiwaka and Daisuke knew that their relationship isn't going to last or be consummated in marriage.

... Last updated on August 25th, 2008, 10:11am
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Recommended for fans of dramatic romance   
Rating: 8.5 / 10.0
by Geese1
August 25th, 2008, 5:24am
Just finished this one up and I've got to say I was pretty impressed by the entire story (it's hard to believe that this is the same mangaka who does Girls Saurus!). I usually prefer a little more comedy with my manga, but this was done very well, with a nice dramatic story that stayed relatively clear of the heavy-handedness and melodrama that it could have gone for - it's there to be sure, but kept to a minimum.

I also found all the characters fairly likable, and well thought out, with just enough of a twist so that they're not cardboard cliches. I was caught up in their story and interested to see what happened with them as the chapters progressed.

If there's any major flaw, it would have to be the artwork. I've just never been a fan of Kusonoki's art style. While it works okay in a comedy, I just find her gangly, googly-eyed characters and stiff poses do not work well when it comes to telling a dramatic story.

Still though, the story is very good and makes up for any of the flaws in the artwork. If you're in the mood for a dramatic romance with interesting characters and a good ending, Bitter Virgin certainly won't disappoint.
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Rating: N/A
by Thi0s
August 24th, 2008, 10:13pm
I have never been much for a drama series, but this was THE drama series. From the first chapter in the church I was just sucked in. A young girl who was raped, had an abortion and gave birth just pierced my heart (I feel so bad for the characters which is why I don't usually read dramas). I like the way the hero deals with all his problems and still keeps me wondering about how he deals with it, and how the heroine deals with everything as well. It also had a satisfying ending, so I recommend this to people who need a good read.
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Rating: 7.0 / 10.0
by wait321
August 24th, 2008, 3:28pm
This manga has a great premise that revolves around the serious issue of child rape. Despite its potential, the manga is superficial and needs lots of improvements.

The pacing is too fast. Characters have such dramatic and sudden changes in their views that this feels like a summary of a story instead of an actual story.

The story also glosses over the serious issues. Instead of focusing on all the possible fear, confusion, pity, and social expectations, the manga chooses to cop out and present Daisuke's inherent and unconditional acceptance of Hinako's past. Even the other characters that find out about Hinako's past don't make a big deal of it and all of the social stigma is just swept under the rug.

Overall, the manga is decent, but nothing to write home about. It's a shame because the premise allows for a much more exciting and dynamic story than the one that the manga tells.

... Last updated on August 24th, 2008, 3:32pm
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Rating: N/A
by Kaioh
August 24th, 2008, 3:23pm
One of he best manga I have read in a long time. The characters are great, and realistic. The overall plot is great, but its one of the subplots that makes this one stand out.

I'd recommend this to everyone. It's four volumes, what do ya got to lose?
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Great read   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by markdarkangel
August 24th, 2008, 1:51pm
Ok, the manga has ended, and i feel its one of Kusunoki-sensei best work bar none. Dealing with the issues of rape, teenage pregancy, child abuse i could feel all the emotions coming out of every chapter i read, you can tell that Kusunoki-sensei really brought her real life experience as well. Art work is great, story is fantastic, charaters are intresting to follow. I give this a big recommendation for everyone to read and it also deserves a re-read if you like the story alot.
I'll be expecting this level of greatness from Kusunoki-sensei from now on.

... Last updated on August 24th, 2008, 7:04pm
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One of my favorites   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by moondagger
August 24th, 2008, 12:56pm
i just finished reading the manga i really liked me it is one of my favorites although it went a little to fast in the last volume but i still give it a 10 biggrin
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about this manga   
Rating: 4.0 / 10.0
by cyttonmyface
August 21st, 2008, 6:35am
hrmm no matter how much i give this manga a try i cant seem to get myself to like it. Theres too much contradiction in the main female character's personality and behavior. What i am trying to get at is that for a slice of life manga i can't shake of the feeling that i am just reading a quaint, overly dramatized manga story. slice of life is basically supposed to display a realistic perspective of a person's life, which in this manga is not easily observed. sure the girl was raped and had horrible thing done to her which is more or less common in our society today. But my problem isnt with the basic plot. It has more to do with the unrealistic/ contradictory psyche, character behaviors that leaves them somewhat lacking severely in human quality department. Dramatization worsens the realistic view point of the whole manga and I can't seem to justify it under as slice of life. He should have stuck with his comedy routine of girlasaurus rex or whatever he used to draw because he cant really capture tragedy in realistic perspectives to pass.
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Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by RazzleDF
August 19th, 2008, 5:59pm
One of the few romance seinen/shounen mangas that does not focus on vast amounts of overly erotic fanservice ,and a scenario where the loser type character is being surrounded by hot girls in a cheesy romance/comedy plot. The raw emotion added into the plot is what makes it so interesting and compelling rather than the use of panty shots and border line pornographic scenes as selling points. So if your looking for something fresh and serious I suggest you give Bitter Virgin a try.
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Not my preference but worth a look   
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by drunkguy
August 19th, 2008, 12:32am
It's odd for me to read this one from Kusunoki Kei since I'm used to her gag manga. Even though there is next to nothing to laugh about you do see her comedic art style peek through here.

In a sense you could see the same type of pacing for the story in that it goes relatively quickly. This isn't that good since much of the time it is rapid shots of drama that can leave a person a bit dazed. A good read from chapter to chapter though since it maintains interest fairly well.

The (main) characters themselves are fairly complex considering the quick progression of the story. There are times you can hate them and others where you can like them. Most of the time, though I just pity them. The world of Bitter Virgin has been pretty hateful so far.

As the titles said, not my preference but worth a look.

... Last updated on August 19th, 2008, 12:41am
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