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From Viz: Haruna Aizawa thinks that school life is just like a monkey mountain--all the monkeys form cliques, get into fights, and get back together again. The school that she just transferred to is no exception. There's even a boy called Macharu Yamashita who reminds her of a baby monkey!
サルヤマっ！ 猴样男孩 Monkey High Monkey High! Monkey Mountain My Boyfriend Saruyama
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Shoujo done right
I really enjoyed this manga. Is it something brand new and exciting, not really. It's your standard shoujo in that your couple gets together relatively quickly and then face various conflicts. Despite this, you should definitely give this a read. I would have to say this in shoujo done right. The romance is believable, the characters are lovable, the humor is great, and the conflict is realistic and not obnoxious. Besides, who goes into the shoujo genre looking for something other than cliche love stories? That's basically what defines it. haha
Personally, what i think makes this stand out is definitely the characters. I felt that they were all very well developed and it gave the story a very real feeling which was nice. The male lead is just adorable. He's the more childish type, being called a baby monkey, but it's not like that's all there is to his character. He has his occasional serious moments too. If you're sick of shoujo with perfect male leads, you'll love him. The female lead is you're cool/cold type, but she's well rounded in that this isn't the only aspect of her personality. And well the romance between them is just adorable and awesome.
I also loved the way in which they went about the conflicts in this. They were done nicely, and were realistic conflicts. It wasn't you're typical crazy obsessed girl who's going to come and steal the guy or anything, and the way in which characters reacted to the conflicts was believable as well.
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I really felt for Atsu and almost wanted them to be together at times. I think this is because his feelings seemed to slowly grow and you got to see a lot of his inner turmoil over staying true to his friend and the girl he liked. I could totally relate! I also liked that they stayed friends despite this. Poor little monkey though. :(
Also, the classmates are hilarious. I laughed so much at the reactions to the "idiot couple"
The ending was nice too. Not you're typical everything in the world is now perfect ending, but still satisfying. It ended the way I wanted it too.
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Basically I was happy that the conflict with Haruna's family was never fully resolved, but seemed to improve. The way it was depicted throughout the manga, it would have been unrealistic for everything to be perfect in the end with her fam, so I'm glad that didn't happen.
... Last updated on July 7th, 2011, 7:02pm
a good feeling left after reading this, i believe. really bittersweet to me, because i will miss the characters... which is weird, because around volume 6 i got reallyyyyy bored of reading about their everyday life and had to come back to it haha. but i really will miss the 'idiot couple'. and atsu, and all the friends.. the end had such open-ness, i loved it, and it made me feel a sad feeling all the same.
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poor atsu... he fell in love because he wanted a loving relationship like the two of them had, and got hurt... awwww... he was the most bittersweet part of the ending. i'm glad it ended like that though. i really liked how he just kind of pined from the side lines; if he got involved, it would have been annoying, unnecessary drama. i hope he finds his own love... and even kabuhei (?) hehehe.
I wish the dad would have been shown as at least a little accepting, however, it seemed unsolved on his side...
this was a good manga with good characters. like the previous person said, no real deep thoughts behind it (although there were realistic problems for the characters - parents, college, etc. i liked how time passed, and the complications were not too dramatic, but everyday problems. i also loved seeing the relationship progress. oh, and laughing out loud was fun too!
... Last updated on June 17th, 2011, 8:06pm
I love the characters. For once the heroine is not ugly or irritably shy. The heroine is the pretty and cool one in the relationship and the guy is not a total dork. Macharu is really cute especially in his obvious love for Haruna. I also like Atsu, the "other guy" in this. The problem is that the story gets boring after a while. It's still worth reading.
... Last updated on March 7th, 2010, 4:04pm
Nope, not typical at all. I find the humour unique and there are some unpredictable parts that serve as original flavouring.
There are some parts that are a bit tedious and doesn't really add to the main story...but the unexpected and exciting jumps forward in the relationship makes up for it.
The art is good, the plot sweet/good, the pace...so far i would give it an 8. Not moving fast enough, in my opinion The characters are really cute and real. They're developments are visible and intriguing.
Definitely worth a read.
though....I havent finished this so i cant make a solid conclusion. But I love it so far
... Last updated on February 8th, 2009, 7:08am
Have to go with the rest of the reviewers that it's a pretty decent read. Sure it's nothing mindblowing, but it's an overall nice read.
The heroine isn't a retarded bubble head who cries every other page. Nor wavers from person to person. She's level-headed and actually uses her brain.
Only thing I disagree is with the reviewers and their sympathy for Atsu, except for pinkfizz's.
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Atsu tires to steal Haruna away from Macharu on numerous occasions. Macharu has an inkling of what was going on, but nothing to the extent of what happened at the bus stop on their field trip. I would have kicked his ass to the curb right along with the rest of the so called friends.
Not once in the entire manga were they NOT ragging on Macharu. From start to finish it was childish name calling and whatever else that happened throughout the manga that they could make fun of Macharu about.
Other than that it was a good manga.
... Last updated on August 16th, 2011, 7:58pm
Amazing!! Except for Atsu
Finally a Shoujo heroine with taste and brains! Haruna knows what's good for and goes for it, no wavering dumbo here.
My only gripe is ATSU. He and to be honest, the rest of the group, treat Macharu like crap. He stabs him in the back and insults him all day long and he is seriously supposed to be sympathetic to the reader? Seriously? He brought down the series because he is so selfish and terrible.
Other than him, it's a great manga.
I usually like Akira Shouko's works, but in this one something was off. Constant references to monkeys become really annoying in time, there isn't much chemistry between the characters either. Also, can't they do anything without their classmates' presence? Why does the whole class have to be in each chapter, so tactless too?!
Agree with pinkfizz. Without Atsu this story would have been better. IMO, the author was reluctant to make Macharu's best friend a serious love rival and propel this story into a typical love-triangle. I'm glad the mangaka didn't fall into this trap.
Wonderful female lead. Quite surprised to find a good head on her shoulders. Haruna isn't a perfect heroine, which makes her that much more interesting. She doesn't fall into any stereotype beside tsundere, but her other personality qualities add another dimension to an otherwise static character.
Macharu is also not a completely an energetic airhead. Given the right circumstances he can achieve character growth with contrivances of the usual rom-com.
Decent artwork, good story, excellent gradual development. Worth the time spent to read all eight volumes.
"Why do we love?"
"Because you were there" Pretty sweet line. It kind of explains the whole feel of the romance of the story. The reason why the romance was so good was because it was realistic, while also being the kind of love one would want to experience: caring, passionate, companionship, and an overwhelming sense of desire to be around the other person. Haruna and Macharu the "idiot couple" forever <3
it is a good and nice - but in the same time a typical - shoujo manga. there is no suspense, mystery, or any deep psychological story. however, it is a good choice for you to spend your free time reading it.