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Ichinose Tsukasa, an elite student at a public school, can't help watching Matsubara Chitose, another student that is his complete opposite. When Matsubara confronts him, Ichinose is drawn into a physical relationship that becomes more than either boy expected.
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Not Groundbreaking But
There's just this warmth and, I know this doesn't make sense but, sincerity to the characters especially Ichinose that just took me in. It's also pretty smutty, but not over the top. There is no excess. And the narration and pacing is also actually quite well done. Truthfully, I didn't like Matsubara (cruel lovers just put me and make me REALLY ANGRY). I still don't really like his character since Ichinose is so pure and earnest, but given Matsubara's background it's really unfair of me to expected a emotionally well balanced human being. Normally, I would give it a nine because again I just can't bear to see Ichinose hurt in any way and
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the thing with his mother was just too out of nowhere for me
. However, the extra did it for me.
It's a bit over the top in the drama apartment, but in the end this manga made me feel good. The story culminated into something better than I would have anticipated. But I must mention that it's not very memorable... apparently I read this already but I had no memory of it whatsoever.
A True Gem
Honestly speaking, i was not expecting this manga to be so heart wrenching. Never let the cover of something deceive you because i thought that Koi no Mannaka would be another cliche, pure, innocent, love story. Oh boy was i ever wrong. I was not prepared for the storyline to be so dark and deep. You could genuinely feel for both of the main characters pain and it was so sad. It was just a mix of pure cuteness in the most twisted way. Nonetheless i would definitely recommend this for people looking for a tragic yaoi story. PS: The art was messy, but you could easily read through the pages without much complaints.
A story about a pair of troubled teens finding solace in each other within a questionable relationship and becoming better adjusted adults in a healthier relationship with each other. Like at the end of the main story, there is a really strong sense of hope for a better and happier future, and the extra just totally solidifies it with a snippet of their adult lives and it's just pretty dang gratifying. The extra is just so gratifying I think it might be my favorite part, ha ha.
I think this is definitely a story where you have to pay attention and pick up on the cues. The story had a very muted tone and everything is there, but it may not be readily apparent.
One of the things that bothers me is the mother. She has a mental illness and she
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attempts to kill her son.
Like in the context of the story it works, but I don't like how it perpetuates the myth that people with mental illnesses are usually the perpetrators of violence. It's usually people with mental illnesses and disabilities that are targeted and not the other way around.
PS. Listening to mood music while you read it might make it more enjoyable, ha ha.
... Last updated on July 1st, 2014, 7:48pm
I enjoyed this a lot! I like playboy/bully seme so this is what hooked me first. The art seemed awkward at the beginning, but there was this scene when I could literally see Ichinose's feelings on his face and from that point onward it stopped bothering me and instead I began to actually like it.
However, the good part is not the angst, but how their relationship is further explored. There is some development, the relationship has depth and it didn't feel forced, it made sense to me. It has some issues (the mother is really creepy) but I think it deserves a chance, there isn't much of this type of yaoi out there.
I wasn't expecting very much from the summary and ratings, but I was pleasantly surprised. This story has a bit of a muted tone - something I relate a lot with Slice of Life stories, but the relationship between Ichinose and Matsubara is exceedingly deep considering their ages. There are some very dark parts of this story and both characters have their own challenging home lives. But for those like me who can't stand tragedy - fear not. The story comes to a loving ending and the extra is truly the icing on the cake.
I also personally love their sexual relationship. They're a budding dom/sub but it's never really extreme and ultimately their love for each other is felt even through this dynamic. It's something much sweeter than the usual dom/sub relationships in any manga/story that I've read in the past.
The only thing I'm surprised about is that Ichinose failing to get into a private high school was never brought up again after the other students mentioned it to bully him. It's not important at all, but it still feels a little forgotten by the author.
I actually like it. A lot.
One might say "same old, same old" when talking about this manga and I don't disagree with them at all. Yet it also baffles me how I actually came to like it a lot. I guess you could say I was somewhat dragged along with it and by the end I couldn't escape anymore. I just can't help but like how it was portrayed and developed. It's definitely not perfect, but somehow the authenticity and honest feel remain in the end and that's actually what matters here. I must say those qualities suit the whole thing quite well.
This was hurt/comfort but it applied equally to both characters. The way they supported each other had a realistic touch to to it. It was smutty as well. Although, the art was a bit messy, I immensely enjoyed the volume overall.
Second time reading
It was one of my firsts mangas since I've read it in Spanish a while ago, and I didn't like it, but for some reason I remembered it everytime I wanted to read something new, so I just gave it another try, and I absolutely love it now! Both characters have issues with their families, although the seme thinks that the uke lives in a little perfect world. He also has many psychological traumas and bullies the uke a little too much, but at the end it seems like the uke starts to enjoy it, and the seme starts to treat him better and fall in love with him...
For me the extra was perfect, with both characters personality and the ending, I thought they were going to break up sooner or later and be unhappy forever. Then the extra comes, and makes our lives better! Also, nice approach with the cat point of view ^^ made it cuter.
Really like it all!
This is quite smutty that I thought it will be like that till the end. The extra and how it ends put me in good mood. It wraps up nicely, seeing them live together after and a lot older adds depth to the story. The seme looks hot in longer hair and tied at the mid back.