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Sekine Keiichiro is handsome, intelligent, and popular. He's a jack-of-all-trades who's loved by women. Loved, that is, until they find out he's passionless and stoic and completely lacking in conviction. In a moment of self-reflection he starts hunting: can anything make him feel? He's about to find out.
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Wow, I cannot express how happy I was while reading this. Spotless! By that I mean this has NO cliche. I'll do a quick review of the leads:
The male protagonist isn't a bastion of self inflicted/ confidence related chastity nor is he one of the stock types A, B, C where authors choose one from the sporty/rough/suave/intelligent/shota lead category. He's a salaryman with a somewhat difficult past, but he deals with it in his own way.
The female lead: She comes off as a genuinely average girl minding her own business coming to normal conclusions that doesn't sound like idealistic bullshit that no normal person with a grey conscience can honestly believe. Personal opinion here but it's probably because it's a female josei author that we are treated neither to a busty ditz/ loli in frills/ some over the top pure yamato nadeshiko as the girl to heal senki's heart. If you have read this much I think you can be certain how bored I am of "made-for-manga" type of characters and seriously I am sick of frills! it's so tacky.
So all in all it's Masterpiece! It's a masterpiece I tell you. I give it a 10. 10++++++
... Last updated on April 2nd, 2014, 11:56pm
Love this manga!!! I recently bought the latest volume in Japanese just to see what happens next. It's awesome. I love and pity Sekine so f***ing much. Highly recommended. It's one of the best manga I've read in a very long time. It's great to see an interesting male lead with a compelling personal history. It's really hard to come by a manga this good nowadays. I hope the mangaka can keep up the good work. I love the delicate balance between sad and funny she keeps throughout the story. Sekine's my new addiction. Please please please read this manga.
This is currently my favorite manga. This is the reason I check mangaupdates weekly just to see if there's any new release from Stiletto Heels. Really, this work is a unique and rare gem (very very precious) and I hope Kawachi Haruka-sensei doesn't finish it yet so I can read more about Sekine. This manga is very introspective and character-centered that it would not work at all if the characters are not as likable as they are. Thank the heavens, that Sekine is such a uniquely presented male character who aside from being attractive is really someone you can sympathize with.
Love it, love it, love it!
It's possibly the cutest thing I've ever read. I mean, this is cute without the slightest bit of annoying. Which is impressive.
I love the weird and awkward atmosphere, created by great inner and outer dialogues, expressions and wonderful pacing, which doesn't let it get boring.
Characters are pretty awesome. Sekine is... just... awwww. Makes you want to take care of him. I also love Sara and I'm really glad she's not your typical bishoujo or Mary Sue type of character but rather an individual. I hope she doesn't change. The gramps rocks! The rest of them are pretty typical so far but it's understandable.
What else, the art? No complaints here. Nice style, not over-exaggerated and pretty professional. The plot? It still has to unfold more because the manga focuses more on Sekine's inner world rather than series of events in his life. But this kind of story telling matches the atmosphere and Sekine's character extremely well.
So, yeah, you get it, I like it.
... Last updated on August 10th, 2013, 11:10am
As everyone has previously mentioned, this manga is wonderful. The protagonist is just great. My heart weeps and stutters (pff) for Sekine. He's just so friggin cute! So I'm not going to go on about him in my review, as it should be pretty obvi how great he is.
Who I'm going to mention is his rival. Doujima. He's the stereotypical enemy. Hates Sekine because he's so great at everything and doesn't even want to be/doesn't have to try while he's studied for hours, done this, done that, bler, bler, bler. I usually don't care much for this character. He's there for the drama, and he usually doesn't succeed. (That's what I keep having to tell myself, anyways.)
This Doujima, though...ah mah gahd! It's just that Sekine is so sensitive, so when
Spoiler (mouse over to view)
fucking Doujima decides to go after Sekine's "girlfriend"
I legitimately hated him. I DO hate him. I hate him. I hate him! I have never hated this type of character so strongly before! I have never hated any manga character this much before!
Which goes to show how great this manga is, as it arouses (pff) such feelings that I have never had. So read it.
... Last updated on August 7th, 2013, 3:11pm
I super love this manga!!! It has an interesting storyline and each page would make me want to turn to next page. It's addicting and unexpected. it's funny, with light humor of the the character's attitude. He is like a baby who got a reward of lollipop. This is a very great manga! After i read nodame cantabile, i can't find another manga that has the same humor as it has, until i started reading sekine's love. So i'm looking forward with every translated manga. Thanks stiletto hills i hope you wont drop this project.
I greatly recommend this manga!
... Last updated on December 31st, 2012, 11:06am
Super, super genious.
The main character is depicted as such an introvert, which often makes for super hilarious situations and misunderstandings. It also makes you try to understand him, along with the side characters. The atmosphere is truly unique, the characters especially the lead character, one of a kind. One of the most refreshing manga I've read to date. Very highly recommended, this is a gem.
And oh, once you start reading it becomes very addicting VERY quickly.
Edit: for me this is the best manga I've ever read. Sekine is the perfect eccentric person, and the story is the perfect mix of weird and intrigueing. You want the understand the characters, their thoughts and their feelings. It doesn't get old or boring. Must-read.
... Last updated on September 24th, 2012, 11:33am
this manga is good. i was skeptical at first coz i thought it would be boring but i like sekine even though he appears to be passionless. love the art and the plot. hope it delivers till the end.
With all the girl-centered mangas I've been reading, I missed this. This being manga with an attractive male-lead. And by attractive I'm talking about his personality. In short, he's just so cute. Sekine is awesomely weird and at first really indifferent, but I suspect him to be one damn Tsundere. It's sad he does not find anything really getting him going with motivation and all, but I feel he's more afraid to feel than indifferent. He just lets things happen because it's comfy, but still hates it.
I want to plunge deeper in his head, I want to read more of this manga !
Its confusing and cute...I don't if he likes somebody...and if he does I have no idea who it is...I figured this manga would be boring but I wasn't bored at all...I am actually anticipating more....