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From Condensation: The story centers around Keito Aoyama, a former famous child actor. Due to a childhood incident, she retired from her career early and withdrew from normal society. Now 16, she passes her days in boredom and without purpose. But one day she runs into a stranger who takes her to El Liston--a free school for high school students like herself, who don't have a place where they belong. Though hesitant at first, Keito decides to enter El Liston and subsequently, she begins a new stage in her life. With the help of her only remaining childhood friend, Taiyou, and her new classmates Rei, Momiji, and Kouichi, Keito slowly finds the courage to open up to others and to accept their support. Will Keito return to acting? Will she find true friends? Love?
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To start out, the summary makes it seem like it focuses on Keito, her acting and "love" but it's really nothing like that. For one thing, Taiyou disappears early on and she moves on. And it barely dabs in her acting. It's more a story of healing and friendship. Started out a little slow for me but I'm really enjoying the later chapters. I really got into it the further I read. I really like how the four of them have such a strong friendship. Keito definitely has some character depth considering what a broken, antisocial person she was in the beginning, only going through the motions of life and spending most of her time in her room. She is weepy at first but she's no longer a weak girl when she takes revenge in a later chapter. Momiji didn't seem like much to me but her character is explored further in the newer chapters when she's bullied because of the costume she wore. I like the computer nerd, Kouichi, a lot, even though it was weird he liked his sister so he acted like he hated her. Rei I didn't like at first, being a playboy, but after he got mad for Momiji I liked him a bit more. This series has some interesting characters, all "stray cats" as Rei says. It's not big on story and plot, true, but its more into character development.
... Last updated on October 31st, 2008, 11:19am
fufufu...having just finished the series *ends at volume 8* not as exciting and epic as hyd, but a very sweet and touching read nonetheless. the meaning of catstreet was explained at the end, and it really made my heart ache!
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i must say that the final coupling is abit of a surprise, but not that unexpected.
the only hint is that throughout the first half or so, keito has often said that she has a special 'connection' with this person ^^
Seemed Really Nice so Far
But sadly it seems that Rei is the extremely jealous type, and I hate how dramas usually around somebody's jealousy. I just hope this one doesn't end up like the others because so far I've really liked this manga.
I fell in love with this manga from the get-go. Keito was such a difficult character to understand at first & I really disliked the way she treated the people around her & the way she couldn't handle criticism, but then you see the way she entered the Free school, makes 3 very interesting friends & her whole world & attitude changed. They each have their own stories. The computer "geek" amuses me a lot & he's really hard to figure out... & Momiji is such a cute character.. although her drawings change a bit... she doesn't look much like a doll, but more like a girl wearing "interesting" clothing a little later & with Rei... well he's just a sweatheart. I really don't know what's going to happen with them, but I'm hooked. Finished reading 18 ch's in only a day & can't wait to read more! EDIT I just JUST finished reading the manga,& I'm so happy on how it turned out! Everyone is happy so I'm happy XD
... Last updated on November 3rd, 2008, 1:12pm
this one is really great, although i generally keep ma distance from shoujos (for the obvious reason lol) i really like this one, im at c 7 atm and the story really dragged me in, i really like Keito, her way of thinking like a grade schooler is really fun , when rei asked her about her sleeping with him she answered "at ur house?" or the like and later in the conversation she asked "wait, u didnt want to get laid, did u?" omg that one was hilarious and now i just have to keep reeding for the sake of similar situations to come up
and yeah thumbs up for this one being picked up again, would have put it on ma wish list if it werent for the new scans
... Last updated on July 27th, 2008, 8:30pm
Good Story... Slow Releases...
Started reading this series, kinda got a bad feeling about it by the end of volume 1, so I stopped reading it. Then after a few months I decided to give it another try. I got past volume 1, continued on to volume 2, then 3, then 4, and to my surprise I liked it. However I must inform you that this series hasn't been translated past volume 4... and hasn’t been for the past few months, (and counting...) even though there are supposedly two groups working on it . So overall this is a great story… only if you can handle really, REALLY, slow releases
**Edit* Yay! A group called 'A Willful Muse' has picked up the series and is making it into a weekly release!! I have no further complaints about this series! =p*
... Last updated on July 24th, 2008, 9:08pm
Love this manga
There might not be too much of a plot but if you enjoy slice of life kinda stories like Honey and Clover you'll like this series - for its characters, their relationships, their ups and downs... some funny moments, some touching, overall a great/enjoyable read. Will put a smile to your face
I started reading this one just because the plot seemed interesting but there is a lot of dephth into the story am glad i read it. After reading so far am not surprised it will become many others favorite....Even the ending was just like the beginning......slow paced, sweet and full just plain great...some may say it was a bit rushed but i felt it was fitting to this manga.
... Last updated on January 16th, 2012, 5:40pm
Amazing Manga, Needs Updates
This is one of my absolute favorite romance mangas, right up there with Skip Beat. This is my least detailed review ever, but just go read it!
My only real regret about this series is the SLOW UPDATES. We need faster scanlations.
... Last updated on April 13th, 2008, 3:10pm
Just finished reading this today. I liked how this manga focuses on life and dreams. It's really hard to find nice manga nowadays and I'm glad I can say this manga is one of them. ^_^