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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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I can relate
I find this story to be perfect for anyone has retired from society in one way or another. I find it teaches valuable lessons. The concept of the free high school, the way that idea is worked, I find fantastic. I'd love more details, would love if it could be viable in the real world. I'll definately be rereading this. It's a very real, very relatable (to me anyway) human story. Some say the main character is overly melodramatic, but this fits the relate-ability bill for people that tend to have rollercoaster emotions that take them to the depths of hell
... Last updated on December 25th, 2010, 12:44am
I've stumbled onto this manga quite a while ago but I've never really cared for it because let's admit, there's nothing too spectacular about the summary. The actual story, however, is quite the opposite. It's one of the mangas that pulls you through each time, and you can't seem to stop clicking 'next'. The thing that I like about this manga is that it's not really complex, quite simple actually, but it's not too predictable. All in all, I really enjoyed this series.
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Although there were times when I was really unsatisfied with the couples.. but whatever, I sucked it up and realized that the ending was fitting and had to be done..
Forget the Summary, MUST Read
The summary definitely doesn't do this manga justice. When I read the summary, I didn't feel like reading it at all. Only boredom made me start. And I didn't stop until I finished it. At 4 am. The characters are engaging, and the character development was unbelievable. I loved how it ended, though there do seem to be questions that remain unanswered. However, I feel like it fits with the flow of the story. Overall, it was a fantastic read. Definitely one to keep and reread.
... Last updated on December 14th, 2010, 1:51am
Draws the reader in
I skipped over this manga a number of times for more excitng sounding mangas, but I regret doing so now. After reading the description I wasn't sure what to think. Truthfully, I couldn't understand why people praised it so much; it sounded plain and downcast. After finishing the series, I count myself among those who were drawn in by Keito's emotional journey to rediscovering herself. I will most certainly be drawn in to reading Cat Street a few more times in the future.
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I was shocked at who Keito ultimately ends up with in the end. But I was hoping for them to be a pair.
BTW, I'm surprised that it's by the same author as HYD.
... Last updated on November 2nd, 2010, 5:04pm
I liked many things about this manga, except that it was a bit slow at the beginning. This manga can actually teach you things that you may encounter in real life, like how to fight for yourself, stop blaming others for your own failures.. so on and so on! it reminded me of my own experiences in life and wished i had done the same. its not too melodramatic either but it does know how to deliver you drama without your heart being torn out.
i highly recommend this story, its very lighthearted
This was a fantastic story. I've been putting off reading it because I didn't care much for the summary, and I personally haven't been very impressed by the author's other works, but it was really great, and I felt very close to all of the characters.
I think part of the reason was that the cast of characters were all introduced very early on in the story, and it remained the same until the end. Supporting characters came and went, but the main characters were always there. It was a well paced, sweet read, and I'm glad I read it.
... Last updated on September 6th, 2010, 5:44pm
A great read with plenty of character development. You get drawn into their plight and their own deals with society. That everybody has their own talents and their own problems, wanting to be shut away from everybody else. But loneliness sinks in and just having friends with somebody to talk to makes a big difference in someone's life.
Love the romance parts too and the naivety it brings. The relationships keep you guessing until the end.
i'm not sure
something must be wrong with me. i've read this manga because a lot - i mean A LOT of people have been recommending this but when i actually read it, i feel that there's something missing. it didn't move me. even though there is character development, i don't think that she's all that great. i mean, she's too melancholic for my taste even after the end and even after she started smiling and laughing in the story. i like her lolita friend - she's my fave character. how i wish she was the heroine. hahaha. this manga didn't leave me feeling overwhelmed. it didn't make me want for more. anyways, i'll just read it once more. maybe then i'll change my opinion.
Drew me in and wouldn't let go
I was going to write a really long review on all the different aspects of this manga and how amazingly well each person was characterized within and how it moved me so deeply that I did honestly scream, cry, and cheer for characters along their journeys...
... but after trying so hard to properly describe this manga and how it so perfectly wove a story I am willing to bet money cannot and never will be matched, all I can say is: why the hell are you still reading this review? Read this manga. Now. You don't need to care about the shoujo genre one way or another. As I personally hate shoujo, I can vouch that that doesn't matter. Out of the genres, I'd say this manga most fits shoujo, but that is only because it doesn't quite fit any of the other genres either. Finally, I can read a manga in which the main female lead is never almost-raped by a gang of thugs--or anyone for that matter--and there are no unrealistic hero rescues to accompany that plot device which has to be the most overused and unrealistic in manga history. The rescues that happen in this manga are much more subtle and ultimately rely on the decisions and strength of the characters facing the trouble themselves. The only thing stray cats can do for one another after all is try to save while being saved.
As a result, I think the strongest point of this manga is that even in its psychologically darkest moments (which are pretty damn dark if I may say so), it gives the reader hope to do something positive themselves. The world may be a harsh place to live in, but the brightest lights shine in the darkest places.
So worth reading
I was introduced to this manga by site. Since it was already completed, I decided to give it a try. I end up reading the entire series in one day. I absolutely love this manga and would recommended to all. The main character girl in this story isn't a crybaby, which was a plus to me. Basically, a girl with this huge problem of being society-withdrawn due to something happened to her childhood and how she was able to get back to her feet. For some people, they might get frustrated with her, but I can feel I can relate to her. Who here haven't felt the time that they want to be shut in from the society after something happened to them? Like for an example, "I embarrassed myself in front of the whole school. I don't wanna go back to school ever again!" In this case, this deals with something more extreme version of this.
She stumbles many problems and learn how to overcome the obstacles. What I love about this story was that it wasn't so dramatized that I was going to throw the manga out my window. Which mean no back-and-forth decision with which guy she'll end up with and no non-realistic situations.
I also love how she can go back to being positive after being so negative for so many years. Lastly, what made this manga attracted me was the idea that kids can go to the school on their free will. Lol, I wish we can have school like that. XD