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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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Much better than Hana Yori Dango
I'm sorry guys... Hana Yori Dango was too dragged out and encumbered and absolutely unrealistic. Countless characters were introduced, very few of which played a lasting role to the story. It was too episodic at times with a thin overarching story. After a few of these episodes, you could already tell which way the ending was headed.
Cat Street was quite the opposite and on top of that, conveyed a great message. There are a lot of people who have lost their path in life; if only a school like El Liston could exist to bring them back on track.
Sort of gives away some of the story:
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On top of that, I did not expect that twist. Really, I figured it would be like any other sort of generic shoujo, where you could tell who the final couple would be, just drearily waiting till they finally get together. I'm very thankful it's not like that, and that is one of the prime reasons I give this a 10.
... Last updated on January 19th, 2010, 1:57pm
Good not great..
After reading this manga I am left with the sense that something was just missing about the whole thing. I really can't put my finger on it but it felt kinda simplistic sometimes, it felt that events changed so abruptly and the plot moved along a little too smoothly in my opinion and it gave a sense of it not being quite real. Don't know how to explain it any better, the message that the author of the manga wanted to convey however was a great message and I also liked the ending.. I recommend it.
Other than the ending being a little abrupt and disappointing, its one of the best mangas I've read. Not as dramatic as Hana Yori Dango but just as good. as expected from KAMIO Youko.
An outstanding read
Cat Street is one of the few great mangas out there. Many are good, but they all usually lack something to be great. Cat Street does not.
Of all the aspects in Cat Street, it is its characters that shine the most: their interactions with each other and their evolution as time goes on are simply one of its kind. Cat Street succeeds in telling a 'touching story' while never becoming an 'over dramatic story'.
From a male perspective, Cat Street is one of the few drama/romance mangas that succeeds in conveying its story in a realistic manner. What separates it from the rest, however, is that Cat Street is not only reasonable and realistic, but it is also spectacularly touching and endearing.
... Last updated on December 15th, 2008, 8:51pm
This manga is my absolute favorite manga that i have ever read! ^^ and i have read over 3,000 manga xD no exagerating ^^ i love the characters, the plot and the ending are amazing as well. This manga even beat Fruits Basket, and thats saying something.
"Because we're all like... stray cats."
I love this story, it gives me so much inspiration, and has so much meaning. I could just huggle this series for forever. But.. there was something bugging me for a while, besides all the neat little hints, there always seemed like the manga lacked something, but towards it's end seemed to start to gain, but not completely.
... Last updated on December 14th, 2008, 10:04pm
OMG..I LOVE THIS MANAGA!!!!!!!!!!...its not like the typical shoujo manga..its much much MORE!!..you guys should read it..definitely won't be dissapointed
... Last updated on December 6th, 2008, 8:58pm
OMG... awesome manga... i dont think i've read more complete ending than this one... in every manga i've read there was something missing at the end... but this was... i'm speechless... story was unique too... well all in all AWESOME!!!!
The story is interesting and really worth trying. A lot of unexpected things, and i recommend this manga for those who like to read realistic and not too dramatic and fake manga.. The only thing that could've been better is probably the art, bt it's already pretty good.
I had high expectations after Hana Yori Dango, and Cat Street totally surpassed them :]! Kamio Youko has totally improved in her art style and her plots are still very interesting to read ! Yea, you can guess what MIGHT happen, but it's only a MIGHT. It's nothing like the typical cliche shoujo and its definitely moves at the right pace. It was a little strange, the transaction from one stage of her life to the next, but this is a definite must read DD!!!! <333 Yay Cat Street x3~