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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 really don't know why I didn't decide to read this manga earlier. Even though I was impressed by Kamio's work on Hana Yori Dango (even though almost everybody says it's way too dramatic and unrealistic, I loved it), this title just never called my attention. I started reading it today and, to my surprise, I couldn't stop. Like many others have said, it's not your typical shoujo manga. Even though there is romance as a part of the life of the characters, it's not the main point (which is great). It's a story that has a "deep" meaning and teaches good lessons..."Because we're all like... stray cats". I think that a lot of people go through times like that (one of the things that makes it so realistic), and it would be great if a place like El Liston existed (really).
I totally recommend it to all the people that wants to enjoy an excellent slice of life manga.
... Last updated on March 10th, 2009, 7:50pm
It should be known as one of the top shoujo manga out there. The character development was good, as well as the plot. The romance in the manga was beautiful as well. I loved who she ended up with since they had the best connection in the manga. It produced a lasting effect on me. After reading it, I was haunted on how beautiful it was.
A manga to remember
I have always read manga and have read too many of the shoujo kind but this one is one of my list of favorites which is not too many.... not too manga have a lasting effect that will leave something in your memory but this one is... I love her transition being in dark then going to the light and it's really somewhat close to reality which not most shoujo type is not.... the growth of the characters, the art, the characters it self are lovable... specially Kouichi... ooohh how i love him!!! i like mysterious guys like him though i think that it's a bit lacking on the romance side where even for the first chapters I've been rooting for them!!! well I recommend it to all!!! it's a great read!!
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