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Second-year middle school student Ayumu Kurihara changes classes and is seated next to the beautiful but strange Misuzu Tsukishima who dislikes boys. Misuzu can't get close to other people, but after being moved by Ayumu's sweet, honest personality she begins to open up to her little by little. Ayumu too is captivated by the awkwardly delicate Misuzu and the two of them become close.
V.3 (a.k.a. Second Season) It's Shimizu Kanako's first day at an all-girls high school, and she's a little overwhelmed. Hoping to make new friends, she bumps into the odd and distant Kamei Ao, as well as her first three new friends: Aki, Rikako and Haruna. Of course, not all can be so sweet in the world of girls.
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It's not a romance. Basically it's a 2 volume story about an incredibly possessive girl. She's also just a touch twisted and extremely down all the time. She had a bad thing happen to her in the past and it has a lot to do with why she is the way she is.
She makes friends with another girl. The first real friend she has ever had. Her new friend does her best to support her, but she has a hard time dealing with her extremities and fails much of the time.
The series could be a but more touching and I would of liked to seen a better outcome. Every-time you think the characters might of grown just a bit, they later reverted back. The story just kind of ended up going nowhere good.
You run across characters like this manga all the time. Characters that are in need of some professional help. In real life, it's likely that the girls parents would of sent her to consoling or something like that. But in the make believe world where manga stories take place, it's like mental health treatment is non existent thing.
A good manga but...
For the romance, I'd call it a tragedy ;_; I like shoujo ai story being constructed as normal shoujo manga like this one, it's new for me. The manga is cute and I love the character development. I wish there were a sequel for ayumu and misuzu, wait, Im not gonna spoil anything, just want to say the ending for their romance is just not satisfied at all
I respectfully disagree
with a couple of the earlier comments. They seem to be expecting a typical yuri manga, with comedy and happiness, and two characters steadily growing closer but being unsure about their feelings, and where the romantic relationship between the two is the primary story. They judge this manga according to this expected frame. But if you read the author notes along the way, it's pretty clear that that's not what this is supposed to be. It's meant to be a more complex story (which equals more drama/angst) and it's clear from the start that there is some kind of serious back story behind "the male-hating girl" as voodoo puts it. More importantly, the primary focus of this story is Tsukishima's back story and the friendship between her and Ayumu. It's about trust and devotion. There are important romantic yuri elements of course, but it's not the focus of the manga. The authoress, in my opinion, does a pretty good job with the two main characters - the normal, but at the same time compassionate protagonist Ayumu, and the closed-off Misuzu. She does a particularly good job making their responses to the situations they are presented with realistic. Granted it's a bit drama-filled as mentioned in other comments, but that was expected - the drama is part of the manga (you'll notice the first thing listed under genre is Drama). The authoress did a good job with the school atmosphere as well - the reality of life is that kids tend to be very gossipy and very insensitive. They are kids, they are immature. And it shows in the way the characters behave in this manga. However, I will provide a bit of criticism in that the ending was a bit rushed and did not provide proper closure, particularly with regards to the girls' relationship as Ayumu never clearly solves the identity crisis associated with whether or not she's "into girls". It's fine that the romance wasn't the primary focus of the story, but I would definitely say it detracts from the story to not have that issue resolved at the end.
Needs a more experienced writer.
The author is relying too much on the assumption that the reader will buy into the story because of the (alleged) lesbian theme. So far (chapter 4) all we have is a male-hating girl and a boyish girl. Not much for character depth or variety really, as far as yuri goes. And bad pacing/flow make for a series that isn't really too much fun to read.
youth love experience
I love it! Hm maybe because i can relate to it... I sorta have a similar experience in my "unexperienced" past love life. Guess thats why i dont feel it as "heavy" as other readers... I guess we just learn from our mistakes as hurtfull as they can be, simple rules and basics or relationships are not so obvious to us when we are young and unexperienced so we kinda flood over... A bit like what is happening to Ayumu and Mizuru.... So i like it! Two thumbs up bcs its realistic!
... Last updated on January 15th, 2011, 6:26pm
Yes, like some others have said, this manga has a dark atmosphere. Of course, since there's only been four chapters scanlated, it'd be a stretch to make a guess about the rest of it. So far, there's been one, maybe two small twists, and I feel like the drama is actually shaping up the story to be a lot fuller and a lot deeper than if it were simply a feel-good manga. My opinion of one of the characters completely flip-flopped once, and I think the hinted backstory and the character development so far is quite intriguing.
I'm curious to see where this will head, and I welcome the darker, more potentially manipulative feel of this manga. I'm giving it a 10 for piquing my curiosity this badly. Looking forward to more scanlated chapters!
too much angst
without enough pay-off. After 4 chapters I see this story will only ever let its characters a moments relief before plunging them into more angsty melodrama. From what I've seen of the last three chapters' raws this maintains through the end... For someone such as me who garners more enjoyment out of the lulls between the drama than drama itself, I'll have to say this is among the least of those yuri manga series' I've read.
It's the second chapter, and already feels a bit dark. There will be some pain and heartache. Oh. well. Not all good romance manga have a fluffy vibe about them. I just hope it wouldn't get really depressing somewhere in the next few chapters.
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