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When Haruna Nagashima was in junior high her life consisted of playing softball and reading comics. But now that she's going to high school, Haruna decides to put all of her energy towards getting a boyfriend and having the high school romance of a lifetime. To help in her quest, she enlists cute upperclassman Yoh Komiyama to coach her as she eschews her tomboy tendencies and turns herself into the kind of girl who can catch a guy. Yoh agrees, with one catch: Haruna had better not fall for him!
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Cheesy Title, Hilarious Story
I had my doubts about where this was headed from the first volume and the title, but once you get to volume two the series subverts expectations and gets really funny. Not every arc is fantastic, but most of the time it's throughly entertaining. Worth a read if you like comedy.
That ending though. . .
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Mein Gott. . . this series was terrible. At first, I thought the initial premise was unique, but upon reflecting on it, I realized how common it really was. Girl (who lacks/fails pathetically at something) asks Guy to help her/teach her => they become a couple.
Yeah, not original.
Furthermore, Haruna was unbelievably dense. She gets worse with each chapter too. I don't understand what it was about her that charmed Yoh to the point of falling for her. (I also don't know how he was able to handle her stupidity).
The thing that probably irked me the most was the ending. At the end, Yoh and Haruna have been together for what, 2 or 3 years? Something like that. YOU WOULD THINK her fashion sense would have improved to some degree within that time. At least, she would have some sense of what's appropriate to wear according to the situation and setting. But, alas, that's not the case. She actually reverts back the fashion terrorist she debuted as in the early chapters. . . REALLY? I don't have a fashionable bone in my body but even I can scrape myself together and emulate an outfit I like off the web or throw on some jeans and a blouse. IT IS NOT THAT HARD TO DO. Haruna's bad fashion sense, naivety, idiocy, and inability to adapt is exaggerated to the point of being unrealistic.
And Yoh. . . I thought he was ok at first - just your typical popular, aloof, good looking dude. But he also had too many cliches in his character and backstory to keep me interested for very long. In terms of personality, I can't see how someone Yoh could have become an item with a girl like Haruna, much less find it in himself to like her in the first place. Really, was I the only one who was slightly surprised he fell for her so quickly?
Seriously. . . I don't know how I finished this ;_;
Does it have to last fifteen volumes?
No, it doesn't. This series starts with a bang as the setting, the situation, and the characters are somewhat unique. It is predictable though as the moment he says "don't fall in love with me", most of us must have known that they are going to be in love anyway. Still, the fun of reading is to find out how we are going to reach that ending, so it is okay.
I think the mangaka handles the plot well until Yoh x Haruna and Yoh'sis x Fumi pairings first get together. Yeah, the cliche is there, but the dramatic factor keeps the story somewhat captivating. Then it just goes down hill from there. I noticed the remarkable length of this manga before starting it so eventhough I thought the mangaka should have ended it after vol 3., I kept on reading and hoped to be pleasantly surprised. However, I started skimming after volume 4, and gave up soon after. Sigh.
The whole shenanigan with Yoh's sister toward the end was ridiculous, and it seems as if the mangaka was desperate to come up with some arcs to squeeze all the juice out of the manga (not that it wasn't really dried already). It takes only a few volumes for the main couple to get together; the rest (majority of the manga) is about their dating life, which, unfortunately, was portrayed really dull and shallow.
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It is quite hard to keep a long shoujo series interesting. Parfait Tic does a better job than this manga in keeping the drama going on. But that doesn't make the reading any less frustrating. So, sometimes, less is definitely more
... Last updated on May 13th, 2014, 6:30am
Interesting premise, then drags on until the end
Pretty standard fare for shoujo, I guess. Started off well enough, but then just started dragging on when the author kept introducing insignificant side characters to ~add spice~ to the main characters' love life. The whole plot can pretty much be summarized with "Girl wants boyfriend, asks hot guy to coach her about what guys want. They fall in love, their love is ~tested~ with various minor misunderstandings again and again--was that brother-sister duo thing towards the end necessary--and it ends on a happy note. Oh and so you can care for them somewhat, have one chapter or two devoted to a side character's entire back story--we good? Good. Now back to the misunderstandings. The end." There were a few moments here and there that made me go "cuuute" but overall there wasn't anything really memorable about it.
... Last updated on March 13th, 2014, 6:07pm
Dropped on ninth volume. The whole manga focuses almost solely on the relationship of the protagonist couple... Which would have been fine if the characters were interesting or at least likeable, or if they had some some sort of interesting chemistry, but they aren't and they don't. And yet, it has 13 or 15 volumes. Haruna is annoyingly hyper, too fixated on the whole boyfriend thing. Yoh is boring. Support cast is unremarkable and doesn't get much spotlight. There is no plot. And yet, this is more popular than KareKano and higher rated than a lot of good stuff... How?
just too sweet, give it try!!
i don't know how to explain it, this is not the first time i have read some mangas like this. But you know, i'd enjoyed this manga so much. Oh, my, i love the female lead character. She's so dense, simple minded, but she has a big heart and great personality. She cares people a lot, hard worker, determined and earnest. She don't even know how to lied, hahahaha And more importantly, she isn't like any of female character in those cliche shoujo mangas, annoying, fractious and weak, :/ And the male lead? He just too cool, Huwaaaa.. >.< and cares a lot with his lover, i love him! They are really suit each other. I can see the perfect couple here #okey-it's-just-my-opinion
And the only problem is The male lead's younger sister.
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what they always said, a sweet devil, huh! she just a little bitch who only cares about herself. Makes herself as if she the most beautiful princess in the world, that should get the attention of anyone around her. It's pissed me off.
Yeah, but overall, other than that, everything is good. I love the whole story, and can't wait for the side story or the prequel, #if-they-are-available
... Last updated on February 22nd, 2014, 8:39pm
Not Cliche Romance
Though its kinda cliche that a high school girl just wants to have a boyfriend, the story make it new and interesting by making Haruna a sporty girl! Her character adds loads of fun in this story, and Yoh balance it out? They are really a very cute couple!! It's a very recommended series! =)
I liked it, especially how they became a couple pretty early on in the series so it focused more on their personal relationship. It was really funny and I liked both Haruna and Yoh very much.
Don't know if it's good enough to revisit in the future, but it's definitely one of those mangas people should read at least once. Give it a shot, it's brilliant!
Really cute story. I's the second time I've read it. Yoh is such a cutie and Haruna is just so dense and funny XP I would like to see what happens with Asaoka and Mami, I wish there was hope for those two X3 The only think I didn't like about it was Asami, she's such a self centered brat, makes me want to slap her around.
Cliche that works
Despite its differences to mainstream shoujo, this work is still pretty much a mainstream shoujo work and it has many of the shoujo cliches that you find everywhere... what makes this shoujo different and I think superior to most other mainstream shoujo is that its cliches actually work. They are not just repetitions of same-old-tired storylines and images but actually have some level of depth and quirky comedy to them that makes you smile.
I found this quite a light hearted read and fun. It is nothing great, but it is definitely decent. I especially like the heroine as she, despite the cliches, has a strong and blunt character which shoujo heroines usually lack.