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When her grandmother passes away, high-school student Kajitsu Toda suddenly finds two hot stepbrothers and an adorable little stepsister dropped in her lap! Kajitsu and her step-siblings have only one thing in common: they were all abandoned by their parents. Against the odds, they've pulled together to form a family without grown-ups. They don't want charity, they don't want pity... they just want their dignity!
Things are particularly tough for Kajitsu and her step-brother Natsu. As kids, they were as close as any true siblings. Now, reunited for the first time in seven years, they've grown as far apart as two people can be. Can they ever become friends again? And can two high school students living together, even as "siblings" ever escape scandal?
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It is forgettable at best. The portrayal of family was touching, but in the end, several things pissed me off.
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I especially didn't like Kajitsu teetering between Natsu and the teacher. Maybe it's just my experience with wishy washy girls who are so easily 'charmed' by other guys, but her -thing- for her sensei was just... wrong. And brings me to the next thing that pissed me off: the teacher. Talk about unqualified! Unless sexual harassment (yes, I do believe undoing a student's BRA at school for sake of 'teasing' is quite inappropriate) is tolerated in school teachers, this bastard should be damn well arrested. Sure it become apparent he eventually develops some sort of 'sense of conscience' but honestly, if you're going to fall in 'love' with your students over and over, don't become a goddamn 'teacher.' Don't teach, or rather, don't work around kids and end up preying on the insecurities of a high school girl like some pathetic creep. God, that really pissed me off. I honestly don't see what's so 'cool' about someone who can't determine the line between work and play. I would have been able to accept him much more if he wasn't another typical shoujo manga 'smexy' teacher who doesn't teach crap and instead was just some guy on the streets. To me he's on the same level as, if not worse than, the teachers that peep, video tape (inappropriately), and/or molest students. At first I thought he would cool off, and assume his role as a teacher and role model, but I lost my respect for his character when he 'confessed' to Kajitsu (who apparently isn't even the first of his students to 'catch his eye') and kept toying with her. Kajitsu, on the other hand, pissed me off because of her susceptibility to the Sensei. Not simply because of its occurrence, but because she needed the male-attachment to replace what she lacked in growing up without a father (this happens in real life too, trust me. my ex-gf was the same and I had to find out the hard way). ...and here's the real 'spoiler' part: Even though Kajitsu ends up remaining faithful (somewhat..) to Natsu in the end, its the Sensei's 'temptations', lets call it that, and their effectiveness throughout the manga that pissed me off beyond belief. (and the general response as if such an affair makes good romance. it was starting to feel smutty/slutty and quite the superficially driven relationship no matter how hard the mangaka tried to justify it with the characters' 'needs.') In conclusion, the teacher just seemed like a useless brat who was explicitly GIVEN his job and happens to be spoiled by a pretty face which apparently couldn't land him any success with girls his age and therefore he spends his time taking advantage of high school girls. Not much of a role model or a likeable character if you ask me; more a pitiful existence I wish wasn't in the manga to extract Kajitsu's insecurities and pubescent indecisiveness.
Anyway... getting worked up here just reflecting on the teacher. Apart from that, it was a pretty fun manga (don't get me started on the mother run-run...). Really.
... Last updated on May 29th, 2011, 8:56am
This was actually a manga where I was not annoyed. Although this manga seemed like it was going to fall into the endless annoying steryotypes and cliches that most shoujo manga fall into, I actually liked it. The story seemed real to me. It's not that I think this plotline would happen in real life, but I really like how each character was really realistic (except for the mom who is just comic relief haha).
The mangaka did a good job handling the story. I like how no one is a "villian" or a "bad guy," but rather everyone is human, and sometimes humans make mistakes.
Lastly, I really like the ending. It's actually one of the best manga ending's I've ever seen. Everything was resolved in a humane, non-rushed way and I read the ending feeling satisfied, instead of "WHAT WHY DID IT END"
If you want to escape form annoyingly cliche shoujo manga yet want to read about love, I highly recommend this manga.
... Last updated on November 28th, 2009, 3:01pm
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First off, let me say I did cry when Akai left for China. I think Kajitsu would pair up better with him. In a way, I didn't like Natsu. Whenever his attitude seemed cold, he made it feel as if he would fit better in a world all on his own. I kept picturing him as an extremely spoiled, rich brat. As for Kajitsu, she the type of female lead I enjoy reading about. Strong, free-willed, but still just an average girl, making it through school, love and life. I didn't believe that she saw Akai as a father figure. If she honestly thought of him in that capacity, then she wouldn't have gone so far with him when he was feeling sick. As for Akai, he is probably my favorite character, although he's not a lead. When he first met Kajitsu, I wasn't quite sure how he would progress, being the typical cool looking teacher. At first I was going to write him off as a feeble, short-term character. Now I'm glad he played a much bigger role. He was able to become Kajitsu's support when she was desperately in need of one. In my opinion, he really did leave with a piece of her heart.
Overall, I would recommend reading this to anyone who's a shoujo fan. If someone passes the chance up, they would be missing out. Between the laughs, tears and the 'what-the-hecks', I enjoyed every minute while reading Crossroad. It's something I would keep to read a few more times.
This manga is amazing. first of all.. the drawing in the beginning wasnt so good to me.. but you can tell that in the next volumes the drawing gets better and better. its amazing. the drawing is excellent!. the story is good too. it makes u learn things about life. it kinda reminded me of fruits basket. it really makes u see things and learn things about life. the romance is soo cute too!. the guys r hot . (as u keep reading drawing gets better). overall, i'd say this would be one of my fav. mangas ^.^. if u liked fruits basket, im sure you'd like this manga too . STORY- 10/10. ROMANCE 10/10. DRAWING 10/10. highly recommended.
This one is so enjoyable and fun to read, the characters are likeable, and the main heroine isn't you typical brainless,spineless character, it's refreshing and i recommend it to every one.
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i was sad when this manga ended, not because it ended but because Kajitsu didn't end up with Akai Sensei. i think they are much more interesting pair rather than Kajitsu/Natsu pairing. i don't know why the mangaka didn't end it that way. Akai and Kaijitsu are much more suited i think. oh well, we can't have everything. overall, i think that this manga is cute and nice to read.
Let's slow down a bit...
This is one of great shoujo I've ever read. Brother-sister romance (well, they're not related by blood, actually), teacher-student, family conflicts are not new materials, but... somehow, this manga gave a nice feeling. It's very enjoyable reading it. It feels like, when you have a fast-pace life and then encountered this manga by chance, you would want to slow down a bit and simply enjoy the life. Well, that's the feeling it gave me. Others might have different opinion ^^ But I'm still giving it a 9/10. I don't give 10 easily, and though it's a great manga, IMHO, it's still not in the 10 area.
And, maybe I'm a minority, but my favorite character actually the oldest, Taro. He is so not perfect compare to other characters, which makes him feels perfect. And I'm grateful he has a nice ending.
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I read other comments about how they preferred Kajitsu and the Sensei to be together. IMO, Kajitsu was not really in love with him. I think it's because she missed a father figure so much. However, she sort of confused on how to translate her feelings for Sensei, so mixed it up with romance. In the end, though she did not completely understand her true feelings for him, she realized that what she felt for him was way different from what she felt for Natsu. Although she cared about him so much, but when she opened her eyes in the morning, it was Natsu she wished to see.
... Last updated on March 22nd, 2009, 3:59pm
I guess you could say this manga was okay. You see she starts off a depressed loser without any sense of direction, and in the end she ends up being a cheerful loser with no sense of direction. The character development was way to fast. She falls in love with her flirtatious sensai and lost forgotten half brother and not to mention the fact that her mother encourages it. The only thing the author got out of this novel was that the characters could express their true emotions, and that was enough encouragement for being able to get through the manga. 7/10 probably more if there wasn't any student-teacher brother sister relationship.
pretty good. =D
Despite the fact that this /is/ shoujo with one of your common plots, I love the humor and the characters. =) And, yes, at a point it was sort-of addictive. I guess I just wanted to finish it the moment I started it, LOL.
Still very much loved in my heart.
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I've had the first book for some years now and I have to say I loved it. I ended up reading the whole series many times over and each time I find something new. People say its empty or shallow, but its not. Honestly.
In a way, its rather heartbreaking. The two main characters love each other, at first its strictly platonic(even if Natsu's an iceberg in the beginning (he has his reasons)) and then it grows into something more. Something forbidden (though doesnt' seem that forbidden to me. Lolz). The two struggle and fight against it, sending Kajitsu into even more forbidden territory and Natsu into an entirely different world.
People seem to have a problem with the teacher, but as I see it, he only did those things to Kajitsu, not any other female (so he can't be considered a creeper for that). I think he genuinely cared for her. Her personality was intriguing and something beautiful, and he really ended up loving her. I have this notion that her feelings for him weren't entirely familial and that she indeed romantically like him. (He was very open and very sexy, but also very understanding) But, she loved Natsu, who was the source of her strength and the best possible choice for her.
For those who say that he wasn't and you were so angry that he ended up with her, have you forgotten the whole premise of the story? It was family. From book one we all knew it was going to be him she ended with. We all knew it. And if you didn't...You sure are a baka.