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Choko Kuze is the sensible daughter of a venerable family who went bankrupt. She joins a real estate company as an entry-level office worker, but her eccentric boss is harder on her than anyone else in the company! After hearing him inadvertently call her "milady," she realizes he was the young servant boy she knew as a child. At work he's a tyrant, but after hours he insists on treating her like a lady of the nobility. Is romance even possible for a couple locked in such a crazy role reversal?
蝶よ花よ 蝶子小姐 蝶恋花 애지중지 Butterflies, Flowers Butterfly or Flower Chiyou yo Hana yo Cho yo Hana yo Chouyo Hanayo Ma petite maitresse (French) Mein Chef & Diener O Butterfly O Flower
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I can't begin to describe how refreshing this manga is but I gotta start somewhere eh..
CHARACTERS - As the author said, this is her first series that has a docile main female character so it was up to the male character to keep the story going. And boy was it a sweet treat! From the summary, you would expect to have a (whiny) female character who would fail miserably on her job so it's up to an overbearing, serious, cool male to come save the day. You couldn't have been more wrong! Here you have a rational female character and her hilariously perverted servant/boss/lover. I was in stitches seeing Doumoto's antics. As for side characters, they each have their own personality! They're not the type that you would see and forget the next chapter; they have their own quirks that make them truly memorable. Heck I even liked the rivals.
ART - I love this author's art especially her chibis! They are very expressive and appropriately used to give the reader the best feeling of the moment. The only thing that prevented me from giving this series a 10 is the evident decline in quality at the later chapters where you can see less to almost non-existent background dimension. It's like the author lost her shading tool or something; the images looked flat.
PLOT - The events that transpire between this couple and how they handle them is what truly makes this manga utterly refreshing. The author will present you a scenario so cliche'd that would make you think you know what's going to happen next when she suddenly pulls the rug under your feet then proceeds to make you laugh your head off! I had my whaaaaaat??!!-no-the-author-didn't-do-that priceless moments.
So if you're looking for a light-hearted, not-too-serious, hilariously funny, romance manga that is sure to knock your socks off, look no further!
... Last updated on July 26th, 2014, 9:58pm
Yoshihara Yuki is such a good mangaka, I'm never bored when reading when of her stories. It's a great mix of comedy with just enough drama to still keep you entertained. She's so good at balancing the two. I had no desire to skip any chapters.
Her stories are always over the top comedy. This one was not as over-the-top as Darling wa Namamonon ni Tsuki, but I think that just makes me like it even more. There were a lot of scenes that just makes you bite your nails anxiously, although, you never really worry for the main couple.
Quite satisfying, wish they had a few omakes on life after marriage. I look forward to more works by this woman.
I was thrown off a bit by the description and the cover art, I thought it was going to have some dainty female lead. Boy was I wrong! I love all of the characters in this they're all so lovable and constantly make me laugh out loud! The male lead as the most unique of them all though, just his personality and the way he expresses himself are funny to no end, especially when he's happy about something. The mangaka has a really good art style and the expressions on her chibi's are just fantastic xD I also love her after note kind of saying what is going though Masayuki's head at that moment xD You can really see the two of them develop as things go on and even the love rivals that pop up (while annoying) aren't the typical rivals.
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Like instead of his ex girlfriend using the typical passive aggressive harassment on Chouko she gets right up in her face and steps on her hand with her heel! While that was extreme I find it kind of refreshing that the rival gets right to the point, and same with each of the characters reactions to the rivals as they clearly rejected them
I can honestly not say how much this manga amuses me, the right amount of romance, amazing characters all over even in the supporting roles, and unique execution. Looking forward to the next update!
When I first read this, I find it very intriguing, romantic and laugh-out-loud funny. But eventually, it got very boring especially when hero's ex-girlfriend enters the picture. Somehow, I already knew how the story's going to be ended from that midpoint. Such a shame cause it has a very interesting characters and premise. I just don't like the direction where it's going and was expecting something better.
I'll put this manga on hold for now.
Just read the interesting part.
This manga is light-hearted, art is clean and neat, has comedy that can make you giggle, and it contains some smutty scenes. I've invested my money for 8 volumes... so... what I recommend you is: just buy/read the first 3 volumes. The first 3 volumes make the story interesting and go uphill. I thought that this was by far the best and most interesting of Yoshihara's work, but this thought only stop at the end of volume 3. I would rate Vol. 1- 3 a mark of 9.5/10. From volume 4 to 5, it went to the first stage downhill. Then it further went toward the second stage downhill ownward. Like the commentator "1122shadows" said, "Vacillated between interesting and boring" ---> boring parts come after Volume 3.
Therefore... save the moments of interesting parts (volume 1 - 3) in your heart and skip other volumes since you can already guess its ending by reading the first 3 volumes. Reading beyond Volume 3 can result in disappointment because it (plot) just gets more and more stupid, and not much smutty scenes. I like the side characters such as Suou, Makie and Mikihiko but they don't get much role in later volumes... which sucks out the comedy out of the story. Also, the mangaka just killed the good characterization of the male lead in the later volumes... so it kinda sucks.
Or if you want to proceed beyond volume 3, I suggest you to read til chapter 26, then stop -> just skip other chapters, then imagine the ending.
The ending was kinda rushed... maybe the story could have one or two more volumes to make it interesting. I guess that the let-down (volume 4 onward) was part of Yoshihara's editor's fault. In the sidenote, Yoshihara-sensei did mention that her editor had been changed, and 'this second' editor gave her taglines for gundam-otaku and many stuff in the story... so I don't blame the mangaka but blame on the editor for the letdown. (The mangaka didn't blame on anything, but keeps apologising to the readers in the sidenotes. Anyway, it is I (not the mangaka) who puts the blame on editor for the cause of letdown of the story).
If you want a better and interesting story of the same genre, I recommend Hapi Mari by ENJOUJI Maki sensei
... Last updated on May 13th, 2012, 1:43pm
Vacillated between interesting and boring
There were times when I was bored out of my mind while there were times when I found it funny. The art was nice, the sex/romance was boring but the side characters turned out to be interesting. Unfortunately, the main character, Kuze was where the problem laid. One minute she's despotic and interesting the next minute she's a whimpy bumbling fool and annoying as can be.
just the right amount of everything
I statred to read this manga because of the comments, although not very favourable, but it cought my attention, and I can say it was worth it. It is just the right amount of everything, commedy, smut and romance. There is a somewhat cliche in the chief-subordinate relationship, but still very cute, and just really funny. which suprised me. The humor is really good, and I laughed a couple of times very loudly, literraly LOL..because of the unexpected storyline at some parts. But the ending was: what the...?!?!. It really is not an ending, and I don't think this is complete manga. Perhaps it went on hiatus, or the mangaka really was forced to cut it like that...I don't know the reason, but its dissapointing. Anyway, good refreshing read, not too time consuming, and I give it a 9.
... Last updated on December 3rd, 2011, 5:18am
The ending was kinda blah, it was a let down for me. Maybe a volume or two would have made this a better story. Some of the A-B-C story lines could have been expanded, giving the characters more depth. But Yoshihara Yuki is know for her smutty characters so...whatever. I genuinely liked this manga, so I caved in and bought the remaining three volumes (6-8). This manga in my opinion is one of the best the mangaka has ever produced.
Well all the story was good, cute, sweet and funny, there was action in this manga O_O Men's problems too ...? (for those who read the manga will now, what i'm talking about) BUT hate the end of this story... When I realise that I finish reading I was like: WTFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFF..!?
But anywyas read it!
Funny, but crass!
I read the available chapters and loved it... and I couldn't wait to read more, so I went and read the Chinese version... I got very put-off by the "medicine" they used when the main character got sick - I thought it was too crass. Things didn't get any better and the humor starts to seem repetitive so I give it up! What a pity! I love the artwork and I quite enjoyed 'Venus ni Arazu'!