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Strawberry Shake  
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Slapstick shoujo-ai romantic comedy made special by Hayashiya Shizuru's unique brand of humour; Julia Tachibana, an experienced idol, is infuriated when her boss saddles her with playing 'senpai' to 15-year-old new recruit Ran Asakawa. But the moment she first lays eyes on the tall, cute blonde who is to be her kouhai, all of that changes...


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v.2 c.17 (end) by Lililicious (2157d ago)
v.2 c.16 by Lililicious (2221d ago)
v.2 c.15 by Lililicious (2246d ago)
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2 Volumes (Complete)

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Average: 8.4 / 10.0 (296 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.23 / 10.0
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August 24th 2013, 9:48am PST



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Comic Yuri Hime (Ichijinsha)
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Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by shadowwalker
September 2nd, 2012, 3:09pm
one of the best Girl-Love themed manga out there despite being a bit short. i would wish for more but really 17 chapters tell almost all the story more of it would have made this boring so its perfect length for the story. Art is also very good. i don't actually care much about comedy (usually because authors go overboard and tend to repeat jokes which is not the case here) but this was very entertaining.all in all i'm very satistified if girl love does not put you off you can read this even for its other tags as well. its a success all around.
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its like lez b gata h kei.... which is a good thing.   
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by SAimNE
April 14th, 2012, 10:52pm
I don't think I've ever laughed so hard at such a short manga XD. Really hope the author comes back to this. Although he has been rly inactive so its unlikely T-T. Anyway if you love comedy and idiot couples you will have this cemented in your favorites.
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Rating: 8.5 / 10.0
by Verix
February 2nd, 2012, 9:52am
Yuri manga usually bored me for some reason, but this one was cute and maintained my attention.
With just 2 volumes, it's short so read it for a good laugh. It's enjoyable.
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Solid Comedy Shoujo-Ai   
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by Polarbearblue
December 2nd, 2011, 10:01am
I'm a type of person who enjoys character development and plot above most things. But Strawberry Shake is a nice departure from heavy Shoujo-Ai content I like to read.

First of all, it's a comedy. And it's strictly one at that. Jokes, puns, references, and otherwise funny scene are all in there. Depending on your sense of humor and and Japaneses knowledge you may have you will get some of them, and some will fall short. But overall it is done really well. While not a new thing, it feels refreshing and clean, even when nosebleeds occur and references to Yuri behaviors are made.

The art is actually good. It's not too realist but looks very nice, and changes appropriately to fit the situation.

The characters are probably the biggest thing to be worried about. They work because of the nature of this manga. But if you are into character development then you will be disappointed. More so, there isn't any back story involved with these characters. SPOILER
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Ran is the only real back story given and that doesn't come until the very end of this manga. And history given about anyone else is said on the spot and isn't mentioned again.
But if you are looking for a light hearted story that won't emotional attach you to the characters then you'll have no problem.

Another issue is the progress. It doesn't seem like much is made. Rather, what I should say is that a huge amount is made then it just stops.
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Once it's established the two like each other it seems to stop there. No building a even more emotional feeling about each other. Just one kiss and a we love each other moment (The situation surrounding the kiss;however, was enjoyable and I liked it a lot)
Even for a comedy I expected a little drama building up to a big moment. But it just kinda shows up and well there. But for the drama it did have, I like how it was handle, in a funny/cute way that isn't some emotional chain on your heart. The drama was an appropriate "Aww, that's cute." than a "Aww damn. That's heavy." This was lent help by the characters personalty, one being an airhead, another being an idiot.

Lastly, MY biggest complaint is the ending. While I didn't expect a big fuse over it (and it would have felt awkward otherwise), it did not satisfy me. It felt rush without any of comedy or any good type of drama. Not saying those weren't in there, but saying what was there was a bit dull. The ended could have been played out over 2 more chapters and expanded a little more.
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Julia and Ran finally get together when in the last scene Ran receives a phone call. The next chapter immediately jumps into Julia looking for her and then finding her. No middle ground where Ran comically keeps a secret for Julia, THEN leaves. There is just the last chapter where Julia comically looks for Ran and finds her in America, having gone through her mother to do so. But even that felt tacted on.
What drama that could have been there seemingly disappears, and touching comedic moments in the end of the story feel weak.
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The reasons for Ran having gone back to America were good, being a a bi-racial girl, whose mother is also in the entertainment biz, a secret her mother kept because it could ruin her (the mother) career. And Julia as a character certainly had the capacity to turn the situation in a really touching scene full of laughs with confronting her mother and again when finding Ran in America.
If anything, the last order does better than the one before it.

I give the manga an 8 because it does everything I think and comedy would, but leaves me disappointed by the ending. Also, while I didn't want heavy character development, the lack a it makes it a little disappointing. At the very least, I wanted to know a few more character's story, which I think would have lent itself to even more funny moments.

If you are looking into a short, light, and funny read this manga is good. But if you want a character development and progress look elsewhere.

... Last updated on December 2nd, 2011, 10:18am
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So great..   
Rating: 9.5 / 10.0
by Roofstone
April 20th, 2011, 2:14am
This is just great. It is pure, simplistic fun. And it is very romantic on some occasions.
The writing is great, characters are fun and well designed. They all compliment each other well.

And the relationship between Ran and Julia is simply adorable. As the manga itself states, it is the airhead and the idiot. And what is this? A happy ending in a yuri manga? Didnt the autor get the memo?

Yay for this manga. Read it. And thank you HAYASHIYA Shizuru for making such a sweet little manga for me to read.
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not bad - slight spoilers in comment   
Rating: 7.5 / 10.0
by cornhobble
October 31st, 2010, 10:46pm
First yuri for me! I really liked it; the art is nice and the characters really grow on you. The one thing that I disliked was the ending. Ending wasn't unhappy, but it felt tacked on and soap-opera worthy. That said, putting the wtf-ness of the last "twist" aside, it's a good manga worth reading. biggrin Fluffy and cute.
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Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by jedinat
February 11th, 2010, 12:45pm
There is a ton of progress in the second volume, with a satisfying conclusion... and to compare Strawberry Shake unfavorably to Maria Holic...?! Maria Holic isn't even a yuri manga; it's like an anti-yuri manga that hates it's yuri. It's awful.

... Last updated on February 11th, 2010, 12:47pm
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No progress   
Rating: 5.0 / 10.0
by Lillian
February 2nd, 2010, 5:17pm
Thought I'd try out GL to see how that is compared to BL and started this one but while reading volume 1 I got bored of it already because nothing happened. There are lots of nice girls present but not even a kiss (let alone yuri [why's that tag applied to this one?], was just light shoujo-ai) or anything close to a romance. After I read half the book I only flipped through the rest of it and won't even bother with vol 2.
Dropped this one.

Had some entertainment but not enough to keep me reading just for the comedy. Maria Holic was better in this case since it doesn't focus on certain "couples". Has very light shoujo-ai too but its wacky comedy always kept me reading on.

Strawberry Shake would be more interesting for me when there'd be some kind of progress in the relationship of any of the "pairs" (they aren't really pairs, they never got to that state but you'll know who likes whom).

... Last updated on February 2nd, 2010, 5:23pm
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Extremely Fun!!!   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by Selenium_Glow
July 11th, 2009, 1:59pm
This is the first Yuri Manga I've come across that is downright comedy, that has no heavy emotions in it...

And this is what makes it the Ideal "Mood Freshner" that I have ever come across... the two main characters are nothing real and are totally dense. The whole environment in the Manga is just so comically unreal and above all... there is just one normal character... that too in supporting role... bigrazz smile

I recommend this to anyone who loves yuri or some light hearted comedy with some cute artwork...
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Rating: 9.4 / 10.0
by Walrothetacoking
May 9th, 2009, 1:25pm
Strawberry Shake is a very solid series. The characters are lovable, particularly Ran and Julia, the two leads. The art is quality. The plot is a lot of fun; the humor is by in large successful, as is the romance.

Overall, it's a stunning example of a romantic comedy manga. And of course it's yuri which makes it awesome.
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