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True Love (SUGIYAMA Miwako)  
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Ai just loves her big brother, Yuzuru! He's so kind, so reliable and so cool! He always protects Ai from trouble and when she cries, he cheers her up! He's the perfect big brother. But, bad things happen soon. Her parents divorce and she and her brother are separated! Now, after nine years, one day, Ai, now 14 years old, finds a tall boy in front of her school! Who is this boy-?


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Average: 6.9 / 10.0 (139 votes)
Bayesian Average: 6.94 / 10.0
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average story awesome art   
Rating: N/A
by mzmflo
August 22nd, 2014, 10:05am
I am just going to keep it short. Don't have any problem with incest in manga even though in actual shoujo, it is rarely done right in my opinion and i don't think this series has done it right either. The art is really pretty. I love it. I love the art in sensei's previous work "Hana ni Kedamono" but seriously, sensei has a way of writing really annoying heroine... that crying, whining gee man... ignore the incest and just treat it like a normal boy girl story it is still meh.

There just so much frustration going on with the story progression. I am still semi reading it, half the time I think I just browse through the art rather than actually fixating my brain to the dialogue LOL

So yeah, huzzah for the art but for now, meh to the story with or without incest.
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At least a 7   
Rating: N/A
by Ginny
August 18th, 2014, 12:46am
As far as incest goes I'm not a fan unless it's Romantica Clock, but this is okay. The art is good, though. People are so fussy with the incest. If you don't want it don't read it. I usually only go for incest in yaoi because yaoi is not real and already full of unhealthy relationships.
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A mashup of generic stuff for a blah story.   
Rating: 4.0 / 10.0
by F0rcefi3ld
June 18th, 2014, 6:30pm
I love reading incest in manga, but I couldn't read past the first few chapters.

The story is a mashup of everything the mangaka could possibly think of that would draw readers with no originality at all. The brother is like the perfect shoujo prince (corny as heck) and he squeezes out all these cheesy lines like nothing. There's nothing else to him except being the stand-in for main girl's heartthrob. The main girl is (annoyingly) cute, clumsy, and a has a brother complex and she drinks her brother's cheesy lines in like it's nothing. They're in love because, well, the mangaka says they're in love and their love is supposedly stronger than anything. They're siblings, but there's no angst or inner conflict.

I was so excited going into this, but the story gives you nothing! I mean, I even love cliches and the typical stories, but this manga is something my sister would write (she's awful at it) except that this mangaka is a professional and should be able to come up with something just a little better (give the characters some personality if you're just going to rehash an overused plotline!). I feel so bad for shitting on this story because it's seriously not this bad. It's not, really. It's just...a waste of time.
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All the 1's are just incest-haters   
Rating: 6.0 / 10.0
by sakirol
June 11th, 2014, 2:35pm
The story is honestly not that bad. Were this series about two non-siblings, there's no doubt that the rating would be around a 6 or 7.

The best part of the manga is the art. It's absolutely gorgeous. Despite having the sister/brother angst theme going on, the story comes off as lacking. The brother is too perfect, the sister is too ditzy, and the story is very generic fluff. It's still very readable, but it doesn't have anything that stands out besides the art. That being said, it is NOT bad enough to deserve so many 1 votes and it IS good enough to deserve a glance.
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Must be open minded to appreciate this story   
Rating: N/A
by b3beg
March 25th, 2014, 11:41pm
Time and effort has clearly been invested in each page of the manga - these are by far the best drawings I have ever seen. I seem to have developed a crush on Yuzuru myself! You definitely need an open mind and open heart to truly appreciate the art and story. Not everyone can understand the difficulties of Ai and her brother Yuzuru, strictly because it is taboo. However, only Sugiyama can make somthing so wrong feel so right. Do us a favor, and please keep this forbidden story forbidden. I am getting sick of the cliche pretend incest stories.
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Ai Hate (Oh the irony)   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by forsakendoll
February 16th, 2014, 11:07am
This is the type of heroine that gets on my nerves. Talking and acting like a 5 year old; always crying, acting all cutesy and stuff. God so annoying.

I don't mind the 'incest' part though. It's just manga so I don't really care.
It's similar to Yaoi... reading sth typically considered as taboo keeps readers on their toes, somehow mistaking the sexual tension as the "heart sinking" feeling you get when you see your crush or something.
But If you think about it realistically, this manga is just plain awkward and weird. Getting a boner while thinking about his sister? That's sick. HAHAHA.

The art is too good to ignore so I might stick around till the end.
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Pace becomes frustrating after a while   
Rating: 7.0 / 10.0
by ishitagupta
February 11th, 2014, 11:51am
There's tension and build up for the right reason (like internal obstacles or inner demons of the various leads involved) and then there's just plain old love rivals inserted for convenience sake when the main relationship is almost ripe for the picking... Well, after the initial 2 volumes, the story (which I had high hopes for) is starting to go the filler route with a masochistic hero and a self defeating heroine. I don't know, there needs to be more audacious almost-moments to keep me engaged in this story and I'm barely seeing any.

I honestly can't believe how little the mangaka is sliding by on per chapter! COASTING!!! A chapter is basically three sentences said over and over in roundabout ways, everyone's faces (tearstained or restrained) from this angle, that angle and of course the angle which takes up the whole damn page and then there are those seriously infuriating panels which have ONLY TEXT on the whole page. Growl.

Get a move on already! (PS I'm still loving the actual direction, and boy does the brother have his bedroom eyes look down pat. And when he puts on those glasses.... Eee be still my incendiary ovaries!)

... Last updated on March 19th, 2014, 2:22am
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I just can't   
Rating: 2.0 / 10.0
by TheAlmighty
December 4th, 2013, 12:00am
Don't get me wrong. I'm pro incest. Makes the plot saucier and everything, besides it's fiction. Not real life. EXCEPT. DEAR GOD. EVERYTHING ABOUT THIS ANNOYS ME.

The brother is meant to be cool. He is not. This is mainly the mangaka's fault since she chooses to portray him in the way that only losers would find him cool. Like the scene when they came out at the opening ceremony trying too look cool and everything. Ugh. That's just lame.

My second complaint is. The girls plays the victim card way too often. The sister is constantly crying and pathetic. Whoever said she's hard working. I question. What has she done that merits her brother's love? She does not try at all. She does nothing for him either.

The biggest problem is the side character, aka the sister's friend. The sister is either dumb or naive to think that she's a good friend. Right off the bat we can see that this friend is using the sister so that she can date the brother. Just because the mangaka keeps reiterating at how sweet and nice she is does not change the fact that all she does is talk about how wonderful that the sister gets the brother's attention and how much she wants to date him so the sister should help him.

This manga is for middle schoolers. I'm too old for this crap.

... Last updated on December 4th, 2013, 12:09am
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99% sure they're not related   
Rating: 4.0 / 10.0
by WShin
November 17th, 2013, 7:56pm
Like everyone else, I started off thinking that this was going to be about two fully-blood related siblings, but now I'm pretty sure they're not. They start off like every step-sibling "incest (not really)" manga, so this isn't really forbidden love, just love that's not as widely approved of.

Actually, maybe it's not that Yuzuru or Ai is adopted, maybe they could both be kids from a previous marriage. In any case, still not blood-related.

Spoilers on why below:
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After Yuzuru said he would date Ai's friend (the most insulting thing he could have done to Ai vs. going for a complete stranger), I could pretty much predict how this is going to go. Yuzuru's friend will realize that Ai likes Yuzuru, be all: "Why don't you date me to get rid of your sadness?" And Ai will date him, but still want to be with Yuzuru. And meanwhile, Yuzuru will feel NTR rage (which he wouldn't have without Ai dating someone else), and be all like: "Why are you dating that guy?" He and his friend will have a divide in their relationship, and meanwhile, Ai's friend may/may not suspect something's going on/weird vibes between Yuzuru and Ai. Then one night/rainy day, when Yuzuru can't take it anymore seeing Ai with his friend, he'll corner her and kiss her again, and make some cryptic remark about loving her which is really obvious to everyone but the naive Ai. Then she'll wonder about it, and then after a while, she'll apologize to his friend and break up with him. But then Yuzuru will have to get rid of Ai's friend. And her friend, by this time probably, will have found out Yuzuru's feelings for Ai and be devastated. She will then blackmail Yuzuru/bully Ai, and Ai won't understand what's going on, she broke up with her boyfriend, why hasn't he split with her friend, blah, blah. Then the next drama hurdle will be their parents finding out about their relationship and being completely against it, saying they never should have moved back in the first place. Then Yuzuru will find out he's adopted (or Ai will) and be all 'SHOKKU' and all weepy mode. And then Ai/Yuzuru (depending on who ISN'T adopted) will go comfort the one that is and be all like: "You'll always be my family, and to prove it, I'll marry you." Then cut to the scene of them getting married. THE END.

The only interesting thing left about this manga is seeing when each of my predictions will come true. It'll probably take awhile because the mangaka spends her 20 pages mostly wasted on expressions and not enough plot. Otherwise, read any other step-sibling love manga to find out what will happen (I suggest Eden no Hana).

Since this will be a by-the-book execution with stereotypical characters (innocent little sister and the perfect, prince-like big brother) I no longer care what happens to these characters.

... Last updated on November 17th, 2013, 8:01pm
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who said this manga isn't sexual?!   
Rating: N/A
by gwkimmy
September 18th, 2013, 10:09pm
the guy freaking had a boner thinking about his sister while looking at a porn mag. typical incest fare, though. it's difficult (also pretty much a trope killer) to find an incest manga without the sexual aspect. but i guess that's what's so alluring about them and stuff.

i love the taboo aspect and sexual tension in incest titles, plus all the angst that comes with being attracted to your sibling, so this is interesting for me. however, i hate how the female is designed like a loli cherub. makes the bro seem like a pedofile, lol. also it seems like the bro is going to go through the typical "OMG I NEED TO BE MEAN TO HER TO KEEP HER AWAY" route, which is really annoying and stupid. i guess i'll keep an eye on this, but im not expecting much.
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