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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 (120 votes)
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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:
Spoiler (mouse over to view)
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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missing the incest tag..   
Rating: N/A
by Asani
September 7th, 2013, 8:04am
I think this one would not have so much critic, if there was an incest tag. People totally not interested in that would not read it from the start, give it a chance to be an unusual sibling relationship and get disappointed all over the place.
On the other hand, people who anticipate more than sibling-love get what they are looking for, even if it is in small portions and even if in the end the characters are not related. For the time being incest is the topic at hand.
Spoiler (mouse over to view)
I myself can not understand how one can even picture your sibling as a love-interest and have sexual desires regarding your sibling And I count kissing on the lips as a sexual desire here.

And given that circumstance, how does one not get a really deep guilt along that thoughts? Saying that, you would think this are some heavy and dark elements to give this manga some depth, except: Nope, that darkness does not really happen. Maybe not yet, or maybe never.

Needless to say I think this manga is a bit creepy and I dropped it.

... Last updated on September 7th, 2013, 8:07am
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Hahaha, I love this!   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by Yoshipower321
September 3rd, 2013, 1:07pm
I find this super cute. Really.
As princess_bubblegum stated, it's fictional. Wake up and smell the roses 'cause chances are, for anyone with siblings, they're probably NOT in love with you. Just don't put yourself in the characters' shoes. And if it helps any, Ai and Yuzuru don't look alike.

I really love Sugiyama for making this story. It's a territory a lot of people feel uncomfortable with. I respect that, adding on to the fact that most manga artists have horrible pay. (Though not to stereotype, plenty of people in Japan seem perfectly fine with any kind of incest manga. This shouldn't be anything too new for heavy romance manga readers.)
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I´ll pass on this one   
Rating: 1.0 / 10.0
by zelly006
August 16th, 2013, 10:23am
At first it seems like the story will focus on siblings love. Not that it would make the whole situation better but yeah... No romantic feelings, just a strong feeling of attachment towards the one who protects you and someone who has been there all your life.
But then it just takes the romantic route (I mean I DID expect it but I was hoping to be in the wrong even thought it was so obvious)... incest is a no-no for me. I could say a lot about it but I wont.
I mainly didnt like how the mangaka tries to make a cute story out of a taboo topic. It just doesnt work. The atmosphere is soulless, seriously it just feels so empty, and she tries so hard to make it adorable so that the readers understand how the heroine feels but she really fails at it. The heroine herself is brainless and disgustingly cute so yeah nothing understanable here. tbh the siblings gave me off creepy vibes from the start.
Although I didnt like the story from the beginning, the art is just soooo good. It gives you hope to read on. And I do that with a lot of mangas but not a single one made me this disappointed. I think there are a lot of people who like that stuff(cutesy incest lolicon)? But for me it was a waste of time and really creepy at times.
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sooo adorable <3   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by HummingBird0o
August 10th, 2013, 5:30pm
i don't understand why the bad rating ? its really Awesome manga so cute and the story , the art all good !!
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