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rating changed with age
when i first tried this manga a couple years ago i really hated it. But i think it was due mostly to my dislike of the two main characters getting together within the first chap or so. It was the complete opposite to my preferred style of the protagonists getting together only near the very end, or after many volumes (i like to see the relationship before it all) however i tried reading it again and while i did find certain aspects not to my preferred taste, Kiss is a really good romance. The main character isnt particularly "special" or talented, but neither is she "hopeless"(cant stand these types male or female). And to the credit of the author, the male lead actually has a history of how he realistically accumulated his "experience" both in piano and in love.
But honestly my favourite character/couple was the sister and that archery guy. I LOVE THE SISTER (maybe because i'm an older sis too?) and I really wish that chap was longer :/
Recently I've been looking for a mature but light romance and thus have only started to appreciate matsumoto tomo sensei
I liked this manga. It had a somewhat mature feeling to it and it shows how one matures by being in a relationship. It's somewhat cliche and predictable but there's just something that makes it captivating.. which is why i didn't give up on it Although it did have some downs for me also. ->
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I didn't really like the ending.. it didn't satisfy me and i expected it to be better. Although this manga was pretty good in its own way, it somewhat bored me because of how predictable everything was.. i literally went over what would happen in my head and i was always right.. too predictable -.-.
The drawing isn't actually bad. It's actually pretty good once you get used to it because its a different type of drawing. Rather than big eyes and specifically shaped bodies, it's rather unique in a way.
Loved it. It's perfect.
I'm a HUGE Matsumoto Tomo fan. Her art is really an acquired taste, but her stories are something else. I love the mood of the entire series. I wouldn't skip this just because you think it's ugly, because this manga still makes me recall heart-tugging moments that I'll keep with me for a lifetime.
Makes me want a Kiss...
I loved this series. I've been reading it, waiting for the ending for years now, and I feel so fulfilled now that I've finished it. Wow. The characters are great and actually very realistic. The story is sweet, and even though there's still a bit of the "forbidden" theme to it, it's definitely not overdone. This isn't something you read when you want a lot of drama. It's truly a touching love story. It's definitely not a comedy although it's can seem a bit funny at times. But life really isn't all laughs and this manga really shows that. It's a great slice of life. The art is a bit old, but it really suits the atmosphere of the story and is, by all means, not bad at all. Definitely a must read...
A loving piece in its own way
Up to v6c32:
The artwork is mediocre (but still stylish and gets better), the relationship development extremely slow, it has no drama... but... this manga has so many wonderful moments, an unique way of telling and character presentation. Nothing is generic (it spares the clichés known from its genre).
It's calm, it's gentle and it's relaxing but still develops passion and desire. And as the title implies it goes on with a kiss. If you're looking for something more exciting, something lovey dovey, this is the wrong piece then. If you're currently fed up with the generic romance shoujo clichés with artificially raised dramas and irrational characters, and don't mind something in that everything is light except for the emotional depth, then give this one a try.
Its honest way and authentic characters captivated me, I love it, I want it.
... Last updated on April 25th, 2009, 9:15am
Romance shoujo with well built emotions
The pace is really slow but it's like that when you fallen in love. My heart skips a beat or two in some chapters. There is nothing grand and shoujo typicals-cliches in this manga. The characters are fresh and so different and adorable. Even the uncle that many people hate, you can actually understand why he behaves like that. For me, it is not happen just like that. The emotions and relations between a character and the other characters are well built. Lastly, I really like Matsumoto sensei works. Beauty is the Beast is more toward a light shoujo manga but this is more joseish and romantic and I love it!
... Last updated on October 25th, 2008, 11:06pm
Not for the fanatics
WARNING: Manga is not for the shoujo fanatics! If you fell in love with Beauty is the Beast, you'll get some enjoyment from this but if you like the shoujo-drama combo, I'd say skip it. The pace is perfect for me but it might seem very slow to others. Also, if you're in this for the 'music' element, go read Nodame. Honestly, this is a really interesting manga that has captivated me because the characters' love is nice... a bit cliche but it's very sweet in a realistic sense. The drawing isn't fantastic but a change from the norm. Waiting fot the next chapter- Cheers!
I decided to drop this after reading volume 1. There is hardly anything exciting in it as the couple is already together by the end of chapter 1. I don't know, maybe I just like the thrill of the hunt when it comes to shoujo manga. For one, I think the story is bound to end once the main characters get together; it must be difficult for the mangaka to sustain the reader's interest once that happens in the story. Anyway, I digress. For a music-themed romance, there wasn't much musical element in the first volume. I know a manga isn't supposed to be an encyclopedia, but after reading series like Nodame I guess my expectations are a bit too high. And there is very little comic relief in volume 1 (no, the owner doesn't count). Must be because it's a slice of life kind of story, but I found it really boring. I've read the comments below before and I kind of expected something great but I was thoroughly disappointed. Sorry but that's how I found it to be.
For people like me who likes to wait until translations are completed to begin reading an interesting plot this is certainly one to be aware of. As much as i tried i could not help myself so now am a captive slave for the wait. The story is just too interesting to miss, is not just about music but the characters stories and even the main couples dilenmas are just great. The art at the beginning may seem a bit ackward if you are new to it but once you get past the first chapter you do not care and is pretty good as well. I recommend it to all of those who enjoy Nodame because although different the music part is quite similar.
Great story, very Matsumoto like! The chapters are connected with the music within them, making each one of them very enjoyable to read. Kae and Goshima form a good main couple, and the stories, as always in Matsumoto's mangas, seem really at ease, always following in a sweet manner, without being melodramatic. If you're searching for a romantic story with a taste of music and comedy, well, you should read it for sure!