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In company-owned rabbit-hutch apartments live tenants who can't afford to live anywhere else, and the apartment complex in which high-school girl Hatsumi Narita lives is ruled over by the rumor mongering, self-righteous Mrs. Tachibana. Get on Tachibana's bad side, and life becomes hell. When Hatsumi has to buy a pregnancy test because her popular sister Akane's period is late, Mrs. Tachibana's son, Ryoki, who used to bully Hatsumi as a kid, promises not to tell the world about Hatsumi's secret, only if she becomes his slave. Suddenly, Azusa Hatsumi's protector in their youth, reappears to save her again! He's moving back into the neighborhood! Despite the budding romance between Hatsumi and Azusa, Ryoki has control over her through the secret that could ruin the lives of everyone in Hatsumi's family, and he hasn't forgotten who his slave is!
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I will admit that I loved this series for its plot and the chemistry between the protagonists, BUT the relationship between the two protagonists is problematic. The female lead, though kind, is too self-giving. The male lead is jealous, selfish, and demanding. He does have a slight charm - I'll give him that - BUT due to his selfish nature, he walks all over the female protagonist to the point where their relationship could be considered abusive. This feeling I got was stronger toward the end, but it ended with me saying, "Yeah, that's not a healthy relationship." And that's why I gave it a relatively low rating.
But like I said, I did enjoy reading this manga. I'd agree with the person saying that this is a good read to waste time.
The art was nice. The story however is something rather difficult to read through. There is abuse plain and simple...I don't think any young person should read this...I hope no one believes these kinds of behaviors to be acceptable and the norm.
"Good for wasting time"
Just finished reading this, no genuine character development, the story is interesting, The art is descent,
The relationships are disturbing. (Like psychopathic only-think-of-me-and-no-one-else psychopathic). The female lead is weak willed, submissive, and cries too bloody much.
But hey, I enjoyed it. Good for wasting time.
really, some of the commenters take everything in this manga so seriously! As for me, I just found it so amusing, especially Ryoki, you gotta love the way he is bossing Hatsumi around, Hatsumi too, her remarks made me laugh outloud more than once, e.g.this one here: He's kinda down (he is not hitting me after all) LOOOOL her logic is just so…..The only downside is the ugliness of art, throughout the manga we are always told how Ryoki is handsom etc, but really, his face kept reminding me of a tortoise...
... Last updated on August 8th, 2014, 12:31am
Divided between hating the characters, but liking the strory
I guess I am not sure how to rate this manga. The characters are irrational, and idiotics sometimes to the point of face-palming myself.
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Why would a girl fall in love with somebody she is siper-scared about, even more after he forces her to kiss, and massage her breasts? And why does Hatsumi need to be so weak? She has no will, no courage, and just sits around and watch things happening, without understanding them because she is freaking blind to everything! (Man, I am MAD!). Then Azusa is just hoovering between being sweet and evil, which can make a charater lovable, but in this case, I think it was a fiasko. He ends up not really knowing what he wants, and not really reallising his own feelings, which makes me want to slap him. Then Shinogu is ok, the angsty character, but I guess he doesn't either have balls to really try to win Hatsu over. He started with a looser mind, so he won't ever make it. You can feel from the beginning that this won't be a sibling love-story (not that I mind in any way loves goes, as long as it's good). As for Ryoki, he is just a whacko! What a character! Haha! I just don't get the man. But somehow, he may be the most interesting one, because I guess he is the one who has the biggest character growth of the bunch (but that is still not much to say). And then, we get to finish with the side characters! The sister is a slut, but gets cutter with time going. The otaku is a looser from the beginning, and is a weakling getting bullied into a relationship. And we have no idea what's going on with the room mate of Shinogu. He seems to like both sisters, but nothing is followed up...
Wow, I had a lot to say about this manga's characters! oops!
But Somehow, even with all these flaws, I kept reading. I think what the story got right, and that made this manga alive, was the depiction of the life in a small housing like that. The mentality depicted here was perfectly village-like, where everything is looked at and amplified five times. You gotta love the house wives! Haha!! I found the feeling connected to that very well depicted, and well played on, and that's why I think I ended up reading the whole series.
Argh! So I guess this was a waste of time, but I don't feel bad about it. So somehow, the mangaka got something right? I guess I was too stubborn to stop reading, excepting an epiphany on the characters' personnalities somewhere... Maybe that some balls would grows on Hatsumi, and she would begging to give divine retribution to all the jackasses she is surrounded by!!
... Last updated on March 13th, 2014, 4:52am
wow, the rating is divided
Aah, Hot Gimmick. This is one of the first shoujo manga I've ever read, and probably the first to have disappointed me to the point of dropping it.
The first few volumes were interesting, but the cliche-ridden melodrama just dragged my interest down. The MC was so frustrating, and I can never bring myself to think that Ryoki might change for good and be a better person and actually deserve having a girlfriend.
I suggest that if you really want to read it, prepare something that will put your mood up afterwards.
Alright so honestly I'm one of those people that has to finish things.. but honestly it was just too hard for me. The story really wasn't done well at all. The main girl was just to ugh..
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I am pretty sure she is a masochist with battered women syndrome. The author could have done something to make her better. ANYTHING would have made her better.
Its supposed to be a reverse harem with, with those guys liking her and what not, but the choices are absolutely terrible.
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The first guy Azusa (her best friend from when she was little) tried to have her gang raped, while it didn't happen because his manager saved her, she still sympathizes with him and what hes going through trying to help him. Call me weird but if a guy tried to have me gang raped i wouldn't want anything to do with him. The second guy Ryoki (guy who pushed her down a flight of stairs when she was young) mentally and physically abuses her. With her she gives on the battered women syndrome where everything is her fault. The third guy Shinogu (her adoptive brother) While i can agree that a relationship can work if you aren't blood related the author clearly didn't want her to end up with this guy. I mean who could really be with someone they thought was there blood there whole life, that would just be a weird feeling.
She is the worst female lead ever, i have read manga's where the female character was a cry baby and stupid that weren't all that bad, but this girl takes the cake. I've seen someone say that she was just trying to be nice. That makes me laugh, there is a difference between being nice and just being idiotic. As for the art its pretty bad, seen worse but this would be on my top 5 for worst art. The faces tend to be uneven at times and it just looks bad. It's just really awkward. I mean some scenes are nice but the art wasn't in the least bit interesting for me. All in All i would say i wasted my time with this, even if i didn't get though all if it. I got untill chapter 34. From other reviews i have read nothing changes, and certainly doesn't get any better.
"Classic" with flaws.
Yes, that's what it is for me. A "cliche" Shoujo classic with a late 90's feel to it, but - What's so bad about getting, what one expects to get? Kkk. You get your typical love turn arounds, with an indecisive and whimpy female lead, that constantly shouts out her wish for being protected, family trouble bound to lots of drama - and of course almost every kind of (stereotyped) lead guy out there, ranging from the jealous boyfriend to the popular model childhood friend and caring brother type.
Hatsumi, the female main character, is one of the biggest weaknesses in this IMO, because she hardly shows any character development and gets into trouble just too easily, mainly because of her indecisive behaviour or her inability to try taking care of everything on her own (when she is not even able to do so at least in one case properly).
The male characters are also not really showing any growth, but at least Azusa seemed in the end to move on and let things kind of go. But - Considering the hints of his situation and his first rushed actions, it seemed a bit forced and not natural to me. Sighs. The male counterpart Ryouki was the whole time the same as usual, so there is not much to say about him after reading the other comments already pointing out his personality, and her brother kind of just left me with a bitter aftertaste. Yes, he was the good guy, but that's life ... Again, sighs.
The ray of light was in my eyes the plot about Azusa's background and the happenings of the past, which got revealed one by one. The result was no big surprise, but that's okay and at least everything got more or less solved in the end.
In short: You get, what you can expect from the tags and if you don't take every dialogue (or issue) to serious, then you can spend a weekend with this Manga classic in no time. It's a time killer. Haha.
The thing with this manga is I can't stand the main guy's attitude at all. He is childish, playboy & abusive. I told myself he'll mature somehow but he is still the worst character until the end. As for the main girl, I thought she can atleast have some spine & change the guys attitude for the better but she just tolerated his abuses that made you pity & hate her at the same time. Even though it's a painful read I still finished it thinking that there will be a good ending however it just left me a bile taste. The characters were so underdeveloped that I know they will have the most unhealthy relationship in shoujo history.
P.s. I think they need a counselling to make their relationship work.
... Last updated on November 28th, 2012, 5:26am
Well what other should I say then: timewaste. I even got mad about the time i spend reading something so lame. I would have even tolerated that master slave- stuff if there where just some kind of sexy tension going on. But nothing. It started and ended just annoying all way through. And the only thing the mangaka got in mind to "improve" their relationship is by worsening the other one. making the good guys beeing a bad one. *sigh* Personally, I like the cliche stuff, if it is well done. This one was not.