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From Go! Comi: When her grandmother passes away, high school student Kajitsu Toda suddenly finds two hot stepbrothers and an adorable little stepsister dropped in her lap! Kajitsu and her step-siblings have only one thing in common: they were all abandoned by their parents. Against the odds, they've pulled together to form a family without grown-ups. They don't want charity, they don't want pity... they just want their dignity!
Things are particularly tough for Kajitsu and her step-brother Natsu. As kids, they were as close as any true siblings. Now, reunited for the first time in seven years, they've grown as far apart as two people can be. Can they ever become friends again? And can two high school students living together, even as "siblings" ever escape scandal?
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with a neat premise, told in a neat way.
Only thing that seemed cliche is the standard cold male lead but it's not badly done either. Life hasn't been nice to any of these people, they also had a falling out, that type of behavior is much more appropriate in that circumstance. But it also doesn't get in the way of trying to at least get along so he's not even pissy. I actually kinda like him.
I actually like all the characters introduced so far but I'm only in the beginning. I'd still recommend this.
It is forgettable at best. The portrayal of family was touching, but in the end, several things pissed me off.
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I especially didn't like Kajitsu teetering between Natsu and the teacher. Maybe it's just my experience with wishy washy girls who are so easily 'charmed' by other guys, but her -thing- for her sensei was just... wrong. And brings me to the next thing that pissed me off: the teacher. Talk about unqualified! Unless sexual harassment (yes, I do believe undoing a student's BRA at school for sake of 'teasing' is quite inappropriate) is tolerated in school teachers, this bastard should be damn well arrested. Sure it become apparent he eventually develops some sort of 'sense of conscience' but honestly, if you're going to fall in 'love' with your students over and over, don't become a goddamn 'teacher.' Don't teach, or rather, don't work around kids and end up preying on the insecurities of a high school girl like some pathetic creep. God, that really pissed me off. I honestly don't see what's so 'cool' about someone who can't determine the line between work and play. I would have been able to accept him much more if he wasn't another typical shoujo manga 'smexy' teacher who doesn't teach crap and instead was just some guy on the streets. To me he's on the same level as, if not worse than, the teachers that peep, video tape (inappropriately), and/or molest students. At first I thought he would cool off, and assume his role as a teacher and role model, but I lost my respect for his character when he 'confessed' to Kajitsu (who apparently isn't even the first of his students to 'catch his eye') and kept toying with her. Kajitsu, on the other hand, pissed me off because of her susceptibility to the Sensei. Not simply because of its occurrence, but because she needed the male-attachment to replace what she lacked in growing up without a father (this happens in real life too, trust me. my ex-gf was the same and I had to find out the hard way). ...and here's the real 'spoiler' part: Even though Kajitsu ends up remaining faithful (somewhat..) to Natsu in the end, its the Sensei's 'temptations', lets call it that, and their effectiveness throughout the manga that pissed me off beyond belief. (and the general response as if such an affair makes good romance. it was starting to feel smutty/slutty and quite the superficially driven relationship no matter how hard the mangaka tried to justify it with the characters' 'needs.') In conclusion, the teacher just seemed like a useless brat who was explicitly GIVEN his job and happens to be spoiled by a pretty face which apparently couldn't land him any success with girls his age and therefore he spends his time taking advantage of high school girls. Not much of a role model or a likeable character if you ask me; more a pitiful existence I wish wasn't in the manga to extract Kajitsu's insecurities and pubescent indecisiveness.
Anyway... getting worked up here just reflecting on the teacher. Apart from that, it was a pretty fun manga (don't get me started on the mother run-run...). Really.
... Last updated on May 29th, 2011, 8:56am
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i was sad when this manga ended, not because it ended but because Kajitsu didn't end up with Akai Sensei. i think they are much more interesting pair rather than Kajitsu/Natsu pairing. i don't know why the mangaka didn't end it that way. Akai and Kaijitsu are much more suited i think. oh well, we can't have everything. overall, i think that this manga is cute and nice to read.
This was actually a manga where I was not annoyed. Although this manga seemed like it was going to fall into the endless annoying steryotypes and cliches that most shoujo manga fall into, I actually liked it. The story seemed real to me. It's not that I think this plotline would happen in real life, but I really like how each character was really realistic (except for the mom who is just comic relief haha).
The mangaka did a good job handling the story. I like how no one is a "villian" or a "bad guy," but rather everyone is human, and sometimes humans make mistakes.
Lastly, I really like the ending. It's actually one of the best manga ending's I've ever seen. Everything was resolved in a humane, non-rushed way and I read the ending feeling satisfied, instead of "WHAT WHY DID IT END"
If you want to escape form annoyingly cliche shoujo manga yet want to read about love, I highly recommend this manga.
... Last updated on November 28th, 2009, 3:01pm
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First off, let me say I did cry when Akai left for China. I think Kajitsu would pair up better with him. In a way, I didn't like Natsu. Whenever his attitude seemed cold, he made it feel as if he would fit better in a world all on his own. I kept picturing him as an extremely spoiled, rich brat. As for Kajitsu, she the type of female lead I enjoy reading about. Strong, free-willed, but still just an average girl, making it through school, love and life. I didn't believe that she saw Akai as a father figure. If she honestly thought of him in that capacity, then she wouldn't have gone so far with him when he was feeling sick. As for Akai, he is probably my favorite character, although he's not a lead. When he first met Kajitsu, I wasn't quite sure how he would progress, being the typical cool looking teacher. At first I was going to write him off as a feeble, short-term character. Now I'm glad he played a much bigger role. He was able to become Kajitsu's support when she was desperately in need of one. In my opinion, he really did leave with a piece of her heart.
Overall, I would recommend reading this to anyone who's a shoujo fan. If someone passes the chance up, they would be missing out. Between the laughs, tears and the 'what-the-hecks', I enjoyed every minute while reading Crossroad. It's something I would keep to read a few more times.
9 - one of my fav series :D
Ever since I read the first volume, I loved it. The storyline is really cute and I love the personalities of each character. In the end, I thought it Kajitsu should have ended up with Akai since they both loved each other. Though I'm confused why sensei did not try to fight for Kajitsu's love. Sensei WAS like a father figure to Kajitsu, but then a real father would not molest his little girl -__-'' The series was funny, cute, and one of my fav reads ^__^.
i don't know, the manga gave me this weird feeling? it was like it was trying to be sentimental and helpful, like with a strong theme of some sort, but it just didn't quite make it.. with all the "advice" and "hardship".. it just seemed like it fell short by trying too hard. actually, by the end, i just really wanted it to be over with.. (i read a couple short one-shots in between vol 5 and 6 just to refresh myself XD)
and i also thought a lot of the emotions and words of the characters were contradictory. -shrug-
it was an okay story and plot, i would have liked.. i don't know really.. ><; it had very cute art, it definitly improved as the series went on.
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i myself do wish she ended up with sensei. their relationship was more substantial in my opinion. and i know she probably thought of him as more of a father figure, but that could have changed into real love! i actually think it would have if they continued living together. (i mean she did blush around him and need him a lot..) i don't know, with natsu it was more like.. "oh, hey, i love you.. but.. -excuseexcuse-" i disliked how obsessed she was with natsu. ><. and when natsu brought erica over and wanted kajitsu and her to get along?! how dumb and insensitive was that! and natsu never knew or found out about kajitsu's and sensei's relationship, dammit!! >o I WAS LOOKING FORWARD TO THAT SCENE!
so, yeah, take it or leave it..
Let's slow down a bit...
This is one of great shoujo I've ever read. Brother-sister romance (well, they're not related by blood, actually), teacher-student, family conflicts are not new materials, but... somehow, this manga gave a nice feeling. It's very enjoyable reading it. It feels like, when you have a fast-pace life and then encountered this manga by chance, you would want to slow down a bit and simply enjoy the life. Well, that's the feeling it gave me. Others might have different opinion ^^ But I'm still giving it a 9/10. I don't give 10 easily, and though it's a great manga, IMHO, it's still not in the 10 area.
And, maybe I'm a minority, but my favorite character actually the oldest, Taro. He is so not perfect compare to other characters, which makes him feels perfect. And I'm grateful he has a nice ending.
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I read other comments about how they preferred Kajitsu and the Sensei to be together. IMO, Kajitsu was not really in love with him. I think it's because she missed a father figure so much. However, she sort of confused on how to translate her feelings for Sensei, so mixed it up with romance. In the end, though she did not completely understand her true feelings for him, she realized that what she felt for him was way different from what she felt for Natsu. Although she cared about him so much, but when she opened her eyes in the morning, it was Natsu she wished to see.
... Last updated on March 22nd, 2009, 3:59pm
I loved it
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I just found this manga today and thought "why not give it a try?". Once I started, I just couldn't stop reading it. I liked the reactions of the characters as well as the lessons it teaches. The last chapter just made me cry. Even though the story was meant to be about the love of the step siblings, I would have preferred her to stay with the sensei. I think he played a really important role throughout the story, and that relationship seemed much more real. The teacher fell for her, and so did her; I was truly wishing for the story to make a turn and have her choose the sensei instead of Natsu. Anyways, I'm giving it a 10 because I just loved the story, even though I was hoping for a different end.
Nice and cute but... empty feeling
The story felt really obvious already at the beginning. And as AvatarofBelle said, the characters reactions were often rather illogical. And sometimes rather odd and contradicting. The overall pace was a bit odd as well, felt a bit rushed or saturated. Everything is happening all at once but no one seems to really respond to it. Feels a bit.. empty.. Overall it's a pretty nice read though, but gives a kinda.. odd feeling.. almost unsatisfied.