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Scene: The School Rooftop The hero (me, Junpei Manaka!) sneaks up to the roof to see the sunset. When he opens the door, he startles a mysterious beauty. She panics and runs away, but not before Junpei has caught sight of her adorable strawberry print panties...in EXTREME close-up. With that vision forever burned into his memory, Junpei embarks on a quest to find the girl, and the panties, of his dreams!
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I want my money back
This manga isn't TOO bad, but it really isn't very good either, which is why I'm giving it a 7 (6 being for me the passing grade). It could have been a 9 if it hadn't dragged on and on and ON for so long! Seriously, it's 19 volumes long, and only about 7 of those volumes (the first 3 and the last 4, plus a few chapters in the middle) are worth your effort. And I would have added an extra point if the ending wouldn't have been so lame.
See, the manga has comedy, romance, drama and ecchi content... but none of it is all that great. The comedy is mostly slapstick, or it comes from characters being in embarrassing situations (just how many times can these girls fall to the ground and expose their panties, or land with their butt or breasts in the main character's face?? I hope you really like that "gag" because you'll be seeing it A LOT). Same goes for the ecchi bits, which are never too ecchi anyways, if that's what you want to read this manga for. And the romance... well, there isnt't really such a thing here, basically because the protagonist is a spineless wimp (even compared to other male main characters in the harem genre, which is already saying a lot). All the relationships here are one-sided; the girls like the main guy, who just lets himself be dragged along by them. Oh, and for the drama, again there's barely such a thing here. Don't even know why I mentioned it.
The one thing this manga excels at is its art. From characters to backgrounds to expressions, everything is top notch. Do yourself a favour and look at the pretty pictures.
As I said before, about two thirds of this manga (the middle part) should have been cut. Nothing really happens there. The plot doesn't move. The feelings between the characters don't really change, or, if they do, it's two steps forwards and one and a half steps backwards. It's just frustrating, really. Try this: read volumes 1 through 3 and then pick the story up at volume 16. Aside from a couple of side characters, you'll be able to understand it entirely. The main characters themselves will have barely evolved in terms of their feelings for each other. So what's the point?
It would be forgivable for the story to drag on like this if it was really funny or really touching or even really exciting, but it isn't. Conversely, it would be forgivable for the story to be this mediocre if it hadn't been so bloody long (IT JUST WOULDN'T FINISH!). But this combination of mediocrity and absurd length it just... agh! Maybe I'm just spoiled for having read so many other mangas that manage this in a much better way, but that's the problem... there are a lot of other mangas out there that do what Ichigo 100% does in a much better way, so there's really no reason to bother with it.
Finally, both the excesive length and the mediocre plot could have been forgiven if the ending had made it all worth your trouble, but it doesn't. Without spoiling it for you, since this is a harem manga, you can guess what the end is about. However, the author missed the opportunity to make this part really touching as it should have been. And I'm not saying that the particular decisions made by the characters are to blame, but it's just not told in a way that makes me care (in other words, I'm not upset because my favorite characters didn't end together; it just wasn't touching enough, it wasn't a satisfying closure for 19 volumes of manga). For all it matters, they could have made their decisions by flipping coins on-panel, and it would have carried about the same emotional weight. I've read a number of romance and harem mangas, and this is probably the less fulfilling ending in all of them.
In short, give it a shot if you got nothing better to do, but if you reach volume 5 and begin to wonder if you should quit or bear with it, just skip to volume 16 and get it over with.
This manga took forever to finish. It took me a month to finish. I enjoy every minute of it. You probably think it was a waste of time. But I don't care what you think. Anyway this manga is funny and takes forever to finish. If you have alot time on your hand. Read this manga. If you don't. Make time. Some people might not like this manga but I do. If you want to make a movie some day. Read this. It can give some good pointers. How to get started and how to make a good plot. I love to talk more about this since the story is long. But I stop here. This manga gets an 8.
My 2 Cents
Well I understand why he chose "her" (trying not to say too much to give away story), but It seems the author did'nt manage to change the readers opinion to that character very well. I was kinda disappointed at the end but it made logical sense. Highly recomended
One of the greatest manga!!!
This manga is one of my favorite. I like everything!! It's just that I hope there was more after the ending. I mean, after nishino came back, it's the finale. It could have been better if what happened after that was shown. (spoiler begins here) About the ending, I think it's much better because it's more realistic. I mean the hero and the heroine doesn't end up together. Now, that's pretty unique. (spoiler ends here)
... Last updated on April 2nd, 2007, 6:53pm
Loved every bit of it. While it did drag on for a bit, I can't say that I didn't enjoy reading this manga. And, as for the ending, I LOVE IT, if people would only pay ATTENTION then it's so easy as to why she was the one that got chosen.
And this is convert from a A__ fan to a T______ fan.
-.1% because she only got a few panels in the last chapter.
... Last updated on March 27th, 2007, 9:01pm
good, but I don't like end
it was a 8 untill the ending..... sad
guess in this series everyone enjoy falling on the ground
[edit by mod,ending spoilers!!!]
mm nice harem type manga, i enjoyed the art a lot, i was very sure he would end up with Toujo but it didnt go that way (and still dunno if thats good or not). i still wonder whats so good with manaka : he's poor, dumb, uncool, brainless, weak, boring, indecisive and very plain, yet all the girls stick to him..bah onky God (and the author) may know..
... Last updated on February 24th, 2007, 4:01pm
Actually... i kinda hate the ending
The Story is nice i saw the anime at first and i feel it was kinda fun i like the voice behind toujo aya ^^ so i chase after it in manga and found out that Manaka endded up with Nishino no fair!!! i preferd Toujo so much i was thinking abt giving it a ten when reading it bfore the ending but... after the ending i think i give an 8 only
I blew through this manga in a couple days since I had the week off. When I first started reading ichigo 100%, it took about 5 minutes and bam I was completely into reading it. I was so engrossed by the manga that i'd often turn away during some of the really embarrassing moments---the author did a great job overall and his manga left a lasting impression on me. Somes Complaints: -I can understand how manaka was a wuss in the beginning, but after awhile I saw no reason for him to get so heated after seeing a girl's panties, especially when boobs were shoved in his face every other page
-sometimes the scenes got lame, usually ones involving how the girl's were attracted to Manaka. I tolerated and enjoyed most of them, but the one where Tsukasa was teaching Manaka how to swim was too much...when Tsukasa tells him that his doggie-paddling had inspired her, I laughed---anything this guy does seems to make these girls happy. But then again, that's what makes this manga perfect for a certain group of pple ^.~ haha, who can pretend they are Manaka or something along those lines.
Also some of the scenes were hilarious, mostly due to the way the manga was drawn. In one scene, Manaka's friends feel vengeful so they throw him into the hot spring (girls in it obviously) with the words "I am a pervert" painted over a towel on his head, or something like that... a nice little touch that had me laughing for awhile.