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Hadashi de Bara o Fume  
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From Viz:

Poor Sumi Kitamura… Her irresponsible older brother Eisuke keeps bringing home orphans for her to take care of even though they can barely afford their own basic needs! Just when Sumi's financial problems become dire, wealthy Soichiro Ashida enters her life with a bizarre proposition: he'll provide her with the money she so desperately needs if she agrees to marry him. But can Sumi fool high society into thinking she's a proper lady? Moreover, is it worth giving up everything for this sham of a marriage?


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Associated Names
Hadashi de Bara wo Fume
Stepping on Roses
Stepping on Roses Barefoot

Groups Scanlating
Black Lilac Scans
Kokoro Xin
Kyousui Moon

Latest Release(s)
c.57 (end) by Roselia Scans (752d ago)
c.56 by Roselia Scans (869d ago)
c.55 by Roselia Scans (911d ago)
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Status in Country of Origin
9 Volumes (Complete)

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Hadashi de Bara wo Fume by xfrommetoyou

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User Rating
Average: 7.6 / 10.0 (751 votes)
Bayesian Average: 7.57 / 10.0
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Last Updated
August 14th 2014, 4:48am PST

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Margaret (Shueisha)

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English Publisher
Viz (9 Volumes - Complete)

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Monthly Pos #489 decreased(-1)
3 Month Pos #463 decreased(-28)
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Forum Posts
Who thinks that Sumi and Nozumo are siblings? 743 days, 14 hours, 35 minutes ago
Chapter 55 -Spoilers- 908 days, 15 hours, 8 minutes ago
Rinko Ueda to End Hadashi de Bara wo Fume in Japan 910 days, 12 hours, 50 minutes ago
[spoiler] ch 52 1013 days, 19 hours, 9 minutes ago
blinded by love ( spoilers) 1089 days, 8 hours, 57 minutes ago

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It Had Potential.   
Rating: 5.0 / 10.0
by P_O_C_K_Y
May 14th, 2013, 4:46pm
It wasn't a complete disaster, but it was far from being great. I really liked the story, it was just the characters that infuriated me. They were like children! It was like a bunch of bratty kids getting married, running companies and playing pretend. It was annoying.

Sumi, although one of the most infuriating types of shoujo characters, was my favorite character. Only because she was whole-hearted and had an excuse to be whiny and naive. Everyone else: BLEH to hell with them!

I think the story would have been sooooo much better, like top level manga better, if the characters were a bit more mature. If Souichirou acted more like the head of a company, if Nozumo wasn't so damn pathetic(not that I didn't like the rivalry, he just didn't have to be boarder-line crazy), and if Sumi was a bit more assertive.

The storyline was great, the drama was great, the romance was...ok. But, geez, those characters were so darn annoying. Sumi and Komai and occasionally Nozumo (when he wasn't being stalkerish he was pretty badass) were about all I could take (not that there are that many characters...)

The story had sooooo much potential, like the storyline and characters were created be completely different people. They just don't fit. Sensitive, bratty kids in a dramatic and mature story were an awful combination.

I demand a redo! I will not revisit this story in the future, but it wasn't a complete waste of time. Maybe if it was shorter I would have been able to tolerate it, but dealing with those idiots for 57 chapters was too much.

If you haven't read it, give it a try. Like I said it wasn't a complete disaster, but it probably will not be a memorable read for many people.

... Last updated on May 14th, 2013, 4:46pm
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Really liked it!   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Rebekahs5
April 29th, 2013, 9:24am
When I reading a manga, usually 1 of 2 things happen. I forget the cheesy, complicated stuff and just enjoy the mood and story of the manga or I start to skip chapters or stop reading altogether.... But I am happy to say that I got to truly enjoy the manga. I have read it twice already lol and despite some of it being a little complicated for some readers to truly understand (beware there is a obsessed crazy stalker man in this, haha), I found it quite easy to do so and found myself getting whisked away in the moment sometimes....
The ending was good and the art wasn't bad either. Also had a good mix of romance and drama/suspense.
I recommend to those looking for a shoujo manga out of the norm. 10/10
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I feel sick   
Rating: N/A
by Msag
April 24th, 2013, 8:11pm
Like, literally sick! To think this manga started out with such potential (yes, Soichorou was the world's biggest jerk, but that added suspense, and when he slowly started softening up, well it was unrealistic but cute to watch)
But omg... just with all the corny-ness and the (180 degrees!) twists, this was just so bad so bad that i feel kinda sick from reading it now. What a horrible rushed ending too...
It's like, in the beginning the mangaka started out with a particular story/characters then forgot what they were about... and later on, with the new version forgot again... then again... and again!

I've just given it a 4 because of it's strong beginning and then some cute Souichorou parts -_-

... Last updated on April 25th, 2013, 6:52am
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No way.   
Rating: N/A
by jnatsumi
February 23rd, 2013, 1:30am
Uhhhhhh... I couldn't stand reading it. Maybe I've become too disillusioned with life, but seriously.... This is beyond cliche and corny. I can't. I can't read it anymore...

Though, The art is real nice.
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Rating: N/A
by Nemurenaiyo
December 6th, 2012, 10:37pm
The manga was very interesting at first. However, it suddenly sky-rocketed to the peak and continued on with stressful twists. I find it difficult to finish as I had to take deep breaths and balance my state of mind to its original state before continuing my read. I could have flipped a table if I didn't. However, I did enjoy gazing upon the Mangaka's beautiful art. As expected from Ueda Rinko. If there was less stress thrown into my face, I would have loved it more.
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Not bad   
Rating: 7.0 / 10.0
by dreamit.
October 19th, 2012, 12:22am
I thought this manga was alright. Not my favourite and I probably won't read it again but I don't regret reading it. It was a soft, powerful romance. I thought some things were pretty predictable but I did get surprised at certain times so it kept me entertained. The art is absolutely beautiful. I'm giving it a 7/10 because in my opinion, it lacked something... like a deep connection or something out of the ordinary to occur?

... Last updated on October 19th, 2012, 12:23am
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Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by LittleKittyGroans
October 3rd, 2012, 10:32pm
I know how this story ends but I still think she and Nozumo are perfect together.

And....I know I am the minority on that one, but I also really disliked Soichiro. He is a real jerk from the beginning and he is not honest to Sumi at all, as well as very scheming into getting the Injunn finances and what not. He betrayed one of his close friends and didn't care. (maybe a little towards Sumi, but he actually grew up with Nozomu!)

Anyway, to stay on the actual point (lol got a little derailed XD) I totally saw the revelation coming, about half way through the story I got a feeling. I don't really care about incest though so to me it didn't seem to matter. Whoops, I guess that's another kill joy to a lot of people.

The ending, however, was way to simple. I think I would have liked more depth. I am glad everyone is trying to find peace in the end, but it still it felt plastic to me, and rushed.

Nevertheless, I would still recommend this series. There is a lot of suspense, dynamic plots and turns, sexy bishes, and drama. Sumi is also always gorgeous and the art in this book is impeccable. I sometimes just have to stare (I mean those shower scenes......) Anyway, if you like romance, give it a go.

... Last updated on October 3rd, 2012, 10:33pm
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Rating: 8.5 / 10.0
by born2shop
September 15th, 2012, 11:46pm
So glad that this is over!! It took so long!! But I'm glad that I finally finished it. OMG I absolutely LOVED this manga. Right from the beginning until I got to the end.

I loved the story and the characters, though at times I was really annoyed. I couldn't fathom how Sumi could be so stupid. I loved her, but she was really dumb. How many times can someone fall for the same trap? You know he's up to no good yet you fall for it every single time. Like, really now? I loved Soichiro :-) I thought he was so adorable when he would pretend and try hide his true feelings. Nozomu was a complete psycho! Who knew?! And he sickened me right till the end.

Frankly, I thought the real relationship between Sumi and Nozomu was obvious. DUH? I wasn't surprised at all. The ending was kind of weak. But it's not like we couldn't have seen that coming at all HAHA
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Unrealistic but worth reading anyways   
Rating: 6.9 / 10.0
by Zina
August 25th, 2012, 10:58am
Maybe I've grown out of the shoujo genre. All I know is that I only just managed to sit through this one.
Good things:
1. The art is nice. Not bad, not awesome, but good.
2. The plotline actually wasn't easily predictable. Well, maybe only unpredictable for me. The male leads at the beginning really threw me off balance.
Spoiler (mouse over to view)
She didn't actually go for the first guy shown in the manga. That would be her brother(non-biological). Then she met Nozumo. THEN Shoichiro.
It was pleasantly unpredictable.
4. I've never read a manga with a plot like this, with such a tangled web of arranged marriage and poverty. That was actually quite interesting.

Bothersome things
1. A bunch of the character have severe panic attacks at super simple things. In fact, they just completely flip their lids and lose themselves for the dumbest reasons. It's very very unrealistic.
2. Every once in a while, a scene pops up that is a big wtf moment. For example, the female lead hits someone after he kisses her when she was entirely prepared for it and they were surrounded by a bunch of important people expecting them to act normally. If any real life human lost control of their reactions like that so easily, there would be pandemonium.

Anyways, I read this cause it was so weird. Even though I gave it a 6.9(which is very low for my ratings), I can't even say it's not worth reading. It's absurd, but it's fun? Take a go at it. Why not?
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Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by otakuness
August 9th, 2012, 8:08am
seriously i read all the scanlated chapters in one sitting!! i knew it!! i really,really knew it! i was so addicted back then to Tail of the Moon so i was really afraid that i will get addicted to this a well and yet here i am succumbing into the sweet,sweet goodness of shoujo.. *sigh* i really love RINKO UEDA- sensei.. she makes me happy!

its like shes reading my mind.. this manga has everything that im a sucker for! a tsundere guy, a creepy-evil guy who falls for the heroine, a butler, a stupid elder brother and a beautiful historical setting and im quite getting hooked on the rich boy- poor girl romances!! i love it!!

if it isnt for all those moments were in she always gets almost raped and me cussing at her for being so damn stupid and her lack of common sense, i like Sumi. well she a responsible elder sister,the kind i can only hope to be and shes your typical genki-genki heroine which i dont really hate..

and of course the art is beautiful and the bishies are HOT!! XD

it also gave me the same "butterfly in your stomach i cant breathe" feeling that Tail of the Moon gave me..

gosh im so happpppyy!~!

do you really have to ask for my rating? biggrin

well, that ended.. well. it was kind of a bust how it ended, the beginning was just so good.. and it delivered to allmy expectations but around the middle not that i started hating it but Nozumo was just whatever.. it was still tolerable but the ending just happened out of nowhere but you cant expect it to go on forever can you? im giving this a 8/10 cause the beginning was such a hooker!
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