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Timid and self-conscious high-school student Karin never paid much attention to boys until she met Kiriya, a popular student from a nearby boys' school. Karin and Kiriya embark on a romantic journey despite Karin's classmate Yuka's best efforts to sabotage their relationship, but Karin soon learns that living happily ever after isn't on the curriculum when she becomes Kiriya's center of attention, as well as embittered Yuka's bull's-eye on her dartboard of hate.
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I am a glasses wearer and I can tell you that taking of your glasses, while changing your appearance slightly, does not make you transform from a "plain" girl to a "beautiful girl". The mangaka clearly used this as oportunity for an "ugly duckling turned Cinderella" type of scenario. The main male lead is so superficial; he kisses her when her glasses fall off and she becomes "beautiful", but doesn't think much of her appearance before that point. In short, the first three chapters were enough to turn me off this. How I ever got to the end the first time (I was re-reading) is a mystery!
Seemingly Cliche, but Look Closer.
It's certainly what you would call a standard shoujo, not least because of all the cliches it employs right from the beginning. Socially awkward, never-had-a-boyfriend-before four-eyes somehow meets a seemingly flirtatious hottie and they end up hitting it off. Of course we have our rivals and ex-flames and misunderstandings but everything works out eventually.
Where it stands out and goes beyond the intial 7 rating it promised was the character development. Our characters grow. Karin, who's hid in some shell and feared challenging the status quo for all her life, eventually wises up and makes pretty big decisions for herself in spite of her parents' opposition. Kiriya is interesting: superficially, he hasn't changed much; but more discerning readers will realize he's managed to let loose of a lot of old insecurities, especially the guilt that's hung over him all this while, and become much more natural and relaxed around his friends. So this character development, I think, is the series' saving grace to differentiate it from the sea of cliche out there.
... Last updated on October 25th, 2011, 12:56pm
made me love shoujo
this was one of the first shoujos i read and it made me fall in love with shoujo manga...its a pretty good start for anyone who hasnt had much experience reading shoujo manga and im sure u'd love it...i personally fell in love with Aoi because he was like the best guy lead ever(well thats what i thought then) but anyway its a great manga filled with cliches,if ur into them, and it has a cute happy ending...it leaves u satisfied.
Kare first Love brought out the romance and shoujo-ness crazed human within me
One of my first shoujo manga,( come to think of it this was the one that made me shoujo or romance crazed!) This is why i will always truly remeber this! I loved the Art, the Plot, Character/s and development and simply the shoujo-ness that is portrayed whithin this manga. I mean , you got to love the part where he takes offf her glasses and Love struck! XD CUTE KAWAIII OVERALL i loved this manga, not because it was my first manga but it was actually a very sweet and decent mangaw which moments that make you heart melt!!!! HIGHLY RECOMENDED
The art is OK but the story is really overused. Shy, smart girl that is bullied has super hotty fall in love with her. Girl bully comes in and tries to get in their way. Girl and guy overcome challenge and start going out. Girl finds out guy is super rich but has a sad past and mean family. A bunch of other guys and girls try to get in there way. Blah blah blah they end up happily ever after. Sometimes you need something classic but it isn't all that special to tell you the truth
this was a nice romance read nothing much more though..it pretty much just focuses on the two main characters. I thought they could have focused less on sex too...it was kind of awkward at a lot of parts plus..i would have liked the girl to grow a backbone.
THE BEST EVER!
Okey,this is the BEST manga i ever read, and i have read really many..! At first I didn't like it so I stopped reading it, but then after maybe 6 months I became interested and gave this a chance and yes, it was good that I did it! I read the entire series in one day and I just love it, it was about everything and I was so happy when I saw what happened in the end of the storie.
give this book a chance because after about 4 chapitel you simply can not stop reading it.
argh! frustrating (?)
argh!! how do i explain this! i just finished the manga after.. 2 days( i think) cause i skipped some chapters. It was fun reading it, but i dont know it was kinda frustrating, its like i needed to finish it no matter what! but then i dont want to read it anymore (that's why i skipped some chapters)... but i like the plot (typical shoujo)... hmm ok, i'm getting it! This manga DOESNT have refreshing days! i mean it's always problem after problem after problem! there's no Arc where kiriya and karin(?) had a very free day that the didnt have to worry their self!! and so i skipped cause it's becoming frustrating having all those tight days. i bought volume 7 and 8 that's why i started reading it... i'll reccomed this for those readers who likes typical shoujo... but! dont get me wrong! the manga's characters are cool and cute.. i like their behaviour..
... Last updated on August 30th, 2010, 12:14am
Cliche to a tee
In the end, I started skimming through the chapters to find something redeeming. Nanri is a nice side character, but that's about it. It might be a nice manga to read if it's your first shoujo, but the plot and the characters have been rehashed time and time again in many other manga. It's not anything special in my eyes.
Simple but good
Manga is quite realistic, as neither the guy or girl is perfect which is good. Both have weak and strong points. Art is good. Story doesn't drag at any point. Ending quite predictable. Its simple but its good.