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Bitter Virgin  
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Suwa Daisuke is an ordinary, but popular, high school student. One of his classmates, Aikawa Hinako, is somewhat fearful of men and because she ran away from just his attempt to touch her hair, he states to one of his buddies, that she is the only one he wouldn't date, unaware all of the people in his classroom could hear them, including Hinako.
Daisuke's attitude changes after he unintentionally hears a shocking truth that she confesses in an abandoned church. His former annoyance turns to compassion and concern. Hinako is unaware that he knows her 'little' secret. Believing him to have no romantic interest, she becomes more relaxed and comfortable in his company. Their relationship faces a lot of obstacles, including jealous classmates.


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Горькая невинность

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v.4 c.31-32 (end) by Solaris-SVU (3138d ago)
v.4 c.30 by Solaris-SVU (3140d ago)
v.4 c.29 by Solaris-SVU (3141d ago)
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4 Volumes (Complete)

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Bitter Virgin by Master_M2K

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Average: 8.3 / 10.0 (2666 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.28 / 10.0
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June 20th 2016, 3:08pm PST



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Young GanGan (Square Enix)

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Progressive Decline   
Rating: 5.0 / 10.0
by caozhi
January 15th, 2013, 11:07pm
The start of the manga keeps your interest and initiates an emotional response from the reader, but as the plot continues there is very little to expound upon as the biggest secrets are immediately made public. I would have advised the author to add more to their story than just the single tragic detail we are made aware of early on. What little there is. The main characters just appear to skirt around the painful issue and dance around it for the duration of the entire manga without having solved, created, or strengthened anything. Not anything clearly memorable. All in all I've read books on similar synopsis with a great deal more to offer. This manga doesn't represent the issues as compassionately as someone familiar to the
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crime of child abuse and the adoption methods
, but it feels played out like a one-trick soap opera. Deep premise demands a capable author. This one doesn't cut it. It's a 'meh' for me and something I can't treasure or learn from.

... Last updated on May 12th, 2014, 12:56am
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Life is True   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by RealRian
December 25th, 2012, 11:54pm
I'm just sad because the story ended so fast. I hope the story is ongoing 'till both of them find their true life. But i'm happy, this manga completely moved me to tear. The story is the best.
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Rating: N/A
by boo-bop
October 22nd, 2012, 12:17am
This manga is one of those mangas that won't leave your mind. You'll always remember it because of its depth, and the feelings you get from the characters. For people who like the psychological/dark past kind of thing with a happy ending. This is right up your ally biggrin
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Real, yet not gratuitous   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Radicality
March 27th, 2012, 5:34pm
This manga is pretty moving, and it successfully deals with the topic of sexual abuse head-on without descending into melodrama or unnecessarily graphic depictions. The one quibble I have with this is that the MC's change from a playboy-type character into a sweet, considerate guy is really sudden. I would have liked to see his 'old' personality to be fleshed out a bit more.

But all in all, Bitter Virgin is a great read for those looking for a romance story that doesn't fit the usual mold.
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Rating: N/A
by LittleOddity
March 26th, 2012, 12:14am
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Bitter Virgin is a manga that I have known about for a long while now. The only reason that I had never picked it up is because I read somewhere that the two don't end up together and I just wanted a story with both depth as well as a happy ending. Well, I was put back in the right direction by some different BU members as a result of one of my topics and I am incredibly grateful that they straightened things out for me.

The ending fits the story very well and it is a happy one. The two both realize that they love each other and until someone better comes along, they'll remain side by side. This might seem pretty shallow to some, but it really fits well with their character types since they both just want what is best for the other person. Daisuke wants to protect Aikawa and Aikawa wants to be protected. They give each other what they need. She grounds him while he lifts her up.

Throughout the manga, the author does a good job of showing exactly how well the two fit together. The tragedy that ended up hurting them both actually serves as a bond that will probably keep them together for many years to come. The author shows that they will make it through whatever happens to come along. However, Daisuke's two "friends" are truly punch-worthy, in my opinion. If you read it, you'll understand.

I do agree with some opinions on here, though. I wish there would have been something to explain what happened to the step-father. I think that it would have been particularly satisfying if he had been stabbed to death in the kitchen by Aikawa's mom. I also would have liked to see more about her mom, but it wouldn't have fit well with the story. After what happened with her daughter, it's natural that she would pull back because of her feelings of guilt. Even so, it would have been nice if the author fleshed it out in a couple pages after everything was finished. Kind of like a "Where are they now?" add-on. But that's just what I wanted, it wouldn't have fit well. The open ending is exactly what was needed.

Anyways, it's a great series. Don't let people scare you off from reading it like I did... It's a great one. I found it realistic. I give it a 9 since I would have liked to see things fleshed out a bit more between Aikawa and Daisuke on a level other than him trying to protect her and her wanting to move on from the past. Also, I noticed that Daisuke's friend dropped off the face of the earth after a short time. There was also no other characters involved besides the ones that were immediately relevant. I hate rabbit trails, but sometimes a little outside interference is natural. But that's just my take :)

... Last updated on March 26th, 2012, 12:18am
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Sweet and Bitter   
Rating: N/A
by MeenGreen
March 12th, 2012, 6:49pm
As the title describes it.
This manga makes you care for the character which makes it harder and fustrating to read.

Not because it is a bad manga, but because it makes you think of how this unfortunately isn't just a story it's a reality to many. So fustrating how such things can happen.

But this manga pulls at the heart string and gives hope. Hope that things can get better and that people, no matter what the circumstances, can learn to love and trust again.

I don't usually read psychological manga, but after reading this it definitely got me interested.

Starts off by passing the main guy as a jerk, but you later learn to like him for how much care and love he has for the main girl.

This story is a sad, but beautiful story, and you should DEFINITELY not pass the opportunity to read this.
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dont' read the summary above...   
Rating: 9.5 / 10.0
by Lorska
February 8th, 2012, 1:38pm
... and you'll get slapped in the face after only one chapter!
If you took the parts of this story alone, this wouldn't be anything special. But you got the whole thing together. And you'll learn two things:
1. Life sucks.
2. No matter how much it sucks, there's always a way to change it.
It's nothing you'll need much time to get through, there's not enough happiness that goes further than a short smile, but the emotions emitted by this manga are tremendous. This topic isn't an easy one, but it's something that's reaching everyone who has something like a heart.

great drama, great characters, only small issues: 9.5/10
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A touching story...   
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by strixflash
December 20th, 2011, 6:37am
This is one of the very few stories which has actually made me cry. You will definateley enjoy it. Remember that it is not a hentai manga and hence it doesnt have sexual scenes. It is a complete psycological and human behaviour manga.
It shows the pain of a victim and the sufferings he/she have to undergo. The importance of a relationship and a family support.
A must read!
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Not terrible.   
Rating: 6.5 / 10.0
by Jeshia
December 10th, 2011, 11:48pm
The plot... ehh. I've seen it before, and I wasn't necessarily moved. It had too much unresolved drama piling and piling, and that was not only irritating, but got in the way of the characters.

In the way of character development... only the two main characters had any "development," and that development was of the shoujo kind. From the beginning, the story seemed kind of superficial and fictional, which for the serious topics it covered, could and should have been a bad thing.

However, it wasn't a bad read. I don't regret the time I spent reading it, and as a manga, I think it depicted what the author wanted to depict. As for realism, there were some elements of it. It wasn't entirely fabricated, and unlike previous reviewers, I felt that the main girl's personality was fine. Not to be pointing fingers, but I feel that anyone that has a set way of how such a girl (i.e. those that have gone through teen pregnancy/were raped) should act hasn't experienced life any more than a "teenager." I will hold back my biting comments toward a previous reviewer's mention of a k-drama representation because this is supposed to be an objective (ish) review. Anyway, the way the flashbacks dealt with how she developed were well-placed, and added to the bulk of the story.

The emotional strain on the reader I felt wasn't huge. In fact, the characters felt so distant to me, and it had nothing to do with whether they were "relatable" because of similar characteristics. It might just be this author's style. Or the fact that, with issues such as these, it's just difficult to portray a person with such a past in a manner that has the reader absorbed. You either like the plot, or you don't.

One thing that wasn't addressed that really should have been was the issue of pity. I appreciated the subtlety of its development, but the way the author just abruptly ended the light sense of issue put me off. If that had been more masterfully developed, this manga would have been above-par for its genre.

My end recommendation? If you like the summary, read it. It's a pretty accurate representation of the story. The male lead is quite like-able in the sense of the word, and if you can manage to see past all the random plot elements of drama, I don't think you'll regret reading it.
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Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by voices-
July 28th, 2011, 5:58am
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I felt something in my heart when I'm reading the last few chapters. I felt really sad for Aikawa and there's a little tears in my eyes. (the tears didn't flow out though. heh.) This is a reaaally touching manga. T.T

Kazuki is pretty irritating so luckily she did something to redeem herself at the end... if not I would really hate her for it. hahaha.

Daisuke's desire to protect Aikawa was sweet enough. hahaha, I liked how considerate he is when he's with Aikawa~ awww~

Basically, all the characters were great and I enjoyed the story ( the emotional parts at the last few chapters)

mmm, there are some parts in which I don't understand.

Since Aikawa gave birth, what is her mother doing??? o.O Continue working and leave the girl alone?

Then what happened to the step father? I only knew Aikawa moved out of the house but I don't think I read anything about what happened to the step father... hmmmmm...

These are the few question marks I had in my head... so I don't really give a 10 for this.

Well, I think I read too fast so I might left some details out... hmm, I don't know...

... Last updated on July 28th, 2011, 6:01am
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