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Sakuya, the lead singer for the hard-rocking band Lucifer, is the unattainable object of desire for millions of hopeful women. Aine is the demure high school student who suddenly finds herself in the middle of a raucous rock'n'roll circus. Together they're writing the book of love — one hit song at a time!
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Just bishounen + stupid girl + smut. Shinjo Mayu is definitely one of the worst shoujo mangaka's ever, this manga is meaningless as can be.
A little to weak female
I really like this manga and all Mayu Shinjo's work is awesome! But what I don't really like is that the girl is SO god damn weak! She can never stand up for herself, and sure I like that her boyfriend protects her. But still, in almost every situation, he must defend her. It's a little annoying.
I liked it.
The words I'd use to sum up this series: Over the top. Was it great literature? No, not by any stretch of the imagination. But it was very entertaining. This soap opera like drama was like a trainwreck, I just couldn't look away. I did like the characters somewhat as well, pushy Sakuya and the airheaded Aine. I thought they went well together and it's refreshing to read a shoujo where the characters aren't afraid to get physical. Maybe because I'm older, but I tend to roll my eyes at the stories where even holding hands is a major event and worthy of embarassment.
Skip the manga, watch the anime
Manga: like the rest of Shinjo Mayu's stuff ... lots ... and lots ... of smut ... and not much else. Anime: completely different. Goes over the development of the band and has an interesting storyline. Actually pretty entertaining.
Some of the comments are too critical, people mainly comment on the lameness of her characters or forceful sex, but everyone knows what to expect from Mayu's works and it is exactly why her works are being read. Personally I couldn't get past a few chapters, it simply got boring, all the drama isn't very dramatic. As for the smut, the sex scenes are so repetitive and boring too, there are plenty of other mangas with much better smut content. what I do actually dislike is the ART. Seriously, what's up with the guy's hair and overall proportions? the female is only half size but surprise surprise has a pretty amazing d-cup bust! With such proportions their sex positions would be impossible to implement...
@bunny pink, nice to see you are not ranting.......hmm?. Well, personally, i don't have anything against Shinjo Mayu but neither do I like rape manga. However, there's one thing that struck me, it was pretty ballsy of Aine to not let the fact that she was raped ruin the rest of her life. Some women aren't dat strong enuf to 4get such a painful event. I want to believe that is the msg the mangaka wanted us to have.
Difficult to Empathize
I like my smut just as much as the next person, but this is the first smut manga that made me wish I didn't have to wade through the muck of a storyline and the heroine's pathetic running scenes to get to the "good" parts. The characters shift personalities so much, but they don't grow at all. If you like a string of shojo-smut one-shots compiled in one continuous story, this is the manga for you. Disappointed.
... Last updated on December 14th, 2009, 2:44pm
It's shoujo-tastic. It's also probably the first of it's kind to infuriate me; I can deal with helpless girls and knight in shining armour moments, but there's just way to many of the cliché moments that it goes beyond the scope of shoujo-reality that usually exists within similar titles.
Some will say it's not real, it's a manga, it doesn't have to be realistic, and that's fine, but to me, this is too far removed from both the real and shoujo world for me to finish reading at this point, it really is a Mills & Boon novel for teenagers.
No rating submitted, I can't really give one. It's not something I really care for reading, but for who it tries to appeal to (horny virgin girls who want whatever current teen hearthrob to do them), it's probably a 12/10 or something. That kind of comment might be a bit harsh, but if you read the first couple of volumes you'll understand how apt it is.
... Last updated on July 27th, 2009, 8:35am
Anime is better!
I don't really like Mayu Shinjo's works, but this is the best manga she's done. The artwork is OK and the storyline was also quite good. If i had to choose between the manga and the anime I would definitely choose the anime. The manga focus too much on the relationship between Aine and Sakyua... and because of that it gets a little tedious I think. I don't really get any emotions from Mayu's works, I find it very cold and not very interesting. NO! I recommend people to see the anime instead.
Although this might not be to everyone's taste I think is Shinjo Mayu's best works so far. There is smut, but it fits in with the storyline and is not just constant meaningless assaults like some of Shinjo's other works *cough*
Aine is a weak character, so don't read if that annoys you too much, but she is famous in her own right for her song writing which gives her a crediable reason to be with Sakuya. The ending is really sweet though and shows Aine growing as a stronger person which is great!
If you prefer to focus on the band members I'd watch the anime as it's more general and Aine is not even introduced till halfway through the series.
It does become a little repetetive like many shoujo's and I would stay away if you hate weak heroines with posessive men but I would recommend it if you like a light hearted smut series!!