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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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What the HELL did I just read!?
For a harem manga, IHP really surprised me. There's a lot of depth I wasn't expecting, and the story and characters are really well composed. The ending sure hit me like a ton of bricks though. Everything builds up over the first 16 volumes, and then it just feels like everything comes crashing down starting with volume 17. Not that "crashing down" implies anything bad, but all the emotion and excitement built up over all those pages really hits hard when you realize it's all coming to an end, and there's nothing to do about it.
Without spoiling too much, I would like to get my $0.02 in about the ending. As a harem, the plot focuses around 4 girls who fall in love with the central character, Manaka. Generic and overused as this may be, all the characters are really well developed, and I ended up being able to sympathize with all of the girls' positions. I think in this manner, it's possible the author wrote herself into a corner. But her handling of the ending was pretty good -- in fact, I'm not sure it could be handled any better, given the circumstances in the story. But my problem with the ending has nothing to do with what girl he ends up with. It's that it's actually "the end". In the sense that, after high school, people end up going their separate ways, and life really just changes fundamentally. It's a tough turning point to deal with in real life, so it's tough reading about it with well-developed characters that you can actually feel attached to, provided you can get into the story.
Speaking of getting into the story, for a title with such a simple, childish initial premise, IHP actually delivers quite a lot of depth. It's a "coming of age" type of story, so there's a lot of exploration of developing emotions, and the meaning of love, and friendship. It's tough sorting out conflicting feelings when you're experiencing them for the first time; What is love? What makes it different than having a great friendship? Where is the line dividing the two? How do you deal with a one-sided romance, when your feelings are strong enough to make you willing to hold out for the chance no matter the odds? These questions, and more, are explored, and except for the ending (hey, the author had to end it sometime), they're mostly left for the reader to think about -- things are presented, characters react differently depending on their personality, and then you're left to think about it all.
I also enjoyed -- as I realized about 6 or 8 volumes in -- that the characters change over time. Manaka's a naive, bumbling, indecisive idiot at the start, but he actually grows and learns from his mistakes (even if he doesn't end up always acting on what he learns, he still realizes he's making a mistake). In the same manner, each of the characters deals with their own problems and feelings, and there is some growth, which I really appreciated. Otherwise this title would have been so repetitive and boring by a few volumes in, I'd certainly have dropped it.
The one overarching message I got from IHP, though, is to not let yourself be too indecisive. It's important to know what you want, and make decisions based on that - not leave things hanging and unanswered. Manaka has a real problem with his indecisiveness, and it ends up hurting every single one of the characters in this story - tremendously. In the end, he does learn to deal with it, but it is difficult watching him continually leave things without making any choice. The one refreshing thing about Manaka's indecisiveness is that he never allows himself to actually take advantage of any of the girls in a way that they may later regret (or that may hurt the others). While that's also an extremely frustrating aspect of Manaka's behavior, it's one that I respect, and am grateful the author went that direction with him.
I hate to sound like I'm gushing over what, on the surface, seems like a cheap ecchi title whose sole purpose in existing is to satisfy the carnal desires of pubescent teen-age boys, but Ichigo 100% was seriously one helluva ride, and although I found myself frustrated at a lot of points, it was, in the end, quite a fun ride indeed. Get past the never-gonna-happen dramatic buildups with no climax (grrr, Manaka), and it's likely you'll thoroughly enjoy this. Don't, and you probably won't make it past the first couple of volumes.
... Last updated on September 23rd, 2008, 10:38pm
This is probably one of the best harem series out there. It still suffers from silly fan service, but it has a large amount of interesting plot and character development. The relationships change quite a bit, which drives the story forwards. The ending, although not what I wanted, was very enjoyable and naturally followed the development of the story.
Of course, there is room improvement. The series is too long, so there's a lot of boring filler material. Also, the relationships weren't dynamic enough. Some serious events, like a harem girl falling in love with someone else, that forced Junpei to make up his mind faster would have made the story more exciting and realistic.
... Last updated on July 31st, 2008, 2:52pm
Strawberries, ponnies and chasing dreams
I can't say I read much shounen romance up to this point but starting this series I kinda knew what to expect. Cliched plot, lots of ecchi scenes, somewhat annoying main character. So from the very beginning I would not be disappointed by that stuff. General things out of the way first: art was ok nothing else, cliched plot, comedy wasn't there for me, found only a couple of scenes to make me laugh, drama moments are rare and quickly resolved and make little impact to the story.
Now, the main premise of any harem manga is, of course, having bunch of people falling in love with one person who then gets to decide his/her preference. All this is set up so the reader would usually take a pick of the favorite character and rooting for him/her throughout the series. Simplistic and repetitive concept but strangely efficient when coupled with decent writing. I finished this series in 4 days and still felt it outdrawn at the times when plot made no progress. Some chapters had no purpose there then being a filler. With all these flaws I could still not help it but attach myself to this manga till it's very end.
The main character, as I said before, proved to be mildly annoying. Many readers were irked by his indecisiveness. Stupid indecisive prick, is what I fell he is at times but still has some good sides to him and I could not make myself to actually hate him. Now on to the female characters, the harem part. I will put this in a spoiler.
Spoiler (mouse over to view)
Let's start with Aya. I don't like her, plain and simply. She falls for the mc from the very beginning but never acts upon it until the very end. Yes, Manaka helped her out of her shell, made her fell more confidence about her writing and shared his dream that she accepted as her own. And that's it. Their exchange is limited to that. All this receives no further development other than Aya finally realizing she has her own path in life to follow. She felt kinda pathetic.
I have few things to say about Satsuki. When she appeared at first I liked her character. She was very outgoing, aggressive even and her relationship with Manaka builds over time with them having similar tastes. But then, a disaster. She uses only her body to seduce him. Her aggression spills over and she strips naked in front of him, forces herself on to him, even tries to rape him couple of times. So Satsuki surfaces as a one trick pony she is and builds my dislike towards her. Mangaka even tried to drop her from the race two time always bringing her back like she couldn't figure out what else to do with her afterwards.
Now the main course, Tsukasa. For me the most enjoyable character of the entire series. She's not too passive and not too aggressive and falls down the middle of the previous two. She is nice but not lenient like Aya, has backbone and tends to speak her mind but is not overly obtrusive like Satsuki. With Manaka Tsukasa is both kind and harsh at times but always showing her love and loyalty. At one point she dumps him but soon comes back and is ready to wait for him to make up his mind. Not that Manaka did anything to deserve this but whatever.
All this being said, the ending didn't came as much of a shock really. I read other people comment's and was quite surprised to see many readers not expecting it. I pretty much dropped Aya as a likely candidate to end up with mc early in the series. Doubt about this prediction did surface in the last couple of volumes but throughout the series I gave more chances to Yui than Aya. As I mentioned before, her and Manaka's relationship receives no development. They like each other from the start but neither does anything about it. You need more than initial liking for relationship to works. Many people think that they were fated to be together but that is stupid. I am honestly glad that fated couple/number thing at the festival didn't get further advancement. That would be moronic. Opposite to this you have Tsukasa who took more active role. She didn't seek to get close to Manaka by following him to the same school. She took her time with him, going slowly and building up and coming out on top by showing great character development. Even her ecchi scenes served to a purpose of advancing their relationship, unlike the others'. Had Manaka ended up with some other girl all that build up would be in vain. The ending itself was classical "x years later" type. It has a small degree of openness to it. Manaka is still on his way of becoming a successful movie director and his relationship whit Tsukasa starts over with their future relying solely upon them. I tend to like it.
So overall, it was an enjoyable read. The series got me going but it was in no way that good for me wanting to read it again sometimes.
... Last updated on May 2nd, 2013, 1:05am
The Best manga for me
I did not expect a lot from this manga at first. I've read it almost 4 years ago and stopped until last week. I started it all over reading it again. It's the only manga i read that gave me this feeling of happiness, it made me feel satisfied. The artwork and character development seems to be related to real life! Though i love reading manga all over again, this time, it made me feel that i should move on to the next chapter. haha! Though it is finished, Mizuki Kawashita is really great from artwork to story lines, how the characters develop and such. Overall, this is the best manga that i have read! Thanks to all that contributed to the development of ichigo 100%!
i will start by saying that i consider this one of the best romantic series i have ever read, and i will highly suggest that everyone reads it. I will admit there are some parts where the story stagnates slightly but, if u have time push through to the end. The reason i beleive this is so good is probably because it reminds me so much of my own life, and i hope everyone else can see some relation too but for me this manga is special since it is a reminder of what could have been. maybe some other people dont have the feeling yet or cant relate so they end up being haters but, i beleive that this is made by one of my favorite mangakas as they are able to create a new world that mirrors the feelings and events of this one, sure the real world isnt that echi (most of the time) but i beleive the relation a person will feel to this manga definetly makes it a good read, maybe even one of the best
best romance comedy EVEEERR!
HOLY CRAP!!! Never have i felt the need to express my appreciation to ANY MANGA before..... and i've read a TON!!! this is one of the few series that i felt actually tugged at the reader's heart... Granted... the first few chapters were kind of lame... but as the story progressed, it became more immersive and was just... impossible to stop reading!!!
the personalities of the female characters were very distinct, something few mangas have when it comes to harems... and the romance was ACTUALLY THERE!!! love hina is a great example of a romantic comedy were comedy outweighted the romance 100:1 ... but in ICHIGO 100%... OMG IT'S JUST SO GOOD AND FULLFILING!!!!
all the talk about dreams realized and heartbreak and love actually gives the manga emotion... i read the whole series in 5 days because i just couldn't stop once i started reading.... the emotional rollercoster relates soo much to actualy life... it makes me wish i was a japanese student though >_<
art was fantastic, i like the storyline better then the art though, but the way the mangaka drew out the emotions and the tears were FANTABULOUS!!! i wish the series would just keep going and talk about their life in and after college years...
i give this manga a 500/10 .... read it now or you will forever regret it!
panties, lots of panties
yeah that's what about ichigo, a story about strawberry panties. don't get me wrong, i like ichigo, i really do but i think it will be way much better without unnecessary panty shots and ecchi scenes. i mean you see manaka and your favourite heroine having a very romantic or very serious conversation and out of nowhere here comes a wind and voila strawberry panties. this scenes repeats so many times and postpones so many events that in the end you become tired. its a long story and it has many useless chapters, characters according to me, but nevertheless its entertaining yet the ending is not that satisfying, you know, its really rushed but good enough for me.
well ichigo is good but what is special in this manga, is Nishino, oh god she's such a cutie that i want to cry every time i see her, not only for her looks but for her character as well, she's just perfect. you must read ichigo just for the sake of Nishino
My Absolute Favorite Harem Manga
Seriously, I rarely like a harem manga. Too much ecchi, cheesy romance, and drama for my taste, not to mention clueless and stupid male protagonists and over-the-top female leads. Even though Ichigo 100% definately has these elements( I was going to drop 4 volumes in...) I'm glad I stuck to it. The girl he chose at the end totally made me forgive the series for its flaws. In fact, what was going for between these two made it one of the most inspirational romances ever, which is extremely rare for a harem series. Props to the mangaka on this work.
... Last updated on August 29th, 2014, 6:16pm
unforgetable shounen manga
Since i first finished reading ichigo 100% i began to read a lot more shonen romance manga. However among them only a few that can bring me such a warm and connected feeling with the charracter inside the manga. I am very love the way that every charracter has a dream which drive them to reach their future. Nevertheless the ending was perfect, if you can think clearly its absolutely logical why the ending is like that.
It has the typical Shounen ingredients; an indecisive protagonist, a love polygon, ecchi scenes in almost every chapter, dragging on forever, unnecessary drama, misunderstandings coming on over us out of the blue and so forth. I will not not deny this, and clichéd series like this can make for an enjoyable story, too, especially if the art is beautiful. HOWEVER what totally blew me away was the ending. It was unexpected and sweet! Junpei finally mans up and chooses his girl. I will not say which one. That is for you to find out. But I have to say I was pleasantly surprised by this turn of events. Not many Shounen mangaka are this spunky! Therefore, mostly because of the exceptional ending, a 9. If it had not been so good, I would have given this a much lower score.