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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
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!
Didn't really expect the ending
I have to admit, that i didn't see the ending will be like that but this manga give me a thing that i shouldn't decide things only from the beginning
Spoiler (mouse over to view)
i personally like Aya with Manaka, since i think they have the same "aura" and i really like the way they "wishy washy thing", their undecided habit, and a lot of thing about Aya and Manaka
because i've read some spoiler, i can't really bring myself to read this manga from vol1 to 19, but i skip trough the end, just because my curiosity, and i don't think i'm gonna finish this manga. it really hard you know, when you wish about something, but it didn't happen (well, the world just happen to be like that)
but for those who want to read a good comedy/romance manga, i guarantee that you will be satisfied with this manga, JUST DON'T READ THE SPOILER YET, UNLESS YOU WANT BECOME LIKE ME, Unsatisfied, Uncomplete Read
... Last updated on December 11th, 2012, 5:26am
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.
... Last updated on March 7th, 2012, 7:29pm
Well in my opinion this is one of the best, if not the best comedy/romance manga's that i've read up till now. And i've read a lot of them... a lot. Anyway, generally it was normal comedy/romance scenes... The kind of scenes before the whole "borderline h" genre. Anyway, what differentiates this manga from general comedy/romance manga's is the ending. Whoever is interested in reading comedy/romance should read this one... and i'll tell you this... you won't guess the ending . I'd give it an 11 rating if i could because this manga is that exceptional. My rating... 10.
My English quite bad, so I’m sorry in advance.
When I read the synopsis about a boy look for a girl wearing strawberry panties… i said, this is stupid. However, I tried to read. I found out this is good. Very good story actually.
This story quite similar with “I’’s” , however strawberry 100% is better. Very detail story, good character development, and mixture of emotion… I like it a lot.
Pros: The art was nice. The constant twists and turns keep you wanting to read more.
Cons: OK, here is why the ending sucks. It has nothing to do with which girl you personally like the best, or which you think is the best for the lead character. The ending sucks because it means that he put Toujou (and himself) through the wringer for four years for absolutely nothing. It says everything that they only way the author could think of to keep people from dying from pity for Toujou was to make her an extreme, world-class success in her career. Otherwise, she'd just have been this shy girl who fell for an idiot, then went on to a mundane life emotionally damaged.
Also, there was no way this needed to be as long as it did. How many times to we really need to see character X trip and land on character Y, and then have character Z appear and jump to the wrong conclusion? Apparently, this author thinks 50+.
Ultimately, there is a big difference between something that uses tricks to make you want to keep reading and something which is actually enriching and thought-provoking.