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When Haruna Nagashima was in junior high her life consisted of playing softball and reading comics. But now that she's going to high school, Haruna decides to put all of her energy towards getting a boyfriend and having the high school romance of a lifetime. To help in her quest, she enlists cute upperclassman Yoh Komiyama to coach her as she eschews her jock tendencies and turns herself into the kind of girl who can catch a guy. Yoh agrees, with one catch: Haruna had better not fall for him!
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Very good until about half way, then it becomes all right
I love this series, especially in the beginning. There is a lot of humor in the first several volumes, and I felt connected to Haruna's efforts. I have read the first volume a lot, simply because I physically own it. I love the simplicity and the romance and how Yoh helped Haruna and was drawn to her from the start. It was cute and happy-feeling.
The only problem I had was that towards the end (last couple of volumes or so), everything was dragged out. yes, some of the characters were getting ready to graduate, so that was a goal, but I felt as if though there was nothing left to hold the series up to the quality it had initially. One thing I was disappointed with was the fact that Haruna still stayed naive and silly. I liked that about her in the beginning, but I got tired of it after 10 volumes and so on. Also, I know this is trivial for the story, but I noticed the characters were drawn more young and child-faced in the later volumes. So to me, it looked liked Haruna was aging backwards and not maturing, despite finding love.
However, I plan on re-reading the series soon to refresh my perspective. Overall, this manga is strong and despite being cliche it presents itself well except towards the end where it falls a bit short.
Unsatisfactory, but funny
I reread this manga with the remembrance of it being quite good. It seems like I was wrong. Haruna is just that same typical "try hard, do good" high school girl you see basically everywhere and Yoh...well, Yoh's okay, besides him being so angry all the time. I agree with the last poster who said everyone in the manga had problems. But maybe I was just constantly annoyed by that "sag/bag" effect the mangaka decided to add to Yoh's eyes. I guess it worked for the rest of you, but it didn't flatter me at all. So that's how I am on the drawings and the characters.
As for the story itself, I couldn't stand it.
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She freaked out over a kiss. =_= Sure, it was with another guy, but it's not that big of a deal...but I guess this isn't the first time it's happened in shoujo, and her reactions to it were pretty epic and totally worth it. xD
But that's pretty much where I stopped caring.
You get one problem after the other, and it's not one single consistent problem that creates a plot, but more of just random events just to show how new Haruna is at love (still? This far in?), I suppose. Just your typical shoujo, and maybe I'm just a little annoyed at how paltry some of the issues are.
But nonetheless, while I wanted to give it a 2 for lack of plot or anything really, I bumped it up because it is actually really funny sometimes. xD
Read it if you want to burn some time. It's only 52 chapters (but 52 long ones at that...) and so it's not very long. Have fun, if you can. But I recommend watching the live action, because that was hilarious, with an awesome soundtrack.
... Last updated on June 8th, 2012, 10:47am
Realistic Enough to be Relatable
But not so much that it's boring. The characters are sweet, flawed, and truly care for each other. Haruna and Yoh make a great couple. The compliment each other really well, and the 'will they/wont they' doesn't go on too long. Great read, perfect length, and a great slice of life romance.
This is one of my favorite mangas! It is so cute and I love all of the characters! Yoh and Haruna's relationship is so real and amazing to read about! And I'm really excited right nw because I heard she's making a 14th volume!!!!!
My first shoujo
this was my first shoujo years back and I was hesitant to read it again but once I started i couldn't stop and ended up reading all of it in one sitting it will always be one of my favorites and in another 1-2 years I look forward to reading it a again. it introduced me to shoujo and now i am obsessed unfortunately I hold all other shoujo to this standard so I stick with very few. the blessing and curse of koukou debut is that you'll fall in love with shoujo but rarely be satisfied with any other.
I had doubts when I first researched about the manga. My only reason for reading this was out of boredom. I was a bit unsettled because of the plot. I mean why is she so crazy to find love? I don't like girls chasing after guys so I was really hesitant to read this. However, I loved every chapter of it. Haruna is one of those heart-warming heroine. The love between her and Yoh is solid. Nothing can break them apart. I remember
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crying because of how she felt when she found out about Fuma and Asami.
Yoh's personality is also something to look forward to. All in all, you MUST read this one. Don't judge it until you've read it.
... Last updated on December 10th, 2011, 6:51pm
I was a little worried that a re-read years after starting the series, would not bring the same feeling i experienced then. Shouldn't have been worried, because either though this is a shoujo story, it's more slice of life. Also the romance was solid throughout, even when there were misunderstandings, it was not dragged out.
This was the first manga that i read and i think it was a good one to start with. This manga started my obsession with manga: it ruined my life It is SO funny. Pluss the characters were lovable. Yoh is so cool and is actually nice after the first few chapters. Haruna is so nieve and sometimes just plain dumb that she makes me laugh. I really like their friends too. This is a fun and light read, deffinatly a must read if you just want a good laugh.
... Last updated on October 24th, 2011, 4:23pm
Everyone was crazy. Like, their perceptions of reality were warped and no one seemed to notice. Most of them need professional help. That Asami girl has some major issues, as does the main guy.
I couldn't get into it because I was so unnerved by it. And no one really caught my interest.
I did love how they drew the main guy with sort of bags under his eyes. For ONCE the guy didn't look perfect and I loved it! Now if we can only get a main girl like that...
It's not bad. It wasn't my thing is all. I didn't feel any character chemistry at all.
... Last updated on September 13th, 2011, 5:21pm
I LOOOVE IT <3
Awesome. Fantastic! BEAUTIFUL! XD fancy words. Anyway: It's amazing! The main lead is FRICKING AWESOME. She's strong, and there's no way anyone could get tired reading about her. C: I've just re-read the series for a 3rd time. I also love how this series is focused on the couples love, and not just the normal "oh-this-serie-ends-once-they're-together" kind of thing. C: It's just so awesome!
I CAN EXPLAIN IT WITH WORDSSS. You just have to read it, because there's no way you could dislike it. :]
ACK! I had to add:
ITS HILARIOUS. My parents were giving me weird looks when I was cracking up by myself on the computer. It's overall one of my favorite reads, and it made me so happy reading it *u*!
*GREAT ART *FANTASTIC CHARACTERS (THEY MAKE ME LAUGH SO MUCH XD and cry too..((in good way)) ) * AWESOME PLOT LINE (it is funny, touching, and so...YAY! ) *SKDJFLSDJF JUST READ IT.