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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 tomboy 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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Really cute story. I's the second time I've read it. Yoh is such a cutie and Haruna is just so dense and funny XP I would like to see what happens with Asaoka and Mami, I wish there was hope for those two X3 The only think I didn't like about it was Asami, she's such a self centered brat, makes me want to slap her around.
Cliche that works
Despite its differences to mainstream shoujo, this work is still pretty much a mainstream shoujo work and it has many of the shoujo cliches that you find everywhere... what makes this shoujo different and I think superior to most other mainstream shoujo is that its cliches actually work. They are not just repetitions of same-old-tired storylines and images but actually have some level of depth and quirky comedy to them that makes you smile.
I found this quite a light hearted read and fun. It is nothing great, but it is definitely decent. I especially like the heroine as she, despite the cliches, has a strong and blunt character which shoujo heroines usually lack.
The story was fine. Its not the best but its decent. The heroine was pretty different from your usual bishoujo like heroines, but the male lead.....its the usual. the popular guy. The art is pretty good and the story can be related to in some aspects. I wouldnt say its completely cliched but i have to tell you, it has the feeling as other stereotypical works. Well, thats I think.
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 heroines. The love between her and Yoh is solid. Nothing can break them apart. 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 26th, 2014, 10:48pm
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.