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From Del Rey: Yamato is ready for a fresh start. So when his aunt invites him to stay rent-free in her big-city boarding house in hustling, bustling Tokyo, Yamato jumps at the chance. There's just one teensy-weensy catch: It's an all-girl housing complex and spa! Things get even more nerve-racking when Yamato meets his neighbor Suzuka, a beautiful track-and-field star. She's not just the cutest girl Yamato's ever met, she's also the coolest, the smartest, and the most intimidating. Can an ordinary guy like Yamato ever hope to win over a girl like Suzuka?
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Picked it up at the right time
You honestly have no idea how much I LOVE this manga. Seriously, I could not put it down. My #1 favourite romance manga. Kept me guessing right up until the end. I was pretty much with Yamato from beginning to end trying to decipher the mind and actions of Suzuka. I felt every single one of his emotions because around the time of reading I loved a girl who very much reminded me of Suzuka, and I was pretty much Yamato trying to keep up with her. I am very much like Yamato, btw. Suzuka was an unsafe harbor, because usually I have SOME idea what a girls thinking; but not with her. I couldn't tell a damn thing she was thinking or what thoughts were behind her sad face. Little did I know that it was a mask hiding her true feelings! I honestly felt for Yamato so much, because shit she seemed so out of left field. It was exactly the same as with the girl I loved that I couldn't keep up with.
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Not only were her thoughts vague, but I couldn't even tell if her actions fit the thoughts or when she was fibbing. At times I wondered if they would work out or not. Their was no communication, like the girl and I. I could definitely understand his impulsiveness and frustration when she hid things (shiz, we all have a limit. Imagine being lost in the black tunnel that was Suzuka's mind) Why couldn't women just come out and say things??
God. Her facial expressions. No wonder why he could never give up on her. Her face is burned into my mind and probably his too.You cannot forget people like that. The sheer beauty is outstanding. I couldn't help but gawk at certain panels for ages and ages. Especially that face in chapter 112. Jesus, just like her. How the hell can someone look that GOOD when conveying something so heart wrenching for the both of them? I was clenching my teeth just like Yamato! FFS, where was the logic?? Seo Kouji is a genius at facial expressions. The warmth exuding from those eyes left me stricken.
When Suzuka started revealing the inner workings of her mind I was still a bit lost here and there until I got the whole puzzle sorted. Why can't women just come out and say things?? In Suzuka's case, she was pretty much hiding everything. Never being blunt until Yamato reached the point of no return (cue shit face). When she explained herself, I began to love her character and realized what I could have been doing better with my own unrequited love (though it might not be unrequited). I thought it was a myth but women are truly sensitive animals and are not to be taken for granted.
Also, who else found Honoka annoying? Every chapter featuring her, I wanted to push her out of the panels and tell Yamato to get his head IN THE GAME! We're trying to stubbornly figure out the workings of Suzuka's mind! Not pick up women; there would be plenty of time for that if he failed. Sometimes I was truly worried it wouldn't work out between the two of them. I had to reassure myself that the book was called "Suzuka" and not "Honoka" haha. I also found Yamato's lack of loyalty kind of annoying. He was giving up too soon I felt, but I could sort of understand because he wasn't completely roped in yet. After your roped in, there's no escaping haha.
Lastly because this is getting too long, the feeling of realism during the whole entire series added so well to the story. Her change in lifestyle was a slap out of nowhere and seemed so quick but hey, that's life. I didn't like that Yamato was so easily influenced, but I guess it was for story progression. It was a short series after all.
P.S. If you ever love someone who you can't figure out and are so different from you, keep on it. It's one of the most rewarding things and comes with the best feelings life could ever offer. After you love someone like that, you'll never be able to settle loving someone boring who is very like you, trust.
... Last updated on February 13th, 2012, 12:12am
All in the characters
Like the girl, hate the boy. It's all in the characters, if they work for you, I am sure this would be a lovely piece to read. However, I absolutely, viscerally, abhor the protagonist.
I wish this was a fighting manga, so that he would get his face kicked-in in each chapter.
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He does get a lot of grief, but in my book, that is not quite enough.
A wonderful experience
I picked up this manga while waiting on Kimi no Iru Machi less than a week ago and have been unable to pause.
I read several reviews before beginning, but I'll say it doesn't change the fact that it's deserving of at minimum a 9/10. While I enjoy the story-tale of KnIM, Suzuka is much more realistic in my opinion. If you started KNiM first, you'll see a lot of familiar faces and experience just as wide a range of emotions from its successor.
The elements of a striving teenage relationship is truly captured in this manga. Episodes of misunderstanding, romance, distance, heartache, and endless apologies.. all of it is unmistakably nostalgic. The ending was just perfect for this type of story, as I could not have expected such a beautiful turn of events.. Suzuka, is just my type after all, like my wife *_^
If you want to read a harem manga you'll be disappointed here, because it's mainly focused on the romantic plot. The main character's kind of annoying due to his apologizing in almost every chapter and all his relationship problems seem to be just too extreme.
In my opinion it was just like a bad spanish soap.
It's not much of a harem manga, definitely focuses more on the romance aspect. The plot is very realistic and relatable. There are a lot of difficulties between the couple to frustrate the fans, but i feel like it has done a good job portraying the development of the couple very realistically. it's not just fall in love and live happily ever after. New problems constantly emerge. It might be a bit frustrating at first, but it also helps you feel the reduction in terms of the distance between the two main characters. The art is nice. The characters are lovable. The plot is decent.The ending wasn't bad either. Overall it's a good romantic manga.
This manga was an emotional rollercoaster with lofty highs and rocky lows. The plot is believable, and the characters are, for the most part, realistic with believable personalities. At times I became frustrated and wanted to give up reading, but I stuck with it, and in the end I was extremely satisfied. The ecchi was mostly subtle, and there wasn't an unrealistic amount of fan-service. This is definitely a good read deserving of it's high average ranking.
most annoying story I've ever read...
How can anyone like this is beyond me.....then I see it called realistic a lot and that just blows my mind, there isn't even an ounce of realism here. Sure it might include some serious issues but the way they are dealt with only happens in fantasy land and cheap soap operas.
Basically this manga is a ploy to milk as much money out of a successful project as possible (as are all of his projects with the exception of one-shots, which can be pretty good actually). I guess that's the author's choice, but it certainly makes me lose all respect for him as an artist. I accidentally started reading his current project without noticing it was Seo and paid dearly as it started following his typical formula once the original idea of the story was spent. From now on I avoid his works like the plague.
loved the character development, ending was a disappointment though
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i must say this manga really drew me in. the way the characters developed and how yamato kept getting rejected and smacked really made me sympathize with him. really suzuka can be so insincere at times, can't she just apologize?
just like everyone else, felt that the ending was a disappointment and rushed. really unexpected that she would suddenly get pregnant to conclude the story. thankfully, the author didn't decide to have them abort or it would have become worse than it already is...
I found this series simply amazing. It was moving and very touching. The ending was something I wasn't expecting at all, and truth be told, I almost feel let down by it. However, I can't lie that it was still an amazing ending, even for one I wouldn't have picked.
Absolutely amazing manga... It was entirely satisfying and had what I think was a good ending... You wanna punch Yamato in the face a few times, but why would you continue reading it if nothing interesting happened? I recommend this to anybody at all... 10/10