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Poor Sumi Kitamura… Her irresponsible older brother Eisuke keeps bringing home orphans for her to take care of even though they can barely afford their own basic needs! Just when Sumi's financial problems become dire, wealthy Soichiro Ashida enters her life with a bizarre proposition: he'll provide her with the money she so desperately needs if she agrees to marry him. But can Sumi fool high society into thinking she's a proper lady? Moreover, is it worth giving up everything for this sham of a marriage?
玫瑰契約 裸足でバラを踏め ก้าวย่างบนดอกกุหลาบ Hadashi de Bara wo Fume Stepping on Roses Stepping on Roses Barefoot
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I got into this series because I saw the cover as one of the advertisements to some scanlation group or something. It looks suuuper shoujo, so I wanted to check out what the hell kind of story goes with this.
Sure it is cliche and stuff, but the effed up stuff that happens in between? That's gold. It's the only reason why I bother to keep up with this series, because Soichiro's been an A-class a-hole until recent chapters and is now humbled with poverty. Also with the recent developments with Nozomu confirming that he's hella cray? It's entertaining, in the way that you can't look away from an ongoing train wreck.
At first I was like "okay... nice typical shoujo... crazy bishie... okay we've all seen than" then maybe 10 or 20 chapters in, things got batshit crazy. I can't relate to Sumi so maybe that's why I can't stand her commoner and shameless attitude. Souichirou needs to stop having his random moodswings. One minute he's all caring and sweet, the next he is screaming and throwing things (a bit exaggeration but you know what I mean).
Souichirou and Sumi are honestly quite cute together... when when he decides that he cares for Sumi, but Nozomu is batshit insane! he scares me! And so is everyone else! They're irrational and very one-sided. Sigh I tried really really hard to go through with it but I just can't. I don't like these sort of crazy characters.
It's a good read if you don't think about what you're reading.
... Last updated on April 29th, 2012, 7:47pm
More like a soap opera...
I don't actually like Ueda Rinko mangas that much. And I imagine Sumi to be one of those mindless, high-pitched girls who usually annoy me. But despite this, I grew to like her. The characters have become more 3D in the last ten chapters or so (I'm currently on 54) and Sumi has become stronger, so I am pleased to have read this far.
The drama at the beginning was pretty easy to handle - after all, cliched plotlines lose their impact after being read twenty times - but there is one point when there is too much villanary (this feeling is amplified by the sheer amount of 2D characters who played a role in the drama) and too little character focus. I think it is Ueda-sensei's style, to run the plot at this speed, but the neglect of character development made it difficult to trudge through.
Her art is wonderful though, and I'll probably rate it higher if the manga continues along its current improved storytelling pace. ;>
... Last updated on February 21st, 2012, 7:08am
rereading after dropping
I dropped this series I don't know around when there was way too much drama. I have to say things have gone a little bit better. The drama was toned down so I was really happy.
Plot: Flop Flop Flop Flop Flop Flop Flop This manga had a promising plot. It wasn't original but it was interesting but then soo much drama was added into it. This is when I dropped the manga around the part were they were homeless. After many months I picked it up again there was still drama which made me cry but it had gotten better. I laughed so much when Nozomu picked up the axe. I don't know whether it was suppose to make me scared but it was HILARIOUS!
Characters: They all have no brains Sumi was the stupidest and most naive character I have ever come across. I thought that it was planned like this: The dumb girl grows stronger throughout the series. WRONG. She has not gotten any smarter or stronger and is still the weak pathetic girl she started out to be. Souichou was you typcial arrogant rich guy who would eventually fall in love with Sumi. When he got homeless and started working like a real man I was all like 'WORK PRETTY BOY WORK! WHO'S NOT RICH NOW!!' I really hated him. Nomozu was probably the best character in the series. I thought he was a real gentleman but all changed when he tried to commit suicide with Sumi in the burning house. He got darker and more manipulative. He was the only character with development. The butler has no brain. After Souichriou I hate him the most.
Art: Was pretty Probably the best thing about this manga
I reccomend this manga to anyone who really really really really really really really loves drama.
Good Manga ...
I don't actually get why people are saying it's cr*p ... I really like this manga and it is very different from all the other mangas I've read ...
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I got sooo scared at chapter 53 at the end when I thought he nearly died :( ... but then I read the latest chapter (54) and I saw the pain in Nozomu's eyes ... I don't really know what's gonna happen and I love manga with a lot of suspense :D ... Sure Sumi is stupid and she cries too much but what can you do! ... It's a love triangle between two best friends and a girl ... that happens everywhere but not in that way :) ... ok there IS another thing that I think is weird is how Nozomu is creepy and nice the next second?? WT*!!
I didn't give it a 10 because of the stupidity of Sumi and her brother -_-" ... but after all that I think that it is quite good
Back to this a year after dropping it.
Okay, so I reached chapter 45 or so and I quit because I got tired of Sumi and all the excessive melodrama. A year later I decided to give it another shot, continuing from where I left off of course (I don't think I could stand rereading it from the beginning). So far, it's still melodramatic but I think I might be continuing with this for a while (until all the drama becomes too much for me at least).
Started off okay - typical shoujo, with the arrogant short-tempered rich guy picking up the sweet, naive, bordering on idiotic poor girl - and then just barreled off downhill.
No character development, especially for Sumi, very little in the way of a really interesting plot, and to be honest, I find none of the characters likable or relatable anymore, if I ever did at all.
What ended this manga for me, though, was the characters making so many decisions seemingly completely at random, with no logic whatsoever behind their actions. That got me so frustrated and annoyed I just couldn't bring myself to keep reading anymore.
... Last updated on December 18th, 2011, 9:15pm
nice beggining - crappy development
ok, so at the beginning i loved it. yes, it's quite cliche and kinda far-fetched - but still, the idea was cute. an innocent girl and an arrogant brat meet and their love will most certainly change them into better people...
you get utterly disappointed. there is no development. instead, everything just gets stupid.
you'd think that the sweet sumi would develop into a stronger person or get a clue about what's going on in the world - what with everybody around her being so cultured and her proving herself a real chess genius and all. well, you soon realize that playing chess is about the only intelligent thing she does. yep - her brain is glorious in those times but downright out of order ALL the rest of the time. the author doesn't seem to know the difference between kindness or naiveté and plain idiocy.
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the perfect gentleman nozomu turns out to be an obsessed psycho. oh, but that's ok, sumi is stupid enough to forget about his assaults every single time. take a shower at his place, alone? puh-lease, no problem. i have no problem with a nice dude turning out to be evil, but that guy just went nuts. oh, and his cute fiancee? psycho #2. she just tries to kill when she get jealous. why not? i, for one, do it all the time...
but i think the manga hit rock bottom when Souichirou quit his job. one minute he's Richy Rich, the next they're all living on the street, eating bread. could someone please explain? i (almost) forgave the butler quitting his job (souichirou - yet again inexplicably - wouldn't trust him) and deciding to go all CIA on us, but there's a limit to how irrational a story can get. the millionaire dude ends up litterally in the dirt! what, did he return his clothes to his grandfather too? that white shirt he's always wearing was all that was left?
so yeah, i got really disappointed. it could have been really nice, but the author wouldn't spare two minutes to think about her plot. sumi and souichirou are really cute, but sweet scenes don't make a story. plus, someone in his review said that they randomly fell in love, and i agree. it wouldn't have killed to add a couple of scenes in which we are shown what they see in each other. random romance just gets on my nerves.
... Last updated on December 8th, 2011, 9:24pm
Some cliche once in a while is not that bad u-u
Ok, this series sure is insane sometimes, the charachters are a bunch of weirdoes, lots of cliches and you can pratically predict the end by now but well... Sou is changing his personality, he's becoming a better person and Sumi is quitting being sooo naive (at least a bit) and I'm really really looking forward to seeing Nozomu going nuts with the news the are coming (concerning Sumi, family, firm etc). The true is I'm a big fan of soap-operas (mainly the Mexican ones with all that drama) and there's the art that's really great (I mean, Sou is such a bishie, man) so I really enjoy reading Hadashi de Bara
... Last updated on November 28th, 2011, 10:16am
Complete let down
After reading up to 48 ch of this, I think it's too much of a let down to continue this torture. Sumi and Soichiro are willing pawns played by just about every other character. I can't even sympathize over their plight because there is no character development, and you can't blame it on stupidity either, as they seem to know their own predicaments (Sumi loves being a martyr while Soichiro is too prideful). So you just kind of switch from loving them to despising them because they are truly unrelatable. It's like they are the bad guys in this story and you start to empathize with Nozomu, who's become a tragic hero! Also, the plot is so predictable the ending is obvious.