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Shy Ichitaka has a crush on his high-school classmate Iori, but ever since she posed for semi-provocative swimsuit photos in a magazine, she's had a lot of sleazy guys hitting on her. Ichitaka's afraid to make his feelings known for fear Iori will think he's just another creep.
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The Example of a perfect romance
This Manga is by far my favorite romance to date. It's funny, emotional, and trying. I loved this series so much that I read it 3 times in a period of a week, lossing much sleep. Unlike the romance that I had read before, the series didn't end with a simple happy ending once the two confessed their love. From the moment feelings were made aware, already they had hit another bump in the road. I still remember the saddness and the ache my heart felt for the last 2 or 3 chapters.... I HAD ALREADY READ IT! I knew there was a happy ending and still it affected me so. Originally I had voted 9.8 because I really don't like giving out 10s... but I have to upgrade this to a 10, (which is a rarity for me. To date I think I have 3 10s in my list?) Rarity mind you, in all scaling things... most woman rate an 8 tops. (I've never rated a woman a 10 for damn sure)
I will always cherish this manga and pass it along to anyone who's heart hard as mine to deflect the comments of his peers with ease. (So what if I like romances... it doesn't make me gay!) but then again... they can say what they want... they are all fat and ugly anyway
Not perfect, but I liked it^^
I'm sorta bad at writing a comment, so I'll just say, that it has a rather good ending and one can really enjoy reading this manga, if it's your cup of tea, that is.
PS: It sort of does resemble Ichigo 100%, but I can't say, which of them moved me more... PPS: Ah, just remembered: The ending that moved me the most was from the GTO-Manga. To sum it up, I's made me a little teary-eyed, I shed a tear at Ichigo 100% and I cried at GTO.
This was my first romance/drama manga and after completed reading the series i'm still thinking about this beautiful love story... I just wanted one more volume to see their pure love in action, to cry a bit more because of their happiness, and then to give a ten to this series
Mix Feelings, But Worth It
This manga will give most readers mixed feelings. While many parts of the development are exceedingly well done, some important points will frustrate the reader.
I"s is one of the early stories that set the course for future shounen romance: character development driven by misunderstood feelings... again and again and again and again. I"s really abuses this pattern to a fault. What bothers me is that fans eat that kind of storyline up, happy that the love between leads is "pure" in that all complications are due to misunderstandings rather than issues in compatability. But when misunderstandings are taken to such an extreme, I kind of feeling like having so many misunderstandings at all IS an incompatibility.
It took FOREVER for Iori and Ichitaka to finally open up to each other with their feelings and even up until the bitter end, I never felt that either was fully honest with themselves. Definitely though, Iori did a better job than Ichitaka.
It would have been nice if Katsura (the author) would have taken the story a few volumes further, finally having the lead characters honest with each other, but facing issues from jealous fans and their parents.
The part of me left with a bitter taste really wants to give this story a 7 or 7.5, but this story truly gripped me when I read it and left and impression. For that reason and the fact that other shounen romances that came later are mostly copycats of this, Love Hina, and a few others, I'll go so far as to give it a 9.
By the way kiddies, don't be like Ichitaka when asking out the girl of your dreams. Have some confidence in yourself and be a man.
well its a good romance manga with a decent conclusion. My only problem was with all the angst due to the drama that seemed exagerated most of the time. Also, I had alot of trouble to try and like the protagonist, I mean all I wanted to tell him was get a grip you insecure @&%!#. The art is great and gets better as it goes along. All in all worth reading.
This was one of the best mangas ive read even though THEY NEVER HAD SEX!!!!! and they tried twice too. other than that, i dont think that anything else was bad about this manga.
GOOD JOB author GOOD Read
... Last updated on March 9th, 2008, 11:27am
Definitely deserved a nine (maybe not a ten). Yes it was really slow at the beginning (I was just about to stop reading it) but then it really brightened. I especially liked Itsuki's character and how she was able to get over herself easily with her easy-going personality. The art style was a bit akward at first but then I got used to it and it was quite nice! The ending was sweetly done (
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I nearly passed out when he was 'back at school'. if it was really just a dream I would have been like... wtf. seriously.
)... it was a very nice romance manga! The charcters were life-like and it was quite uniquely done (though the storyline wasn't very original).
... Last updated on February 3rd, 2008, 9:18pm
Good, but not great
I absolutely hated the first few volumes, and in fact stopped reading it my first time through. Finally picked it up again and after struggling through the initial couple of volumes, the story did start to improve. Still though, for me the whole thing really didn't get going until about volume 10 or so.
My main problem is that I really didn't find any of the characters that appealing, at least initially. I didn't really care for the two main protagonists, and most of the secondary characters were unappealing to me as well (especially his best friend, who seriously needed to be taken out back and beaten on many, many occasions...). It's unfortunate that the only character I really liked from the get go (Aiko) was only in it for a few volumes towards the end of the story. And while the main characters did show some growth towards the end, it was still a case of too little/too late for me to really form any sort of real attachment to them.
Artwork was a mixed bag, ranging from very good to fairly awful. While I thought the artist did a great job when trying to be serious, I felt most of the comedic scenes were just too overdone and sloppy when it came to the people's expressions. Overall though, I can't say I have too many complaints from the visual aspect.
To sum it up, it's a worthwhile read for fans of the genre if simply for the fact that the story did become quite a bit better as it went along. It's just too bad that it couldn't have had the same appeal right from the outset. It earns a 6.5 from me.
As usual the main character is indecisive, always getting in mess because of others and of course because of his own (mis)judgments...,I quite agreed with the Anonymous (Overrated) comment. But the guy still manages to change at the very end.Though It might have been better if the ending were a bit longer... But nonetheless a really nice piece of work. Enjoy
This manga deserve a better score than this =]
This romance manga is superb. It's a love story telling at it best. I hear that people said this series copied Ichigo 100% - They're wrong...Just look at the dates, this start and ends way before Ichigo 100% begins so.... The plot is awsome, i dont feel like it dragging at all, rather it's covering all the criteria of a good shonnen romance. The art is awsome still nice even though this consider as an old manga ^^ Still topnotch.