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Scene: The School Rooftop The hero (me, Junpei Manaka!) sneaks up to the roof to see the sunset. When he opens the door, he startles a mysterious beauty. She panics and runs away, but not before Junpei has caught sight of her adorable strawberry print panties...in EXTREME close-up. With that vision forever burned into his memory, Junpei embarks on a quest to find the girl, and the panties, of his dreams!
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Recommendable to people who...
...prefers reading about a very indecisive protagonist who apparently can't decide upon several girls who he likes whose strong points often conflict with his love choices. It rather takes long to get to the point and often have scenes and conversations that have been rehashed from one chapter to the next tenth or so.. But, the ending surely does impress everyone and questions keep on coming!
If you are a guy that has even 0.001% interest in reading a romance manga, read it. If you are a girl that wants to try out a shounen romance (and don't mind ecchi), read it.
Ichigo 100% is THE harem masterpiece. The love triangle is done extremely well and all of the girls like him sincerely and not due to other confining reasons. The situations are realistic as in there are no supernatural or impossible factors in the story... if you know what I mean.
Ichigo 100% is one of THE best shounen romance out there. Harem aside, you won't find much completed shounen romance at this level, and don't even bother comparing with ongoing ones. It is superior to I''s and can compare with Video Girl Ai.
People usually complain about two things in this manga: Manaka and the ending.
Manaka is labelled as weak and pathetic, the typical shounen wuss. Which is probably true. But this just enhances the harem aspect of the manga so much more. A mature audience may despise this indecisive kind of character, but hey, they started off as middle schoolers. Manaka is an accurate portrayal of a real life kid who never had a girl love him before. Enough said.
The ending. People complain how the ending was unsatisfying and stupid in general. To me, the ending is mediocore, but that depends on how you look at it. The ending is very open, and if you think abou it, it ends when
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he is reunited with Nishino, but he would work with Toujo in the future on their dream film. So it could've went either way if continued, and it's up to you to decide.
In other words, the ending beautifully kept the harem, or, all the characters grew up and moved on. Your take.
Ichigo 100% is good because it's real. It is like looking into the memory of a boy's high school romance. It practically shouts out ROMANCE, SCHOOL LIFE, and YOUTH.
... Last updated on February 15th, 2011, 8:09pm
great manga, but a slight disapointment
over all this was a fantastic manga... however, i gave it a 9 because Manaka doesn't end up with who i want him to,
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Aya, and chooses Tsukasa instead... to be honest, this kinda pissed me off
... but i still recommend this manga to anyone who is looking for a good story
this manga could become a head ache if u are not patient enough.There are many scenes which can be cut(majorly ECCHI).But story become pretty good after sometime.Ending is much more better though (actually i don't like the ending but it IS that i still remember almost the whole story)
Art is good (the type u'll need for an ecchi manga)
character growth is also pretty good.
an overall pretty good manga.
... Last updated on November 21st, 2010, 6:04am
Favorite Romance Series
Ichigo 100% is my favorite romance manga. My favorite part of the manga is probably the characters, they were very well done and quite believable. I felt like I could relate to the main character's indecisiveness very well, especially when I was his age. That being said, Ichigo 100% is too long. I know some people would disagree but honestly the story drags. I still loved the story, but because of the main character's indecisiveness the plot really drags. I feel the author could have shortened it or at least tried to keep it more interesting while it dragged out. It just gets kind of boring and frustrating to read with the main character changing his mind all the time.
Of course I have to talk about the most controversial part of Ichigo 100%
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The ending. You'll either love it or hate it. I'll admit, I thought I was genre savvy enough to know how the series would end. I was wrong. The ending really surprised me and frankly I wasn't too happy with it at first. The more I thought about it though, the more I realized it probably was the best and most realistic ending (well, realistic for this manga). Like someone else said Tsukasa puts herself out there for Junpei and he actually knows how she feels for most of the series. Aya on the other hand just bottles it in the whole time. How is Junpei supposed to act when he doesn't know you like him too, Aya?
tl;dr Great series. Realistic characters. A bit long, but if you get into it that shouldn't be a problem. Extremely polarized ending, don't read if you get mad at manga easily. Otherwise I highly recommend Ichigo 100%
... Last updated on September 24th, 2010, 4:51pm
i will start by saying that i consider this one of the best romantic series i have ever read, and i will highly suggest that everyone reads it. I will admit there are some parts where the story stagnates slightly but, if u have time push through to the end. The reason i beleive this is so good is probably because it reminds me so much of my own life, and i hope everyone else can see some relation too but for me this manga is special since it is a reminder of what could have been. maybe some other people dont have the feeling yet or cant relate so they end up being haters but, i beleive that this is made by one of my favorite mangakas as they are able to create a new world that mirrors the feelings and events of this one, sure the real world isnt that echi (most of the time) but i beleive the relation a person will feel to this manga definetly makes it a good read, maybe even one of the best
Almost a Masterpiece
I've found the comments made on this manga to be very interesting. It seems the community either really hated it or really loved it. If I had to make a choice, then I would belong to the later group. The manga itself begins like a generic harem manga in the first two volumes. However, the manga begins to move in a different direction from volume 2 onwards that gives a unique story experience for some people.
The story is quite long compared to many mangas with 19 volumes, but I found that to be a positive aspect because the manga makes use of its long volumes to tell and develop a strong story regarding relationships and about the future. Character development could be seen throughout the story till the end for most characters. However, some characters could be developed a lot more compared to the three main characters.
Comedy is present for most of the story, which helps to create an easy atmosphere. Ecchi scenes are also ever present, but I believe it was done quite tastefully compared to other ecchi mangas. The ecchi scenes seems to be regarded with humor for the most part. The last component is the drama, which I found to be rare for this type of genre. The mangaka did a good job with the drawings and dialogue to convey the feelings of the characters as they deal with love, hopes and dreams for the future. The artwork is quite nice although I'm probably biased for being a Mizuki Kawashita fan. So the plot, character, and art is very good. The following part is going to be my review using spoilers:
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Well first let me talk about the ending because it seems to be the most important part of the manga for the people who gave the manga a really low rating. Through all of the character development, Junpei's choice at the end was either Aya or Tsukasa. Pretty much everyone who read the first two volumes would probably believe that Junpei was going to end up with Aya because of the whole strawberry panties thing, first heroine met, and the fact that Aya was the girl he fell in love with in the beginning. So because of all those reasons, many people probably thought that Junpei ending up with Tsukasa was BS. I didn't really think the same because I was a Tsukasa fan, but I do understand what the others are saying. If I was an Aya fan, I would probably think the same. However, the reason why the manga was so long, was to develop the characters. The three primary characters changed as the story advances including the characters feelings. While Junpei did like Aya a lot in the beginning, it seemed to have toned down as Tsukasa continues to interact with Junpei on a personal basis. It just eventually became that Tsukasa's existence becomes more important to Junpei than Aya's. As for the main heroine and strawberry panties thing, it can be argued that Tsukasa was the actual main heroine. Her character gets developed the most and the strawberry panties concept becomes a reference to Tsukasa later. So it was not like Junpei ended up with a side character, but a very important heroine if not the main heroine.
So if you are a Tsukasa fan, you would definetly like this manga. If you were an Aya fan, you would probably curse the existence of this manga or at least found the manga to be good until the ending when Junpei makes his decision. It was somewhat disastisfying when Satsuki's character wasn't as developed so she had no chance at all. There was actually a lot of characters in the story, which I found to be pointless at times. There were also some chapters that I found pretty pointless as well. While the manga's length is a turn off for most people, if you like it then I"m pretty sure you can finish it real fast. In my case, the chapters flew by quickly and I finished the manga in three days. In my opinion, it is the best manga I have ever read. I would give it a perfect score if not for the points I noted. It is very unique in my opinion and I haven't found anything that is comparable.
My English quite bad, so I’m sorry in advance.
When I read the synopsis about a boy look for a girl wearing strawberry panties… i said, this is stupid. However, I tried to read. I found out this is good. Very good story actually.
This story quite similar with “I’’s” , however strawberry 100% is better. Very detail story, good character development, and mixture of emotion… I like it a lot.
good manga - no sense ending.
I read this a while back, i now regret ever reading all those chapters to get to that nonsesical ending. Seriously...the ending was a suprise but not in a good way. Just B-S, i can't make sense of that B-S ending, made me feel like the whole prologue up till the end was meaningless XD Just exzactly who wrote this script? The mangaka didn't put themselves into the situation of the script or something odd like that did they? because...i felt like someone robbed me of my lifetime after reading that contrieved B-S and believe me i can waste my time watching an ant crawl up a wall for hours on end and feel satified with that entertainment.XD This whole manga could have been summed up in 20 chapters, why 167..just why XD. I am being serious about it being summed up in 20 chapters aswell...no joke. the whole prologue is pointless considering the end XD
... Last updated on July 19th, 2010, 2:31pm
Better than Expected!
The beginning kind of turned me off... it made it feel like the plot would be ecchi-reliant throughout the entire series. Thank goodness this wasn't true.
The mixture of three different girls with contrasting traits/characteristics really worked well (I don't think this is really spoiler-ish, but I'll leave out the names just in case):
- Girl #1: Outgoing, aggressive, similar likes/dislikes, willing to go "all the way" (i.e. sex) - Girl #2: Quiet/Shy, passive, shared dreams, love at first sight - Girl #3: Outgoing, aggressive/passive, supports dreams over love, loyal, understanding
I had a feeling in my gut through the whole story that it should end with Girl #2, but I thought about it more and that wouldn't make sense.
Girl #1 is like the "best friend" out of the three. One that shares similar likes and dislikes that allows you to talk for hours, but she only uses her body as her means to get/seduce Manaka.
Girl #2 is the one you share your dreams with, so a close connection is imminent. It's the silent love that never works out because neither party has the confidence to confess their true feelings until it's too late. "Love at first sight" kind of dominated this relationship.
Girl #3 is the girlfriend type. Not overly aggressive or too passive/shy. Although love is important, it shouldn't get in the way of their dreams even if it is part of their dream. Trust and loyalty plays a huge role in the relationship, and thankfully...
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it worked out in the end with Tsukasa (i.e. Girl #3). She was the only one that worked hard to get the relationship going without relying on Manaka's drive for sexual interactions or shared dreams. This series really split the line that separates love from friendship. One that shares the same likes/dislikes or dreams is more of a best friend. Someone you can talk too no matter what. Tsukasa was separated from that, in fact, they were both almost opposites excluding the dedication to one's dreams. Their differences is what seemed to bond them, and in the end, I'm really happy Tsukasa won. Although I was really hoping Aya and Manaka would get together at least once, it just didn't feel like it would work out in the end.
Although I'm not that big of a fan of Ecchi, this series seemed to put it too good use. Instead of just "fan service," Ecchi was used to develop the relations between characters and also their overall selves... which is a first.
Honestly, if this series had a stronger hold on the reader's emotions, it would easily be a 10/10. I feel that the Ecchi and Comedy of the series kind of made it where the dramatic parts weren't too dramatic. Then again, it's hard to mix comedy and drama, and I admit I had moments were I thought I was going to tear up... but didn't.
But... this is a fantastic read! It's a little long, but the character development is pulled off quite splendidly! Give it a shot!