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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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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.
Pros: The art was nice. The constant twists and turns keep you wanting to read more.
Cons: OK, here is why the ending sucks. It has nothing to do with which girl you personally like the best, or which you think is the best for the lead character. The ending sucks because it means that he put Toujou (and himself) through the wringer for four years for absolutely nothing. It says everything that they only way the author could think of to keep people from dying from pity for Toujou was to make her an extreme, world-class success in her career. Otherwise, she'd just have been this shy girl who fell for an idiot, then went on to a mundane life emotionally damaged.
Also, there was no way this needed to be as long as it did. How many times to we really need to see character X trip and land on character Y, and then have character Z appear and jump to the wrong conclusion? Apparently, this author thinks 50+.
Ultimately, there is a big difference between something that uses tricks to make you want to keep reading and something which is actually enriching and thought-provoking.
The first time I read it, it was awesome. The ending was very very nice, and something of a twist, but that was actually cause you were only expecting a twist.
The second time, it was still good, although I paused several times in completeting it. I read a different translation for the final chapter, and it took away some of the coolness of it: the first 1: "Can you make my heart flutter once more?" Second one: "Can you excite again?" Not as cool.
I have to say, now that I'm thinking back, the series doesn't seem too fun. It seems to me that the ending leaves something of a bad taste in people's mouths, which is why it recieves such bad scores. I personally think that the ending is very nice, although may have been better and different. A real slice of life ending.
The more times that you read this, the worse it'll get, basically. The ecchi is one of those "ha...." things, where it's fun to see but basically feels even more useless than average fan service. The man character is just plain annoying, damn, the indecisiveness the made way too freaking apparent. They added way too many girls in the series, probably 2-3 more girls than the series needed.
Art is awesome, just plain awesome. The mangaka is one of those very beautifully styled artists. Always between B+ to A for this artist, particularly for the girls.
The comedy... as said, is a bit based on the ecchi factor, which sort of sucks. The real laugh out loud moments are few and far between, although they exist.
There's actual romance in the story. Harem-ecchi-romance-comedy mangas are sorta... bad at that, honestly. Everyone in a generic harem-ecchi-romance-comedy is basically some incarnation of Love Hina characters, a general tsunade, but the character development in Ichigo 100 is there. Only satsuki's really a tsunade, and even that's gone later on.
And speaking of satsuki... damn, I hate the author for that. I mean, she never even had a freaking chance, did she?
Great manga with lots of emotions
First time I read this manga i was surprised at the beginning. It was awkward but intriguing. After reading on this became a highly addictive manga. The plot had a great outcome of events. The characters are great characters you really can feel attached to. When a character feels heart broken or cry you will truly feel sad ( i admit to tearing up at times yes im a wuss). This is one of the mangas that i actually thought about throughout my day. In my head it was like who will he choose? I kept thinking about it alot because i felt for the the characters. But since the connection with the characters are very strong you may be sad if your favorite is not chosen at the end. But, because its hard to please fans of all the different choices, the author did a great job trying to make everyone happy. I loved all of them and only wished for multiple endings for each different girl but this ending is still great.
The art in this manga is perfect. Girls are attractive even when their is no ecchi. The ecchi in this manga is at an appropriate level. It is used in a romantic and loving way, not the absurd "everytime i move i jiggle" type of ecchi. It is used at the right time just like relationships have.
I simply love this manga to death. The emotions you get are so strong, anger, excitement, love, sadness, pity, joy, etc. It is just an amazing read for every romantic reader. This author is amazing and this manga is one of my all time favorites. It it a great transitional manga if you just started reading romantic ecchi manga after reading all those action ninja, pirate, shinigami, etc manga.
All in all a truly magnificent read and if your reading these comments just read the manga and Im sure you'll love it.
... Last updated on August 12th, 2009, 9:08am
Leaves a scar in my memory.
it's been 6 or 7 years since i finished reading this manga.
several years ago when i first finished it... i didn't feel this bad... but now recently when i re-read it again....I feel so devastated after reading those last chapters. i didn't cry, but i couldn't sleep well because of it. i feel so depressed. i feel so f***ed up.
it's beautiful but painful to remember. it's like planting a lovely flower but also damaging the soil at the same time. it leaves a scar in my memory.
my logic tells me that i have to forget it...it's only a fiction...it's not real, dude.. but my imagination makes the whole stories and characters feel so real. (i'm an artist, so i tend to use imagination rather than logic LOL) and so i'm trapped between reality and fictional world.
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my chest hurt when i saw the chapter when aya confess her feeling to junpei from behind the door and then it revealed that junpei and aya have the same numbers from the fortune-teller at the school fest. but sadly, none of them know it.
and also the scene in the snow when junpei finally realized that he and aya actually love each other.
i feel so devastated when i saw aya cries after that. like i said before, i was trapped between reality and fictional world. and i know i couldn't do anything to help her. :(
and i really feel sorry for satsuki too...
well, this is an almost perfect manga. i give it 9.0 the art is nice, and the story makes me feel so connected with the characters. i grew up with this manga, so it feels like the story is part of my memories. it's beautiful, but beware...it can be heart stabbing for some people... even for action comic lover like me.
it'd be even more awesome if the mangaka makes alternative endings for each girls. then all the brokenhearted readers can feel a lot better.
i hope this post doesn't make me look like a melancholic person LOL...
i heard this manga has been reprinted this year in japan with new cover arts.
... Last updated on October 11th, 2013, 4:27am
Great, Harem ever
I think this the best Harem I ever read. The plot is really good and I can see how the characters develop through out the story. I agree that there are some unnecessary fan service. But hey, who does it serve? Anyway, overall I think it is great
great cept for the ending
the ending just annoyed me, if the ending was different, i think it could've even better
this is so good an touching that i cry almost all over the last book because it was kind of sad but went i finished it i cry of happyness because it was to great to be trust the wending was just like i wanted it to be.
if i could reborn i wish i could be jumpei manaka or tsukasa nishino
just sugoi! sugoi!
It's true that the story goes long, but school is ending so i think the story is also... With a small one you hardly enjoy the characters or get used to them... Its true that manaka indecision is taking long and i would like to see him realy dating nishino (but i dont even know who is he going to choose). The plot is funny, so chapters are just great but others just suck as fillers... The music and sound are just nice or just above average. The graphics are very enjoyable and i couldn ask for better, just maybe all in color or something like that :D The main characters and the main plot, i just fall in love for it, just sugoi! sugoi! Very rich and very enjoyable, but cant say much as i would like without spoiling... You Gotta read it!
This is of course more a comment then a review
This is without a doubt one of the best manga's I've read. Yes some will complain the main character is weak and can't make up his mind but I found that truthful. I myself "though NOT in any sort of harem setting" always found myself out of touch with what I should do as far as girls whom I like and who liked me while I was a teenager. There were many times where the timing was just simply not there. And that's what this story is. It's a story as much about timing as about finding your own path in life and following it. Was this perfect, no. If it was i would have given it a 10 There were a couple characters that in my opinion Manaka would have been happy with. But the choice he made was without a doubt the correct one. That is always the truest test of a harem style manga. Do you feel there is a right answer even when you have your own personal favorites, and in reality any choice made would be a good choice.