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When Haruna Nagashima was in junior high her life consisted of playing softball and reading comics. But now that she's going to high school, Haruna decides to put all of her energy towards getting a boyfriend and having the high school romance of a lifetime. To help in her quest, she enlists cute upperclassman Yoh Komiyama to coach her as she eschews her tomboy tendencies and turns herself into the kind of girl who can catch a guy. Yoh agrees, with one catch: Haruna had better not fall for him!
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I was a little worried that a re-read years after starting the series, would not bring the same feeling i experienced then. Shouldn't have been worried, because either though this is a shoujo story, it's more slice of life. Also the romance was solid throughout, even when there were misunderstandings, it was not dragged out.
This was the first manga that i read and i think it was a good one to start with. This manga started my obsession with manga: it ruined my life It is SO funny. Pluss the characters were lovable. Yoh is so cool and is actually nice after the first few chapters. Haruna is so nieve and sometimes just plain dumb that she makes me laugh. I really like their friends too. This is a fun and light read, deffinatly a must read if you just want a good laugh.
... Last updated on October 24th, 2011, 4:23pm
Everyone was crazy. Like, their perceptions of reality were warped and no one seemed to notice. Most of them need professional help. That Asami girl has some major issues, as does the main guy.
I couldn't get into it because I was so unnerved by it. And no one really caught my interest.
I did love how they drew the main guy with sort of bags under his eyes. For ONCE the guy didn't look perfect and I loved it! Now if we can only get a main girl like that...
It's not bad. It wasn't my thing is all. I didn't feel any character chemistry at all.
... Last updated on September 13th, 2011, 5:21pm
I LOOOVE IT <3
Awesome. Fantastic! BEAUTIFUL! XD fancy words. Anyway: It's amazing! The main lead is FRICKING AWESOME. She's strong, and there's no way anyone could get tired reading about her. C: I've just re-read the series for a 3rd time. I also love how this series is focused on the couples love, and not just the normal "oh-this-serie-ends-once-they're-together" kind of thing. C: It's just so awesome!
I CAN EXPLAIN IT WITH WORDSSS. You just have to read it, because there's no way you could dislike it. :]
ACK! I had to add:
ITS HILARIOUS. My parents were giving me weird looks when I was cracking up by myself on the computer. It's overall one of my favorite reads, and it made me so happy reading it *u*!
*GREAT ART *FANTASTIC CHARACTERS (THEY MAKE ME LAUGH SO MUCH XD and cry too..((in good way)) ) * AWESOME PLOT LINE (it is funny, touching, and so...YAY! ) *SKDJFLSDJF JUST READ IT.
SO READ. :]
... Last updated on December 17th, 2011, 1:19pm
The first and the best !!
Yep I said it , this manga is the one that changed my bias ways of thinking about manga I always thought noo way will I ever read manga and then one day I came across this AGAIN and I really needed anime and I said you know what scew it I'm gonna do it just this once and omg did I love it , I can't explain how good this is who knows maybe its because its my first bit so far out of all the msmgas I've read I would say still nothing beats this and I would say if you like this read crimson hero its my second favorite and it has the same type of female character !! I looove this !! P.s and not the type to get obsessed over manga that says something juust saying !!! EDIT:: OMG READ THE ONE MANHUA IT IS AMAZING !!
... Last updated on August 14th, 2011, 2:35am
First of all, the story is really unique as you can see in the description but i never thought it would be that good! As the story progresses, you really start to become attached to both characters as well as the plot. It wasn't cliche at all (well cuz of Yoh) and it wasn't overly-romantic to the point where you roll your eyes and think "what a typical shoujo." This manga was different in many ways. Haruna is really a tough girl and she's so positive about everything. I think the mangaka did a great job with creating their personalities (Haruna and Yoh). It was an awesome manga with amazing art and it was definitely worth reading. I'm giving it a 9.5 because I have one problem ...
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I wasn't really fond of the ending. It was too typical for such a unique manga and I feel that the ending lacked that big-aww i was expecting. I hate it when the guy has to leave and then the whole [one year later] thing pops up.
But all in all, It was hilarious, heart warming and captivating. No regrets at all.
When this manga was the hype, i turned a blind eye, because it looked like a typical over rated shoujo manga.i did attempt to read a few chapters, and i wasn't impressed. I thought the plot was lame and predictable. To be honest, the summary itself was unimpressive. However after i read the first volume, I thought it wasn’t too horrible and decided to read the rest of it online and quickly got addicted. I admit it was cliche with basic shoujo dilemmas (ex girlfriend, evil girl who plots to break them apart, etc..) however the likable characters made up for it. An important thing in shoujo mangas is if you're able to feel for the characters. The author successfully conveyed her character’s emotions through realistic expressions.
At first when i read "Don't fall in love with me", which was one of the first lines that Yoh says to Haruna, I thought, oh great the girl is going to fall in love with him and then he'll end up falling in love with her, but she won't confess that she likes him because of what he told her in the beginning- not to fall in love with him. Let's just say it it didn't turn out that way--- which is very refreshing Seemingly predictable, but not predictable. I like. The other slight downfall, other than than clicheness was the ending, which was more on the comedy side. I guess it suited the manga, but i wished it ended more on a serious note.
I thoroughly enjoyed this manga, and would recommend it to anyone who likes high school shoujo.
... Last updated on June 26th, 2011, 1:20am
Look To The Sky
great book, me personally have never read a book like this one, which is a good thing! this book is exciting and quick, cuz once you read volume 3 THAT'S A SURPRISE!!! any way i suggest you read High School Debut cuz its exciting, smart, and H.O.T!!!
One of my favorite manga series of any genre.
This series defies a lot of the elements common to shoujo--it's not some painfully drawn out 30-volume monstrosity where the couple are barely even dating by the end; the heroine isn't a delicate, wimpy weakling who every single male within a thousand mile radius falls inexplicably and madly in love with; and the male lead, for all that Haruna may love him, isn't some sex god or paragon of virtue (nor is he a complete jerk who the heroine stays with for inexplicable reasons, either). It's pretty realistic for a manga, hysterically funny (and really well-drawn), and manages to make the genre of shoujo completely, genuinely enjoyable in ways few other shoujo can. I'm frankly shocked people would actually dislike this series; clearly they have not read enough other works in this genre to know just how head and shoulders Koukou Debut (and pretty much all of Kahawara Kazune's works) stands above them.
If you're tired of the same-old, same-old shoujo staples of love triangles and taking 300 chapters to get the couple together and ludicrously pretty and perfect people having shallow relationship wangst and wilting flower Mary Sue heroines, Koukou Debut is for you for pretty much ignoring aaaallllll of that and telling quite an original story and in a very funny fashion.
And Yoh is just awesome Plus, a new volume just came out, and the series is getting a movie and a cell phone drama spin-off, so if you get into the series now, there's lots of new media coming your way~
... Last updated on April 6th, 2011, 11:38am
i actually liked this manga, and i can't say that about a lot of shoujo i have read, i didn't have high hopes for this one after reading the first few chapters where apparently all that's important for attracting a boyfriend are one's looks and the way one dresses. i also hated how haruna dumped her athletic pursuits and became totally focussed on getting a boyfriend. i almost put it down then.
but regardless, overall it was rather sweet and funny. haruna is a little too dense, but as a shoujo heroine she doesn't bother me a lot -- she is not mean, not manipulative, not weak. she is refreshingly honest, her enthusiasm is infectious, she cares a lot about her friends and works very hard to do nice things for them, she also works to improve herself, and when she realises her mistakes she makes things right without prevarication. there isn't a huge amount of overall growth on her part, because there isn't actually anything particularly bad about her character per se; she is a good person. her character develops by struggling through the smaller decisions to do the right thing at difficult times. the more pronounced and obvious character growth here is yoh's, who also needed it much more, because he was basically broken at the start. and to my relief, even though haruna is too focussed on yoh for my taste, she actually does get around to think about a career for herself, and she also makes the right decision in supporting yoh in his choice, even though that makes their relationship a lot tougher. these two people are genuinely good for each other.
i always like the guys whom others find boring -- i thought yoh was a good character, and he didn't bore me for a second. admittedly he becomes a little less fun when his own feelings prevent him from continuing to read haruna like a book, but he's also honest (i will always prefer a blunt, honest person over a sweet one who tells polite untruths), and he is patient and kind to haruna. his own shyness and how his cool facade crumbles when it comes to haruna is endearing; i wouldn't like him half as much if he were truly cool and collected all the time. and i really like how he changes; it's subtle, but still very clear.
i would have liked to see more development in some of the secondary characters -- i want to know more about mami and asaoka; i wasn't particularly interested in asami about whom we get more. i know it makes sense because she is yoh's sister and therefore plays a larger role, but i didn't like her.
the art is nothing great; there's way too many closeups on haruna and her widely surprised eyes, nor are there many interesting camera angles, so i am marking the manga down for that.
is it predictable? umm... almost all shoujo (and shounen for that matter) is predictable in certain ways -- we know the girl gets the boy, right? we know there will be crises that test the strength of the relationship; either before or after it becomes established. i didn't find it annoyingly predictable; there were enough small bits that i didn't foresee; like the events around fumi at the start. and yoh/haruna got together much sooner than i had anticipated. is it too long? maybe a little; i could have done without the more dramatic and more typically shoujo crises towards the end (*wipes glasses girl from memory*). but it didn't drag on for too much.
don't expect some major life lessons out of this. but it's more than a mere fluff piece, with likeable characters and reasonably realistic depiction of the tumultuous feelings one goes through as a teenager, while being mildly comedic as well.