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From Del Rey: Yamato is ready for a fresh start. So when his aunt invites him to stay rent-free in her big-city boarding house in hustling, bustling Tokyo, Yamato jumps at the chance. There's just one teensy-weensy catch: It's an all-girl housing complex and spa! Things get even more nerve-racking when Yamato meets his neighbor Suzuka, a beautiful track-and-field star. She's not just the cutest girl Yamato's ever met, she's also the coolest, the smartest, and the most intimidating. Can an ordinary guy like Yamato ever hope to win over a girl like Suzuka?
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I guess this is what they mean by classic Seo...
During my visits through forums, I come across this and his other current work Kimi no Iru Machi as being 'classic' Seo works. I had not read either of them, so I couldn't say what that was.
It's your classic romance story. I got pangs of nostalgia - and it's not because my high school life was like that, but because I've seen the formula used in Suzuka a lot. I'm going out on a limb here and point at Love Hina - I guess mainly because of that hole in the wall.
It's not as bad as some other ones I've read, but then again, not many romance manga really stands to memory, aside from the most recent ones.
The idea is good, I guess, but then again, his other work (Kimi no Iru Machi) is pretty much Suzuka + his life back in Hiroshima - track & field. And even in Suzuka the track and field kind of get pushed aside in the later chapters.
The story is okay. I have to say it does get repetitive, but I also have to say that I guess that's what unrequited love feels like. I also have to mention that it's not as much a harem as much as it is romance - the guy does have some standards.
The art; beautiful. Nothing much to be said about this, I can't really pick at a flaw... well, if I had to, I guess one of the girls kind of looks like Suzuka - but I also guess that that was part of her charm, and consequently, why Yamato has trouble deciding.
What else? Ah, I felt the ending felt rushed. After building up all that for 16/17 volumes, it only takes 1 chapter to resolve the problem. Again, not the worst ending in the world (that, I believe, belongs to School Rumble) but, you know.
I came across Suzuka while looking for manga that was similar to any of Adachi Mitsuru's work. The best way to compare the two is I suppose Suzuka (and, Kimi no Iru Machi) are more focused on the romance aspect and, more targeted towards the teens towards the young adults. I can't say that Seo balances both romance and sport at the same time. He's either one or the other (and I suppose he's given up on one, good choice) so Suzuka was, to me, a testing field for his current series.
There are times where the series works, and times where it's slightly frustrating. However, I'd be flat out lying if I said I hated this series, so yeah, give it a read if you want a romance that stays away from what most shounen romances try to do (pour on and on more female protagonists) with a flavour of track and field.
So damn good.
Definitely my favorite manga. There's just something about it that gives it so much more life compared to others such. I absolutely love the characters and the way the story unfolded (and ended), and was kept on the edge of my seat (emotionally) the whole way through both times I read it. I was so sad to read the last chapter. READ IT you won't regret it! .. probably, anyway.
... Last updated on November 28th, 2010, 6:26am
an amazing manga
this manga has something which mostly other manga's Don't, i don't what.But if u don't actually see the chapter no. u'llbe amaze that how many chapters u have read and how much time had past.This was a GREAT work by seo kouji (actually his all manga are worth reading) But this type of series u won't find easilly.
the plot was so natural, and the flow and growth of character was so good that it seems almost real.
this was the best romance manga i have ever read(so far)
... Last updated on November 19th, 2010, 2:02am
male lead does something wrong or theres a misunderstanding or something dumb happens female lead gets mad male lead grovels and apologises relationship+1 repeat
the manga does not stray from this process even once. you keep on reading, praying for the time when the guy will just smack the bitch, but it never happens. Suzuka is ALWAYS right, even when shes not right, you better pretend that she is. its a constant one way chase scene with the male lead wearing a dog costume and her whipping him into submission. the female lead will never show affection or apologise first, EVER.
its too bad, the plot is pretty good, and the romance development nice, but the main female lead will ruin it for you, completely. if there was at least a couple of times where she showed sincerity or understanding or at least developed some then this manga would have been great. however this is not so.
recommended if your a masochist and you enjoy smashing your face against the wall
Its its genre... One of the best...
Might be the best love, school life, sport, drama manga I've read... Wish there were of this type out there... but no... Well reading SEO Kuji's new serie now Kimi no iru Machi and its holding the same standard Here's whats wrong with the rest of the lovedrama ones out there: *Slapstick to the point of no return *Corny/silly/stupid Main character... Well most manga characters in this genre are kinda stupid... but there should be a limit... *The artwork... COME ON! i wanna be able to grasp the feeling or the characters emotion/intention by the picture alone... some look like they're about to cry 24/7... Be realistic, that would make it a tragic manga right there... *Not Barbie and My little pony cute... Im not 6.. And for those who are... well theres always, My little Pony to watch! Want some maturity in there as well thank you!
It took me awhile to finally finish this manga, yet I loved it until the end.
I don't even know why, but I loved it the whole time. Yamato and Suzuka had their ups and downs, yet they still made it through their problems together. The last few chapters were really cute too. It was a good ending.
It's nice reading a manga that starts like as a child and continues to grow for the better.
Appealing and excellent story. Very realistic plot. Of course, dealing with stubborn females is not always easy, you have to preserve and be more understanding to be able to keep up the relationship. And that is what the main male character do best. He never gave up.
I first tagged the main male character as an idiot but later on became more and more mature as like as he realizes his goal. Few manga do this if im correct.
When it come to the educational area, this manga also teaches teen kids how to deal on situation like if your girlfriend gets
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pregnant Would you join a shotgun wedding or just escape.
I like it when the mangaka constantly made heavy development for the characters and the plot. It's nice reading a manga that starts like as a child and continues to grow for the better.
There are a lot of twist and unexpected events you'll encounter here. This is my second time reading this and never let me down.
This manga made me realize the times I spent with my former girl, felt inlove the first time we see each other, confessing, getting to know each other, spending time together, building a future, having a child. It made me realize those good ol times.
I read the whole Manga within 12 hours...
I just couldn't stop and now I'm so screwed. Exam tomorrow didn't start studying yet
Cram Cram Cram
Yes, I liked the manga that much.
At first, it was a little too ecchii but if you read pass it you'll realize that the level of ecchi-ness is relatively low compared to others ones. The girls also had normal size and shape boobs (overall), some manga just make them retarded.
Oh yeah, I never really liked sport related manga. But then this manga is actually less about sports compared to romance/drama. The track and field was more like a support to tie the two together.
Lastly, comparing this mantga to Seo's other work, this drama/romance is by far the most realistic one. Other than the drunken ladies and a hole in the wall. 'A Town where you Live' is a really good manga, but not so much on the realism side. The others are good but in their different ways (some are 1 shot or maybe 2 shot, some are fantasy mixed or super natural, etc)
This manga started off kind of weird (way too much ecchi-ness), so even if you don't like that type of stuff, I HIGHLY recommend that you stick through it. I give you my word that it'll get better. The plot develops quite quickly with only a few side-stories and "other" main character developments. There will be times where you'll want to just throw the manga away (or close your browser), but I stuck through it for some reason... and I'm EXTREMELY happy that I did so.
Suzuka is easily one of the greatest mangas I have ever read. It's truly an amazing Romance manga mixed well with the Sports genre (Track and Field). Right now, I really hope I can find another manga that'll live up to this.
An ending can truly save a story.
While reading Suzuka, I have to tell you that it took some serious determination to not put it in my unfinished list. After each chapter, or even during the loading times of each page of each chapter, I had to fight that urge. I'm rather glad I did, 'cuz, as the title says, the ending makes it all worth it [somehow]. I mean, the story wasn't all that bad, but I'm not gonna lie and say that Suzuka was a bit of a bitch.. and the thing about Honoka becoming a model was a great smack in the face for Yamato XD
I won't say "enjoy" like I usually do, but try to finish it Seo Kouji's artwork is awesome as always too.