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From Del Rey: It's a gorgeous, spacious mansion, and four handsome, fifteen-year-old friends are allowed to live in it for free! There's only one condition - that within three years the guys must transform the owner's wallflower niece into a lady befitting the palace in which they all live! How hard can it be?
Enter Sunako Nakahara, the agoraphobic, horror-movie-loving, pockmark-faced, frizzy-haired, fashion-illiterate recluse who tends to break into explosive nosebleeds whenever she sees anyone attractive. This project is going to take more than our four heroes ever expected: it needs a miracle!
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To be honest I can´t decide whether or not to like this manga. It surely is different, seeing as the female lead is a girl who you think just jumped out of a horror movie. I really loved that. The fact, that this manga, even though being a shojo, seemed so much different from all the others I had read, so I was really excited at first. But this excitement soon ebbed away, because if there is a manga out there that deserves the term "too dragged out" it is this manga. I really tried to give this manga a try and the first few chapters were really amazing, but after a while I just couldn´t continue on. I started again and again, but there was a point were one just stopped reading, because it became so boring and seemed like any other adventure manga, where just nothing happened at all and it felt like the mangaka just kept on writing for the sake of doing something. When is it going to be finished? All in all this isn´t one of my favourites, the artwork is ok, but nothing really eyecatching. Still you should give it a try at least, because the story is different, funny and hilarious, while also teaching you something about tolerance.
Not the typical but still a typical
The thing that stands out the most in this Manga is the fact that the main character is not your typical shoujo type girl. It is interesting to know that the Mangaka plays with the main characters personality making her interesting to read. I can say that this is not your typical manga and its real orientation is romance with a touch of melodramatic comedy.
I gave this a 9/10 rating because of my biased love for comedy/reverse harem types of Mangas. But I must say that this is definitely one great Manga to read!
I LOVE this series. I've read tons of shoujo and I'm quite tired of the usual cliches. This manga, however, has NONE of those. It's original and unique. Even the art style is. My only complaint would be the use of patterned furs. (blech) I love the characters as well. Sunako is crazy and awesome. She's her own person and very independent. Not at all like other shoujo heroines. I hate the ones who are clingy and break down into tears every godforsaken chapter. She doesn't loathe her faults and complain about her looks. I don't mind the slow romance. I live for stories like this. If you've ever read Skip Beat or Hana Kimi, you'll know the romance was slow in those but they're both AMAZING mangas. Also, Sunako is a little like Kyouko. She had her heart broken and is terrified of falling in love again. It's very funny and totally worth giving a chance.
I like this manga. It's fun and harmless. Yes, the plot development is extremely slow, and at times even takes steps backwards, but I still enjoy it. What I love best about it is Sunako; she's just weird and eccentric but in my opinion the funniest one of the group. I also enjoy the episodic nature of it. It allows there to be long gaps in chapter releases without you needing to refresh much of your memory. My biggest complaint is the fact that all four of the male leads, while their faces are quite lovely, their bodies look underweight to the point of anorexia. Seriously. It pains me to look at them.
EDIT: Ok. It's been a while since I wrote that, and now the manga is not so fun anymore. It's long and it's been dragging on for several volumes now. Nothing has developed either. Sure there have been tiny moments of development here and there but they are immediately forgotten when the next chapter arrives. Basically this manga is super fun in the beginning, but loses that charm later on. I hope it ends soon.
... Last updated on June 18th, 2012, 9:40pm
I like this manga - there's a good reason why this title is so popular.
It's original, it's funny, and it's got bishies <3. I love all the characters, each so very different from each other, and they all interact and get along (or don't) in a multitude of ways. They all grow as the manga goes on - very, almost excruciatingly slowly at times, but they do develop.
The pacing of the manga is very slow though - there's a billion different arcs where it feels like nothing happens. It is an excellent series though, if you can wade through some of the less-exciting bits, and it's perfect if you're looking for a good laugh.
And the art isn't half-bad either. Not your run-of-the-mill, cliche shoujo type of art, but nice.
All in all, read it - the only real flaw from my point of view is the pacing, and the parts where something does happen more than make up for that.
The manga is very appealing by not taking on the overused clichés you find often in shoujo manga, furthermore it's highly satisfying that the heroine doesn't feel the need to change herself and embraces her own quirky personality. But the story is very slow so don't read this manga if you find slow paced and slow developing characters immensely annoying But I still think this manga is worth a read. Whether you like it or not you'll find out if you give it a read.
it's ok... was fun reading up until 14 volumes...or so. but it's too dragging,slow character developments (well i didnt even really notice it until you look onto it more) but it's funny. You'll have nice laugh reading this(during your free time is the best time) but yeah,,, it's kinda annoying a bit.
Addition to that... After re reading some chapters... I noticed sunako is the female lead that (in my opinion) you'll love to hate!!! I like how she avoids kyohei and all but!! Its like that for the whole 27 vol. Of the manga! I read comments saying it's ok to have their relationship growth slow , i know , i like those manga too... But it doesnt hurt to let them get together and step into the next level of their relationship (or manga)...
... Last updated on October 23rd, 2010, 8:00am
...it is starting to drag a bit. Quite frankly, this series could have ended somewhere around the 14th or 15th volume perfectly. Even if the "love issues" hadn't been solved by that time, this is one of the few shoujo series' that would have been just fine being left open-ended.
One thing that I do like about this manga is that there is no direct romance between the leading male and female characters. I enjoy subtlety--since I'm not mucn of a romance fan. Also, the fact that the mangaka dared to center her series around self-acceptance (i.e. the leading female not going from morbid-rambo-goth-chic to cinderella...but simply accepting herself as morbid-rambo-goth-chic) is quite commendable. However, it IS starting to drag. It would be nice if she could just wrap things up--in the most creative/comical way possible, that is.
... Last updated on August 17th, 2010, 7:40am
Love Hate Relationship
You either love this manga or hate it I think, I personally hate it. Here are my reasons: 1. No character development 2. No plot and the same things tend to happen over again in different ways 3. Nothing interesting This is just me personally though, maybe there is someone who sees that there is something. This manga just has no meaning or anything that would make anyone really want to continue reading it after volumes. If you are looking for bishies then I guess this could be a good place to look, a better manga with bishies and interesting characters and plot is Ouran High School Host Club by Hatori Bisco. And for those who like the slow development of the relationship, I have to say that Skip Beat!'s slow development is a lot better and more enjoyable.
... Last updated on May 27th, 2010, 4:23pm
i think its absolutely amazing!! it has everything that i love cute guys, strong female and great humor.. yeah its taking long but i disagree their relationship IS growing, shes grown almost accustomed to them and she cares for them alot... i give it a ten since its really good and i've never laughed so much!! i seriously was up all nyt laughing!! great! great!! cant wait! and im reading it over an over again and havent gotten bored yet..