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Poor Sumi Kitamura… Her irresponsible older brother Eisuke keeps bringing home orphans for her to take care of even though they can barely afford their own basic needs! Just when Sumi's financial problems become dire, wealthy Soichiro Ashida enters her life with a bizarre proposition: he'll provide her with the money she so desperately needs if she agrees to marry him. But can Sumi fool high society into thinking she's a proper lady? Moreover, is it worth giving up everything for this sham of a marriage?
玫瑰契約 裸足でバラを踏め ก้าวย่างบนดอกกุหลาบ Hadashi de Bara wo Fume Stepping on Roses Stepping on Roses Barefoot
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Makes no sense but still nice to read
This is one of those mangas that I know I'm going to end up forgetting about...but the super intensive soap opera elements just keep you pretty interested for the moment XD First of all...the characters are all either extremely exaggerated or not realistic (aka. freaking crazy) to begin with. OK we get that the main girl is super nice, but there are straws to a human's temper and hers just fail to even exist....she gets nearly-raped in like..70% of all the chapters, and the times where she's not, she's either cooking for her dominator (i mean, uh, husband), thinking about nozomu, or crying. Her character is linear and BORING...she's pretty and all but you can't help but think that she is just a flat non-realistic character that NEVER gets mad even among the rest of all the other characters - who's nerves are bipolar to say the least. The characters are WAYYY too predictable. I'd also like to point out that each of them seem to have "two modes". For example....Nozomu is either crazy or flower-boy happy (to see sumi), Soichiro is either annoyed/arrogant or (more rarely) happy to see sumi. Sumi is either sad and crying or happy-go-lucky. There's really no variation in their feelings.
There's NO character development...unless you count Soichiro's newfound love for Sumi, and even that wasn't very well developed. Every chapter ends with him trying to smex her up..and failing. None of the characters communicate with one another...soichiro and sumi have BARELY had a conversation in order for them to truly know each others feelings. The mangaka tries to fill these, I guess, "non-action" parts with sex scenes..and that just fails to do anything for the character relationships.
The art is pretty nice. If the characters were more interesting, and the plot was less filled with breakups and misunderstandings every chapter, I would enjoy it way way way more, afterall, the romance IS quite cute (if you consider the fact that they get cozy with one another quite fast in comparison to other shoujo mangas). Advice to the author....tone down the rape scenes....please focus more on the actual characters...unless your target audience happens to be pervs :s
Well,the art is nice but the story is so full of cliches!!! So many stereotypes too! And if at the start the story was....quite nice ....there's a limit to drama °___° It should be drammatic but sometimes it makes me laugh xD so much soap-opera-like drama xD Anyway I guess I'll continue reading it...just to see how it ends
I wish someone would just telling me the ending. It's just getting ridiculous and overly dramatic. Sumi needs to learn boundaries. None of the characters are really that endearing.
First off, let me say I am a huge fan of Ueda-sensei's work. I've read everything I can get my hands on and most of them are wonderful.
This one, however... I can only recall being this frustrated over one other manga out of all the one's I've read. There isn't a single character who has even one lick of common sense and the melodrama is piled on so high that reading has honestly become a chore. And I'm all for willing suspension of disbelief, but there are limits even to that. The author has to meet the reader at least halfway if they want anyone to take their work seriously, but all current circumstances are simply too extreme to ever be believable.
Sumi is seriously so dumb/naive that by all rights she shouldn't even be alive. Souichirou isn't much better, acting rashly and not thinking about anything before he does it. And NONE of the characters ever learn from their many, many mistakes. Nozomu is a legitimate psychopath, constantly terrorizing Sumi, and yet she keeps allowing him to get away with the most ridiculous things ever.
And every chapter, there is some new, monumental revelation, whether it be about the company being taken over or the truth about Sumi's past. It's almost like Ueda-sensei is playing a game: How Ridiculous and Over-Dramatic Can I Make the Plot Before All My Readers Finally Get Sick of It?
I give it a 3 for the art alone.
Is sooooooooo inconsistent.
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First the butler who abandoned his master and it really doesn't seem like it's fake. But the actual reason the butler quit is even more stupid. A little trust issue, and that's it. But the master is actually not trusting his butler, who has been that for well over 10 years, on an issue concerning a month-old maid. So this whole part made me want to hit them. But it was already inconsistent from the beginning : a wedding before a fixed date to inherit while he is the only relative of his grandfather ???? Come on... And now it seems like he doesn't have anything left, no money or anything... HOW did he do before he inherited ?? And there's no bloody way the sumi would want to even see nozomu who actually tried to kill her after having kidnapped her... But she goes to take a shower at his home. and hse poses for his painting. Soooo annoying
The girl is plain stupid, no problem about that. The main male is also becoming more and more dumb. The rival is really creepy and I totally hate him.
So why the 5 ? because the romance is kinda cute nonetheless and I like the art. But if you expect a great drama, pass your way.
... Last updated on June 22nd, 2012, 8:47am
Ok Epic fail
So I dropped this series a few month ago cause it got stupid and I felt like slapping her in the face.... now I pick it up again and she's still stupid if not worse
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Like how can she be so naive as to trust everyone?!?!??!!??!?! And she KNOW that the blond guy still likes her AND SHE STILL WENT TO HIS PLACE TO SHOWER?!?!??! And in Chapter 31 it looked as if she want him to touch her O_O Seriously you stupid women stop trying to be sympathetic to every guy you see!!! UGH!!
Oh yeah, I also hate how everyone is going psycho, like
... Last updated on June 27th, 2011, 11:48am
i love this series so much. I cant wait to see what happens next ...SPOILER(?) personally i think that sumi and nozumo are brother and sisters (there are many hints in the book that gave it off), i wish that they are so that he would stop stalking her, but at the same time it would be a little weird.
I really love this manga a lot. The art is beautiful with great characters and an amazing plot. I think that the rest of the manga will end up like this.
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I think that Nozomu and Sumi are siblings. Sumi must have been either abandoned or was somehow lost in the rose garden. Also near the beginning of the manga on one of the relationship web things it said the Nozumu and Sumi were siblings. That's why they look amazingly alike. Nozumu's father also dreamed of his wife (Nozumu's mother) with a little baby. I presume that the baby is Sumi and that she might be thought of as dead. That's why it's more predictable that she was somehow lost rather than abandoned as a child. Her parents just didn't find her before her current brother found her who in fact isn't really her brother. Well that's all I think.
Nozomu is a bit scary. With all those stalker-ish way of his, it came across as creepy and sick. It's weird too that Sumi and him has nearly the same color of hair and eyes. I wonder if they would be portrayed as siblings? And then that would add to all the drama and tragedy. Hmmm...
I still love sensei's work.
Although true enough it's quite cliche...but also true enough it's not predictable and I do find myself surprised at times. However...characters do go to such unbelievable lengths sometimes and I feel like everyone just wants to make the main pair miserable. And argh, I love Sumi, she's cute, pretty even...she had me liking her more when she had her first Shougi match with that old man. But...most of the time she's just like the typical-annoying-weak heroine...so I'm always wondering "when will she EVER learn?" And not just that...can't she just be true to herself and decide who she really loves? I've become restless over the fact that
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she seems to already love Souichirou but won't admit because of their contract. /facepalm. And she still won't not think about Nozomu when he've done ALL these unbelievable STALKER-ish things to her... If I were her, I'd have slapped him every time he tried to get close. Lmao. Srsly, that guy, I thought he was gonna be fair when he wanted to take away Sumi from Souichirou so I was fine when he first came out as a rival in the story. But now, he just SCARES me. It's FREAKY! Orz
It's quite exhausting to see the two main characters go to so much misery every other chapter or two. I wish Souichirou would soon honestly say out his feelings...even if just in a monologue - while trying to smex Sumi up or something along the lines... /cough. JK. lmao
But all in all...even as I can sit here and would find more of the series' faults and complain about it...I still really like the story. I think the art's a plus aside from the setting. Although the relationships and reactions are rather a bit complicated...I do hope Rinko-sensei do something about it. I understand she's trying something out with this work but I do hope she tries something a lot more exciting and would make the readers relieved for the main protags for once.
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And I hope Koumai-san's just playing with Souchirou and Sumi and he didn't really mean to abandon Souchirou...after being there for so long serving him. And the things he said to Sumi...after he said so much before how he was glad she was there for Souchirou.
It's getting confusing now so I hope Rinko-sensei's just having him ACT... Deceiving his friends first before deceiving the enemies...like that!? ^ ^;
Anyways...Will only rate this when the manga's finished :'o