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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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More like a soap opera...
I don't actually like Ueda Rinko mangas that much. And I imagine Sumi to be one of those mindless, high-pitched girls who usually annoy me. But despite this, I grew to like her. The characters have become more 3D in the last ten chapters or so (I'm currently on 54) and Sumi has become stronger, so I am pleased to have read this far.
The drama at the beginning was pretty easy to handle - after all, cliched plotlines lose their impact after being read twenty times - but there is one point when there is too much villanary (this feeling is amplified by the sheer amount of 2D characters who played a role in the drama) and too little character focus. I think it is Ueda-sensei's style, to run the plot at this speed, but the neglect of character development made it difficult to trudge through.
Her art is wonderful though, and I'll probably rate it higher if the manga continues along its current improved storytelling pace. ;>
... Last updated on February 21st, 2012, 7:08am
The characters are cliche'd. And stupid. And one is creeepy and sinister as hell. It's passionate, sometimes over passionate. "I'll hire you" type plot with constantly increacing rivals for the main character's affection. A tsundere guy. Love love love everywhere. But I am hooked on this sickly sweet wrap up of insanity. I remember thinking, "GOD THIS MANGA IS HORRIBLE" and grinning as I continued onto chapter after chapter, it was dirty good fun. (Not dirty like sexy-dirty. But it does have some of those elements of force that are commonly cliche'd.) It pushes cliches to such a limit that it is totally original.
A good manga if you want to just loose yourself to angry, adoring, crying, absolute girliness, it reminded me of when I read my first real shoujo manga, and can bring veteran shoujo romance manga readers back to those feelings as well.
Not really recommended for a first time reader, for you'll just keep on looking for the same insane passion as you go on reading different mangas, but fail to find it. A good dirty-secret manga. Intense. I could read it over again and just go crazy over the insanity of it all. Oh and, historical feel is a plus.
Sweet... and it's Funny
I don't really like shoujo manga... 90% of them are.... i don't need to mention it. But i think this one is pretty entertaining... The artwork is pretty good, the mansions were drawn nice and the characters is sweet. I like when the setting of story is in early meiji era. It's rare to have a manga series which the story is in meiji era, when old japanese cultures met western cultures. Ruroni Kenshin is one of them. So this manga has historical genre in it.. The story also fun and sweet, not too depth, but the plot was built quiet good. And what i love, how the gentle and kind prince in love can turn out to be a psycho! Ok, i like complicated stories + intrigue when it comes to drama and romance.. and the artwork must be good, and bishounens. But i've never seen any shoujo manga to have psycho char hahaha.. and seeing ichijou gives me chill, more than Kira (death note) And how this manga adds one more genre : Sport. When it's surprisingly add shogi, japanese chess, in the flow of story I can't stop thinking about how funny n entertaining it is, but the mangaka must play carefully because if it's take one step wrong, it can be a mess..
... Last updated on September 3rd, 2009, 6:16am
More fun than I thought
Ueda Rinko's art just keeps getting better and more detailed. She draws such nuanced expressions on the characters' faces. Of course it's cliche at the beginning, but the best kind of cliche. The kind that makes me feel nostalgic for older shoujo manga, as opposed to the kind that just makes me groan. It's such a classic premise (poor, good hearted girl +sudden money+romantic issues), but the actions of the characters sometimes surprise me. It's difficult to tell what each character really wants, which makes the story fun to read. Ueda-sensei has obviously been doing shoujo for a long time. The story reads more like a pro's fond look at classic romance than a newcomer's hackneyed rehash of stupid plots she thinks are new and fresh.
Anyway, I give this story an 8 for now. I will continue reading it.
... Last updated on February 18th, 2009, 7:27pm
Far more than My Fair Lady.
I read this because I'm a huge fan of Ueda Rinko's work, and I wasn't disappointed.
This starts off as very My Fair Lady-- a rich gentleman tries to train a poor young woman to appear as a wealthy lady for his own purposes. It evolves into so much more than that, though. Does this series have some cliches? Absolutely. But I've always been of the opinion that if you're going to use a cliche, you have to do it better than everyone else, and I feel that's what the mangaka did here.
The art is by Ueda Rinko, meaning it's beautiful and I have no complaints in that department.
I do have some complaints, though. One, while I thought the big "twist" was great, it was also relatively apparent from the first volume. At the same time, I can't think of a more subtle way the author could have done it. Two, even though the primary conflict resolves I realized that there were a great deal of loose ends elsewhere. Even though the climax overshadows them, it still left me feeling very... incomplete. Three, (without spoilers) some characters motivations and feelings were very unclear at certain parts; as if their development was rushed because the plot needed to do something or turn a certain way. It was just a handful of specific moments where I absolutely could not figure out why a character would do something.
Overall, I loved this. I highly recommend it to any fan of shoujo.
No, sorry, this is totally NOT my type of shoujo. What's with the storyline? Too much dramas in my opinion. While reading the story, I felt like each character had his/her own ON/OFF switch. By that I mean, each characters had their two sides, bright and dark sides. They always appeared to be elegant, gorgeous etc, but when something bad happened, they all became emotional and overdramatic. As the story went on, things got worse and worse and I just couldn't carry on reading this series anymore. I really couldn't bear all the depressing dramas. At first, I kind of like Nozomu but later then he just became a total freak. Jesus.
I personally don't like the artwork either. The way the mangaka drew her characters is just annoying. I really hoped for some hot bishies at least but the manga really disappointed me.
I don't think you should read this series. It doesn't worth wasting your time at all. It actually gave me a headache.
... Last updated on May 26th, 2013, 3:55am
Still managed to finish this but...
This story just started making me sick. It started going bad for me around the middle part of the story, Nozomu 's sick crazy love for Sumi just made me get the goosebumps and I wanted to barf....story started out ok, but it kinda got a little worse until I had to drop it, then reread it again....relieved that this manga has come to an end.
... Last updated on August 8th, 2012, 11:47pm
Spiral out of control
Oh god, why Ueda-sensei, WHY?! I became a fan of her because of her other work Tail of the Moon and I had high expectations for this manga. But the ending was quite forced because the story spiraled it so out of control and there didn't seem a way to save the story. So I had a feeling Ueda-sensei didn't know how to end it either and just stick some stupid ending, hoping to satisfy her fans.
Out of all her works, this manga really made me hate her for creating this series. I'm too depressed to write a decent review, beside blabbing my broken heart over a poorly-made series.
Sorry to say, but not recommend for fans out there. It'll make people regret buying the series. Just stick to Tail of the Moon
Great manga from Rinko Ueda-sensei!
The art is fabulous, so is the story. Although the story may be simple, it has been well conveyed and portrayed. I wish the story was over 9 volumes, about 11 volumes could have satisfied me.
Some cliche once in a while is not that bad u-u
Ok, this series sure is insane sometimes, the charachters are a bunch of weirdoes, lots of cliches and you can pratically predict the end by now but well... Sou is changing his personality, he's becoming a better person and Sumi is quitting being sooo naive (at least a bit) and I'm really really looking forward to seeing Nozomu going nuts with the news the are coming (concerning Sumi, family, firm etc). The true is I'm a big fan of soap-operas (mainly the Mexican ones with all that drama) and there's the art that's really great (I mean, Sou is such a bishie, man) so I really enjoy reading Hadashi de Bara