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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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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.
Review and rating for complete series (9 volumes)
A wonderful, page-turning romance in a very Radway-shoujo mixed style. It is melodramatic fabulousness! Not realistic by any means, but I was transported enough to not care.
The art is smooth bishounen, roses and sparkles shoujo, and cute children, but the historical aspects of the illustrations added a fresh, interesting element.
I recommended it to my younger teen daughter, and she loved it.
... Last updated on May 19th, 2013, 1:21pm
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
... Last updated on November 28th, 2011, 10:16am
I loved Tail of the Moon, and so far I like this one a lot too. The characters are cute and stereotypical, but that's ok. Yes, the main female character is a bit dumb, but she was after all, pulled from the gutter by the main male character. She was uneducated and a bit out of touch with the real world - so she's going to be a bit dumb. Even the mangaka said in volume 1 that she chose to do a formula story. I think she's handling it well. I'm guessing this will turn out a little like Tail of the Moon where the girl learns and developes out of the beginning phase by the end of the story. The characters are good in this one. They have depth in the fact that one minute you love them and the next you want to slap them upside the head. This type of emotional response makes for a good read. If you have no emotional response to characters in a story, then they weren't developed properly. This manga is worth reading. The artwork is very nice as well.
I've read till the recent scanslated chapter (16 & 23) but it's still too early for me to give a definite rating.
I have enjoyed it so far, despite seeing a whole lot of negative reviews about Sumi being stupid or that the plot is weak. I read manga to destress and clear my head of things related to assignments and projects, not to analyze each character for its flaws and plots for its weakness. I get enough of analyzing and interpreting from my course already.
I hope that Ueda-sensei has a comfortable time while on her leave.