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In company-owned rabbit-hutch apartments live tenants who can't afford to live anywhere else, and the apartment complex in which high-school girl Hatsumi Narita lives is ruled over by the rumor mongering, self-righteous Mrs. Tachibana. Get on Tachibana's bad side, and life becomes hell. When Hatsumi has to buy a pregnancy test because her popular sister Akane's period is late, Mrs. Tachibana's son, Ryoki, who used to bully Hatsumi as a kid, promises not to tell the world about Hatsumi's secret, only if she becomes his slave. Suddenly, Azusa Hatsumi's protector in their youth, reappears to save her again! He's moving back into the neighborhood! Despite the budding romance between Hatsumi and Azusa, Ryoki has control over her through the secret that could ruin the lives of everyone in Hatsumi's family, and he hasn't forgotten who his slave is!
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It's like "Gossip Girl" but even more questionable. That's right, I just compared this manga to a guilty pleasure TV show. I mean it's called "Hot Gimmick" and this series is pretty chock full of them...And it works. I enjoyed this much more than I should have and I can't even call it "good" for sure. Worth reading if you are comfortable with never admitting afterwards in public that you read it.
... Last updated on September 24th, 2010, 12:54am
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she really did settle for the jerk. if he would have changed dramatically much, maybe just maybe it wouldnt hurt that she chose him. it pities me to see her *brother going into being a monk just to stay away from her so things would be alright for her.
wow.. maybe shes just into relationships that are dysfunctional, getting slapped and all.
As terrible as the other reviews say it is
I read everything except the last volume because I just couldn't go any further. If it had just ended at volume 11 it wouldn't have been so bad, but Hatsumi just couldn't let go and insisted on choosing the jerk.
The art is mediocre, the characters are done really poorly (especially the two main characters), the storyline is cliched and it's not executed well enough to make it worth of reading.
Just don't bother reading this. I read all the warnings against it but I was bored and wanted to read some fluff. It ended up being a complete waste of my day. Seriously, just close out this tab now and go back to the releases page and find something else to read.
... Last updated on September 15th, 2010, 5:10am
err kinda disturbing
I find it really unhealthy how he does all these horrible things to her but she still stands by him. I mean it wasn't even tsundere ryoki is a jerk and not attractive at all. Getting taken advantage of by a nerd. Kinda sad.
One of my favorites!
Ah, everyone is going to think I'm super weaksauce, I'll admit, I cried a few times reading this. I was able to immerse myself completely into their lives and I could really connect with the characters, I think that's what makes any piece of writing great. That onii-chan, how can anybody's heart not break for him? He's so sweet, caring, self-less, humble, devoted, SO CUTE, amazing, smart.... haha okay I need to stop. Everytime I see his face, I just want to give him a hug and take away all of his pain. Poor guy. I actually really liked the ending where he wanted to go to the monastery because he couldn't stop loving Hatsumi. It sucks balls for him, but it just goes to show how much he loved her, and that there was absolutely no way for him to stop loving her. He couldn't forgive himself for his feelings, and that he was unable to stay by her side, so the only thing for him to do is to become a monk, as punishment. I was bawling but I thought it was really meaningful. And there WAS character development! Hatsumi grew to be able to make an important decision for herself when she chose who to be with, despite Ryoki always telling her what to do. Ryoki, who grew up as a spoiled but lonely only child, learned to make compromises, and that he can't use force alone to get what he loves. Akane was mean to Hatsumi at first, and didn't take sex seriously, until she met someone she truly likes, and at the end where she comforts Hatsumi showed that she is starting to mature. I give it a 10 because the story didn't have random, useless crap characters/events that were introduced once, and never appeared again. In a way, everything is tied together, and there was meaning behind all that happened. Ahhh I LOVED it, from the start to the end. So good so good!
... Last updated on June 22nd, 2010, 12:31pm
I have a love/hate thing with this manga. I know it's pretty 2d and stuff but when you read it you just can't help but be touched by the things that they do. Girls find it really good when you know the things that Ryoki does. And I know I do have a soft spot for bad guys. Hahaha. It's guilty pleasure! Still I can't deny how bad the plot is. Haha.
A bad taste in my mouth
I had high hopes and couldn't put it down, but the guy was an ass and the whole thing left me feeling a hole in my chest
I picked this up for a certain genre and summary interested. But this story is piled by cliche and lame drama and terrible character development. The main character barely grows out of her selfless and incompetent personality which made me sick to read because all the misunderstanding and drama is caused by repeated mistakes that she should have learned by now.
I should have expected that the story doesn't really changed even at a later point of the manga; but I hoped it would... but it didn't.
Thus, I say this manga isn't good unless you like a lot salt poured in your mouth. But there are some people that did like the manga. But I'm just saying it doesn't have a flavour and use the same recipe over and over again. Good read for people who have no better things to do with your life. (I'm one of those but I think I hate it more than enjoyed it at all.)
Wish that I Could Go Lower On That Score...
I started this manga because I had heard good things about it. It started out pretty good and I liked the drama. I especially like Shinogu and all his problems. But Ryoki was just annoying. All he ever saoid was 'slave this' or slave that'. And hatsumi just takes crap all the time and never ever grows stronger.
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she doesn't even end up with a semi decent guy. I mean really, she has to choose the a**hole!?!?!
i kept reading until v08 to see if it turned any better but eventually I gave up. anyways, it turned into a really terrible soap opera. Waste of my time.
Disgusting, pathetic excuse for a manga. completely static characters (no character development), a girl who lets herself get pushed around by a bunch of jerks and then proceeds to date one of them! WTF? nonsensical and disturbing.