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From Condensation: The story centers around Keito Aoyama, a former famous child actor. Due to a childhood incident, she retired from her career early and withdrew from normal society. Now 16, she passes her days in boredom and without purpose. But one day she runs into a stranger who takes her to El Liston--a free school for high school students like herself, who don't have a place where they belong. Though hesitant at first, Keito decides to enter El Liston and subsequently, she begins a new stage in her life. With the help of her only remaining childhood friend, Taiyou, and her new classmates Rei, Momiji, and Kouichi, Keito slowly finds the courage to open up to others and to accept their support. Will Keito return to acting? Will she find true friends? Love?
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My Favorite Manga
One word to describe this manga personally. Amazing. This manga tops in my lists of Favorite Mangas. My personal opinion is that this manga wasn't one of those clique shoujo mangas where you could predict the plot and practically determine who she would end up with, it had a real life kind of quality about it and even though the ending may seem a bit to up there it was still amazing.
At first I have to admit that the summary and cover bored me and that I had first only read this manga out of sheer boredom. Even if it may seem dull at a glance it's incredible once you get into it.
simply amazing =D
The simple fact that it's plot is not driven by romance as it's central point while pulling you into each character's stories makes me astounded. This is a manga that gives me new faith in manga, one that fully deserved to be read. I had to force myself to go to sleep at 5am! XD
Good manga, worth reading. Started off amazing, loved the characters. It went downhill at some point near the end and characters began acting out of character; that really pissed me off. Ending sucked. It went from being real and down-to-earth, to sappy, fakeness. Really sloppy work there.
... Last updated on December 28th, 2010, 2:11pm
I can relate
I find this story to be perfect for anyone has retired from society in one way or another. I find it teaches valuable lessons. The concept of the free high school, the way that idea is worked, I find fantastic. I'd love more details, would love if it could be viable in the real world. I'll definately be rereading this. It's a very real, very relatable (to me anyway) human story. Some say the main character is overly melodramatic, but this fits the relate-ability bill for people that tend to have rollercoaster emotions that take them to the depths of hell
... Last updated on December 25th, 2010, 12:44am
I've stumbled onto this manga quite a while ago but I've never really cared for it because let's admit, there's nothing too spectacular about the summary. The actual story, however, is quite the opposite. It's one of the mangas that pulls you through each time, and you can't seem to stop clicking 'next'. The thing that I like about this manga is that it's not really complex, quite simple actually, but it's not too predictable. All in all, I really enjoyed this series.
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Although there were times when I was really unsatisfied with the couples.. but whatever, I sucked it up and realized that the ending was fitting and had to be done..
Forget the Summary, MUST Read
The summary definitely doesn't do this manga justice. When I read the summary, I didn't feel like reading it at all. Only boredom made me start. And I didn't stop until I finished it. At 4 am. The characters are engaging, and the character development was unbelievable. I loved how it ended, though there do seem to be questions that remain unanswered. However, I feel like it fits with the flow of the story. Overall, it was a fantastic read. Definitely one to keep and reread.
... Last updated on December 14th, 2010, 1:51am
Draws the reader in
I skipped over this manga a number of times for more excitng sounding mangas, but I regret doing so now. After reading the description I wasn't sure what to think. Truthfully, I couldn't understand why people praised it so much; it sounded plain and downcast. After finishing the series, I count myself among those who were drawn in by Keito's emotional journey to rediscovering herself. I will most certainly be drawn in to reading Cat Street a few more times in the future.
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I was shocked at who Keito ultimately ends up with in the end. But I was hoping for them to be a pair.
BTW, I'm surprised that it's by the same author as HYD.
... Last updated on November 2nd, 2010, 5:04pm
I liked many things about this manga, except that it was a bit slow at the beginning. This manga can actually teach you things that you may encounter in real life, like how to fight for yourself, stop blaming others for your own failures.. so on and so on! it reminded me of my own experiences in life and wished i had done the same. its not too melodramatic either but it does know how to deliver you drama without your heart being torn out.
i highly recommend this story, its very lighthearted
This was a fantastic story. I've been putting off reading it because I didn't care much for the summary, and I personally haven't been very impressed by the author's other works, but it was really great, and I felt very close to all of the characters.
I think part of the reason was that the cast of characters were all introduced very early on in the story, and it remained the same until the end. Supporting characters came and went, but the main characters were always there. It was a well paced, sweet read, and I'm glad I read it.
... Last updated on September 6th, 2010, 5:44pm
A great read with plenty of character development. You get drawn into their plight and their own deals with society. That everybody has their own talents and their own problems, wanting to be shut away from everybody else. But loneliness sinks in and just having friends with somebody to talk to makes a big difference in someone's life.
Love the romance parts too and the naivety it brings. The relationships keep you guessing until the end.