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Scene: The School Rooftop The hero (me, Junpei Manaka!) sneaks up to the roof to see the sunset. When he opens the door, he startles a mysterious beauty. She panics and runs away, but not before Junpei has caught sight of her adorable strawberry print panties...in EXTREME close-up. With that vision forever burned into his memory, Junpei embarks on a quest to find the girl, and the panties, of his dreams!
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Almost a Masterpiece
I've found the comments made on this manga to be very interesting. It seems the community either really hated it or really loved it. If I had to make a choice, then I would belong to the later group. The manga itself begins like a generic harem manga in the first two volumes. However, the manga begins to move in a different direction from volume 2 onwards that gives a unique story experience for some people.
The story is quite long compared to many mangas with 19 volumes, but I found that to be a positive aspect because the manga makes use of its long volumes to tell and develop a strong story regarding relationships and about the future. Character development could be seen throughout the story till the end for most characters. However, some characters could be developed a lot more compared to the three main characters.
Comedy is present for most of the story, which helps to create an easy atmosphere. Ecchi scenes are also ever present, but I believe it was done quite tastefully compared to other ecchi mangas. The ecchi scenes seems to be regarded with humor for the most part. The last component is the drama, which I found to be rare for this type of genre. The mangaka did a good job with the drawings and dialogue to convey the feelings of the characters as they deal with love, hopes and dreams for the future. The artwork is quite nice although I'm probably biased for being a Mizuki Kawashita fan. So the plot, character, and art is very good. The following part is going to be my review using spoilers:
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Well first let me talk about the ending because it seems to be the most important part of the manga for the people who gave the manga a really low rating. Through all of the character development, Junpei's choice at the end was either Aya or Tsukasa. Pretty much everyone who read the first two volumes would probably believe that Junpei was going to end up with Aya because of the whole strawberry panties thing, first heroine met, and the fact that Aya was the girl he fell in love with in the beginning. So because of all those reasons, many people probably thought that Junpei ending up with Tsukasa was BS. I didn't really think the same because I was a Tsukasa fan, but I do understand what the others are saying. If I was an Aya fan, I would probably think the same. However, the reason why the manga was so long, was to develop the characters. The three primary characters changed as the story advances including the characters feelings. While Junpei did like Aya a lot in the beginning, it seemed to have toned down as Tsukasa continues to interact with Junpei on a personal basis. It just eventually became that Tsukasa's existence becomes more important to Junpei than Aya's. As for the main heroine and strawberry panties thing, it can be argued that Tsukasa was the actual main heroine. Her character gets developed the most and the strawberry panties concept becomes a reference to Tsukasa later. So it was not like Junpei ended up with a side character, but a very important heroine if not the main heroine.
So if you are a Tsukasa fan, you would definetly like this manga. If you were an Aya fan, you would probably curse the existence of this manga or at least found the manga to be good until the ending when Junpei makes his decision. It was somewhat disastisfying when Satsuki's character wasn't as developed so she had no chance at all. There was actually a lot of characters in the story, which I found to be pointless at times. There were also some chapters that I found pretty pointless as well. While the manga's length is a turn off for most people, if you like it then I"m pretty sure you can finish it real fast. In my case, the chapters flew by quickly and I finished the manga in three days. In my opinion, it is the best manga I have ever read. I would give it a perfect score if not for the points I noted. It is very unique in my opinion and I haven't found anything that is comparable.
My English quite bad, so I’m sorry in advance.
When I read the synopsis about a boy look for a girl wearing strawberry panties… i said, this is stupid. However, I tried to read. I found out this is good. Very good story actually.
This story quite similar with “I’’s” , however strawberry 100% is better. Very detail story, good character development, and mixture of emotion… I like it a lot.
good manga - no sense ending.
I read this a while back, i now regret ever reading all those chapters to get to that nonsesical ending. Seriously...the ending was a suprise but not in a good way. Just B-S, i can't make sense of that B-S ending, made me feel like the whole prologue up till the end was meaningless XD Just exzactly who wrote this script? The mangaka didn't put themselves into the situation of the script or something odd like that did they? because...i felt like someone robbed me of my lifetime after reading that contrieved B-S and believe me i can waste my time watching an ant crawl up a wall for hours on end and feel satified with that entertainment.XD This whole manga could have been summed up in 20 chapters, why 167..just why XD. I am being serious about it being summed up in 20 chapters aswell...no joke. the whole prologue is pointless considering the end XD
... Last updated on July 19th, 2010, 2:31pm
Better than Expected!
The beginning kind of turned me off... it made it feel like the plot would be ecchi-reliant throughout the entire series. Thank goodness this wasn't true.
The mixture of three different girls with contrasting traits/characteristics really worked well (I don't think this is really spoiler-ish, but I'll leave out the names just in case):
- Girl #1: Outgoing, aggressive, similar likes/dislikes, willing to go "all the way" (i.e. sex) - Girl #2: Quiet/Shy, passive, shared dreams, love at first sight - Girl #3: Outgoing, aggressive/passive, supports dreams over love, loyal, understanding
I had a feeling in my gut through the whole story that it should end with Girl #2, but I thought about it more and that wouldn't make sense.
Girl #1 is like the "best friend" out of the three. One that shares similar likes and dislikes that allows you to talk for hours, but she only uses her body as her means to get/seduce Manaka.
Girl #2 is the one you share your dreams with, so a close connection is imminent. It's the silent love that never works out because neither party has the confidence to confess their true feelings until it's too late. "Love at first sight" kind of dominated this relationship.
Girl #3 is the girlfriend type. Not overly aggressive or too passive/shy. Although love is important, it shouldn't get in the way of their dreams even if it is part of their dream. Trust and loyalty plays a huge role in the relationship, and thankfully...
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it worked out in the end with Tsukasa (i.e. Girl #3). She was the only one that worked hard to get the relationship going without relying on Manaka's drive for sexual interactions or shared dreams. This series really split the line that separates love from friendship. One that shares the same likes/dislikes or dreams is more of a best friend. Someone you can talk too no matter what. Tsukasa was separated from that, in fact, they were both almost opposites excluding the dedication to one's dreams. Their differences is what seemed to bond them, and in the end, I'm really happy Tsukasa won. Although I was really hoping Aya and Manaka would get together at least once, it just didn't feel like it would work out in the end.
Although I'm not that big of a fan of Ecchi, this series seemed to put it too good use. Instead of just "fan service," Ecchi was used to develop the relations between characters and also their overall selves... which is a first.
Honestly, if this series had a stronger hold on the reader's emotions, it would easily be a 10/10. I feel that the Ecchi and Comedy of the series kind of made it where the dramatic parts weren't too dramatic. Then again, it's hard to mix comedy and drama, and I admit I had moments were I thought I was going to tear up... but didn't.
But... this is a fantastic read! It's a little long, but the character development is pulled off quite splendidly! Give it a shot!
i didnt get bored one bit when i read it. its the best in the story,drawing,characters and ecchis parts and i wished for it to reach more chapters
... Last updated on March 1st, 2010, 1:54pm
Pros: The art was nice. The constant twists and turns keep you wanting to read more.
Cons: OK, here is why the ending sucks. It has nothing to do with which girl you personally like the best, or which you think is the best for the lead character. The ending sucks because it means that he put Toujou (and himself) through the wringer for four years for absolutely nothing. It says everything that they only way the author could think of to keep people from dying from pity for Toujou was to make her an extreme, world-class success in her career. Otherwise, she'd just have been this shy girl who fell for an idiot, then went on to a mundane life emotionally damaged.
Also, there was no way this needed to be as long as it did. How many times to we really need to see character X trip and land on character Y, and then have character Z appear and jump to the wrong conclusion? Apparently, this author thinks 50+.
Ultimately, there is a big difference between something that uses tricks to make you want to keep reading and something which is actually enriching and thought-provoking.
I really liked this the first time. Its not a harem manga thats really funny, but some of the characters are really good. There are some really useless annoying characters, however. Its a good read because you really get emotionally attached with some of the characters, and its nice that Junpei has to choose a girl based on one's passions (cooking, movies, writing)... However, that means the girls that don't have any real interests in a career (Satsuki, Kozue) never had a shot with Junpei. That said, reading it the second time was painful. I skipped a lot of "pointless" chapters, and I was realizing more and more how unrealistic and annoying this manga was to read. All in all, I think this manga is worth reading at least once.
To all the haters, I actually liked the ending. I like slice of life endings where the girl who tried the hardest ultimately got the guy.
Good art and decent writing for the most part. Light ecchi scenes, especially compared to a lot of the stuff out now, but plentiful.
There was a lot of flip flopping going on in the story though and the main male is your arch-typical weakling popular with all the girls. There was a tendency to tack on additional characters that went nowhere to pad out the story. Some were fun. Most were forgettable.
All in all, this was a decent read. It began fun and silly and it slowly matured yet retained a sense of humor. The ending wasn't great but it wasn't terrible either and it ended organically. Compared to so many other series nowadays, that is pretty damn good.
l o v e d it
well its been a while since i finished this series but im reading it again cuz its pretty much my favorite romance manga EVER!!! loved the story although the protaganist was a bit of a ... well lets just say he was borderline retarded with his indicicivness. the eechi moments came all at the right time and helped make it more enticing.
when i started it the first time i wouldnt have believed anyone about the ending until towards the very end and i love it even more for the heart warming realistic ending and i could say much much more about how good it was but i'll just say this
best romance comedy EVEEERR!
HOLY CRAP!!! Never have i felt the need to express my appreciation to ANY MANGA before..... and i've read a TON!!! this is one of the few series that i felt actually tugged at the reader's heart... Granted... the first few chapters were kind of lame... but as the story progressed, it became more immersive and was just... impossible to stop reading!!!
the personalities of the female characters were very distinct, something few mangas have when it comes to harems... and the romance was ACTUALLY THERE!!! love hina is a great example of a romantic comedy were comedy outweighted the romance 100:1 ... but in ICHIGO 100%... OMG IT'S JUST SO GOOD AND FULLFILING!!!!
all the talk about dreams realized and heartbreak and love actually gives the manga emotion... i read the whole series in 5 days because i just couldn't stop once i started reading.... the emotional rollercoster relates soo much to actualy life... it makes me wish i was a japanese student though >_<
art was fantastic, i like the storyline better then the art though, but the way the mangaka drew out the emotions and the tears were FANTABULOUS!!! i wish the series would just keep going and talk about their life in and after college years...
i give this manga a 500/10 .... read it now or you will forever regret it!