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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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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!
The first time I read it, it was awesome. The ending was very very nice, and something of a twist, but that was actually cause you were only expecting a twist.
The second time, it was still good, although I paused several times in completeting it. I read a different translation for the final chapter, and it took away some of the coolness of it: the first 1: "Can you make my heart flutter once more?" Second one: "Can you excite again?" Not as cool.
I have to say, now that I'm thinking back, the series doesn't seem too fun. It seems to me that the ending leaves something of a bad taste in people's mouths, which is why it recieves such bad scores. I personally think that the ending is very nice, although may have been better and different. A real slice of life ending.
The more times that you read this, the worse it'll get, basically. The ecchi is one of those "ha...." things, where it's fun to see but basically feels even more useless than average fan service. The man character is just plain annoying, damn, the indecisiveness the made way too freaking apparent. They added way too many girls in the series, probably 2-3 more girls than the series needed.
Art is awesome, just plain awesome. The mangaka is one of those very beautifully styled artists. Always between B+ to A for this artist, particularly for the girls.
The comedy... as said, is a bit based on the ecchi factor, which sort of sucks. The real laugh out loud moments are few and far between, although they exist.
There's actual romance in the story. Harem-ecchi-romance-comedy mangas are sorta... bad at that, honestly. Everyone in a generic harem-ecchi-romance-comedy is basically some incarnation of Love Hina characters, a general tsunade, but the character development in Ichigo 100 is there. Only satsuki's really a tsunade, and even that's gone later on.
And speaking of satsuki... damn, I hate the author for that. I mean, she never even had a freaking chance, did she?
Great manga with lots of emotions
First time I read this manga i was surprised at the beginning. It was awkward but intriguing. After reading on this became a highly addictive manga. The plot had a great outcome of events. The characters are great characters you really can feel attached to. When a character feels heart broken or cry you will truly feel sad ( i admit to tearing up at times yes im a wuss). This is one of the mangas that i actually thought about throughout my day. In my head it was like who will he choose? I kept thinking about it alot because i felt for the the characters. But since the connection with the characters are very strong you may be sad if your favorite is not chosen at the end. But, because its hard to please fans of all the different choices, the author did a great job trying to make everyone happy. I loved all of them and only wished for multiple endings for each different girl but this ending is still great.
The art in this manga is perfect. Girls are attractive even when their is no ecchi. The ecchi in this manga is at an appropriate level. It is used in a romantic and loving way, not the absurd "everytime i move i jiggle" type of ecchi. It is used at the right time just like relationships have.
I simply love this manga to death. The emotions you get are so strong, anger, excitement, love, sadness, pity, joy, etc. It is just an amazing read for every romantic reader. This author is amazing and this manga is one of my all time favorites. It it a great transitional manga if you just started reading romantic ecchi manga after reading all those action ninja, pirate, shinigami, etc manga.
All in all a truly magnificent read and if your reading these comments just read the manga and Im sure you'll love it.
... Last updated on August 12th, 2009, 9:08am
This story is good read for people who started ecchi and harem genres. It is also good for people who like hopeless romantic story plot.
But from my experience with this genre, this is a so-so. It has slightly odd opening that people won't want to continue reading depending on their views.
But this was good, not great. It's title has represent throughout the story theme but there is always a strange sweetness that almost taste like strawberries at the scenes that might involve the strawberry underwears or the dreams that was shared.
If this story had no content of ecchi, the story would be slightly awkward to work with since it does rely on those scenes to build the character's personality and views. And the terrible meet up that left the incident in their mind.
I'm not comment on the story anymore but it isn't good enough for me to give it a 8. This is good story, but not as I thought it would be.
It leads the reader on believing that a love relationship will finally happen and does a horrible twist. It gives me the taste of dissatifation after I finished this manga. As much as I like plot twists, I can't stand the situation that created it. To me, that part was completely out of place of the story and was add-on to gradually lead the story to a quick finish.
But the plot is wonderful. The dreams and ideals were excellent, making me feel my passion for my dream grow strong.
This is a heartwarming tale about a guy with a girl with similar dreams that takes a quite a big turnabout of their lives.
I would love to present this to people who are new to this genre or love a good romance.