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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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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.
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?
Leaves a scar in my memory.
it's been 6 or 7 years since i finished reading this manga.
several years ago when i first finished it... i didn't feel this bad... but now recently when i re-read it again....I feel so devastated after reading those last chapters. i didn't cry, but i couldn't sleep well because of it. i feel so depressed. i feel so f***ed up.
it's beautiful but painful to remember. it's like planting a lovely flower but also damaging the soil at the same time. it leaves a scar in my memory.
my logic tells me that i have to forget it...it's only a fiction...it's not real, dude.. but my imagination makes the whole stories and characters feel so real. (i'm an artist, so i tend to use imagination rather than logic LOL) and so i'm trapped between reality and fictional world.
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my chest hurt when i saw the chapter when aya confess her feeling to junpei from behind the door and then it revealed that junpei and aya have the same numbers from the fortune-teller at the school fest. but sadly, none of them know it.
and also the scene in the snow when junpei finally realized that he and aya actually love each other.
i feel so devastated when i saw aya cries after that. like i said before, i was trapped between reality and fictional world. and i know i couldn't do anything to help her. :(
and i really feel sorry for satsuki too...
well, this is an almost perfect manga. i give it 9.0 the art is nice, and the story makes me feel so connected with the characters. i grew up with this manga, so it feels like the story is part of my memories. it's beautiful, but beware...it can be heart stabbing for some people... even for action comic lover like me.
it'd be even more awesome if the mangaka makes alternative endings for each girls. then all the brokenhearted readers can feel a lot better.
i hope this post doesn't make me look like a melancholic person LOL...
i heard this manga has been reprinted this year in japan with new cover arts.
... Last updated on October 11th, 2013, 4:27am
The right ending.
I don't know how to do that spoiler thing, so if you haven't read the manga yet, don't read my comments. Take it for granted that the manga is awesome and come to your own conclusions.
That being said, I thought the ending was the best choice. I agree (along with tazman0208) that, given given the circumstance with Manaka and Toujo, that Nishino was the right choice for her perseverence. However, for me, even if Toujo gave Junpei some indication that she liked him, I still think Nishino is the best, for personal reasons, of course. But for me, the girl as discribed in Nishino's character is almost ideal. First, as already meantioned, she was loyal and dedicated to their relationship. Second, she was attentive to Junpei's needs and moods (even when he himself was not). Third, she wasn't afraid to talk about potential mixups (think v.9 after Junpei thought she was hugging the pasty guy). If it was Toujo, that would've been the end for them. Fourth, she had the right mix of aggressiveness/initiative and vulnerability (the 3-day "my own personal Junpei" trip). Fifth, she did things for Junpei's benefit without seeking recognition (first valentine's chocolate, breaking up with Junpei in the first place, which was a seriously mature move, can you see Satsuki doing that, despite whatever Junpei felt like?). Sixth, she was both cute (Toujo) and sexy (Satsuki). Seventh, she changed for junpei. Eighth, she had a more mature understanding of love, in that she tried to support Junpei without ever 1) trying to force him to follow her, or 2) trying to force herself to follow him. My final conclusion, Nishino was both the most realistic of the girls (v.18 where Nishino was insecure about her figure as compared to the other girls) and least realistic (if there is such a girl out there, let me know! I'd go for her in an instant!!!) I could refer to so many other moments which, litle by little, solidified my decision for Nishino (I love the confession on the pull-up bar in v.16).So Mizuki, you get 10/10 from me for the near-perfect ending (I agree and feel sorry for Satsuki).
No. #1 Harem! ^_^
This happened to be the 1st manga I actually finished and I immediately fell in love with it. Unlike in most harem romantic comedies, in Ichigo 100% character developments are a big deal. Of course there are the usual hilarious random moments but the series truly shines in the developments and of course the girls are a big deal. My best girls have to be Kozue and Satsuki because even though they are the underdogs, they're still plenty of fun. I've seen and read plenty of rom/coms and this has to be the best in the harem department. ^_^
I think thats the best ending that 1 can actually have. its really interesting to see how the relationships developed and that junpei stayed on his love and waited for her. its the ultimate romantic end although its not the character you should like but just how innocent it is is just great... to hell those would are not clever enough to see that
This is without a doubt one of the best manga's I've read. Yes some will complain the main character is weak and can't make up his mind but I found that truthful. I myself "though NOT in any sort of harem setting" always found myself out of touch with what I should do as far as girls whom I like and who liked me while I was a teenager. There were many times where the timing was just simply not there. And that's what this story is. It's a story as much about timing as about finding your own path in life and following it. Was this perfect, no. If it was i would have given it a 10 There were a couple characters that in my opinion Manaka would have been happy with. But the choice he made was without a doubt the correct one. That is always the truest test of a harem style manga. Do you feel there is a right answer even when you have your own personal favorites, and in reality any choice made would be a good choice.
... Last updated on May 8th, 2013, 7:34am
Strawberries, ponnies and chasing dreams
I can't say I read much shounen romance up to this point but starting this series I kinda knew what to expect. Cliched plot, lots of ecchi scenes, somewhat annoying main character. So from the very beginning I would not be disappointed by that stuff. General things out of the way first: art was ok nothing else, cliched plot, comedy wasn't there for me, found only a couple of scenes to make me laugh, drama moments are rare and quickly resolved and make little impact to the story.
Now, the main premise of any harem manga is, of course, having bunch of people falling in love with one person who then gets to decide his/her preference. All this is set up so the reader would usually take a pick of the favorite character and rooting for him/her throughout the series. Simplistic and repetitive concept but strangely efficient when coupled with decent writing. I finished this series in 4 days and still felt it outdrawn at the times when plot made no progress. Some chapters had no purpose there then being a filler. With all these flaws I could still not help it but attach myself to this manga till it's very end.
The main character, as I said before, proved to be mildly annoying. Many readers were irked by his indecisiveness. Stupid indecisive prick, is what I fell he is at times but still has some good sides to him and I could not make myself to actually hate him. Now on to the female characters, the harem part. I will put this in a spoiler.
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Let's start with Aya. I don't like her, plain and simply. She falls for the mc from the very beginning but never acts upon it until the very end. Yes, Manaka helped her out of her shell, made her fell more confidence about her writing and shared his dream that she accepted as her own. And that's it. Their exchange is limited to that. All this receives no further development other than Aya finally realizing she has her own path in life to follow. She felt kinda pathetic.
I have few things to say about Satsuki. When she appeared at first I liked her character. She was very outgoing, aggressive even and her relationship with Manaka builds over time with them having similar tastes. But then, a disaster. She uses only her body to seduce him. Her aggression spills over and she strips naked in front of him, forces herself on to him, even tries to rape him couple of times. So Satsuki surfaces as a one trick pony she is and builds my dislike towards her. Mangaka even tried to drop her from the race two time always bringing her back like she couldn't figure out what else to do with her afterwards.
Now the main course, Tsukasa. For me the most enjoyable character of the entire series. She's not too passive and not too aggressive and falls down the middle of the previous two. She is nice but not lenient like Aya, has backbone and tends to speak her mind but is not overly obtrusive like Satsuki. With Manaka Tsukasa is both kind and harsh at times but always showing her love and loyalty. At one point she dumps him but soon comes back and is ready to wait for him to make up his mind. Not that Manaka did anything to deserve this but whatever.
All this being said, the ending didn't came as much of a shock really. I read other people comment's and was quite surprised to see many readers not expecting it. I pretty much dropped Aya as a likely candidate to end up with mc early in the series. Doubt about this prediction did surface in the last couple of volumes but throughout the series I gave more chances to Yui than Aya. As I mentioned before, her and Manaka's relationship receives no development. They like each other from the start but neither does anything about it. You need more than initial liking for relationship to works. Many people think that they were fated to be together but that is stupid. I am honestly glad that fated couple/number thing at the festival didn't get further advancement. That would be moronic. Opposite to this you have Tsukasa who took more active role. She didn't seek to get close to Manaka by following him to the same school. She took her time with him, going slowly and building up and coming out on top by showing great character development. Even her ecchi scenes served to a purpose of advancing their relationship, unlike the others'. Had Manaka ended up with some other girl all that build up would be in vain. The ending itself was classical "x years later" type. It has a small degree of openness to it. Manaka is still on his way of becoming a successful movie director and his relationship whit Tsukasa starts over with their future relying solely upon them. I tend to like it.
So overall, it was an enjoyable read. The series got me going but it was in no way that good for me wanting to read it again sometimes.
... Last updated on May 2nd, 2013, 1:05am
Still My Favorite
i've read a lot of mangas over the years and yet this one still manages to remain as my most favorite one. The characters of this story really just makes you feel connected to them. And i agree with dannyboy95 when he mentioned how we actually understand why each of the girls fall in love with the main character. Though i may be biased because this manga was among the first ive ever read.
In my opinion though the anime is better than the manga but they're both defiantly a 10. also because of this manga, i havent been able to read love hina which i feel (after reading a couple chapters of it) is not as good as this manga.