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From Del Rey: Yamato is ready for a fresh start. So when his aunt invites him to stay rent-free in her big-city boarding house in hustling, bustling Tokyo, Yamato jumps at the chance. There's just one teensy-weensy catch: It's an all-girl housing complex and spa! Things get even more nerve-racking when Yamato meets his neighbor Suzuka, a beautiful track-and-field star. She's not just the cutest girl Yamato's ever met, she's also the coolest, the smartest, and the most intimidating. Can an ordinary guy like Yamato ever hope to win over a girl like Suzuka?
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Real worth reading
A REAL good manga, and real worth reading.
It's all about character's growth, and the experiences that make them become mature.
Like the others said, the plot is pretty damn real, the characters are pretty damn real.
I have never seen a romance manga like this one, and so far, it's the best one I have ever read.
Sorry bout my bad english
Fave Manga All time maybe
this manga might have been one of my favorite mangas of all time. I read this as one of my 1st EVER EVER EVER mangas and had it up till about volume 7 on my computer. so i never actually had the chance to read the rest. when i was looking at manga at onemanga(before i went to mangahut) i saw this and in my mind i noticed some de ja vu, it was only in the sports meet when Yamato used the rocket starters that i got brain struck and found out i had read it some years ago. This was the 1st manga to make me cry, im not lying, its so damn touching at parts, and it was the 1st manga that made me cry twice. I love Seo Kouji - sensei and i love his other works. One of the best mangas out there, and also to people who think that Suzuka is a B*tch i would have to disagree, because sure she treats him badly but she wants to see how much Yamato would do for her. I agree to the commenter who said that it just enhances Suzuka's personality and besides look at her dad, he is one strict sonnavu... Yea... Fave Manga All Time Maybe....
... Last updated on August 6th, 2011, 11:06pm
can't get enough...
a great manga that have pique my interest. If i'm not mistaken, this is the second manga that i have read. the very first was naruto.. anyway, about this manga.
the characterization was not that complex. each has its own roles and mysteries. although some character's mysteries were not revealed fully, still hints and pieces are scattered through out the story. the plot itself can excite anybody. it is really a romance type of manga. and not just your typical romance manga, but it will really captivate your heart. even those stone cold heart would appreciate the beauty and grandeur of the story. a two-thumbs-up manga. A must read.
... Last updated on March 1st, 2010, 1:11pm
It's one of those stories that make you think, "This could actually be happening." The realism of the art is also very compelling - although.....I noticed a few times that Yamato's lips looked - wierd to say the least. *See if you can notice it LoLs!* The whole story line is something that almost could be applied to real life as a whole. Except Suzuka's bit.....oops.... may be kids reading this - ummmm....rude behavior to Yamato.
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Did you notice that the charm that Yamato gave Suzuka was for a "A healthy (Child) delivery? And she also gave one to him later on? BATABING!!! SUPER HINT!! I was just to slow to catch it when it happened...I remembered after though! XD
I agree with Dustdog...There were very little side stories, or sub-character developments.
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Although I think that the mangaka hinted that Yasunobu Hattori and Miki Hashiba might get along since they fight almost the same way the two main characters did.
Anyway, it was well worth the ride. I look forward to future releases from this mangaka. - Read and love
... Last updated on July 1st, 2009, 11:43pm
It was an ok read; very little side character development/storylines, it really was the Yamato/Suzuka show. I'd wager Saotome's side-story would never have happened if it didn't have something to do with Yamato/Suzuka. Personally I would haved liked to have seen more of Hashiba; even pairing her up with Yamato, but alas~
As a side note; it felt as though the whole story of Yamato being a potential track star fell completely flat; as if it was deliberately left unfulfilled/incomplete on purpose to drive the romance of the story, and to avoid a few volumes of showdowns etc. I'm kind of glad it didn't happen, but it still feels as if that aspect of the manga was a miss with it being handled in a rather "meh" way. Miyamoto having a boyfriend would have made it awesome heh.
... Last updated on May 25th, 2009, 12:36am
I just don't understand how Yamato falled for Suzuka who treats him like a idiot all the time, and arguing all the time that it made me think...Yamato when are you going to tell her to go to hell...but since this is not real life ... I recommend to read another romance manga instead
love is not a simple
I was happy reading this, more than any other sports manga(H2 for exp.). Why? Cause sports life is not just about Koshien . And main character, although had talent, had to work to be successful both in love life anf career.
About the ending. It's not such an uncommon story. And just because they had to take a Fuka detour, doesn't mean they'll lose their passion for sports.
Ps. If anyone has problems about Suzuka's personality, they should reread parts about her father. With a parent like that... brrr... poor child.
This has got to be my favorite manga ever. It comes close to my idea of the greatest romance story. Even though some people hated how Suzuka was b*tchy, i personally enjoyed it and thought it was a great touch to her character, she wants to be chased after. It was really good the only part I hated was how long he was going out with the mangaer. Every chapter he spent as her boyfriend made me cringe (except the part where he takes suzuka to his hometown and on the bridge). To make this manga perfect i would have made suzuka go out with another guy after he breaks up with the manager girl. Then show more scenes of yamato crying, and in pain. that would just make the reunion of the two so much more powerful! The manga actually made me cry twice, and i love crying over a manga. (I know im such a wuss)
Absolutely loved it
I really cant say to much about this manga or ill spoil it.
i first wasnt going to read it cause on this site it said it was only translated to V6 but thats not actually the case i found it fully scandelated.
This is a fantastic read from start to finish, the art work is beautiful, the story is touching and not unrealistic and i felt completely satisfied with the ending. I look forward to reading other works from this artist.
its 18 chapters and it didnt feel to long, it was just the right length, this is one of my favorite reads of all time, Read it! you wont regret it.
... Last updated on January 25th, 2009, 5:15am
Delightfully realistic from start to finish.
This manga is an incredibly enjoyable ride. The only thing is, you have to keep in mind that it should be placed not with Love Hina or Ai Kora (good mangas in their own right), but rather with the likes of Asatte Dance and Living Game. It's kind of deceiving, really, because Suzuka's got the formal attributes of a school ecchi/harem romcom, and takes some time to pick up the steam, but what you actually get is a realistic, psychologically convincing story of a young couple's transfer from teens to adults (can you say Bildungsroman?). Oh, you're bound to wish to smack them many times throughout the series, but it's not because the characters are unconvincing - it's because they are, and they act according to the rules of real life, not the naive and simplified preconceptions of what relationships are like.
Considering that, the ending, which took a beating from some of the commenters, is actually organic and fulfilling as well, as long as you remember that this is a realistic manga, not a harem/idealized love story. In fact, I'd hold Suzuka's ending as one of the best things about this manga, for both the sense of emotional closure and being so damn positive and uplifting. True, there are so many mangas - as well as books, movies etc. - that botch their endings, unable to come up with a logical conclusion to the plot and character development. But Suzuka clears the hurdle with ease and grace (come on, where else to use a track-and-field metaphor if not here?).
The only complain to be voiced, IMO, is that around Vol 6 the quality of scans takes a dip to plain shitty. Kudos still to those that scanslated the chapters, but it would be great if Dynasty or anyone else would've finished the job of releasing good quality scans of this manga. Seriously, it's so worth it.