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Poor Sumi Kitamura… Her irresponsible older brother Eisuke keeps bringing home orphans for her to take care of even though they can barely afford their own basic needs! Just when Sumi's financial problems become dire, wealthy Soichiro Ashida enters her life with a bizarre proposition: he'll provide her with the money she so desperately needs if she agrees to marry him. But can Sumi fool high society into thinking she's a proper lady? Moreover, is it worth giving up everything for this sham of a marriage?
玫瑰契約 裸足でバラを踏め ก้าวย่างบนดอกกุหลาบ Hadashi de Bara wo Fume Stepping on Roses Stepping on Roses Barefoot
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It was alright. Although I do disagree with Joziess on that point:
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It was kind of naive and shallow of her, but it seems like the author's point was that it was a sort of slap in the face for him. I can't say I've been in that position myself, but I've been in positions where I was stressing out and over-thinking a situation, when in retrospect what I needed was to sort of take a look at the big picture a bit and relax. It seems consistent with Nozumo's character that that was his problem.
She caught lucky though. I can't say it would have worked for most non-Nozumo people.
Personally, I don't actually mind the female lead all that much. I quite liked the story in general, even, and read through till the end. The female lead was a bit naive, and man, she can't save herself, but I liked her alright. At least she tried.
But her husband. I could have killed him. Frankly, he doesn't deserve to be the leader of his company. He had the potential to be an unbelievably cool character, but he's unbelievably immature; he yells, throws tantrums, slams doors. He takes out his emotions on his co-workers and doesn't attempt to hide it. He's underhanded, and the whole mess with Nozumo was his fault in the first place. Really, he's just a weird tsundere mix of occasional professionalism and a lot of childishness, yet he complains that everyone sees him only as a figurehead. I'm almost sorry that he inherited.
So it was okay. A bit cliche, but I can live with that. It was good enough to hold my attention, but toward the end, I was starting to sort of shy away from it, with all the bad omen foreboding. ;_;
... Last updated on December 19th, 2010, 9:02pm
Full of *FACE PALM* moments. (Literally)
Personally, I find this to be the strangest manga I've ever read..! It's so cliche..the mangaka pulls out EVERY plotlines that any shoujo mangas ever have. Stupid girl, a Tsundere husband, surrounded by Crazy evil manipulative bastards that want to bring them down and...the melodrama ensues. Despite the sheer stupidity of this manga, I feel like there's a 'force' that makes me want to continue reading this!
It's not a good manga, but it can be considered a good 'SHOUJO MANGA', it is an epiphany of a good shoujo. *sigh* I can't really explain why I havent drop this manga. There must be a good reason for that, neh? ^^;
Why do I like this?
My pride is telling me to hate this, but it's so good. Sumi, the lead female, epitomizes everything wrong about shoujo manga. She's the vulnerable damsel in destress who can't do anything and frequently falls into the clutches of evil. But she always puts on a happy face. The male lead, Soichiro, is an uber tsundere. Nozomu, the main villain, is absolutely sick. I'm surprised that such a fluffy series has such a disturbed villain. It's a really cliche set of main characters, but that's to be expected. The supporting characters are fine. The plot is really cliche. The art is cute. The setting is nice (I'm in love with the Meiji era). The dialogue can range from cute to overly sweet to down-right disturbing. The character interactions are actually pretty good. Add these all together and you have a cookie cutter shoujo manga. But for whatever reason, Hadashi de Bara wo Fume is much much more addictive than regular shoujo. Overall, I wouldn't go into this expecting great art. Just turn off the intelligent part of your brain and enjoy the ride. Hadashi de Bara wo Fume will easily become your guilty pleasure if you let it. Just try to ignore Sumi's overbearingly sweet personality.
... Last updated on October 10th, 2010, 1:35pm
The characters are cliche'd. And stupid. And one is creeepy and sinister as hell. It's passionate, sometimes over passionate. "I'll hire you" type plot with constantly increacing rivals for the main character's affection. A tsundere guy. Love love love everywhere. But I am hooked on this sickly sweet wrap up of insanity. I remember thinking, "GOD THIS MANGA IS HORRIBLE" and grinning as I continued onto chapter after chapter, it was dirty good fun. (Not dirty like sexy-dirty. But it does have some of those elements of force that are commonly cliche'd.) It pushes cliches to such a limit that it is totally original.
A good manga if you want to just loose yourself to angry, adoring, crying, absolute girliness, it reminded me of when I read my first real shoujo manga, and can bring veteran shoujo romance manga readers back to those feelings as well.
Not really recommended for a first time reader, for you'll just keep on looking for the same insane passion as you go on reading different mangas, but fail to find it. A good dirty-secret manga. Intense. I could read it over again and just go crazy over the insanity of it all. Oh and, historical feel is a plus.
I loved Tail of the Moon, and so far I like this one a lot too. The characters are cute and stereotypical, but that's ok. Yes, the main female character is a bit dumb, but she was after all, pulled from the gutter by the main male character. She was uneducated and a bit out of touch with the real world - so she's going to be a bit dumb. Even the mangaka said in volume 1 that she chose to do a formula story. I think she's handling it well. I'm guessing this will turn out a little like Tail of the Moon where the girl learns and developes out of the beginning phase by the end of the story. The characters are good in this one. They have depth in the fact that one minute you love them and the next you want to slap them upside the head. This type of emotional response makes for a good read. If you have no emotional response to characters in a story, then they weren't developed properly. This manga is worth reading. The artwork is very nice as well.
It was good.
I admit there are good scenes and character development in this series, but there's a limit as to when Sumi (the female lead) would fall trap to Nozomu's plans to take her everytime. At first it was okay, but now it's just really annoying.
I do like Souichirou, but Sumi can be such an idiot to the point of exhaustion. Perhaps, like others, only the art is what keeps me from dropping this series.
There is a limit to how dumb a person can be. The female lead makes me want to slap her and the story takes a turn for the worse on more than one occasion because of her lack of common sense. The art is the one big selling point of this manga for me.
change of heart its OK
I just can't read any more. The main girl, sumi, is just too annoying. I think her personality is exaggerated and I agree Joziess for the most part. If the manga was a short manga and ran for maybe 2-3 volumes, then I would finish it. However, it is ongoing and has 5 volumes already so I don't really want to spend the time on it. I won't rate it though because I have only read one volume.
Edit: I decided to start volume 2 and I haven't been able to stop reading it. So far, the story is okay and is getting more interesting. I think you have to be in the right mood to read this manga. I guess right now, I feel that it is okay.
... Last updated on March 1st, 2010, 11:11am
Couldn't do it.
At first, I was hooked onto the manga. The storyline was cute and I thought it wouldn't be another one of those typical cliche shoujo manga. But, I was wrong. The characters are all just idiots and the author makes a miserable attempt to make the main lead to seem insightful.
Here is an example of why: It might have a slight spoiler, but I'm pretty sure that spoils no further than chpt. 6.
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The blonde guy,Nozomu is in a stressful situation where he has to take over the family business. He obviously doesn't want to do it, but feels obligated to do so. This indeed is a heavy burden on his part, especially because he has to do this all by himself.
Now, the main female lead waltz's into his room and gives him the best piece of advice she could, which was also probably the authors attempt at making the main lead seem insightful. What she basically said to him was "Oh, I'm sorry to hear that, but if I were you I wouldn't be stressed at all because I would be rich and have a big house to live in. Don't sweat it, man. See? your problems so insignificant compared to mine." Then, he immediately blushes and falls in love with her.
I honestly cannot understand why that would help reduce his stress or make him feel better in any way. I think any normal person of his age would think "Do you really understand the kind of situation I'm in right now? You idiot, don't mash my problems with yours."
Conclusion: Granted, the storyline is a cute one. I would actually like to read 1 or 2 more with a similar plot, but the flaw of the story is just to noticeable for me to continue this manga. The characters are too idiotic and the dialogue isn't too great.
One more thing, the emotions and expressions all seemed forced and unnatural.
... Last updated on December 1st, 2009, 11:15pm
Not just another shojo...
The art is soft and cute. The story is unrealistic, but not i a bad way. It has good humor and is very charming. It is a typical shojo manga for the most part, but has some very interesting plot twists that addict you. And before you know it, the characters have their claws in you and you will want more!