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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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This is a shoujo about falling in love after getting married for money. This has all the right elements and it a good read so far. I am hoping the mangaka continues to work on this for quite some time because this has the potential to be an excellent shoujo manga.I do hope the mangaka takes her time and continues to develop the story and romance. I am enjoying the chemistry between the main couple and am looking forward to more. The art is right up there so the main characters are quite appealing and attractive. The character development is good. The plot has enough depth to be realistic. The story is constantly improving and deepening. There is drama and also a developing romance.
There arent enough long good romance shoujo's around showing romance development between a married couple.We need more manga's exploiting this subject!! I would also recommend Hapi Mari to those readers who like this manga. It is also about two people marrying for other reasons(money) and focuses on their developing romance.
Improves Drastically Later On
In the beginning, it started off as the typical "cliche shoujo" where the guy is some heartless bastard, and the girl is all "perky and happy". But, the shoujo does have its good points. There's a plot twist later on, and it REALLY keeps you wanting to know more. Also, the character development is really good. We start to learn more about the guy's past, and begin to understand more. AND, he begins to change - slowly, through his interactions with Sumi Serious fangirl moments ! xD Plus, the art is gorgeus, as you can see from the cover >D It may seem a bit childish at times, but the facial expressions are conveyed pretty well.
I recommend you to read this if you have time to kill or looking for a good manga! If you've only read up to ... the first volume or second volume, and unimpressed - then, you should try picking it up and reading it till volume 3-4. Then, you can make your choice. Cause, volume 3-5 - best volumes hands down.
--currently up to volume 7; chapter 50 and waiting for the next chapter ;D
... Last updated on October 22nd, 2011, 5:58pm
well, its good. no, its great! but whenever i read this chapter after chapter i feel disgusted or some sort. i've quite into heavy plot, and i really like those. but this? really, can't explain and if you think about it, it really doesn't have heavy plot...i like it. but its not fun reading it.
Don't underestimate this series
There's some great character development going on here. Sumi and Souichirou just keep getting better and better as the story line gets deeper and deeper. The art is also very pretty. See for yourself!
PS Thanks Kyousui Moon for providing such speedy and high quality scanlations. =D
... Last updated on September 9th, 2009, 7:08am
i luv this one.First i read this because of it's title "Hadashi de Bara wo Fume"-" Stepping on roses barefoot " so touch^^. I just found this manga this morning and read from ch1 to ch27 and that 's so interesting ^o^. Want more >_< vol5 is so great. hope next chap 'll release soon.
... Last updated on September 7th, 2009, 3:14am
This manga is good. Despite the fact that the main character is a airhead,the brother is a useless person, a unrequited love from a friend turns into a stalking psycho, and the main male character refuses to listen to his heart, still a good manga. Pretty art, babyish actually. The twist is rather interesting to read though. You'll enjoy it, but sometimes you just want to give the girl a scream, or the male.
... Last updated on September 3rd, 2009, 7:00pm
Sweet... and it's Funny
I don't really like shoujo manga... 90% of them are.... i don't need to mention it. But i think this one is pretty entertaining... The artwork is pretty good, the mansions were drawn nice and the characters is sweet. I like when the setting of story is in early meiji era. It's rare to have a manga series which the story is in meiji era, when old japanese cultures met western cultures. Ruroni Kenshin is one of them. So this manga has historical genre in it.. The story also fun and sweet, not too depth, but the plot was built quiet good. And what i love, how the gentle and kind prince in love can turn out to be a psycho! Ok, i like complicated stories + intrigue when it comes to drama and romance.. and the artwork must be good, and bishounens. But i've never seen any shoujo manga to have psycho char hahaha.. and seeing ichijou gives me chill, more than Kira (death note) And how this manga adds one more genre : Sport. When it's surprisingly add shogi, japanese chess, in the flow of story I can't stop thinking about how funny n entertaining it is, but the mangaka must play carefully because if it's take one step wrong, it can be a mess..
... Last updated on September 3rd, 2009, 6:16am
I've read till the recent scanslated chapter (16 & 23) but it's still too early for me to give a definite rating.
I have enjoyed it so far, despite seeing a whole lot of negative reviews about Sumi being stupid or that the plot is weak. I read manga to destress and clear my head of things related to assignments and projects, not to analyze each character for its flaws and plots for its weakness. I get enough of analyzing and interpreting from my course already.
I hope that Ueda-sensei has a comfortable time while on her leave.
i am seriously in love with this manga!
At first i've picked this up since I've always been a fan of Ueda sensei, and really wasn't expecting any heart racing moments while reading this, but as I keep on reading the excitement gets to me and I've fell in love with it!
The first two chapters are so-so, but once you're through it the story starts to take it's pace and will have you excited. The characters development is so good, and you can expect something much more from them, (and they're drawn so beautifully too that's its a big big plus).
I've read to the latest chapter now, and I can't wait what will happen, every episode is like a exciting adventure going on and keeps you guessing on what's gonna happen.
I really love this, and is strongly recommending to you guys to read it!
its a drama
i like it! well at first i was skeptical considering the cliche-ness. but oh well if u dont mind cliche do give it a try..plus the plot really did pick up around volume two onwards and that's when the story starts pulling on your heartstrings.. ^^ and right now i'm wanting more ...