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Hadashi de Bara o Fume  
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From Viz:

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?


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Associated Names
Hadashi de Bara wo Fume
Stepping on Roses
Stepping on Roses Barefoot

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Black Lilac Scans
Kokoro Xin
Kyousui Moon

Latest Release(s)
c.57 (end) by Roselia Scanlations (619d ago)
c.56 by Roselia Scanlations (736d ago)
c.55 by Roselia Scanlations (778d ago)
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Status in Country of Origin
9 Volumes (Complete)

Completely Scanlated?

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User Reviews
Hadashi de Bara wo Fume by xfrommetoyou

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User Rating
Average: 7.7 / 10.0 (726 votes)
Bayesian Average: 7.67 / 10.0
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Last Updated
April 14th 2013, 8:31am PST

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Original Publisher

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Margaret (Shueisha)

Licensed (in English)

English Publisher
Viz (9 Volumes - Complete)

Activity Stats (vs. other series)
Weekly Pos #434 increased(+2)
Monthly Pos #475 decreased(-9)
3 Month Pos #448 increased(+47)
6 Month Pos #471 increased(+10)

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Forum Posts
Who thinks that Sumi and Nozumo are siblings? 610 days, 16 hours, 33 minutes ago
Chapter 55 -Spoilers- 775 days, 17 hours, 6 minutes ago
Rinko Ueda to End Hadashi de Bara wo Fume in Japan 777 days, 14 hours, 48 minutes ago
[spoiler] ch 52 880 days, 21 hours, 8 minutes ago
blinded by love ( spoilers) 956 days, 10 hours, 56 minutes ago

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Sweet... and it's Funny   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by Akatsubaki
September 3rd, 2009, 5:15am
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! biggrin biggrin
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) biggrin
And how this manga adds one more genre : Sport.
When it's surprisingly add shogi, japanese chess, in the flow of story biggrin
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
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Rating: N/A
by winternite
August 25th, 2009, 11:04am
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. biggrin
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Rating: N/A
by katrinakurt
August 25th, 2009, 4:09am
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! smile
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its a drama   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by freko_frika
July 18th, 2009, 6:29am
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 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 ...

... Last updated on August 1st, 2009, 2:05am
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Rating: N/A
by musicalmaria25
June 23rd, 2009, 11:25am
i dont like the characters. theyre so.....dumb. well, not in a way like the author did them badly, i just dislike their personalities and how they overdramative EVERYTHING. like, more than other shoujo mangas. it bothers me, but i still read it cause its amusing and the art is pretty
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More fun than I thought   
Rating: N/A
by extrapeach
February 18th, 2009, 6:58pm
Ueda Rinko's art just keeps getting better and more detailed. She draws such nuanced expressions on the characters' faces. Of course it's cliche at the beginning, but the best kind of cliche. The kind that makes me feel nostalgic for older shoujo manga, as opposed to the kind that just makes me groan. It's such a classic premise (poor, good hearted girl +sudden money+romantic issues), but the actions of the characters sometimes surprise me. It's difficult to tell what each character really wants, which makes the story fun to read. Ueda-sensei has obviously been doing shoujo for a long time. The story reads more like a pro's fond look at classic romance than a newcomer's hackneyed rehash of stupid plots she thinks are new and fresh.

Anyway, I give this story an 8 for now. I will continue reading it.

... Last updated on February 18th, 2009, 7:27pm
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it gets better   
Rating: N/A
by blottyparchment
February 15th, 2009, 7:58pm
We shouldn't be so quick to judge. It does get better around chapter 10 or so. I've read until chapter 22 and
Spoiler (highlight to view)
Souichirou learns how to cherish Sumi and a lot of cute moments happen along the way. Souichirou is not so heartless at all and Sumi is not so weak or as stupid as we think her to be. In fact, she's a genius at Japanese chess, as later chapters will reveal. Even if she was brought up in a harsh world, she was still able to become the sweet and caring person that she is. She does visit her siblings from time to time with permission from Souichirou. On the other hand, Souichirou's best friend, Nozomu is not quite the kind person he seems to be. He turns out to be a twisted person as his desire for Sumi grows very strong.

... Last updated on February 18th, 2009, 9:48am
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Not so good   
Rating: 6.0 / 10.0
by ajmanga
December 28th, 2008, 1:54pm
I don't know about this one. I read and liked tsuki no shippo but I couldn't get into this one. I guess it was too cliched and too dramatic. The characters seemed weak and the story was heading off in a direction that I didn't like.
EDIT: After more chapters I'll released I'll give it another try since I read blottyparchment's summary of chapters to come. I only read up to chapter 3. We'll see. But where did you find the later chapters?

... Last updated on February 25th, 2009, 8:27am
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Great manga....   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by polisky
December 7th, 2008, 6:17pm
I give a 10 for this because, even though it is cliche and corny, it is a great shojou manga with many classic elements of a shojou manga! I love it!
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Rating: 5.0 / 10.0
by Hermit-chan
November 2nd, 2008, 2:24am
I give 5 for this manga..
It's not boring but it bugs me.. the characters..esp Sumi is so...cliche..she's a dumb weak naive girl (with a heart of GOLD) who ended up marrying this really arrogant..rude..greedy bishie.. uh.. it's too much for me. I find her brother and adopted siblings to be INCREDIBLY annoying since they're so whiny and oblivious on what happened to their sister. She tried to SELL HERSELF forgodsakes!

The Smutty scenes and fanservices in this manga are plain stupid.. why would anyone liek to get a kiss from an abusive husband?? Bishie or NOT...I don't think anyone would deserve that kind of treatment to a woman. i really hate these kind of shoujos... it's degrading to the female identity ..we are not weak, whiny, vulnerable, indecisive, hopelessly in 'LOVE' and Naive in REAL LIFE. and obviously women do not EASILY SUBMIT ourselves to MEN. (no matter how 'bishonen' he is!!!)

... Last updated on November 2nd, 2008, 2:31am
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