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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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Unrealistic but worth reading anyways
Maybe I've grown out of the shoujo genre. All I know is that I only just managed to sit through this one. Good things: 1. The art is nice. Not bad, not awesome, but good. 2. The plotline actually wasn't easily predictable. Well, maybe only unpredictable for me. The male leads at the beginning really threw me off balance. 3.
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She didn't actually go for the first guy shown in the manga. That would be her brother(non-biological). Then she met Nozumo. THEN Shoichiro.
It was pleasantly unpredictable. 4. I've never read a manga with a plot like this, with such a tangled web of arranged marriage and poverty. That was actually quite interesting.
Bothersome things 1. A bunch of the character have severe panic attacks at super simple things. In fact, they just completely flip their lids and lose themselves for the dumbest reasons. It's very very unrealistic. 2. Every once in a while, a scene pops up that is a big wtf moment. For example, the female lead hits someone after he kisses her when she was entirely prepared for it and they were surrounded by a bunch of important people expecting them to act normally. If any real life human lost control of their reactions like that so easily, there would be pandemonium.
Anyways, I read this cause it was so weird. Even though I gave it a 6.9(which is very low for my ratings), I can't even say it's not worth reading. It's absurd, but it's fun? Take a go at it. Why not?
A really good read
While there are some people who think that the plot is a bit cliche, the mangaka has stated in the beginning that she wrote this series as a formulaic story, which means that the characters are predictable. Surprisingly, the plot itself is not that predictable and it moves at a fast-paced, so there's no endless drag. Personally, I find this series amazing because the mangaka actually develop in-depth characters such as Nozomu and Soichiro. As you read on, you will discover that people whom you thought were good may not be as good as you think. The art itself is gorgeous, and you can really see the improvement from volume 1 to the current chapter. Since I love this series, of course I'm biased; however, I truly recommend this series to those who have yet to read the arrange marriage genre and those who want to read a story that will make you wonder what happen next and make you re-read it over and over again. And of course, those who just like Shoujo manga in general.
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
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!
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!
One of a heck character
The reason I love this manga so much is only because of Nozumu, the male yandere in this story. It would had gone to the cliche tropes if it wasn't for his axe swinging to smack every rooms door lol. His character is great, and I think that's the only reason I kept reading this story(plus, the fact that it has a nice art) and would have love it more if only
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he and Sumi wasn't really related by blood, and that Souichirou went to the ship and just go back 20 years later while Sumi is like an empty shell looking at their Nozumu jr. Lol. Well, too much for my planned alternative ending *shrugs*
Well, I could also praise Sumi for her hardworking personality, Souichirou's tsundere character which made me like him too(but really, I was always squealing whenever Nozumu stares very scary in every scene, really, he gives me the goosebumps!)
The ending was a bit rushed, pretty predictable and smooth after all the drama, but I was expecting MORE from the story, but it's still nice, I can proudly say that I rate this overall 7.5/10(bonus points for the art and Nozumu's epic character!)
... What the hell.
It started great. I mean, it even got me excited for the next chapter in some parts, I liked when they part ways. But shortly after that....... just wtf? A big NO. I started to laugh so hard at some parts.. Nozomu was so pathetic it made me crack up haha, seriously... It was good before.. but it got bizarre. ... and funny.
Uhhhhhh... I couldn't stand reading it. Maybe I've become too disillusioned with life, but seriously.... This is beyond cliche and corny. I can't. I can't read it anymore...
Though, The art is real nice.
The manga was very interesting at first. However, it suddenly sky-rocketed to the peak and continued on with stressful twists. I find it difficult to finish as I had to take deep breaths and balance my state of mind to its original state before continuing my read. I could have flipped a table if I didn't. However, I did enjoy gazing upon the Mangaka's beautiful art. As expected from Ueda Rinko. If there was less stress thrown into my face, I would have loved it more.