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Scene: The School Rooftop The hero (me, Junpei Manaka!) sneaks up to the roof to see the sunset. When he opens the door, he startles a mysterious beauty. She panics and runs away, but not before Junpei has caught sight of her adorable strawberry print panties...in EXTREME close-up. With that vision forever burned into his memory, Junpei embarks on a quest to find the girl, and the panties, of his dreams!
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Kawashita Mizuki truly is amazing on how she delivered such a story. It would seem that you could anticipate how it would all conclude as main character are shown to have grown as the story went yet, even though such initial expectations didn't manifest, it wrung my heart in a pleasing way.
This would probably one of the best one's I have read.
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Though the mangaka shared her thoughts on why she decided to conclude it in an unexpected way, I still find it difficult since I wasn't in favor on the girl that Manaka chose.
My own biase about the matter though could also be explained on how I've grown accustomed on other shounen mangas that have pairings that were predictable and even though that those pairings were expected, I still kept on reading them due to the interest on how they would end up together.
With Ichigo 100%, it totally caught me off guard and got me hit severely. I was like stacking my anticipation for the ending that I was expecting yet, it all fell down on me when the very last piece didn't stack properly. Wishing that Manaka and Aya didn't have that romantic misunderstanding, that Manaka wasn't so indecisive on such matters while Aya didn't hesitate and kept all her feelings when it wasn't yet too late. Even though that I have also felt this way for other characters in other mangas with similar genres, the ending just took me by surprise since the other mangas would be concluded with the expected pairings yet, this one simply didn't. (>_< )
However, we have to accept that with Aya's talent on being a writer, she should not be tied to Manaka or else, her talent would not progress and develop. It was bittersweet at the part when Aya declares to Manaka that even though her feelings for him didn't bloom, as much as I wanted them to as well (T_T ), she was happy to have felt those emotions for Manaka who gave her the confidence and motivation to pursue her own dreams.
Oh yeah, obviously, I'm pro-Aya yet, for Nishino, she too should be recognized for her own merits. At first, I only took her lightly as a character that Manaka mistakenly confessed to in the beginning but, as the story went on, she too shared her hardships that we should acknowledge. Manaka's hesitation surely affected Nishino and their relationship, add the fact that she's studying in another high school while being aware that Manaka and her dormant competition are both studying in the same high school. If anyone be put into that same situation, that would probably really stressing as well.
Satsuki on the other hand was honest to her feelings the whole time when she finally realized them yet, Manaka as being kind, both a good trait and a flaw in him, did not want to hurt anyone. Aside from his dreams, she shared a lot of interest with Manaka. The feeling of happiness to have someone with similar interest as well as someone being fond of you surely isn't something easy to let go. I'm not saying that Satsuki shouldn't have fell for Manaka, after all as it is often said, people who trully are in love just fell for those that they grow to love but, the relationship they had obviously contributed to Manaka's indecisions and hesitations.
None the less, aside from the romance, comedy or the ecchi content, it was a good 'coming of age' manga. I mean, they all have their own dreams and everything isn't always as convenient as we'd want them to be.
Well, as always, that's just what I think and others may have different opinions on the matter. In fact there's still some left in me but, I really appreciate being able to let out some of my thoughts on the series. I'm glad that I was able to post them. (^_^ )
... Last updated on October 10th, 2008, 4:24pm
5 for art, 1 for ending
This manga started really well. I was blown away by the art. After a while, the story seems to be going around in circles, nothing really happens... just random scenes with girls throwing themselves at the dude. Seems like every other chapter, there's a new girl throwing themselves at him. Does anyone actually like this stuff? Whatever happened to the guy chasing the girl he likes? Granted, he did end up with the girl I predicted/liked, altho I feel she deserves better.
For people who want to actually see the main character work and earn the love of the girl he likes, go read I''s.
What the HELL did I just read!?
For a harem manga, IHP really surprised me. There's a lot of depth I wasn't expecting, and the story and characters are really well composed. The ending sure hit me like a ton of bricks though. Everything builds up over the first 16 volumes, and then it just feels like everything comes crashing down starting with volume 17. Not that "crashing down" implies anything bad, but all the emotion and excitement built up over all those pages really hits hard when you realize it's all coming to an end, and there's nothing to do about it.
Without spoiling too much, I would like to get my $0.02 in about the ending. As a harem, the plot focuses around 4 girls who fall in love with the central character, Manaka. Generic and overused as this may be, all the characters are really well developed, and I ended up being able to sympathize with all of the girls' positions. I think in this manner, it's possible the author wrote herself into a corner. But her handling of the ending was pretty good -- in fact, I'm not sure it could be handled any better, given the circumstances in the story. But my problem with the ending has nothing to do with what girl he ends up with. It's that it's actually "the end". In the sense that, after high school, people end up going their separate ways, and life really just changes fundamentally. It's a tough turning point to deal with in real life, so it's tough reading about it with well-developed characters that you can actually feel attached to, provided you can get into the story.
Speaking of getting into the story, for a title with such a simple, childish initial premise, IHP actually delivers quite a lot of depth. It's a "coming of age" type of story, so there's a lot of exploration of developing emotions, and the meaning of love, and friendship. It's tough sorting out conflicting feelings when you're experiencing them for the first time; What is love? What makes it different than having a great friendship? Where is the line dividing the two? How do you deal with a one-sided romance, when your feelings are strong enough to make you willing to hold out for the chance no matter the odds? These questions, and more, are explored, and except for the ending (hey, the author had to end it sometime), they're mostly left for the reader to think about -- things are presented, characters react differently depending on their personality, and then you're left to think about it all.
I also enjoyed -- as I realized about 6 or 8 volumes in -- that the characters change over time. Manaka's a naive, bumbling, indecisive idiot at the start, but he actually grows and learns from his mistakes (even if he doesn't end up always acting on what he learns, he still realizes he's making a mistake). In the same manner, each of the characters deals with their own problems and feelings, and there is some growth, which I really appreciated. Otherwise this title would have been so repetitive and boring by a few volumes in, I'd certainly have dropped it.
The one overarching message I got from IHP, though, is to not let yourself be too indecisive. It's important to know what you want, and make decisions based on that - not leave things hanging and unanswered. Manaka has a real problem with his indecisiveness, and it ends up hurting every single one of the characters in this story - tremendously. In the end, he does learn to deal with it, but it is difficult watching him continually leave things without making any choice. The one refreshing thing about Manaka's indecisiveness is that he never allows himself to actually take advantage of any of the girls in a way that they may later regret (or that may hurt the others). While that's also an extremely frustrating aspect of Manaka's behavior, it's one that I respect, and am grateful the author went that direction with him.
I hate to sound like I'm gushing over what, on the surface, seems like a cheap ecchi title whose sole purpose in existing is to satisfy the carnal desires of pubescent teen-age boys, but Ichigo 100% was seriously one helluva ride, and although I found myself frustrated at a lot of points, it was, in the end, quite a fun ride indeed. Get past the never-gonna-happen dramatic buildups with no climax (grrr, Manaka), and it's likely you'll thoroughly enjoy this. Don't, and you probably won't make it past the first couple of volumes.
... Last updated on September 23rd, 2008, 10:38pm
Started nicely, trips over repetitiveness and dullness
What started out pretty nice is killing itself with endless circlejerking.
The protagonist is the most indecisive dork ever, really. The entire story (up to v12 so far) revolves around him thinking that all of the girls who are all over him for some reason are actually pretty awesome, so he never decides for one of them. Funny enough, all of those girls actually seem to go with that attitude and don't really care, I've only once so far seen a girl being "fed up" with his attitude just to revert back to being all over him more than any of the others. The protagonists stupidity is borderline unbearable and I've stopped reading multiple times just because one can only take "well she's not bad either"s so much. The only development that has happened so far is that one of the (at the moment) 3 "contenders" has been put into the "friend "-category pretty much, meaning her being all over him doesn't mean anything for the story's development anymore.
Anyway, the art is really nice, the girls all look good to very good and at least the first few volumes are absolutely worth reading if you're into the genre. Don't expect a very fleshed-out story or complex characters, though, as they are all very one dimensional because of said circlejerking.
... Last updated on September 3rd, 2008, 8:03am
Amazing, a harem second only to Love Hina
This is my second favorite harem series of all, second only to Love Hina, and my fourth favorite series overall. I love the characters, and Junpei, Komiyama, and Sotomura are soooo funny when they get pervy. ^_^ This series has it all, beautiful girls, romance, comedy, and a great story, as well as a moderate amount of fan service/ecchi. ^_^ I think the sexiest of the girls is definitely Satsuki, but I still can't decide which is the cutest!!! >.<
weelll... this is one of the best harem story for me!!!
the thing about the chara was so good!!! how their relationship goes!!
well the ending was quite peaceful!!! didn't hate it but a bit disappointed
Yup!!!! it's good on it's own way
typical kid stuff
The only good point about this manga is the art. Besides that it's the typical harem manga where the main character sucks ass. Don't read it if you expect a great romance manga, read Maison Ikkoku or Living Game instead.
I enjoyed the series a lot, and it didn't seem like all those other manga I read that seemed to be TOO RUSHED. I loved how the characters had developed overtime and how each character had changed as the plot progressed taking new actions and revealing something new or a new side to the character. Awesome.
This is probably one of the best harem series out there. It still suffers from silly fan service, but it has a large amount of interesting plot and character development. The relationships change quite a bit, which drives the story forwards. The ending, although not what I wanted, was very enjoyable and naturally followed the development of the story.
Of course, there is room improvement. The series is too long, so there's a lot of boring filler material. Also, the relationships weren't dynamic enough. Some serious events, like a harem girl falling in love with someone else, that forced Junpei to make up his mind faster would have made the story more exciting and realistic.
... Last updated on July 31st, 2008, 2:52pm
My first and favorite manga
This is the manga that got me reading manga as well as started me into the romance genre. In all seriousness fan service has a tendency to annoy me to the point where it can make a manga far less enjoyable but somehow I was able to get around that with Ichigo 100% and really enjoy it. I really felt a good connection to Manaka seeing as how he behaves with girls as I did but of course he got all the good situations XD. The story itself starts out a bit slow and will make you think its fairly predictable but it throws you a curve in the end. HE'S GAY!!! Not really but it isn't how you expect it to end so I seriously reccomend reading this. It has its lighthearted moments and the relationship developments. I never really saw much of a dragging on, more of a tug of war if you will. Was really sad to see this one end but after 2 years of reading manga it is still my favorite and I have already read it 3 times and still enjoyed it even after being brainwashed in Marine Corps boot camp.