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Desire Climax
by Master_M2K on August 1st, 2008, 6:46am

Rating - 8 / 10.0

User rating of this review - N/A out of 5
Story/Plot - 4 out of 5
Characters - 4 out of 5
Drawing Style - 4.5 out of 5
Enjoyment - 3.5 out of 5
Overall - 4 out of 5

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Desire Climax is a Shoujo, Smut, Romance, Drama manga that initially feels like all the typical smutty manga I have encountered but it ends up having a remarkably in-depth story. It’s a shame that the story becomes really messed up, later on.

Plot / Story
Mio Omori is a high school girl who’s supporting her destitute family but her current job barely covers the basic living expenses. In need of some money, she receives the offer of being the maid for her extremely rich landlord and the son, Shoei Jinnai, happens to have an ulterior motive to her working there. In the beginning I was like “what the heck!” as the set-up just seemed rather cliché and unrealistic. However what initially felt like a simple ‘hates him but falls in love with him’ story actually developed into something more, with some dramatic plot twists and surprising developments.

Just like how the story develops into something remarkable, so do the characters. Unlike the usual dim-witted shoujo heroines, Mio is a caring, capable girl and sadly she can be a little naïve; on the other hand Shoei (a.k.a. Prince Junnai) is still the typical two-faced guy that only shows his true self towards our heroine. However these two happen to have a troubled past together, which is what makes the romance between them fascinating. As for the supporting characters, they do a good job in actually supporting the story, by making their own mark and being the source of some surprises.

Drawing Style
The artwork for this manga can be described as exquisite. The individual characters look well-drawn, with nice defined features and you can tell that the mangaka put some effort into them, as well as the background environment.

Overall / Enjoyment
Overall Desire Climax, in the beginning, is an interesting shoujo manga with some elements of comedy scattered throughout. Not to forget this is mostly a dramatic romance, with an unnecessary amount of randomly placed smutty moments. Though halfway through, matters become far too complicated, as the story goes off on tangent moving unto some ridiculous matters (e.g. love affairs). Knowing this, it’s really just about thinking; whether this is the type of shoujo manga you’re looking for.

*Be warned though, there's a lot of sexual content.*

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