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by Manick on August 19th, 2004, 4:56pm

Rating - 8.6 / 10.0

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

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Nekota Shinosuke and Hoshino Sakura have been fighting a raging battle in their class for years. Nekota and Hoshino, the leaders of their respective sexes, seem to hate each other so much that they can't even be in the same room without fighting. However, interestingly enough, Nekota seems to have developed feelings for Hoshino. The day that he gets enough courage to tell her, she tells him that it's impossible. Baffled by her response, he returns home to find out that his father is eloping to another country with the mother of a single child. Low and behold, that child just happens to be Hoshino. Now they must live together while their parents are away--what sort of interesting things might happen?

Personal Thoughts
I actually liked this plot idea. I must admit that at first, I was suprised. This was the first time I've seen this type of a plot line. I became increasingly interested on just how Nekota would handle this type of situation, and continued reading throughout the day. One of the things I liked about this manga was Nekota's character. He was very strong willed and didn't beat around the bush, which helped move the story along nicely.

I think that there was decent character development. It wasn't great, but we definitly get to see some back story of the characters throughout the series, most notably with Hoshino and her sister, Momoko. However, we do see some good development in chapter 15 with Nekota.

Drawing Style
Excellent, definitly didn't have any trouble viewing this art. There weren't too many great scenes, but the drawing style definitly helped move along the story.

There were many hilarious scenes at which I could not help but laugh. I found the screen-play fast paced at times, but it didn't take away from the overall enjoyment. Around the end of the series they had a few chapters based souly on ecchi.. I didn't prefer that, but I bared with it. I liked the ending... in some cases I guess it could have been predictable... its was an interesting twist.

Although much of what was in this series was cliched and predictable, they did have some very interesting moments which I will not forget. There was a margional amount of ecchi, which I personally didn't really approve of, but it was tolerable. There was also some typical harem/love triangle stuff, as girls were added (as plot enhancers?) to give us a little action; these didn't last long however, and usually were chapter long.

For anyone looking for some good old romance, I'd recommend this to you. I certainly liked it.
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