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Meet Chiruha: She lives alone in a small secluded house deep in a mountainous forest, the TV her only connection to the outside world. After years of watching and dreaming of what life must be like in the outside world, she has gathered up her courage to venture out and explore the local village. However, she must be careful not to stand out among the humans, for Chiruha holds a secret... Kisara also holds a secret...and a grudge. He's searching for who--or whatever cursed him, and he may have finally found the answer...
Sequel to the two "Watashi no Ookami-san" series ("Other Side" being published by scanlators as a second volume, which it actually isn't). The adventuring Komomo/Subaru duo of Watashi no Ookami-san and the troublemaker pair plus ditzy general from the Demon Lord Army of Other Side will wander into the story and become main characters on par with Chiruha and Kisara a couple volumes into the story.
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Shoujo manga with a shounen tag
Really... I read the prequel and thought "hah, it was somewhat amusing even though the shoujo elements turned me, as a guy, off, let's try out the sequel"... No, just no. The shoujo parts intensifies and it becomes a story that takes itself too seriously with too much drama and fighting and not enough comedy, or maybe I'm just blind to this sort of humor. Made it through a dozen or two chapters before I started skimming... and yeah, it the shivering is real. I wonder why I even kept skimming towards the end. It's a typical shoujo manga with all the common elements and sugary, overdone relationships with princely male characters and worthless princess-esque female characters that just gets saved by their big, loving prince with a wide back. I can see how female readers might get turned on by that, but for me it's just disgusting to say the least. Worthless women who can't do anything but cry and get saved is not attractive for me in any sense of the word, and it's not supposed to be since it's a shoujo manga female readers are supposed to self-insert themselves into the story and imagine them/the female mc getting saved and taken care of tenderly by the overly caring, bordering on transvestite, males. Urgh.
Yeah, I was certainly not in the target range here. I was tricked by the shounen tag that should be removed altogether and exchanged with a shoujo tag. The prequel is not the same as this at all, so don't read it for that, and "normal" male readers should steer clear, it's not worth the mental anguish you'll get from reading this. I remember enjoying stories like this, such as fushigi yuugi that I read when I was around 10-13 years old in the library, because it was some of the few manga that was available there, I guess it was because I had been exposed to such a small amount of manga/novels/anime at that time, actually barely any at all, and that I was younger and not yet mature and I wasn't bothered by stuff like relationships or who screws who. However, now when I look back at it, I never want to touch that book or any of the other shoujo manga I read ever again. I remember the story and I agonize over how I once enjoyed them, it's like that dark history that people talk about all the time in japanese works, stuff that you now find extremely embarrassing. I remember the stories and now I judge it all to have been so utterly horrible that I am ashamed of ever having thought it was good, and this includes some shounen manga too.
So, yeah. Give it a shot if you're a girl(or guy) that likes shoujo manga(not saying everyone does), steer clear if you hate shoujo manga. For me it was a horrible experience, not only because I considered the relationships and character personalities as creepy, but also because the story was generally badly done and the jokes didn't appeal to me.
I have to admit, I didn't like this when I first read it. I was just like... ugh.
But then I got past volume 2, and then - whoaaaaaa, 360 degree change in perspective.
For one, I absolutely love the humour. It's exactly my type of humour. And I can't get enough of it. I also love how someone like Chiruha can exist (albeit in fictional form). She's so pure and sweet. Other mangas try to replicate this kind of innocence, but no one's pulled it off so successfully like this. Sooner or later I expected myself to start hating her or get annoyed, but no! Nothing like that has happened yet! Instead, I like her more and more. ^^
The only issue I have with this is that the characters all look like they're... 12... which really throws me off. And as I said, I really hated vol 1 and 2. The plot didn't really start flowing until volume 5 or 6, so you kinda have to bear with it for a bit, which sucks. Also, the setting of the manga didn't make sense to me - it's like a mix of contemporary and ancient times... Which is possible, but the mangaka did a poor job of integrating the two.
In general, a very light, gentle, soft, and cute manga. =)
this manga is absurd.dont know what exactly author has in his mind. even enemy are portrayed good people every time fighting protoganoist hesistate to harm or are ungarded and no strategy. while enemy have strategy,do not hesistate to harm and are smart
glad it s dropped wasted my time frustating
...the plot is all over the place. In contrast to the description, this is basically a slice of life story set in a slightly (very slightly) fantastical world. There are monsters, but they hardly appear; there are 'lycanthropes', but they hardly matter, there are human-type demons who are indistinguishable from humans, etc. Basically, you could move the entire story into a school life setting, say, and it would still work. Which is bizarre.
Also, something I don't get at all:
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Throughout the whele story, Kisara considers his immortality a curse and wants it cured. WHY? Nobody in the story even questioned the notion that immortality could be bad... and it actually turned out that it had no negative consequences as long as you refrained from eating humans, though you'd still age then (for some reason).
All that said, there are lots of cute scenes, but these scenes are set in a plot I can only consider a complete mess.
... Last updated on June 30th, 2014, 4:06am
In all honesty, this is pure shoujo and is ridiculous, but its cute to the point that it overtakes the cheesiness. Yes, it may follow a bit of a generic plot, but it isn't the same "cut out" shoujo that is being mass produced nowadays, so I consider this a success. So all I can say is that it's super cute manga and worth a read!
"Shounen"... hello, Shoujo???
Sweet, bit melodramatic, very gentle and lovey-dovey lil series. Veeeery shoujo.
Author also addresses readers as "girls, and the occasional boy who reads me" (or something like that) and states that, based on letters received, 90% of her readership is female.
...On a separate note, scanlators, keep up the good work, please don't drop!!
... Last updated on April 28th, 2013, 7:05am
one of my favorites
The thing about Dear is that, even while being published in a shounen magazine, it takes all the shoujo cliches, plays them all entirely straight, and, somehow or another, ends up making them better. I don't even understand how Fujiwara Cocoa does it. She just does.
Honestly, more than a romance series, Dear is, at its heart, a really sweet and charming slice-of-life about someone who is the last of her kind trying to make friends and helping these friends the best she can. It's all so unbearably heartwarming that every time I read it I always end up sitting here and wondering why everyone else isn't reading it either.
As others have mentioned, all the characters are really strong and fleshed-out. They're all really likable and interesting to watch, and Fujiwara Cocoa manages to give them so much depth that just awes me. This really is one of those series which is more character-driven than plot-driven, and that's what really sets it apart from others of its kind: its intense focus on characterization.
Really, just give Dear a try. It's fantastic, every single chapter of it.
Ridiculously incredible!!! > <
This is absolutely one of my most favorite series of all time! It's sweet, It's cute. The characters are sooooo adorable and lovable. Oh how I love it > ω < Coming across this series was a bless. I have so much fun reading this. IN SHORT, THIS IS A MUST READ!! I'm positive you won't regret reading it!!
if you're looking for a heavily plot-driven manga, this is not it. the plot does start to move and take form in later volumes, but for a good while it's comedic 4-koma-ish slice-of-life fantasy vignettes about the central characters.
but really, this manga is character-driven. it's easy to fall in love with all the characters and laugh along with them through their happiness and misfortunes. chiruha is SO cute in her innocence, as well as kisara and his quiet protection of her. komomo is a tsundere i can actually stomach and is quite enjoyable alongside the cool but amusing subaru. carol looks like a little kid but acts like a parent to the whole gang and kurenai is well meaning but just ends up as the butt of all the jokes (he's way too easy to tease, lmao). purino is refreshing in her professionality (though i could do without her moe ditziness), and the captain is a riot, as well as many of the other recurring supporting characters (my new favorite is the spy guy hiding in trash cans and behind wallpaper, rofl).
if you just want a peek into the lives of these highly endearing characters, read this.
im not excatly sure where the story is going at all, i really have no idea what the plot is supposed to be what so ever... it would be a better story if it was an action adventure, but it is more of a comedy slice of life with a few fantasy elements
the reason i like this is mostly becasue the girls are sooooo cute purino, komomo and chiruha are all adorable in really diffrent ways
if you are going to read this manga i highly recommend reading the prequil Watashi ni ookami-sama i think its called