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A romantic comedy about Fuwa, a guy living in a small apartment in overcrowded Tokyo, who wants to have a place of his own. Because of a building accident in their new office building, Fuwa's company (5 employees) had to move into his apartment, right after he had moved to a larger place. And the new employee (Hiyama Izumi, a 15 year-old girl) had to move into Fuwa's place, as she had just come from the country. Then Fuwa's old girlfriend Tokiko, who had already gotten married, ran away from her husband and came to Fuwa's place.
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I read this manga seven times, and until this time I write a short review about it. I love the characters and story of this manga, all of them are perfectly in harmony. Izumi is childish, but she still too young to face the adult world or have a serious relationship. Because of that, Fuwa is very patient with her, this is realistic about age gap relationship in real world. Time of adult is very different from the time of the young girl, you know. So the ending is good when Izumi finally catch up with Fuwa.
I loved the comedy. I loved the romance. Fuwa and Izumi were great characters. The office workers were great characters. I loved all the characters except Tokiko & her husband. They are the very definition of a dysfunctional marriage. They are what ruins it from being perfect. He's a complete scumbag who neglects & hits her and she's an idiot for going back to him time and time again because she does this soooo many times. Most of the time it came off as a joke that she would leave her husband, but honestly that just made it worse. I started to drift when it became more and more about them. She was a likeable character at first until it got more into her story with the husband and then it spiraled. There were times where you were supposed to feel bad for the husband, but again he just came off as a complete scumbag. Worst of all
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she gets pregnant with that scumbag's baby and of course goes back to him and then after she leaves with him, they joke about her running away again.
I've never seen a more frustrating couple in a manga than I have with Tokiko and her husband.The last 2 volumes were good because you didn't see them until the end
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where she comes back AGAIN, pregnant & talking about divorce and her idiot husband right behind coming to argue with her.
All in all, a really good romance slice of life where its perfection is ruined by 2 highly unlikable characters. I know this review is mostly about ranting Tokiko and her husband, but seriously, they are the one flaw of this manga.
This manga is still one of my favorites of all times. Fun situations and great characters all around in this touching story. It has a good insight into the land speculation crisis in Tokyo. Very much recommended if you have liked Usagi Drop for example.
... Last updated on August 8th, 2014, 1:35am
Possibly the biggest disappointment in manga
I loved the first two volumes of Living Game. It was fun, wacky humor with likable characters and hinted at a greater theme being subtly discussed. And then it gradually gets worse and worse until it becomes nothing but stupid drama that reads like a rejected k-drama script. I've honestly never read another manga with such a slow and excruciating fall from grace. Rushed and unfulfilled endings? Sure, there's a million of those. But Living Game is unique in how painfully slow it commits suicide.
... Last updated on June 19th, 2014, 1:27am
it's alright , even recommended
I'll recommend this as a light read, just keep an open mind, don't look too much for H(there is no raping or any anything of this sort, don't listen to small minded people) and read this nice manga light headed
... Last updated on April 17th, 2011, 6:53am
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She so pure and naive that even they lived together more than year they dont do anything. But then turns out that her father kick her out of town coz she slept with her classmate. And than drama, cliche, drama, cliche. As always when author try to milk some money and make more volumes than story really need.
... Last updated on March 29th, 2011, 10:16am
Don't Listen to goldminer and Taopaipai
Both have no idea what they are talking about, they don't have sex when she's 15.
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it doesn't happen until she's 17 just about to turn 18
God forbid they actually read a manga instead of writing it off because of their prudish values that don't even apply to this.
I agree with TaoPaiPai in every aspect. An age gap of ten years and more seems very popular in manga. I can tolerate a 30 years old woman marrying a 40 years old man, but definitely not a 15 years old maiden falling for a 25 years old man at first sight. That comes very close to pedophilia. It saddens me to say this but the more manga I check the more I am becoming covinced that it consists to 80% of perversion. Why can't there be more works like Emma?
i cant take more than 2 volumes of this 15yo girls gets a OL job in a big city...weird...minor... 15yo girls wants to have sex with the first man she encounters in this new town from their first meeting 25yo man wants to have sex with 15yo girl [on the second day] she have a mature body...is his excuse 25yo mans old girlsfriend try to make them have sex[knowing she is only 15] and everyone is chearing them on
this feels so wrong to me i know its a comedy but that part is not the funny part...that is the only developed thing in the manga...their relationship everything about it is disgusting...all he thinks about is her naked body...i would have done that too...but i would not act on any of my impulses...he even tries to rape her early on in volume2 when their is an earthquake are japanese ppl just wild beasts that fuck anything they can? this is a horrible story
woohoo...i finished this one...and i loved it...Izumi was a little annoying in some places and the fact that just about every woman began to get feelings for Fuwa was a tad bit annoying too....but all around a good read...it was funny and pretty sweet too...now the one real issue i had with it was the moving every five seconds...honestly i don't think that was too realistic...lastly, the main theme of this one is finding your own place, be it your own home or a love hotel...but it was a really good manga...