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From VIZ: In company-owned rabbit-hutch apartments live tenants who can't afford to live anywhere else, and the apartment complex in which high-school girl Hatsumi Narita lives is ruled over by the rumor mongering, self-righteous Mrs. Tachibana. Get on Tachibana's bad side, and life becomes hell. When Hatsumi has to buy a pregnancy test because her popular sister Akane's period is late, Mrs. Tachibana's son, Ryoki, who used to bully Hatsumi as a kid, promises not to tell the world about Hatsumi's secret, only if she becomes his slave. Suddenly, Azusa Hatsumi's protector in their youth, reappears to save her again! He's moving back into the neighborhood! Despite the budding romance between Hatsumi and Azusa, Ryoki has control over her through the secret that could ruin the lives of everyone in Hatsumi's family, and he hasn't forgotten who his slave is.
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Horrible, not good, bad, opposite of awesome
Anyone who thinks this manga is legitimately good is ...well I don't know what to say to you other than you're wrong.
The art is simply bad at times (I have a whole folder dedicated to bad drawing techniques on another manga-reading site and this manga takes up a few pages), the male leads are so sexist that I can't even ignore it for the sake of plot as their way of being possessive and torturing the female lead is nowhere near sexy like it could potentially be in another work by a different author. It builds upon the pathetic trope of "I can't say anything" or "Easily solveable misunderstandings that are not solved because main characters can't open their mouths and say what needs to be said". Only reason I'm reading this is to say I've read it, nothing more and let me tell you, it's a freaking chore to do so.
I just can't
I hate the female lead for being so friggin weak and how she'll always need someone to walk her through life. The art was fine, it conveyed the characters description of themselves/others. Her relationships with those around her were weird. Her older brother liked her, she ends up in an abusive relationship, she was almost gang raped by a bunch of models orchestrated by the guy she was dating yet she still apologized to him. I just can't bring myself to read this. It's one thing to be weak it's another to never gain any character development.
I remember reading this manga all the way through back in like my freshman year of high school (so nearly five years ago now) and I remember adoring it. Reading it again now... I just can't get into it. It wasn't so bad until I read about the part where
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Asuza gets a bunch of guys together to rape the main girl. That she escaped was a relief to me, but it doesn't end there. The stupid girl doesn't report him to the police, people keep shrugging it off as "just how he his" cuz he's tortured or something like that, and she keep pitying him and trying to support him. Um, no. Report that jerk, get him in correctional facilities, and GET HIM PSYCHOLOGICAL HELP before he tries it again! He's got major damage that a little bit of sweetness from his almost-rape-victim would in no way heal in real life. It's ridiculous.
I tried to keep going from there but I kept getting bogged down. I'd read a few chapters just fine, then get annoyed with how freaking PATHETIC the main girl is. Seriously, she loves Azusa one minute, then she can't get Tachibana out of her head, and then she has major guilt and attraction for her brother... I found myself repeatedly thinking, "Make up your mind and stop letting these jerks push you around!" Seriously. This is a time-killer manga for people who can breeze over those topics without pause. For me, a lot of the plot twists were show-stoppers and not in a positive way.
... Last updated on February 23rd, 2015, 4:00pm
I hateeeeeeee the ending so much, i couldn't hold the anger! Y U NO LIKE SHINOGU! God.. the story was quite blant even thou the first few volumes was quite entertaining, especially for shinogu's part, the anticipation of seeing him fancying hatsumi makes me giddy up! But damn ending! I only gave 1 rating bcs of the few good shinogu amd himatsu scenes, overall BLEH
I still regret reading this tasteless series when I was a young teenager and couldn't see it for the smut it was. If you're looking for a story with substance you've come to the wrong place. Though it still makes me laugh that the bizarre ending was so bad that an alternate ending light novel had to be made to save face!
I will admit that I loved this series for its plot and the chemistry between the protagonists, BUT the relationship between the two protagonists is problematic. The female lead, though kind, is too self-giving. The male lead is jealous, selfish, and demanding. He does have a slight charm - I'll give him that - BUT due to his selfish nature, he walks all over the female protagonist to the point where their relationship could be considered abusive. This feeling I got was stronger toward the end, but it ended with me saying, "Yeah, that's not a healthy relationship." And that's why I gave it a relatively low rating.
But like I said, I did enjoy reading this manga. I'd agree with the person saying that this is a good read to waste time.
The art was nice. The story however is something rather difficult to read through. There is abuse plain and simple...I don't think any young person should read this...I hope no one believes these kinds of behaviors to be acceptable and the norm.
"Good for wasting time"
Just finished reading this, no genuine character development, the story is interesting, The art is descent,
The relationships are disturbing. (Like psychopathic only-think-of-me-and-no-one-else psychopathic). The female lead is weak willed, submissive, and cries too bloody much.
But hey, I enjoyed it. Good for wasting time.
really, some of the commenters take everything in this manga so seriously! As for me, I just found it so amusing, especially Ryoki, you gotta love the way he is bossing Hatsumi around, Hatsumi too, her remarks made me laugh outloud more than once, e.g.this one here: He's kinda down (he is not hitting me after all) LOOOOL her logic is just so…..The only downside is the ugliness of art, throughout the manga we are always told how Ryoki is handsom etc, but really, his face kept reminding me of a tortoise...
... Last updated on August 8th, 2014, 12:31am
Divided between hating the characters, but liking the strory
I guess I am not sure how to rate this manga. The characters are irrational, and idiotics sometimes to the point of face-palming myself.
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Why would a girl fall in love with somebody she is siper-scared about, even more after he forces her to kiss, and massage her breasts? And why does Hatsumi need to be so weak? She has no will, no courage, and just sits around and watch things happening, without understanding them because she is freaking blind to everything! (Man, I am MAD!). Then Azusa is just hoovering between being sweet and evil, which can make a charater lovable, but in this case, I think it was a fiasko. He ends up not really knowing what he wants, and not really reallising his own feelings, which makes me want to slap him. Then Shinogu is ok, the angsty character, but I guess he doesn't either have balls to really try to win Hatsu over. He started with a looser mind, so he won't ever make it. You can feel from the beginning that this won't be a sibling love-story (not that I mind in any way loves goes, as long as it's good). As for Ryoki, he is just a whacko! What a character! Haha! I just don't get the man. But somehow, he may be the most interesting one, because I guess he is the one who has the biggest character growth of the bunch (but that is still not much to say). And then, we get to finish with the side characters! The sister is a slut, but gets cutter with time going. The otaku is a looser from the beginning, and is a weakling getting bullied into a relationship. And we have no idea what's going on with the room mate of Shinogu. He seems to like both sisters, but nothing is followed up...
Wow, I had a lot to say about this manga's characters! oops!
But Somehow, even with all these flaws, I kept reading. I think what the story got right, and that made this manga alive, was the depiction of the life in a small housing like that. The mentality depicted here was perfectly village-like, where everything is looked at and amplified five times. You gotta love the house wives! Haha!! I found the feeling connected to that very well depicted, and well played on, and that's why I think I ended up reading the whole series.
Argh! So I guess this was a waste of time, but I don't feel bad about it. So somehow, the mangaka got something right? I guess I was too stubborn to stop reading, excepting an epiphany on the characters' personnalities somewhere... Maybe that some balls would grows on Hatsumi, and she would begging to give divine retribution to all the jackasses she is surrounded by!!