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From Manga Jouhou: Takashi Sone is living on his own while he is attending college. Out of the blue, his parents tell him that his sister, Mafuyu, is moving in to live with him and that she will be attending a high school in his area. When she arrives, he finds out that she was kicked out of her old school for getting caught making out with another girl. Soon afterwards, the other girl arrives, having thrown away everything she owns in order to run away and live with Mafuyu.
Volume 11 has a unreleated 2 chapter story at the end called Frills
思春期 少女 春よ、来い Frills Men & Women wish for a Spring Romance
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You should read it...
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It's a realistic story of physical attraction, experimentation, maturity due to experience, and realization. It's not the typical romantic love story where you know the characters really love each other because it shows through their actions and words.
It has alot of overly emphasize sexual content which are not really necessary to develop the story. It also has various introduction and exits of characters, which was annoying but it did exemplify the theme of "maturing through time."
Before you read this manga, be sure you will be able to read the whole volume or you will end up disliking or misinterpreting the point of the story (for me the point is of the story is "somewhere down the road"). Also, be sure to have an open mind while reading the book, although I understand if you want to bash and shower the main character and other characters with hatred. XD
A lot of fun to read
Though I wrote fun, it was also depressing and even very eye opening. The story is a lot more realistic than most romance manga I've read. Maybe the ending isn't the most realistic based on chance but I have to say it was what I had hoped for. I feel like this manga has helped me realize a lot of thoughts and worries I wanted to avoid. Most stories I go through can be enjoyable or depressing but very rarely do you come across a story that really gets you going and makes you think about the future the way this did. There were times when I wanted to put it down but I wasn't able to, I don't know why or how but I did feel connected to this particular story. I hope you will enjoy this manga as much as I have.
... Last updated on October 23rd, 2010, 12:21am
Its not too bad...
There were some realistic moments in the story. For example, how the differences in age can make having a relationship difficult. How being in a relationship with someone with a child can be tough, because of limits of time and priorities. How guys can get a little obsessed with sex and treat women like just objects. How some people get into relationships more because they are lonely or afraid of being alone. How some women use sex to just get what they want. Many characters in this story use other characters because they are weak. This was all pretty decent and there's more to it and some decent character development. I also think the art wasn't too bad and most of the characters were differentiated enough by looks so you didn't feel like they all looked the same.
The last few volumes went by very fast and the last volume in particular felt rushed. I say this because it felt like Takashi had grown some from his experiences, but Sae did not. I thought that her character could have used some more growth. It is borderline-H because there's a ton of sex and fan service and while I don't mind some of this there was so much that I thought it detracted from the story. Again maybe a longer story with some more chapters that didn't have sex would have balanced it out. Like I said not too bad.
i avoided this series for a long time..
..because of the description and the yuri thing, but once i started reading it I realized it was all but that; sure, theres some yuri content but basically its still a genuine sex&love story (ok a little cruel, but thats life for you^_^). Sae is probably the perfect girlfriend for any guy : she's easygoing, pretty loyal , a little slutty and doesnt bitch around if you threat her like a toy (thats how a woman should be imho:-D) , so she's the only one i'm cheering for , takashi is a total jerk, his sis is a s**t (id say she's a pro at that) and the glass girl may have some serious mental illness; that aside im really enjoying this series and hope some more releases will pop out soon.
... Last updated on March 13th, 2007, 5:16pm
This was one of the first mangas I have ever read (First being Bitter Virgin)...This did not turn out to be a yuri as misleading as some might make it out to be. All the characters are likeable. The main protagonist starts out as someone immature but slowly grows throughout the story. The story is kind of slice of life that's why there are some parts that make you kind of mad at the protagonist. Fans of seinen will not be disappointed. The ending was satisfying enough. I was hopeful of what was going to happen, and the author delivered. Couldn't have asked for more.
Haru yo Koi is awesome, I love this manga
At first, it seems to be a typical / bad yuri manga. But, as you read on, you'll see development of relationships.
The thing I like best about this manga is that the characters can make many choices. Each choice leads the characters to its own direction, there is no clear boundary between right or wrong choice. There is no obvious match up, no character destined another. All the characters make their decision with their very own emotions. Truth, lie, love, hate, pity, compromission, guilt, dare and doubt make the them very human.
The are some parts that are quite bad, but you know life is kinda the same. I love the ending, very well done.
... Last updated on February 4th, 2010, 4:51am
This manga is a strange one. It seemed promising at first, but it falls flat since it's impossible to sympathize with any of the characters (unless you're a gigantic ***hole, with more dick than brains). Basically, every character in this manga is either cheating on someone, trying to cheat on someone, or is trying to get someone else to cheat on their partner. Heck, there is even one character who cheats on the person she is cheating on another person with. Characters change who they care for every few weeks, so they seem extremely shallow. They dump people they earlier changed their lives for, after a few weeks. Basically, if Love Hina is an unrealistic extreme because the character's relationships never develop, this is the unrealistic extreme on the other side of the scale, since they have constant sex, have several partners at the same time, and switch them out every few weeks (despite declaring how much they love them). They **** all over the notion of love and dedication, and when the author tries to bring it up it feels cheap. I mean, how can you trust a character's display of love, if they've shown this exact same display of love to someone else they ended up cheating on?
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Basically, this manga frustrates the hell out of me, because the characters are disgusting, shallow liars, while the author apparently tries to justify their behaviour.
Ugly and beautiful
That was what I thought love was. People fall in and out of love without ceremony, come and go without proper greetings and farewells. Loved ones drift away and new people enter life. The main character cheats and fumbles, betrays and is betrayed. It's frustrating and it's compelling.
It was great. Somewhat depressing, but in a good way.
Really good. Really really good.
Some quick thoughts first: I just read this series today and loved it. It's kinda depressing in that there are so many characters that experience love and get broken-hearted and, as i read this in one sitting and those events are still fresh, i come out of it with some melancholia. But it's also a great light read for happy romances...somehow. The passage of time is something i had trouble grasping in this series, especially in the last two volumes.
I'll write more about it later. Oh, and the yuri tag is kinda wrong. there are a couple of lesbian relationships but the main protagonist is a dude...so obviously the focus is on his heterosexual relationships. EDIT: Mmmk. thinking about it more there are parts of this series that i don't think click well. His entire relationship with Nakazawa for one. Also It didn't seem like he ever truly got closure for his
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first two, Sae and...Makoto (was that her name?)
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his first relationship with Sae, thus their reunion felt awkward
However that might be the whole point of this series, how every serious relationship is still so fragile and will always be important to him. I'll refrain from expatiating on my brief analysis, though That's not what the comment should be about, really. EDIT 2: Ok, a year after my last update and I've yet to see...any(?) male-targeted, romance-centric manga as good as this one. Hetakoi came close but was inferior. So, increasing the rating from 8.8. Within it's genre, it deserves a higher rate. With regards to manga as a whole, 8.8 is a good rating.
... Last updated on May 9th, 2013, 10:29pm
God the main protagonist was one HELL of an annoying character for most of the series. I mean, he does all the crap you DO NOT WANT HIM TO DO. I mean, you root for one character, he'll do the other character. Like, it happens every single time. The beginning 3 chapters had an absurd amount of ecchi for exposition, but whatevs. It settled into a pace soon enough. The beginning was annoying as SHIT. Later on, it actually becomes enjoyable; all the time when the main character's dumped and alone and NOT screwing around seems to be the highpoint of the manga. There's a good amount of above average characterization, from all the main characters, but few support characters get their fill, for the most part. The ending was fairly decent, actually. The last couple of chapters were very very fun, as all the evil and annoying shit and drama goes away as it settles in for a quiet, lovely ending. I was definitely satisfied the way it ended, although tis a shame we weren't able to see the reactions sae would get when sone tells her about all the shit that happened.
THE CLIFFHANGERS ARE EVIL. thank god I read all this crap after it was finished and scanlated. I would HATE to have had to wait days or weeks to see what would have happened.
Although some parts make you want to drop it, check out the ending. It was a decent read, and if it wasn't for the annoying shit this might have been a 8 or 8.5.