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Hibi Chouchou  
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Shibazeki Suiren is a stunningly beautiful girl. When she enters high school, most of her classmates are astonished by her beauty, but after noticing her quiet manners and lack of contact with anyone else except her friends Yuri and Aya, she receives the nickname "Takane no Hana", a beautiful flower but impossible to reach. However, after a fellow freshman called Kawasumi Kouha saves her from a persistent suitor, she finds herself mesmerized by him... as he's the only boy who won't look at her no matter what.


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12 Volumes (Complete)

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Wonderful. So, so wonderful. For many reasons.   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by aetherwyn
June 6th, 2013, 11:30am
Okay, so I've given this a 10/10, no question. WHY?

(p.s. this is going to be stupidly long because I'm being a lil' defensive but I promise you it'll be a good one :3)

Well, there's the big, obvious reasons: the gorgeous art, the paiNFULLY ADORABLE ROMANCE OAUGadlf;a;AHA;DKA. But this manga is so much more than that, so I'm going to break it down.

  • 1. THE MAIN CHARACTER, PART ONE: ( Or: on Suiren, the female lead). A story is nothing without its characters, and in a shoujo manga (which is typically more character-driven than, say, a shounen) this is especially important. The main female character in this isn't just beautiful; she's very complex. I know a few reviews have said she's "just a doll" without any depth to her -- but someone who thinks that is missing the ENTIRE POINT OF THE MANGA. Suiren is crazy beautiful, and her entire life, people have been treating her as an object. A doll. Blinded by her beauty, people go crazy over everything she does, cooing and staring and infantilizing... no one, save for her best friend/s, has ever treated her as a normal girl. Recognized that she's imperfect. People call her "Takane-chan" because they don't even WANT to see her as a normal girl. She's this mysterious, inhuman, unreachable piece of artwork. And so Suiren slowly stops smiling, slowly stops talking, because she wants to blend in, doesn't want everyone staring at her and making her out to be this.. doll (or, at her junior high, the school mascot). She daydreams as a way of escaping her reality.

    But the thing is, Suiren IS a regular girl. And she's become painfully, painfully shy, as a result of the way people constantly treat her. But she is NOT. WEAK. Not at all. She's one of the strongest female leads I have EVER seen. She is terrified of talking, terrified of people, but even if she's TREMBLING ALL OVER she will push through her fear and try and talk anyway. So strong. Up to this point, she's even the one with most of the agency in the budding romance between her and Kawasumi, which is.. practically unprecedented in a shoujo manga. So good. I'm so proud of her. She grows tremendously.
  • 2. THE MAIN CHARACTER, PART TWO: (Or: on Kawasumi, the male lead) I love Kawasumi too, but this won't be anywhere near as long as Suiren's part because.. well, everyone seems to generally like him. He's focused, hardworking, compassionate, sweet, a good friend.. the kind of male lead you want to root for. None of the stereotypical Shoujo-Prince-aloof-asshole here, my friends. He blushes. He gets dorkily excited when things happen between him and Suiren. He gets embarrassed and thinks he's being too cocky when he notices that Suiren treats him differently from other guys (but in a realistic and humble way, not in a "omfg it's so obvious she likes you, don't be that stupid" kind of way). A+++.
  • 3. FRIENDSHIPS GALORE. EVEN BETWEEN LADIES. This is where this manga reminds me a little of Sakisaka Io's works; the latter is a master at crafting strong friendships between characters. Too often in shoujo manga (and, hell, even in other genres), friendships are cast aside for romance. Not here. Friendships are valued immensely in this manga. Suiren's two best friends are perfect -- I love them so much, I don't know if you understand (well, if you read the manga, you probably do). They look out for each other, protect each other, help each other... they're normal friends. For instance, I really new this manga was a gem when, in one chapter, Suiren is going to meet Kawasumi (and has been eagerly anticipating this all day) -- and ends up abandoning her plans with him just so she can help her friend out (over something minor -- not even something big, like if her friend broke up with her boyfriend or something). Kawasumi and his best friend, on that note, have what's basically the cutest bromance ever, too. I love it.
  • 4. WELL-ROUNDED "ANTAGONIST" Another thing I love about this manga (and, what again reminds me of Sakisaka Io) is that even the "antagonist" in this -- that is to say, another girl who falls for Kawasumi -- is very well-rounded. We're not supposed to hate her. No one should ever be faulted for falling in love, you know? She's charming and likable, and I'm happy when she gets more screen time (even if it might mean things are a little bumpier between Suiren and Kawasumi -- but don't worry, this manga isn't about trivial misunderstandings driving the plot, so any strife between the two characters is used to help them grow as characters (and simultaneously grow closer together)).

There's obviously a lot more that's great about this manga -- I could seriously go on for hours. Some people say the pace of this manga is slow, but I actually think it's very well paced. It just depends on what you're looking for. If you want BIG DRAMATIC ACTIONS and ANGST and kisses with sakura blossoms floating in the background, this isn't for you. Instead, this manga cherishes those small, fleeting moments that are so much a part of first love. Making eye contact, glancing away, looking back. Being constantly aware of someone else's presence. Awkward blushes, moments of meaningful silence. The two practically dance around each other, but in a very relatable and realistic way.

There's a lot of subtlety to this manga. In the characters, in the way things unfold... but it's so, so beautiful. So relax, slow yourself down, and read this, because I really do think it's worth it.

oh my god I'm so sorry this is so long. welp. :x

... Last updated on June 6th, 2013, 11:37am
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Rating: 3.0 / 10.0
by Couture
June 29th, 2014, 10:03pm
Is this so special only because of the art and sparkle? Most likely yes.

The female lead.
No, she's not complex.

She's dependant.

She doesn't meet her friends at the same esteem they hold for her. They have no reason to be attached, and neither does the male lead. Uh would you really devote your help to someone so self absorbed?
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then there's a random angsty scene (with sparkles, even, as if it was such a touching scene) where her friend cries for accidentally ruining the class bowling ball thing. The main character's like "don't cry," coupled with the "I want to see her smile," line. ...Those lines don't work in your situation, especially if it was dismissed and exaggerated with such disregard after the female lead decides to say something because wow she means everything to the manga. (I'd rather they have scrapped her and tried a different premise). It's a failed attempt to prove something that's never existed, and it's plainly obvious that the objective was to add to the female lead's nonexistent character depth. The manga presents her as such a delicate character that it's sickening. Apparently just asking a simple "Are you okay?" makes her a saint (in a panel that filled 3/4 of a page coupled with sparkles). I gagged. If that was such a groundbreaking line (because she rarely speaks and that's really special that she did *sarcasm*), then how much did she value their friendship before?

And the way she treats her "love rival" is horrid. It appalls me that she thinks she has the right to view another girl's earnest efforts as annoying, "omg her love is so impure compared to mine," when in actuality her actions would be seen as borderline obsessive if not for the convenient veil of intervention that are otherwise known as her "friends". The other girl actually tries to get closer to the male lead, and approaches him on a non-superficial pretense while the female lead is just shown leeching from her friends' efforts. And how she's all angsty about how she's "a flower atop a mountain," or smth. Are you serious? You placed yourself there in the first place... not literally, but yur

And the male lead.
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His friend's all about wishing for the male lead's happiness, and I can find no reason for him to remain with him as he is other than the fact that they were simply acquainted since young. You become friends with someone who insults you at first meeting? He's not hitting on you and it's not because he's awkward or a tsundere or whatever. Look somewhere else for the dere. Even in the present the male lead is semi-abusive towards him. There's really nothing else to say about the male lead except that he's quiet. Oh, and he has glasses.

You'll probably know it's bad if the male lead can only be characterized by a supporting character who isn't even significant the majority of the time because, you know, it's all about the female and male leads. You may say that "it's because they're the leads," but the supporting characters in this manga are only made significant to fuel the interactions between the two leads because they're just that awkward. They're really just used and then thrown away, waiting in a corner until the mangaka finds some use for them again

The two leads are awkward af with each other, to the point of dysfunction. Basically all the "romance," there is are the generic lines, and simple thoughts that need not be emphasized with painfully long gaps of silence that we can really do without. There's like literally a whole chapter dedicated to them just walking home together.

To be fair, I did put up with it 'till ch. 25 or so. Worst mistake ever btw.

Shallow, bland and very sparkly. Read only if you care for nothing else but the art (or maybe if you have a tolerance of steel).

... Last updated on December 13th, 2014, 11:45pm
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Inoffensive but bland   
Rating: N/A
by Suxinn
January 8th, 2015, 12:23am
OK, it has been 63 chapters and I am officially tossing in the towel. Until this manga manages to do something with itself, I'm probably not going to come back to it.

The biggest problem with Hibi Chouchou is how utterly, well, bland it is. It has nice art, sure, but the characters all feel like really flat cardboard cutouts, drawn to act in the most inoffensive and least interesting ways possible. I usually like slice-of-life romantic fluff (in fact, it's my favorite choice of romance), but Hibi Chouchou just somehow... doesn't work.

The main problem, I think, is that the mangaka doesn't seem to understand how to depict day-to-day life without making it seem... trite. It's not the lack of drama or conflict, it's more of how utterly directionless every scene seems. When I watch the two main characters together, I don't think, "Oh, how cute, they're getting to know each other." No, I think, "Man, these people really need to take some classes to learn how to communicate." It's not ~cute~ how shy these two are, especially if there's no significant character development. (There is some, I guess, but its pace is as slow as a snail's.) It's actually really, incredibly boring to see the same everyday scenes rehashed over and over again, with basically no advancement in their relationship--or even their communication skills! Hibi Chouchou isn't romantic fluff, it's just a slog through a borefest.

You know which shoujo mangaka are good at writing slice-of-life romances? Ozaki Akira (尾崎あきら), off the top of my head. Oh, Tsukuba Sakura definitely (though she often veers off into supernatural territory, but same idea--nice, long, fluffy romances that don't drag). Heck, I'll even concede that Taamo (who I find a bit drag-y with her longer stuff) is better at this than Morishita Suu.

The art, for what it's worth, is really, really nice. And the overall storyline is pretty inoffensive. Does that mean it's good? Well, it's not terrible, but the fact is that Hibi Chouchou would've been a decent manga if it was much, much shorter. Like, maybe oneshot length. Because with the way it's dragging, I find myself barely able to feel anything except tired resignation and boredom anymore. And that's as sure a sign as any to quit while I'm still marginally ahead, I guess.

... Last updated on January 8th, 2015, 12:24am
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Very pretty art   
Rating: 3.0 / 10.0
by mispelling
November 17th, 2014, 10:05pm
The art is one of the positive factors of this series, other then that nothing can be said that leaves a lasting impression on me.

I'm really surprised how high the ratings are for this considering how bland and slow the series is, I've read up to where the scanlators had stopped off and didn't bother to go back because of how unimpressive the storyline is.

I can appreciate slow story lines, but there is a point where I need to stop especially since the two leads are the least interesting characters I have read.

Amazingly enough the author has produced enough materials for eight volumes?? And continuing?? Not even the pretty art can make me stay for it.
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Very pretty, but not interesting.   
Rating: 5.0 / 10.0
by Reealt
July 8th, 2015, 9:16am
It's a very pretty art style, but that's it. Very stereotypical shoujo ups and downs. The lack of communication is because neither of the characters can communicate. The main characters are rather shallow, without any good reason for why they're attracted to each other, except maybe Suiren being very pretty.

To sum up, the two characters can't talk for shit (even when they figure out it's mutual love, the male lead is like, what is dating?? how to date) and are flatter characterwise than a sheet of paper.

TL;DR: Beautiful art, cutesy, but the plot is shallower than I am and that's saying something.
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Rating: N/A
by sinyorita
March 21st, 2012, 10:44pm
Its only 2nd chaper into the story so cant say mch about the plot, but the premise is definitely promising.but what keeps me to this series, is the brilliant art, and the adorable main character. I feel like gobbling her up, and the main male lead is unique too..Not like other male leads who are arrogant and bully. This one is shy, and yet very strong!
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Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by fufufuyen
June 27th, 2013, 12:06pm
I don't mean to be extremely critical, but while I liked this manga at first, it very soon died out for me. The two characters are very interesting (although I have to disagree that Suiren is a strong character at all) and I enjoy their quiet nature. However, like how a previous poster has said, their quietness ultimately takes over the story and thus stagnates progress. I honestly cannot fathom their kiss scene because I don't even think they will get there at the pace they are going.

The drawings are amazing, however, and I got caught up with that most of the time. I also like pretty much all the characters except for the assumed "rival," since she pretty much has no foundation or substance to her character or her love. I mean, I don't mind a little crazy in my shoujos, but the one thing I would like to keep realistic is the character's goals, intentions, aspirations, and reasons. For the rival, however, her goals and intentions have little basis and thus makes her a pretty crappy rival, not even mentioning how stupid she can act and how she barely shows up anymore. Basically what I'm saying is that she's a very useless character and it may have been a waste of time to create her at all.

For Suiren and Kawasumi, I am more lenient to this manga mostly because of Kawasumi's character rather than Suiren's. I can see Suiren going down the path of an obsessive chick and as for Kawasumi, his only flaw is that he can be such a ditz sometimes. I mean,

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who walks out on a freaking confession from the person you like?!

However, everything else about his character is pretty much perfect and HNNG I love megane guys so go figure. I've seriously never seen a hotter glasses guy. The one thing I agree with aetherwyn on is his character and how he realistically sees the situation. He wants to assume that Suiren likes him, but is afraid he's getting too cocky. He notices that she only talks to him, that from her standpoint she could see him perfectly in the courtyard at lunch. Still, it gets annoying

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how many times he runs away from her and avoids her. Seriously. And Suiren even is guiding the relationship. That's totally "trying your hardest," Kawasumi!

Anyhow, this manga started out good with an interesting storyline; however, it went downhill from there. I do like Kawasumi's embarrassment and I don't know, Suiren's kind of neutral for me (we have yet to learn anything about her personality other than that she likes Kawasumi for whatever reason, and...I don't know, her hair can change lengths at her own will? Well at least her expressionless, nonchalant nature is kind of cool...but seriously, Morishita-sensei), but I think the thing that set him apart from other guys was how he didn't pay attention to her at the beginning and basically was uninterested. Then for whatever reason, he started to like her. I think the basis for this manga was weak but the good drawings cover it up. It's truly, truly a lighthearted love story as it advertises itself to be (so therefore we can't predict or expect anything like a traumatizing past or something or anything dramatic--it's safe to expect the manga to keep going at its slow, boresome pace as it is), but it seriously hits the extreme. It's a lighthearted story at its best and at its worst.

... Last updated on June 29th, 2013, 1:21am
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Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by bluedrop
October 17th, 2012, 11:07pm
Now that there are more chapters up, I'm taking my time to re-read. It's an easy going manga, nothing too serious, a light and fluffy read. I rarely like the tropes with really-popular heroine but I find myself loving Suiren. The humor is fun and the side characters are charming. The leads are great and the art is expressive(and effing awesome).

I am puzzled at some readers hating on the female lead. Even in the manga, there is no bullying Suiren for her being popular (which we see so freaking often in shoujo). This wasn't meant to be something deep, dramatic, and antsy. The only real conflict is mostly internal with *both* leads learning how to reach out, going through young love.

I find it refreshing. I'm sick of mangas with unnecessary conflicts and misunderstandings thrown in the mix when the leads themselves have enough issues.

Some readers view the lack of words from Suiren, or either lead, as a bad thing but I love that, in this, the art, already beautiful, is able to express what words cannot. There is no need for heavy dialogue and, really, the absence of infodumping and telling-not-showing is a relief. The reader doesn't need words all the time to empathize with the character and the mind is given a chance to piece the scenes together without stumbling and getting lost.

The author is in control and in a good way. The pacing is easy going (though it might get frustrating for those preferring faster resolution or angst to fill in the spaces in between). I love that neither lead strictly adheres to a certain *type* even if it may seem that way in the beginning. Yes, it may seem that we're getting to know more about the male lead than the female but only because we are placed in the POV of the female lead as she discovers more about Kawasumi and their blooming friendship. The short POVs we have from the male lead are also telling about his character and story but he hasn't managed to learn as much about Suiren just yet seeing as he is hesitant to know more because of an issue alluded to early on in the manga.

I got all defensive. Sorry. Still, this is a great manga if you're looking for something easy and heartwarming. I usually like my heroines with big and expressive personalities but Suiren had me falling for her. No crybabies or wimpish girls here which was surprising and had me grateful to the author for the simple surprises that came up when the characters weren't straight-out-of-the-mold-for-this-type-of-trope kinds.

... Last updated on October 17th, 2012, 11:22pm
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Rating: 5.0 / 10.0
by haruny
May 28th, 2015, 6:57am
It's full of fluff and cuteness, something I would really like in a manga, but this one just make me feel... nothing. It starts off interesting, but srsly, Suiren is so plain in a very annoying way. You could punch the girl and she wouldn't have any reaction at all. I don't even get the reason she's like that. Probably got explained later in the manga but it's so boring I don't even remember anymore. Also, it looked as if the glasses guy (don't even remember his name orz) only liked Suiren because she's pretty, because she doesn't even talk ??
Seriously though, this thing about "as long as you're pretty/handsome you will be the center of attention and every goddamn person is gonna love you forever" is so OVERLY USED like no, just no, stop this already, this is NOT how it works in real life.
It's as if the author doesn't even know wth she's doing, and just put whatever idea she comes up with.
The art is super pretty though, the only thing that kept me going for a while, but the non-existent plot is a total turn-off.

... Last updated on May 28th, 2015, 7:00am
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pretty art style, but 2d characters   
Rating: N/A
by Rabbitan
June 13th, 2015, 12:20pm
When I first started reading this manga, I thought, this seems interesting and very unique. The art is refreshing and having a female lead who's actually 'attractive' in the eyes of other characters - it was new, but as the romance was getting starting ...

I felt like this manga would have been better off as a oneshot because their relationship is dragging on so much with the romance development - which I don't understand. I like slow romance because it's more realistic, but when I'm reading this and I'm watching the interaction between the main couple - it feels so ... I don't know, awkward and force and I feel like they're not the type of couple that will last long in the future - especially bc they have absolutely nothing in common.

Male lead worries too much about burdening the female, the female lead feels like a burden in general towards the male lead - they get wishy-washy over their feelings over ... Nothing? They can't even talk properly to each other without being super sensitive over the smallest things.

Honestly, the art is so pretty, I love it, but like ... The characters are so boring and bland ... I can't find myself attached to Suiren or the male MC or even the side characters whom I can't even remember the names of. I don't understand their feelings for each other too? Why do they like each other? They have nothing in common, they can barely speak to each other, the most they do is stare at each other, and they're still having trouble saying "Hi" to each other without being extremely tense or awkward.
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