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Strawberry Shake  
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Slapstick shoujo-ai romantic comedy made special by Hayashiya Shizuru's unique brand of humour; Julia Tachibana, an experienced idol, is infuriated when her boss saddles her with playing 'senpai' to 15-year-old new recruit Ran Asakawa. But the moment she first lays eyes on the tall, cute blonde who is to be her kouhai, all of that changes...


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v.2 c.17 (end) by Lililicious over 11 years ago
v.2 c.16 by Lililicious over 11 years ago
v.2 c.15 by Lililicious over 11 years ago
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2 Volumes (Complete)

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Average: 8.3 / 10.0 (336 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.14 / 10.0

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June 19th 2020, 10:18am PST



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Comic Yuri Hime (Ichijinsha)
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Worth to read  
by Cacuga
February 28th, 2017, 6:04am
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
It's a very pleasant read, comedy, decent to good art, not rushed (imo), and no drama or at least the little you can found here is not that dramatic. I guess if you are looking for a good Yuri manga this miss some stuff like more plot, drama, character development and side histories of secondary characters. Still you will have a good time reading it and i'm pretty sure you will not regret it as long as you like comedy.

To be hones this manga for me is more than a 7-8 rate than a 9 but there are two reason to increase the rate:


Spoiler (mouse over to view)
No heartbreaks, sometimes i think that mangakas think that there is no good love histories without someone else suffering for it.

The just amount of drama, when Ran dissapears it took Julia 8 monts to find her, it's not like other mangas where they end up separated by school circustances and it takes years to see each other again, besides is was a very good way to show the reader that they are really in love and also the whole thing has some humor on it.

The end, not just when they meet again but the way Julia takes her back. After all those sentimental mangas where they take back her lovers either by a beatufil confesion in the last minute or chasing them till the end of the world, it's refreshing see how Julia just stand in front of Ran's mother and shout loud and clear she didn't give a fuck to anything and even beat the crap out of Ran's mother to ger Ran backs, seriously that was one of the best scenes in a Yuri i have readed.
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Really good  
by BubuMC
May 18th, 2016, 1:51pm
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
I've read quite a few Girls' Love series. There are a few, however which have, in my opinion, stood out above the others. This is the best of those. It is incredibly funny, and adorable at times. It doesn't really overly excel in any one area (except perhaps comedy); there are certainly better-written series, as well as better-drawn series, yet for some reason, it has remained my favourite Girls' Love work, and it's also in my top 5 overall.

Now, I'm not at all expecting everybody will like it as much as I do. But I would definitely say it's worth reading.
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Strawberry Shake & Bake  
by plotrobert
May 1st, 2016, 10:25pm
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
Sometimes I feel like I shouldn't like this manga as much as I do. I mean it's funny but it's not super funny or anything, I like the cast of characters but they're not super memorable, sometimes the whole thing comes across as terribly mediocre. Yet I still read the whole thing in one session and I've re-read it at least twice since. I guess maybe it's how the characters interact with each other, or how nobody really takes the plot super seriously, or how Julia is just so damn goofy sometimes. Though not a great manga there is a charm to the thing which I can't really explain. Maybe the author just had a good time writing it because it just feels like someone had fun during the development process.

Of course I'd recommend this, it's not the best ever but it's not really trying to be.
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Surprisingly good  
by kiriee
January 28th, 2016, 3:47am
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
When I first read this I kind of expect bad thing, probably because one of the girl looks like a guy, so my mind just thinking dear god this author just want to milk yuri genre. After reading it I was wrong, it was really funny and sweet yuri manga, it was a pleasure to read, every chapter able to make me laugh and smile, and slowly the boygirl becoming more girly. If there's a bad thing it was near the end it kind of suck when the author add drama, thanks god it is easily solved.

Strawberry Shake is a light heart yuri manga, that is really funny, it is free of drama(with some exception). Reading it will warm your heart, make you laugh and smile.

... Last updated on January 28th, 2016, 3:49am
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by shadowwalker
September 2nd, 2012, 3:09pm
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
one of the best Girl-Love themed manga out there despite being a bit short. i would wish for more but really 17 chapters tell almost all the story more of it would have made this boring so its perfect length for the story. Art is also very good. i don't actually care much about comedy (usually because authors go overboard and tend to repeat jokes which is not the case here) but this was very entertaining.all in all i'm very satistified if girl love does not put you off you can read this even for its other tags as well. its a success all around.
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its like lez b gata h kei.... which is a good thing.  
by SAimNE
April 14th, 2012, 10:52pm
Rating: N/A
I don't think I've ever laughed so hard at such a short manga XD. Really hope the author comes back to this. Although he has been rly inactive so its unlikely T-T. Anyway if you love comedy and idiot couples you will have this cemented in your favorites.
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by Verix
February 2nd, 2012, 9:52am
Rating: 8.5 / 10.0
Yuri manga usually bored me for some reason, but this one was cute and maintained my attention.
With just 2 volumes, it's short so read it for a good laugh. It's enjoyable.
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Solid Comedy Shoujo-Ai  
by Polarbearblue
December 2nd, 2011, 10:01am
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
I'm a type of person who enjoys character development and plot above most things. But Strawberry Shake is a nice departure from heavy Shoujo-Ai content I like to read.

First of all, it's a comedy. And it's strictly one at that. Jokes, puns, references, and otherwise funny scene are all in there. Depending on your sense of humor and and Japaneses knowledge you may have you will get some of them, and some will fall short. But overall it is done really well. While not a new thing, it feels refreshing and clean, even when nosebleeds occur and references to Yuri behaviors are made.

The art is actually good. It's not too realist but looks very nice, and changes appropriately to fit the situation.

The characters are probably the biggest thing to be worried about. They work because of the nature of this manga. But if you are into character development then you will be disappointed. More so, there isn't any back story involved with these characters. SPOILER
Spoiler (mouse over to view)
Ran is the only real back story given and that doesn't come until the very end of this manga. And history given about anyone else is said on the spot and isn't mentioned again.
But if you are looking for a light hearted story that won't emotional attach you to the characters then you'll have no problem.

Another issue is the progress. It doesn't seem like much is made. Rather, what I should say is that a huge amount is made then it just stops.
Spoiler (mouse over to view)
Once it's established the two like each other it seems to stop there. No building a even more emotional feeling about each other. Just one kiss and a we love each other moment (The situation surrounding the kiss;however, was enjoyable and I liked it a lot)
Even for a comedy I expected a little drama building up to a big moment. But it just kinda shows up and well there. But for the drama it did have, I like how it was handle, in a funny/cute way that isn't some emotional chain on your heart. The drama was an appropriate "Aww, that's cute." than a "Aww damn. That's heavy." This was lent help by the characters personalty, one being an airhead, another being an idiot.

Lastly, MY biggest complaint is the ending. While I didn't expect a big fuse over it (and it would have felt awkward otherwise), it did not satisfy me. It felt rush without any of comedy or any good type of drama. Not saying those weren't in there, but saying what was there was a bit dull. The ended could have been played out over 2 more chapters and expanded a little more.
Spoiler (mouse over to view)
Julia and Ran finally get together when in the last scene Ran receives a phone call. The next chapter immediately jumps into Julia looking for her and then finding her. No middle ground where Ran comically keeps a secret for Julia, THEN leaves. There is just the last chapter where Julia comically looks for Ran and finds her in America, having gone through her mother to do so. But even that felt tacted on.
What drama that could have been there seemingly disappears, and touching comedic moments in the end of the story feel weak.
Spoiler (mouse over to view)
The reasons for Ran having gone back to America were good, being a a bi-racial girl, whose mother is also in the entertainment biz, a secret her mother kept because it could ruin her (the mother) career. And Julia as a character certainly had the capacity to turn the situation in a really touching scene full of laughs with confronting her mother and again when finding Ran in America.
If anything, the last order does better than the one before it.

I give the manga an 8 because it does everything I think and comedy would, but leaves me disappointed by the ending. Also, while I didn't want heavy character development, the lack a it makes it a little disappointing. At the very least, I wanted to know a few more character's story, which I think would have lent itself to even more funny moments.

If you are looking into a short, light, and funny read this manga is good. But if you want a character development and progress look elsewhere.

... Last updated on December 2nd, 2011, 10:18am
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So great..  
by Roofstone
April 20th, 2011, 2:14am
Rating: 9.5 / 10.0
This is just great. It is pure, simplistic fun. And it is very romantic on some occasions.
The writing is great, characters are fun and well designed. They all compliment each other well.

And the relationship between Ran and Julia is simply adorable. As the manga itself states, it is the airhead and the idiot. And what is this? A happy ending in a yuri manga? Didnt the autor get the memo?

Yay for this manga. Read it. And thank you HAYASHIYA Shizuru for making such a sweet little manga for me to read.
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not bad - slight spoilers in comment  
by cornhobble
October 31st, 2010, 10:46pm
Rating: 7.5 / 10.0
First yuri for me! I really liked it; the art is nice and the characters really grow on you. The one thing that I disliked was the ending. Ending wasn't unhappy, but it felt tacked on and soap-opera worthy. That said, putting the wtf-ness of the last "twist" aside, it's a good manga worth reading. biggrin Fluffy and cute.
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