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Bitter Virgin  
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Suwa Daisuke is an ordinary, but popular, high school student. One of his classmates, Aikawa Hinako, is somewhat fearful of men and because she ran away from just his attempt to touch her hair, he states to one of his buddies, that she is the only one he wouldn't date, unaware all of the people in his classroom could hear them, including Hinako.
Daisuke's attitude changes after he unintentionally hears a shocking truth that she confesses in an abandoned church. His former annoyance turns to compassion and concern. Hinako is unaware that he knows her 'little' secret. Believing him to have no romantic interest, she becomes more relaxed and comfortable in his company. Their relationship faces a lot of obstacles, including jealous classmates.


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Горькая невинность

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v.4 c.31-32 (end) by Solaris-SVU (3315d ago)
v.4 c.30 by Solaris-SVU (3316d ago)
v.4 c.29 by Solaris-SVU (3317d ago)
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4 Volumes (Complete)

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Bitter Virgin by Master_M2K

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User Rating
Average: 8.3 / 10.0 (2677 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.28 / 10.0
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Last Updated
July 8th 2017, 5:51am PST



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Young GanGan (Square Enix)

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Bitter Virgin   
Rating: N/A
by distraughthallelujah
February 8th, 2017, 7:01am
Some parts are pretty average for a shoujo manga, but for the most part the characters were likable and well done and the more mature themes I actually appreciated -- I felt like the darkness hanging over it was a much-needed added level to make it an impactful story. It for the most part accurately portrayals the fear of someone who has been abused as well as the terrible sadness of a mother losing her child
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both with the older sister and with the main character, Hinako's, abortion
. Could have been much better, but having read the amount of shoujo that I have, it was still above average.
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It was good   
Rating: 7.5 / 10.0
by SangMo
October 20th, 2016, 12:12am
But the ending just left a bad taste in my mouth.

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As they admit their love for each other, they both think that one day they will leave each other for other people. What? Personally I don't find that to be a good ending to a manga where it deals with these 2 and then at the end when they FINALLY get together, it's taken away.

Some might call that realistic, but this story wasn't mean to be realistic. We were given a "happy ending" with an *.
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Melodramatic but still enjoyable enough   
Rating: 7.0 / 10.0
by plotrobert
April 29th, 2016, 2:32pm
Right out of the gate this manga gives you a decent plot hook, I was at least intrigued to begin with. However long term there's certainly a slow decline in quality, leading to a pretty lukewarm ending. I did enjoy how the story actually dealt with some pretty heavy issues, but the obligatory third wheel love interest character just ruined the story for me with her constant shit. I just wanted someone to give her a nice slap in the face.

This is still alright but it is kind of forgettable. The early chapters make you think the rest of the story will be super deep but it's really just typical shoujo fare.

... Last updated on April 29th, 2016, 2:33pm
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that's true that tis series is little bit too dramatic   
Rating: N/A
January 4th, 2016, 8:14pm
I agree with some people that this series is too dramatic. But I love how the author describes Hinako and Daisuke feelings, but I donít really like the ending. somehow it's not happy ending to me.
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Rating: 9.7 / 10.0
by seat
December 1st, 2015, 4:25pm
this story is for a more mature audience so if rape offends you i advise you to not read it.

this story is beautiful. you will see what i mean if you read it. you will not regret it. it changed me and my perspective of life and people. i hope you will enjoy it as much as i did.
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Bitter Virgin   
Rating: 7.0 / 10.0
by scorcher
September 4th, 2014, 4:41am
This cannot be describe as anything else, other than a work of extraordinary art and fantastic storytelling. Most manga that are of the same kind of theme as Bitter Virgin tends to lose it's purity by displaying an excessive amount of sexual assault. I am not some sick person who would want to read in details about what happen when it comes to something such as Rape and so I do not wish for there to be unnecessary display. And being who I am, I am please that the manga did a great job showing just the right amount to give me an idea of what the heroine is going through. At the same time, we aren't just focus with the protagonist point of view alone but the whole casts of characters. Reading through this manga, it is as though I myself have been pulled into their world and is living among them, watching as their story unfold.

Truth be told, I was afraid to read this because I thought that it would surely leave a hole inside me. But after finishing it, I regretted not reading it sooner. Bitter Virgin isn't just about your typical school romance of back and white, but a colorful story of a young man who fell in love with a girl whom no one could possibly love. A love that transcend beyond what people comprehend as love and a purity that goes beyond Virginity itself. I think that this is what the author is trying to display and is the driving force for a Bitter Virgin.
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Rating: N/A
by alicewhite3151998
May 17th, 2014, 9:40am
I feel for the Hinako, and all that shes been through, but I'm guessing everybody else feels the same way for her...
I thought the main character (Daisuke) could of been more confident, and more there for the character. Yes, granted that they are in high school. Any high school guy would have wavered in their response upon hearing the awful truth about what had happened to the girl.
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I felt so bad that the Daisuke's sister had a baby and wanted one w. She went through all this fuss about wanting one or not. Then she loses it. I was crying so badly when I got to that part. I think the saying "beggars can't be choosers" would fit in with that scenario.
When I read that Hinako finally found out that Daisuke listened to her at the church. I would of been so mad and hurt. Yeah, she got mad for a while and ignored Daisuke; but it didn't last too long. I don't know, I thought if I was in her situation I would of done something differently. I mean that's the ONLY reason why he approached yo. He wouldn't of done so if he didn't listen to your problems, that essentially means that your whole friendship basis was out of pity.

... Last updated on May 17th, 2014, 9:55am
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Pretty good   
Rating: 7.3 / 10.0
by MatrixM
December 14th, 2013, 2:00am
I remember years ago I definintely did NOT want to read this series. For the same reason as hot gimmick. I just didn't want to read a series about abuse. In the last couple of years, though, i've kinda craved these darker stories.

This is a pretty solid series but it has a smattering of cliches. I was kind of surprised when one of the tragic developments that I was thinking 'it would be good for the story if this happened' actually happened. bigrazz

It's classified as Seinen here, probably as it was published in a seinen mag, but at times it frequently flirts with shoujo which is at times annoying.

I'm pretty amazed by the ending, where 4 of the characters, including the main 2 are certain
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that the two won't stay together forever but will break up eventually and spend the rest of their lives with others
. Due to the underlying shoujo-ness of the series it's a fantastic little spin on the story. I mean, it's really freaking realistic, but perhaps a touch cynical and definitely a little sad.

Still, for the few cliches perhaps, it felt like it could've been better. Still, read it, if you have a few hours and not much else or want some escapism. I think it took me 4-5.
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A soap opera that fails it´s own topic   
Rating: 4.0 / 10.0
by residentgrigo
July 27th, 2013, 3:17am
Bitter Virgin may try to sensibly cover the subject of sexual abuse but that doesn´t mean that it will get an automatic pass from me. The borderline harem narrative sucks overall, the art is only serviceable, the characters are all one dimensional and the ending is an unresolved mess with an undertone of victim shaming.
The manga was thus a giant waste of my time and i further checked out a few of her other more upbeat series and didn´t like any of them either. Good rape focused drama are the reviewed Mars (10/10) and Watashi-tachi no Shiawase na Jikan (9,5/10) so read them instead.

... Last updated on December 21st, 2015, 4:07pm
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surprised it has mostly great ratings   
Rating: 4.0 / 10.0
by Suiren-nyan
April 14th, 2013, 2:34pm
I'm disappointed with this manga. Having read Zankoku na kami ga shihai suru, I think Bitter Virgin doesn't explore the theme of sexual abuse of teenagers all that great. Some parts were left unexplored (the offender, the protagonist's realtionship with her mother, her reasoning not to tell the mother about her abuse when it started...). In comparision to Jeremy, the heroine doesn't have much personality. During her abuse she acts more like she is below 10, rather than a middle school student (well she is a Japanese girl, likely to be submissive and passive, but I couldn't enjoy her characterization - she does *nothing* to stop the abuse and she is no small child). Actually, to me she seems like a dumb doll - the way she is drawn, her expressions... I don't like the art of this manga, it's not really pretty, kinda awkward.

Another example of a very interesting manga with a teenager abused by the father/step-father is Satougashi no Dangan wa Uchinukenai. The characterizations are unique and amazing, the psychological themes explored in a mature and interesting way. In comparision, the lady from Bitter Virgin "hates men" and flinches every time a person with a penis approaches her, even when they are teenage boys in school uniforms and don't resemble the offender in any way. She wasn't gang raped or tortured physically (not counting the rape itself) so I don't find this portrayal of her reaction to males realistic at all, rather cliche, something a teenage girl would write thinking it's "dramatic". The protagonist acted normal enough during her abuse, with the abuser in the house-- normal enough her mother didn't suspect anything. So why later she flinches even when a boy just try speaking to her? I'm not a specialist of sexual abuse, but one I know for sure - I don't find characterization like this deep, interesting (won't argue it's unrealistic - I don't know)

I think this manga is trying to be too dramatic, it's almost ridiculous. For example the heroine's confession...
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She was raped in middle school by her step-father, got pregnant, had miscarriage... Dramatic, isn't it? But then she continues... she got pregnant again... gave birth to a boy... gave him up for adoption... At this point I'm like "". But's it's not over yet-- before her confession she admitted she is not Catholic, yet she decides to ask the "Catholic priest"'s permission to celebrate her baby boy's first birthday.

Her boy's first birthday is today, how dramatic! /sarcasm

Another example is the first rape scene. The guy takes her panties off, rapes her, then shows her the panties splattered with blood-- he just took her virginity. White innocent panties splattered with blood, how dramatic. Except he took them off.

Even the chapters' names are cheesy and overly dramatic "her horror", "her nightmare", "her determination", "her unknown tragedy"...

I admit I did cry a bit while reading the manga, but you know, I also cried while watching the Lion King. I think Bitter Virgin explores some interesting dark themes, but I'm not sure I like how they are explored - at times too sketchy, at times too over-the-top. Not for me.

... Last updated on April 15th, 2013, 4:00am
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