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Scene: The School Rooftop The hero (me, Junpei Manaka!) sneaks up to the roof to see the sunset. When he opens the door, he startles a mysterious beauty. She panics and runs away, but not before Junpei has caught sight of her adorable strawberry print panties...in EXTREME close-up. With that vision forever burned into his memory, Junpei embarks on a quest to find the girl, and the panties, of his dreams!
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Keeps On Surprising Until the End
Previous commentators have noted a lot of the flaws in this manga - Manaka is aggravatingly indecisive and his bumbling behavior, where the majority of his encounters with women involve his freaking out somehow and knocking them over for the obligatory panty shot, feel a bit cringy after a while. He's somewhere in the middle among harem male leads in that he's not particularly 'harem-worthy' (as in he doesn't really do anything that makes you say "yes, in real life this guy could actually make multiple girls interested in him at once", but he's not a total wet blanket or someone who seems annoyed by the attention (usually the worst kind if not treated right). He's not especially helpful or considerate but I guess his passion for films is kind of endearing.
That being said, the ending broke my expectations and that's why I gave it a better-than-average rating.
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Until the last few chapters, I was 100% sure that he would end up with Toujou Aya. In typical harem manga you often know early on who is going to win, if it's not a harem ending. Everything, especially Nishino Tsukasa going to France, indicated that the two would be left to finally be together. She seems at first like an obvious 'hidden gem' character - one who ends up stealing the show from the original love interest. Yet Tsukasa turns out to be that girl and I suppose it makes sense because of course, Aya was really the original and their encounter was an accident. It's certainly a much more surprising, last-minute twist than Nisekoi's.
That being said I can't say I'm totally happy with the ending or plot. There's a lot of angst in the story and I suppose I like the realistic ending - not everyone ends up immediately with their high school sweetheart and Manaka seems to come into his own, independent of Toujou and her scripts, and she does the same independent of him. Yet I don't really feel satisfied with the way that he reunited with Tsukasa five years later without pursuing his obvious chemistry with Toujou at all. Given the build-up, the abruptness of the break between him and Toujou feels poorly planned, as does the reunion with Tsukasa when every indication was that they were through. In the end they all are following their own dreams without relying on or holding people down, but that kind of ruins the whole network of support and friendship build up in the story. Toujou's self-doubt and stress over her writing never really ends up addressed. I suppose her giving him the notebook signals that she's trying to write for her own sake, rather than for his eyes, but I never really felt that his and Tsukasa's relationship had the same kind of mutual support and maybe that is why his ending up with her felt less 'right' to me.
Also I can't help but feel bad for Satsuki and Amachi. They might not be complex characters but I was sure that they would have some kind of happier ending, maybe with one another. Satsuki's constant, desperate attempts to get Manaka's attention when he constantly forced himself to ignore her were one of the more uncomfortable parts of the story. Underneath the ecchi there's a girl constantly feeling the pain of rejection and taking it out on herself.
Part of me wanted a harem ending, or at least a feel-good, "good friends/collaborators" ending with Toujou, but I'm not going to begrudge the ending when it took risks while still fitting in, in hindsight, with the development of the plot.
Very good but couldnt bear the ending for the 1st or 2nd time
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i remeber finishing this manga years ago back in 2008 but started it in 2006 - 2007..... well lets say i was getting the feeling the character i was cheering was not going to be the one with the happy ending..... so after reading the first 78 ( wasnt completly stanslated during that tme) i stop and waited for it to be complete scanlated.
Unlike you i couldnt bear with to so i skip to the ending ( 10 chapter before the ending) to confirm my intuition..... and i was correct......im happy i didnt bother going with the manga... its not like i hated the other characters, i just had my reason to like one of them from since the begining
anyway came back to finish this manga which i never wanted to do....ofcourse to get the feels back started from the beginning....sigh i shouldnt have completed it again the result knowiing the full story was still the same as i felt when i skip to the end
Its good manga still for those of yall that like these kind of stories.... I guess for some of yall this might be old school and so i cant so much about that since im also part of that generation way back in the 90s but i still think old school manga has a more attaching story compare to the new ones. this manga you wont hate it
My score for 7 is for my expectation not for how well done the manga was .... i beleive a 10 would fit it better since it was a very good manga but for me who wanted another way it will get a ten for those that are like me
In all honesty, I could say that this is one of the best manga of the genre (ecchi romantic comedy) that I've ever read. There is a refreshing pace to the story, tracking the developments of each of the characters as they live on their high school lives and a surprising amount of depth to the characters in the story. Although there are points at which the indecisive incompetence of the main character blessed with the good fortune of four amazing lead female characters becomes irritating, there is a level of dynamic change to the male protagonist as well (e.g. developing his desire for a future, changes in his perception toward relations of the opposite sex, overall growth and maturity regarding life). The female characters are also pretty fleshed out (there is a level of superficiality to their development, but it's to a degree where it's acceptable given I believe that not all humans have a certain level of depth anyway).
Overall, it's a compelling bildungsroman of an average high school student (barring the gratuitously ecchi-filled moments of comical relief) as he navigates through life with his relationships with the four heroines serving as symbolic reflections of the circumstances in life. Personally, I may be a little biased toward this work, as it was one of my firsts of this genre, but even after 4 different readings in different periods of my life, I can claim that it still preserves its initial luster and heart-pounding representation of youth that hooked me onto it in the first place.
TL;DR: I <3 this shit
My Absolute Favorite Harem Manga
Seriously, I rarely like a harem manga. Too much ecchi, cheesy romance, and drama for my taste, not to mention clueless and stupid male protagonists and over-the-top female leads. Even though Ichigo 100% definately has these elements( I was going to drop 4 volumes in...) I'm glad I stuck to it. The girl he chose at the end totally made me forgive the series for its flaws. In fact, what was going for between these two made it one of the most inspirational romances ever, which is extremely rare for a harem series. Props to the mangaka on this work.
... Last updated on August 29th, 2014, 6:16pm
I gave it rating of 10 because I'm nice like that, it doesn't represent anything.
So what I liked about this manga? Firstly, Ecchi scenes! They where more or less done well, they created a nice feeling of anticipation while staying innocent at the same time. The art, I didn't really pay much attention to it, so it doesn't distract from story, that I think is a good thing. I liked some facial expressions at times, but other than that nothing more to say. There could be some more minor characters involvement, since the world created by author seemed a bit empty and... well, even dead at times. The girl trio had a lot of potential, since you get two who are polar opposites and one who's something of a middle ground, but it wasn't used almost at all, since romantic plot was moved by tripping and falling on each other revealing panties. Oh and something else to complain about, after 167 chapters, I was expecting to know characters a bit better and become more intimate with them.
Overall liked it. Was a bit hard to finish in one go though.
Better than Love Hina, though another typical harem..
I exaggerated nearly two years ago when I praised this particular manga. It truly fits in the harem category, however, there are just too many unrealistic issues and predicaments, which become utterly ridiculous at times. Despite its numerous flaws, it remains to be a decent read for a teen audience.
... Last updated on December 12th, 2015, 6:58pm
Leaves a scar in my memory.
it's been 6 or 7 years since i finished reading this manga.
several years ago when i first finished it... i didn't feel this bad... but now recently when i re-read it again....I feel so devastated after reading those last chapters. i didn't cry, but i couldn't sleep well because of it. i feel so depressed. i feel so f***ed up.
it's beautiful but painful to remember. it's like planting a lovely flower but also damaging the soil at the same time. it leaves a scar in my memory.
my logic tells me that i have to forget it...it's only a fiction...it's not real, dude.. but my imagination makes the whole stories and characters feel so real. (i'm an artist, so i tend to use imagination rather than logic LOL) and so i'm trapped between reality and fictional world.
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my chest hurt when i saw the chapter when aya confess her feeling to junpei from behind the door and then it revealed that junpei and aya have the same numbers from the fortune-teller at the school fest. but sadly, none of them know it.
and also the scene in the snow when junpei finally realized that he and aya actually love each other.
i feel so devastated when i saw aya cries after that. like i said before, i was trapped between reality and fictional world. and i know i couldn't do anything to help her. :(
and i really feel sorry for satsuki too...
well, this is an almost perfect manga. i give it 9.0 the art is nice, and the story makes me feel so connected with the characters. i grew up with this manga, so it feels like the story is part of my memories. it's beautiful, but beware...it can be heart stabbing for some people... even for action comic lover like me.
it'd be even more awesome if the mangaka makes alternative endings for each girls. then all the brokenhearted readers can feel a lot better.
i hope this post doesn't make me look like a melancholic person LOL...
i heard this manga has been reprinted this year in japan with new cover arts.
... Last updated on October 11th, 2013, 4:27am
unforgetable shounen manga
Since i first finished reading ichigo 100% i began to read a lot more shonen romance manga. However among them only a few that can bring me such a warm and connected feeling with the charracter inside the manga. I am very love the way that every charracter has a dream which drive them to reach their future. Nevertheless the ending was perfect, if you can think clearly its absolutely logical why the ending is like that.
This is without a doubt one of the best manga's I've read. Yes some will complain the main character is weak and can't make up his mind but I found that truthful. I myself "though NOT in any sort of harem setting" always found myself out of touch with what I should do as far as girls whom I like and who liked me while I was a teenager. There were many times where the timing was just simply not there. And that's what this story is. It's a story as much about timing as about finding your own path in life and following it. Was this perfect, no. If it was i would have given it a 10 There were a couple characters that in my opinion Manaka would have been happy with. But the choice he made was without a doubt the correct one. That is always the truest test of a harem style manga. Do you feel there is a right answer even when you have your own personal favorites, and in reality any choice made would be a good choice.
... Last updated on May 8th, 2013, 7:34am
Strawberries, ponnies and chasing dreams
I can't say I read much shounen romance up to this point but starting this series I kinda knew what to expect. Cliched plot, lots of ecchi scenes, somewhat annoying main character. So from the very beginning I would not be disappointed by that stuff. General things out of the way first: art was ok nothing else, cliched plot, comedy wasn't there for me, found only a couple of scenes to make me laugh, drama moments are rare and quickly resolved and make little impact to the story.
Now, the main premise of any harem manga is, of course, having bunch of people falling in love with one person who then gets to decide his/her preference. All this is set up so the reader would usually take a pick of the favorite character and rooting for him/her throughout the series. Simplistic and repetitive concept but strangely efficient when coupled with decent writing. I finished this series in 4 days and still felt it outdrawn at the times when plot made no progress. Some chapters had no purpose there then being a filler. With all these flaws I could still not help it but attach myself to this manga till it's very end.
The main character, as I said before, proved to be mildly annoying. Many readers were irked by his indecisiveness. Stupid indecisive prick, is what I fell he is at times but still has some good sides to him and I could not make myself to actually hate him. Now on to the female characters, the harem part. I will put this in a spoiler.
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Let's start with Aya. I don't like her, plain and simply. She falls for the mc from the very beginning but never acts upon it until the very end. Yes, Manaka helped her out of her shell, made her fell more confidence about her writing and shared his dream that she accepted as her own. And that's it. Their exchange is limited to that. All this receives no further development other than Aya finally realizing she has her own path in life to follow. She felt kinda pathetic.
I have few things to say about Satsuki. When she appeared at first I liked her character. She was very outgoing, aggressive even and her relationship with Manaka builds over time with them having similar tastes. But then, a disaster. She uses only her body to seduce him. Her aggression spills over and she strips naked in front of him, forces herself on to him, even tries to rape him couple of times. So Satsuki surfaces as a one trick pony she is and builds my dislike towards her. Mangaka even tried to drop her from the race two time always bringing her back like she couldn't figure out what else to do with her afterwards.
Now the main course, Tsukasa. For me the most enjoyable character of the entire series. She's not too passive and not too aggressive and falls down the middle of the previous two. She is nice but not lenient like Aya, has backbone and tends to speak her mind but is not overly obtrusive like Satsuki. With Manaka Tsukasa is both kind and harsh at times but always showing her love and loyalty. At one point she dumps him but soon comes back and is ready to wait for him to make up his mind. Not that Manaka did anything to deserve this but whatever.
All this being said, the ending didn't came as much of a shock really. I read other people comment's and was quite surprised to see many readers not expecting it. I pretty much dropped Aya as a likely candidate to end up with mc early in the series. Doubt about this prediction did surface in the last couple of volumes but throughout the series I gave more chances to Yui than Aya. As I mentioned before, her and Manaka's relationship receives no development. They like each other from the start but neither does anything about it. You need more than initial liking for relationship to works. Many people think that they were fated to be together but that is stupid. I am honestly glad that fated couple/number thing at the festival didn't get further advancement. That would be moronic. Opposite to this you have Tsukasa who took more active role. She didn't seek to get close to Manaka by following him to the same school. She took her time with him, going slowly and building up and coming out on top by showing great character development. Even her ecchi scenes served to a purpose of advancing their relationship, unlike the others'. Had Manaka ended up with some other girl all that build up would be in vain. The ending itself was classical "x years later" type. It has a small degree of openness to it. Manaka is still on his way of becoming a successful movie director and his relationship whit Tsukasa starts over with their future relying solely upon them. I tend to like it.
So overall, it was an enjoyable read. The series got me going but it was in no way that good for me wanting to read it again sometimes.