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Poor Mugi Tadano... The sixteen-year-old is heartbroken after his girlfriend moves away. To ease his troubled state, Mugi takes a summer job at his friend Kazuki’s beachside snack bar/hotel on a tropical island. It seems like the perfect plan–until Kazuki sets Mugi up on a date with Yuu, who’s supposed to be, well, a little less than perfect. When Yuu arrives, however, she’s not the monster that either of the boys had imagined. In fact, Yuu is about the cutest person that Mugi has ever seen. But after Mugi accidentally walks in on Yuu in the bath, the girl is steamed. When trying to apologize the next day, he discovers that Yuu has left the shores of paradise. Mugi vows to search high and low for the beautiful Yuu, but will he ever see her again?
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28 vols and ongoing?! Really?! I just came to this manga again to find it's not over yet...it's really frustrating. So i adjusted my rating. To think i gave this a 6.5, man what was i thinking? At first glance and after reading the first chapters this manga is cute, the art looks nice, it looks like plenty of other manga out there. Boy was i fooled. It takes forever for Mugi to grow a pair. That usually happens in manga like this, but it's just not...man i can't believe it. It's absolutely ridiculous how the main characters behave. It may be funny at first but i just had to skip a bunch of chapters to see him end the chase and then what happens? Nothing. Nothing happens at all despite every single character pushing them to be more assertive about their feelings. No man would live so long with his girlfriend without nothing happening, no matter how innocent or inexperienced he may be. So yeah Mugi keeps on being a wuss, a wimp, a coward. Make no mistake that's what he is. The story has no flow whatsoever, just a bunch of moments thrown in hoping that somehow they connect. Some of the characters are extremely annoying and there is no way, no way in hell, a weakling like Mugi would attract so many suitors. I think at some point a line has to be made, it's nowhere near realistic, not even by manga status. It just seems the mangaka wants to keep making money and forgeting the meaning of standards. Let's take a good look at how a volume develops for example. The main chars are living their lives, and suddenly bam! a new character pops out of nowhere to talk to Mugi for example. This new char is obviously a girl and if she's not into Mugi she wants Yuu and Mugi together so she just makes a bunch of tricks to see them together or doing ecchi stuff. But Mugi and Yuu are made of stone and even if they get into those situations nothing happens. Afterwards that character leaves and it's like nothing ever happened, they just smile say goodbye to the char and go on with their lives. How can that still happen at this point in the story? Just what is the purpose of this? Seriously? It's not romance, it's not slice of life, it's not comedy. And let's not forget all the fanservice going on. To be sick of seeing fanservice and being male...i didn't think it would be possible. It feels like Mugi is content with dreaming of stuff. I don't think people want to see imaginary panty shots in manga. If the characters were broken or had been through troublesome childhoods or experiences and didn't know how to connect or had trouble with their feelings i would understand, taking it slow would be the way to go but that's just not the case here. All in all it's just not good enough, it gets barely mediocre. If you want to get this frustrated with a manga and rant angrily about something that should be enjoyable but is terrible then go on ahead and read it, but i won't recommend it, except if you pay me to do so or if i'm in a saddistic mood.
I used to love it...
I couldn't wait for more Pastel, it was great... then somewhere around volume 16 or so... I started to really grow weary of how little progress was being made. Eventually I got to the point where I just skimmed chapters looking for the little to no progress in them, and ultimately... I have just stopped caring. The art was once charming... but now it's just annoying, and the characters were... well... in retrospect, the characters aren't all that great to begin with. If you want a really good romance... go read I''s or something. This one will only disappoint you.
Edit: Oh wow... blast from the past. Something got me thinking about this series again, so I came to my lists to find out if I'd finished it or dropped it. I had dropped it... and imagine my surprise when I looked and saw there were 44 issues to this series.
Holy hell, 44 issues! Like... Berserk's been around since 1989 and it only has 39 issues. And at least things happen in Berserk. I'm glad I jumped ship back then.
... Last updated on June 9th, 2017, 8:08am
Hidden under the great art is a complete lack of story progression and ultimately, disappointment
This series seems like it will never end...and that isn't a good thing. So little happens in each volume, which I would be understanding if it wasn't the same little progress in each volume. Slice of life doesn't mean you repeat the same storyline over and over and over again. Slow romance pops up for this, but it doesn't really feel like anything happens. I will wait until this is over and read the final volume. Considering I stopped after 20th volume, I feel like I could skip between the 1st and last volume without missing anything really significant...
Not much going on, but a pretty fun read. It's a bit of a pity that it gets stretched so badly, but the recent 100% slice of life chapters are actually also pretty fun. It's just disappointing for those expecting some good development every now and then.
one of the slowest romance mangas I've ever read, skip beat is the slowest but it doesn't focus on romance the whole time like pastel does. To top it off the manga gets updated every couple of months which sucks. Even when they start dating the relationship progresses at the speed of a snail,1 kiss every 30 chapters or so,hold hands occasionally. I honestly think a slice of life ecchi manga is a better description not a slice of life romance. Even after all my complaining all admit i still do like this manga, particularly the art. but I'm slowly losing interest over time. If you like a slow shounen romance story, and are tired of the cliched shoujo romance stories read this.
... Last updated on November 22nd, 2011, 3:51am
great for certain people
dont let the description fool you. it isnt a manga about searching for lost love. (well thats what i thought until i read it)
this manga is really good (for the faster readers) if you are a slow reader, you will get very bored of this manga, mainly because it drags out the main plot. eventually, it gets better. so if you get past all the dragging it turns out to be really good,
Its suprisingly warm for a romantic comedy, But because it is a romantic comedy you shouldn't expect too much from it. Little slow paced, but deserves a 8.5
Slice of life
I can see ppl complain about how this manga drag on, but they forget that this is heavily a slice of life series, not drama focus. And the nature of slice of life is Draggy.
good story first 100 chapters
The romance portion of this manga is interesting... The slice of life IS Boring...why do I want to read 5 chapters with nothing but a cat roaming the streets this should have been wrapped up at about 100 chapters..the rest is a waste in my opinion
Really, it should have ended long ago. Its cute, but since its so long some of the material is kind of recycled and used in similar ways. You could stop reading whenever you want and the characters relationships will probably be the same at whatever chapter you pick it up at. Again, it's cute. But 40 volumes? Nah thank you. Read until you get bored.
P.S. Parallel is basically the same thing, but condensed. Read that one first. Its only 20 or so chapters.