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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 (2652d ago)
v.4 c.30 by Solaris-SVU (2653d ago)
v.4 c.29 by Solaris-SVU (2655d ago)
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4 Volumes (Complete)

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Bitter Virgin by Master_M2K

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Average: 8.3 / 10.0 (2590 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.28 / 10.0
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Young GanGan (Square Enix)

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Thinking about life   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by randomblah123
September 15th, 2010, 8:59am
This manga was totally out of the blue for me. The usual...procrastinating and chose random manga, but it really took me by surprise.
The series is classified as seinen so do expect that things will be a bit more serious than most. The storyline is absolutely amazing, and the mangaka is very brave to be able to write about something that is so similar to her own experiences, and especially on such a painful subject as well.
More than the plot itself, its what it says about life that is really worthwhile in this manga. I'm not usually a person that looks at any real morales in stories (and its not like you can go far with manga) but this one was a big revelation. Its all good when its a cool hero in some other person's story, but when you experience it yourself as shown in this manga's close proximity to the family, it really is a totally different story.
Definitely worth the read, and its not even that long. Must give it a try!
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About The Ending *SPOILERS*   
Rating: N/A
by beexsama
August 12th, 2010, 8:54pm
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Now that I carefully think about what they said in the end, I deduced that they did probably live happily ever after. I think that the final thoughts they have about someone more deserving are themselves in the future.

He mentions, "One day a man much more mature than I am should take care of Aikawa."

She mentions, "One day he will find a cheerful girl much more suited for him than I am."

That mature person is his future self. He is only a high school student and has a long road ahead of him.

Aikawa too is still only in her infancy, and still has the potential (as we see her grow throughout the story), to become a "cheerful girl."

The whole, "the two of us must part," is used to speak about their present "immature" selves, that they will leave behind once they mature.

So until that day comes when they grow up, and have to start thinking about things like starting a career, finding a house and eventually raising a family (and in their case finding Aikawa's child), they are going to enjoy themselves. Because, as everyone knows, you are a high school student only once, and you live only once.

WOW, very well done mangaka.

... Last updated on August 12th, 2010, 8:54pm
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this manga is.amazing   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Fatmanjj
July 8th, 2010, 4:00am
I stumbled upon this series completely by chance with no idea what was in store for me as I finished the first chapter I realized that this was something special looking back upon this series it is incredibly original and well written I found myself moved to tears multiple times while reading this never had any manga made me feel such depths of sorrow and heights of joy in such a short period of time I highly recommend this manga to anyone who is mature enough to appreciate this story and not afraid to cry
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very good   
Rating: N/A
by goodgirl94
June 10th, 2010, 2:49pm
this manga was a very good manga. it made me think and sometimes made me cry. it is not for the weak of heart or for those that like the innocent type of shojo love.

i didnt like the ending. but with a manga that is sad most of the way through what else could you expect from the ending?

i reccomend it to those who can handle it.

... Last updated on June 10th, 2010, 3:41pm
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Something's Missing? Not sure what...   
Rating: 6.0 / 10.0
by MightyMaeve
March 29th, 2010, 6:54am
Wow! This is a popular manga!

I think it's worth a look-see, for sure, but there are better expressed and more long-lasting impressions made by other serious-topic manga. Kusunoki-sensei did a lovely, clean job with the sharp, thick lined illustrations and spacing. Her style reminds me of Minekura-sensei (Saiyuki), especially around the eyes, but without the intense detail and emotion. It was an aesthetically pleasing, smooth art experience and delivery of frames nonetheless,but again, it wasn't breath-taking.

Her narration was worthy and delivered competently, but it lacked something. The young man seemed to just be blown along with the story, not truly making any decisions other than to accept what is given to him. He is very empathetic and likeable, but lacking climax. The young girl protagonist is also lack-lustre; undeniably, she is disturbed, but it never really seems real, her history. In fact, all the characters, from the sister to the jealous but human 'girlfriend' are realistic and understandable, but not entirely approachable. The narration perhaps is too slow or not enough happens, or maybe the story is just missing some sort of resolution.

All in all, it's still gentle and touching in a light way. But for the subject matter, it should have ripped my heart out.

... Last updated on March 29th, 2010, 6:56am
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Could be worse.   
Rating: N/A
by Trifoilum
March 23rd, 2010, 11:42pm
...There certainly are lots of worse romance stories out there, but this doesn't really take the cake either. But it could be worse. Far, far worse.

The heroine's (and the mangaka) situation certainly deserves every sympathy, and I do appreciate the take on their relationship. But I would wish she would make it shorter. The build feels very slow, too much drama, too much angst over unrequited loves, and one too many past confessions. And no thanks especially to the jealous girl. Kick her out and I'll be spared from several wtf moments and lots of unnecessary drama.

I like the childhood friend. And the sister. They're strong. And the heroine has her strong moment too, but the hero takes the cake in terms of self-condescending "I'm not worthy, she had dark past" angsts, tho, which is very strange as far as self-condescending comes.

And I think the future, as bleak as it seems to be, will make a pretty good future out of them. As far as seinen universe are concerned, theirs seems very bright compared to others.

But yeah, it could be done better.

... Last updated on March 23rd, 2010, 11:45pm
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Great Read   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by Convalescence
March 6th, 2010, 1:15am
It seemed to end abruptly (almost rushed?) but I feel that it was for the best.

One of the things I liked the most about this manga is the end...
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"I'll love you only until you find someone more deserving". The lack of self-confidence that they both feel just makes you to want more. You can only hope that it's a "happily ever after"... that's how I try to see it as when I think of their future.

Anyways, Bitter Virgin is a great series. Definite read for anyone that doesn't mind shedding a few tears in the beginning.

... Last updated on March 6th, 2010, 1:16am
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Happy Ending???   
Rating: 7.0 / 10.0
by SerenitySuzy
February 12th, 2010, 10:32pm
I'm a happy ending kind of person and the ending to that story defientely wasn't happy. The story was suspenseful and the guy was really dedicated and cool to keep loving Aikawa despite her past because I know I couldn't be that generous. But the ending was so abrupt and didn't make sense. I'd like to ignore what they said about probably not being together forever but even the couple believes it themselves, what kind of ending is thatconfused It's like those movie endings where you go "sequel".
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Inner strength will push us through...   
Rating: N/A
by frei
January 17th, 2010, 1:03am
The story [of Hinako] is something altogether uncommon in mangas or is something mangakas intentionally do not generally venture into [from what I've read so far].Hinako's struggle in the manga is a deliberate manifestation of her past. Her experience is something most of us only read or watch about; and I believe such survivors like her are worth the admiration of struggling to attempt living normally even with the burden they are bearing. If you like a manga that will show values such as trust and forbearance as an important mix of the story, check it out.
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This is what I think about the ending.   
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by LUEser
October 14th, 2009, 8:49am
The ending was really deep; yes, it was sort of sudden but it was deep, emotional and I like it. Daisuke and Hinaki wishes to be together until they both lost feelings for eachother. Nevertheless, they both wishes each other good luck even after they aren't together. It takes a real person with a great heart to wish their ex to have a good life even when they aren't dating anymore.
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