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Hadashi de Bara o Fume  
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From Viz:

Poor Sumi Kitamura… Her irresponsible older brother Eisuke keeps bringing home orphans for her to take care of even though they can barely afford their own basic needs! Just when Sumi's financial problems become dire, wealthy Soichiro Ashida enters her life with a bizarre proposition: he'll provide her with the money she so desperately needs if she agrees to marry him. But can Sumi fool high society into thinking she's a proper lady? Moreover, is it worth giving up everything for this sham of a marriage?


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Associated Names
نمشي على الورود حفاة الأقدام
Hadashi de Bara wo Fume
Hoa hồng đỏ (HĐức)
Hoa hồng tình yêu (ĐN)
Stepping on Roses
Stepping on Roses Barefoot

Groups Scanlating
Black Lilac Scans
Kokoro Xin
Kyousui Moon

Latest Release(s)
c.57 (end) by Roselia Scanlations over 5 years ago
c.56 by Roselia Scanlations over 5 years ago
c.55 by Roselia Scanlations over 6 years ago
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Status in Country of Origin
9 Volumes (Complete)

Completely Scanlated?

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User Reviews
Hadashi de Bara wo Fume by xfrommetoyou

7 topics, 22 posts
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User Rating
Average: 7.5 / 10.0 (852 votes)
Bayesian Average: 7.47 / 10.0
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 4% (34 votes)

Last Updated
May 7th 2017, 6:45am PST



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Original Publisher

Serialized In (magazine)
Margaret (Shueisha)

Licensed (in English)

English Publisher
Viz (9 Volumes - Complete)

Activity Stats (vs. other series)
Weekly Pos #426 increased(+42)
Monthly Pos #597 decreased(-6)
3 Month Pos #623 decreased(-21)
6 Month Pos #620 increased(+10)
Year Pos #607 decreased(-55)

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On 2037 reading lists
On 811 wish lists
On 1787 completed lists
On 208 unfinished lists
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Forum Posts
Who thinks that Sumi and Nozumo are siblings? over 5 years ago
Chapter 55 -Spoilers- over 6 years ago
Rinko Ueda to End Hadashi de Bara wo Fume in Japan over 6 years ago
[spoiler] ch 52 over 6 years ago
blinded by love ( spoilers) over 6 years ago

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for Arranged Marriage gener lovers   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Maik0
February 8th, 2011, 11:56pm
well, the previous reviews made me hesitant to read this manga at first, but the plot encouraged me a bit ...then i didn't regret reading it at all, it's just awesome , the characters are really good, Nozomu is a complicated character ,you can't tell if he is actually good or bad person, the heroine is so kind thus people may called her naive , Ashida is hot but he is a bit annoying for not knowing his feeling clearly towards Sumi...i fully recommend it to you guys biggrin

... Last updated on February 16th, 2011, 9:21pm
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Rating: N/A
by Taiyou
January 17th, 2011, 10:25am
IDK if this is a spoiler but [spoiler] in the 6th chapter on page 7 they show a picture and Sumi is like "who's That?" and Nozomu wants to answer but his mom stops him. If you look closely it almost looks like Sumi (the curly hair and eyes) so what if they were really siblings!!!!! [spoiler] that would make everything so much weirder!!!!
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Rating: 7.0 / 10.0
by enaikelt
December 19th, 2010, 8:59pm
It was alright. Although I do disagree with Joziess on that point:
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It was kind of naive and shallow of her, but it seems like the author's point was that it was a sort of slap in the face for him. I can't say I've been in that position myself, but I've been in positions where I was stressing out and over-thinking a situation, when in retrospect what I needed was to sort of take a look at the big picture a bit and relax. It seems consistent with Nozumo's character that that was his problem.

She caught lucky though. I can't say it would have worked for most non-Nozumo people.

Personally, I don't actually mind the female lead all that much. I quite liked the story in general, even, and read through till the end. The female lead was a bit naive, and man, she can't save herself, but I liked her alright. At least she tried.

But her husband. I could have killed him. Frankly, he doesn't deserve to be the leader of his company. He had the potential to be an unbelievably cool character, but he's unbelievably immature; he yells, throws tantrums, slams doors. He takes out his emotions on his co-workers and doesn't attempt to hide it. He's underhanded, and the whole mess with Nozumo was his fault in the first place. Really, he's just a weird tsundere mix of occasional professionalism and a lot of childishness, yet he complains that everyone sees him only as a figurehead. I'm almost sorry that he inherited.

So it was okay. A bit cliche, but I can live with that. It was good enough to hold my attention, but toward the end, I was starting to sort of shy away from it, with all the bad omen foreboding. ;_;

... Last updated on December 19th, 2010, 9:02pm
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Full of *FACE PALM* moments. (Literally)   
Rating: 5.0 / 10.0
by Brucie_kun
December 10th, 2010, 4:19pm
Personally, I find this to be the strangest manga I've ever read..!
It's so cliche..the mangaka pulls out EVERY plotlines that any shoujo mangas ever have. Stupid girl, a Tsundere husband, surrounded by Crazy evil manipulative bastards that want to bring them down and...the melodrama ensues. Despite the sheer stupidity of this manga, I feel like there's a 'force' that makes me want to continue reading this!

It's not a good manga, but it can be considered a good 'SHOUJO MANGA', it is an epiphany of a good shoujo. *sigh* I can't really explain why I havent drop this manga. There must be a good reason for that, neh? ^^;
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Why do I like this?   
Rating: 7.0 / 10.0
by zengoats
October 9th, 2010, 12:29pm
My pride is telling me to hate this, but it's so good.
Sumi, the lead female, epitomizes everything wrong about shoujo manga. She's the vulnerable damsel in destress who can't do anything and frequently falls into the clutches of evil. But she always puts on a happy face. The male lead, Soichiro, is an uber tsundere. Nozomu, the main villain, is absolutely sick. I'm surprised that such a fluffy series has such a disturbed villain. It's a really cliche set of main characters, but that's to be expected. The supporting characters are fine. The plot is really cliche. The art is cute. The setting is nice (I'm in love with the Meiji era). The dialogue can range from cute to overly sweet to down-right disturbing. The character interactions are actually pretty good. Add these all together and you have a cookie cutter shoujo manga. But for whatever reason, Hadashi de Bara wo Fume is much much more addictive than regular shoujo.
Overall, I wouldn't go into this expecting great art. Just turn off the intelligent part of your brain and enjoy the ride. Hadashi de Bara wo Fume will easily become your guilty pleasure if you let it. Just try to ignore Sumi's overbearingly sweet personality.

... Last updated on October 10th, 2010, 1:35pm
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Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by infinatexlove
October 1st, 2010, 9:30pm
The characters are cliche'd. And stupid. And one is creeepy and sinister as hell. It's passionate, sometimes over passionate. "I'll hire you" type plot with constantly increacing rivals for the main character's affection. A tsundere guy. Love love love everywhere. But I am hooked on this sickly sweet wrap up of insanity. I remember thinking, "GOD THIS MANGA IS HORRIBLE" and grinning as I continued onto chapter after chapter, it was dirty good fun. (Not dirty like sexy-dirty. But it does have some of those elements of force that are commonly cliche'd.) It pushes cliches to such a limit that it is totally original.

A good manga if you want to just loose yourself to angry, adoring, crying, absolute girliness, it reminded me of when I read my first real shoujo manga, and can bring veteran shoujo romance manga readers back to those feelings as well.

Not really recommended for a first time reader, for you'll just keep on looking for the same insane passion as you go on reading different mangas, but fail to find it. A good dirty-secret manga. Intense. I could read it over again and just go crazy over the insanity of it all. Oh and, historical feel is a plus.
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very entertaining   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by blackknight
July 20th, 2010, 12:48pm
I loved Tail of the Moon, and so far I like this one a lot too. The characters are cute and stereotypical, but that's ok. Yes, the main female character is a bit dumb, but she was after all, pulled from the gutter by the main male character. She was uneducated and a bit out of touch with the real world - so she's going to be a bit dumb. Even the mangaka said in volume 1 that she chose to do a formula story. I think she's handling it well. I'm guessing this will turn out a little like Tail of the Moon where the girl learns and developes out of the beginning phase by the end of the story. The characters are good in this one. They have depth in the fact that one minute you love them and the next you want to slap them upside the head. This type of emotional response makes for a good read. If you have no emotional response to characters in a story, then they weren't developed properly. This manga is worth reading. The artwork is very nice as well.
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It was good.   
Rating: N/A
by choirin
May 6th, 2010, 4:35am
I admit there are good scenes and character development in this series, but there's a limit as to when Sumi (the female lead) would fall trap to Nozomu's plans to take her everytime. At first it was okay, but now it's just really annoying.

I do like Souichirou, but Sumi can be such an idiot to the point of exhaustion. Perhaps, like others, only the art is what keeps me from dropping this series. none
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Rating: 6.0 / 10.0
by thebikernun
March 4th, 2010, 9:13pm
There is a limit to how dumb a person can be. The female lead makes me want to slap her and the story takes a turn for the worse on more than one occasion because of her lack of common sense. The art is the one big selling point of this manga for me.
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change of heart its OK   
Rating: N/A
by meganoloso
March 1st, 2010, 10:16am
I just can't read any more. The main girl, sumi, is just too annoying. I think her personality is exaggerated and I agree Joziess for the most part. If the manga was a short manga and ran for maybe 2-3 volumes, then I would finish it. However, it is ongoing and has 5 volumes already so I don't really want to spend the time on it. I won't rate it though because I have only read one volume.

Edit: I decided to start volume 2 and I haven't been able to stop reading it. So far, the story is okay and is getting more interesting. I think you have to be in the right mood to read this manga. I guess right now, I feel that it is okay.

... Last updated on March 1st, 2010, 11:11am
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