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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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Güllere Çıplak Ayakla Basmak
Hadashi de Bara wo Fume
Hoa hồng tình yêu (ĐN)
Hoa hồng đỏ (HĐức)
Stepping on Roses
Stepping on Roses Barefoot
نمشي على الورود حفاة الأقدام

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Hadashi de Bara wo Fume by xfrommetoyou

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Where do I start?  
by sagesmith
January 26th, 2021, 1:11am
Rating: N/A
I loved Tail of the Moon so I thought I’d give this series a try! The artwork is gorgeous. And... that’s about the only good thing I can say.

I have never hated a manga before today. Some I didn’t like, it was boring, disgust, whatever, but never flat out hated it. This manga will have a special place in my... well, I’ve never forget it, that’s for sure. This wasn’t even the haha that’s so dumb it’s hilarious kind of horrible. It’s why the hell did the mangaka waste her life drawing this filth horrible. How did I finish it? I’m crazy and I sacrificed some brain cells. So where do I begin?

Everyone is stupid. I really mean it, they’re all dumb! The choices people make in this series is mind bogglingly stupid. 99% of all the drama could’ve been avoided if everyone made common sense decisions.

But there’s no fun in that! Fine, you know what is fun? Crazy people. Everyone is. Sumi is crazy, and stupid. Souichiro is bipolar and crazy. The bad guy Nozo or whatever is psychotic and stupid. His wife Moi or whatever? Pathetic, batshit crazy, and stupid. The butler! The brother! The emoployees!

The only sane ones where the kids!

Sumi is a perfect little Mary Sue angel that can do no wrong. She’s so perfect she took the enjoyment out of the story. “Oh I’m being treated like trash by everyone yet again! I kill them with kindness so everyone loves me and I’m perfect and I’ll be perfectly happy yaaah world peace”


Souichiro is trash. The way he treats Sumi is disgusting and it makes the manga hard to read at times. Hate how toxic and possessive he is, and his personality change half way through makes me want to be sick. He had no redeeming qualities and especially for the second half, was the biggest joke of everyone. At least Sumi got stuff done, kinda. They’re both useless, tbh.

The bad guy! How? He’s a whole experience. Over the top and so stupid! I was laughing at how ridiculous he’d be, until he got malicious and rapey. That wasn’t so funny. It was annoying. Someone needed to take off their belt and give him the spanking he never got as a child. Cause that’s what he was. A child. Some as his stupid wife! Moi is such a horrible example of a female character. Like the rest of the story, that is not how you make a female character! Gtfo of here

The butler started ok descent, but like every single character in this story, aside from Sumi, is a horrible person. For pretty much the entire story. Everyone is horrible. Everyone.

The brother was one character who got better towards the end, but the ending was so rushed you couldn’t really see the ONLY bit of character development in the entire story. Shame. And the maid vanished into nothing, along with more than half of the subplots!

Nothing is resolved in the end. Because the end was so rushed. Half the characters are forgotten or just smile at the end, so that means their stories are resolved, right?!

How could the ending be rushed when the story drags for so long? How does she take nine volumes and drag out ridiculous, pathetic, idiotic drama, and then shuts everything down in a single final chapter? Shuts everything down, and if it doesn’t involve Sumi and Souichiro telling each other I love you, it’s a forgotten subplot that vanishes forever.

Guess it was good enough to finish?! I more finished it out of spite than anything. I should’ve drop it when I first sensed it was going to be a shitshow manga, but once you hit volume 5 it just goes off like a hose, spraying everything down, it seems to going somewhere, it seem like it knows what it’s doing, but it’s just getting everything wet. And it’s not spraying in the garden, it’s in your living room. And there’s live wires everywhere. <——- see how ridiculous that was? That’s basically the entire manga summed up right here.

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Sumi jumping off the cliff, I almost threw my iPad across the room. Dumb. So dumb. Nozo being a rapist was bad, but him stopping simply because he’s still married? Like when did he ever give a shit about his vows? How come Souichiro lost everything when he quit his job? Everything. Gone. Overnight.
And he accepted being poor so easily because he suddenly loves Sumi. That happened overnight. How come everyone got a happy ending? How the hell does Nozo and his psycho wife get a happy ending after all the shit they put everyone through? What happened to the evil maid? Sure, she was as horrible as the rest of them, but mama got shit done.
Sumi and Souichiro HAD to have sex at that moment. All the chances before, all the chances after, but that felt like the perfect time to them? I don’t know which was more nauseating to witness, them going at it at the worst possible time or Nozo running around with that ax like in the shining.
Seriously?! She was left in the garden as a baby, and THAT’S the reason she’s afraid of roses?! Like terrified, PTSD reactions. Cause she was left, in the garden. Why?! So much WHY

The artwork is the only good thing about this. It was amazing, especially the female characters. There’s one part towards the end where I had to stop and stare at the art. Sumi was literally gorgeous, when she was being nauseatingly perfect. Too bad there hadn’t been a gorgeous story to go with the art.

I loved Tail of the Moon. I don’t see myself reading anything else by this mangaka ever. Again.

... Last updated on January 26th, 2021, 1:15am
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I Could Not Dislike This Manga More  
by gloriousmangalover
March 23rd, 2019, 9:24pm
Rating: 1.0  / 10.0
WOW, I hated this. Let's break this down:
- FMC was totally a Mary Sue. Hated her to an extent in which I physically could not handle sometimes.
- Her love interest was such a snob. Horrible cliche that honestly is super toxic to younger readers. Sort of like "OMG, hey, if he's hot and rich, just deal with it, you can change him."
- Therefore the romantic development, character development, and the plot development fell through into other cliches. I don't think I've ever seen a mangaka shove so many cliches into one overall manga.
- Way too dramatic for a boring plot that tried to dress itself up as "advanced"
- Eh, art is okay, but I've seen better, and I hate using it as a good point because the storytelling was so poor

TL;DR: Hated it. So much. It reveals everything I hate about shoujo, despite being an avid shoujo fan. If you want to avoid cliches, annoying characters, and just a terrible plot, then don't read it. Plus, it has such a toxic mindset in regards to relationships. Therefore, 1/10.
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by Kinky-Chan
May 27th, 2018, 6:23pm
Rating: 6.0  / 10.0
What on earth did I just read. The whole manga feels rushed and the MC is friggin' annoying to be honest. She doesn't want to be near Nozomu yet whenever she sees him, gets all flustered and making it obvious for everyone to see that she and him got a thing for each other. It feels like there is a lot of holes in the plot though I gotta admire the angst coming from the antagonist and the anger from Mio (or was it Miu?), all because of jealously and not being able to get what they want.

Even so, this manga is pretty typical, there is nothing new about it and if I want to recommend, I'd ask you to read Tsuki no Shippo instead. What about this manga you ask? Well, probably you can read it while eating fast food. Just read it quickly and go.
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It's a pretty frustrating manga tbh  
by kawaiiairbender
August 21st, 2016, 7:23pm
Rating: 7.0  / 10.0
I mean I dont know if I could recommend this in good conscience. But I mean it's okay. But other manga do the cliches/tropes in this manga better. The story at times loses focus. The characters are a mess to say the least and the action of the lead with another character make zero sense going by what he does

... Last updated on August 21st, 2016, 7:25pm
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Very confused characters  
by firewolf19
February 22nd, 2016, 6:48am
Rating: N/A
I read the author's other series, Tail of the Moon, and liked it so I decided to give this one a whirl too. At first, I was really into it, even though I could tell right away that it would be a predictable story line. I liked and sympathized with Sumi and enjoyed to the typical yandere-like actions of Soichiro. But somewhere in the middle of the series, it totally lost it's magic. The characters suffered from SERIOUS mood swings and personality changes and the relationships/reactions were so unrealistic it was laughable. I mean, I know it's a shojo manga but c'mon!
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Don't get me wrong, I found Nozomu's crazy switch to be awesome and unexpected (it genuinely made me shiver at points!), but the fact that both Sumi and Soichiro were seemingly fine with him kidnapping/stalking/painting disturbing images of her is just so ridiculous. Sure, Sumi seemed nervous around him at times, but she kept willingly going back to him which just floors me. They both seem just totally oblivious. I mean, after Soichiro saw that painting of Sumi, shouldn't he a be a little more concerned/angry/disturbed??

Along the same lines, I can't believe that after all the crazy stuff Nozomu does, including almost raping Sumi and then chasing her down with an ax, how can the author just wrap this story up by showing him (with his equally crazy wife) content and happy? He spends the whole series creepily obsessing over Sumi (ie. he kept her rice ball? All I could think was GROSS) to the point of no return and then magically turns a new leaf at the very end? This makes no sense to me.

Also, the romance is really weirdly paced in my opinion. It feels as if they went straight from the "I hate you/we're only doing this for money" phase into the "I never want to be apart from you" phase. I was confused while reading because suddenly they were supposedly in love without any proper romantic development.

But overall, I did enjoy reading this series. The art is lovely and there were some funny/interesting bits. Also, despite the abrupt ending, Nozomu's character was fascinating. I've never seen a mangaka truly capture the crazed/dual-personality like she did with Nozomu. He felt like a villain straight out of a horror story, which was very exciting! So, I would recommend reading if you're looking for a casual shojo read, but be prepared for a bumpy ride.

... Last updated on February 22nd, 2016, 6:50am
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One of a heck character  
by .Chi-chan
October 9th, 2014, 8:35am
Rating: N/A
The reason I love this manga so much is only because of Nozumu, the male yandere in this story. It would had gone to the cliche tropes if it wasn't for his axe swinging to smack every rooms door lol. His character is great, and I think that's the only reason I kept reading this story(plus, the fact that it has a nice art) and would have love it more if only
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he and Sumi wasn't really related by blood, and that Souichirou went to the ship and just go back 20 years later while Sumi is like an empty shell looking at their Nozumu jr. Lol. Well, too much for my planned alternative ending *shrugs*

Well, I could also praise Sumi for her hardworking personality, Souichirou's tsundere character which made me like him too(but really, I was always squealing whenever Nozumu stares very scary in every scene, really, he gives me the goosebumps!)

The ending was a bit rushed, pretty predictable and smooth after all the drama, but I was expecting MORE from the story, but it's still nice, I can proudly say that I rate this overall 7.5/10(bonus points for the art and Nozumu's epic character!)
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But oh the Antagonist <3  
by smily_lois
September 30th, 2014, 3:03am
Rating: N/A

I started reading this manga solely because some blog says it has an honest-to-goodness yandere character. Well, let me say this: He's probably the most memorable male yandere I've ever seen so far. As for the manga itself, well....I have mixed feelings about it...
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The Good ::

1. Pretty art style = the characters and sceneries were generally nice to look at. I particularly love the way the author draws the expressions - so intense xD. However, I can't help but notice inconsistencies at the quality at times.

2. DECENT Heroine = Miss Sumi is a decent MC for a shoujo. She's naive and uneducated, yes, but the manga succeeds in making me understand her circumstances. Sumi does have some development over time and I can't help but root for her. Her clumsiness does get on my nerves sometimes.

3. The "Villain" = this is only the biased opinion of a girl who loves male yandere characters. Nozumu has taken a place in my heart as the most memorable. I really would've loved it if he won in the end - bad endings for everyone! Sumi would be married to her brother (that's f**ked up), his father would die out of pure sadness, Souichirou went aboard the ship and come back years later only to find a soulless Sumi holding Nozomu's children. The worst outcome would be that Sumi develops Stockholm syndrome-like symptoms.

I got carried away. Anyways, it was fairly clear even from the beginning that there's something fishy about Nozomu. Who the hell would blatantly show affection on someone's else's wife in broad daylight? Where did the axe-swinging come from?? He's utterly pathetic and ridiculous, but the things he does...Jesus, this f***er is crazy and I love it, hahahaha.

The Meh

1. The Romance = it was so typical. Girl gets forcefully married to some rich jerk with an oh-so-dark past, and they fall in love for real blah blah Guy chooses girl over money blah blah HAPPY EVER AFTER. Souichirou is childish and tsundere (meeeeh), but he does try to grow up over time.

2. Mediocre Over-arching story = *continuation of 1* Whelp, in my opinion, the story was predictable, except when Nozomu's involved.

The Bad

1. Out-of-the-blue personality switches = There were times that characters would act OOC out of the blue and with no legit explanation. Plot holes would often result from them. For instance, why the servant guy (forgot his name) betrayed Souichiro we'll probably never know. Also, in the real world, no one would would go from batshit crazy to melo in too short a time. Heck, no one would allow those people to roam the streets. I'm talking about Nozomu here, in the ending.

2. THE MELODRAMA!!! = most of the time I'd be laughing my butt off over how stupid every human interaction was.

3. The Rushed Ending = it could've ended much better. I will never understand how Nozomu gets to walk free after all he's done, or why his wife Miu still loves him. Is she crazy as well? It was all so rushed that it left a sour taste in my mouth.

... Last updated on October 23rd, 2016, 8:22pm
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by hkanz
September 11th, 2014, 1:00pm
Rating: 5.5  / 10.0
Fans of The Shining may like this manga: It contains a scene where one of the characters starts breaking down doors with an axe in search of the MC. Yes, I'm serious. And sadly, this isn't a horror story. Don't get me wrong, I love drama (Bokura ga Ita and Mars for shoujo examples), but this manga is SO DRAMATIC that the characters, who suffer from bizarre mood swings, personality changes, lapses in rationality and the typical shoujo misunderstandings, are essentially caricatures who bear no resemblance to actual human beings. Logical plans are occasionally devised and instantly abandoned. Loose strings, lying everywhere, are kicked around by the characters as they run around in emotional turmoil. Everything works out with both their professional and personal lives in the end - but don't ask me how.

All that said, this manga isn't absolutely terrible. There are cute and funny bits. Despite the excess of drama, the plot being old as the sun and the inconstant characterization, I didn't drop it and I didn't feel viciously angry after finishing it. But it's the equivalent of watching a television show like Jersey Shore - the bizarre behaviour of the people is interesting, but there's no substance there whatsoever.

... Last updated on September 11th, 2014, 5:30pm
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by arouraleona
August 28th, 2014, 7:49am
Rating: 9.0  / 10.0
I swear. This manga has the most evil bad guy of any manga I've ever read.

Loved it.

Has a lot of typical shoujou stuff (tsundere/arraigned marriages/miscommunication/etc etc), but stays interesting despite that. Has a lot of heart. Also has a lot of STUPID. But, yeah. Still love it.
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by RaikaRai
August 9th, 2014, 3:10pm
Rating: 9.5  / 10.0
At first i thought i'll just read this manga to kill time, but the next thing i know i was so hooked on the story, my feeling became 'I want to read it'...though i still think for their age, the characters look tiny and cute, should be more mature looking haha

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Man chapter two marriage was so funny! When he kiss her she was like "what the..."

It's always "u disobey me I'll throw you into the sea" funny indeed ^^

In the next world we'll be together, hahaha what te heck! Chapter 13

Chapter 19 oh she doesn't want it(kissing only) to stop, now she like it ei~ with shuichirou~

This is really a comical manga, most of the time I'm laughing

Sumi is a really strong woman, after all the scolding from her dear husband, she takes it as it is, and somehow manage to think of other people's feelings first rather than herself, and feel sad for other people == wah, is there any human being like that...

Man this Nozomu guy is really obsessed with Sumi, it scares me~ How he trembles while taking up the onigiri made by sumi that was thrown into the dustbin oh my gosh...chapter 27 yer obsessed obsessed chapter 29 naked painting kiss yikes

So funny Komai was at Sumi's place when he decided to leave master haha c28

Whenever Nozomu touch Sumi I'm like what the h*ll...

Wao this girl' strong man! Even helping her husband get back his title woohoo~! Chapter 50

Dude this Nozomu guy is getting scary and scarier due to his one sided love~ ugh~

Blood related siblings?!! Huh, of course they were, knew it from the time he said you look like my mother...

Huh, Souichirou didn't get on the ship, no way~...huhuh I knew it~~~~

Dang the whole story was cute~

And about Komai-san going to work for Nozomu, why did he do that? Betray Souichiro? Or just in need of a job?

... Last updated on August 9th, 2014, 3:19pm
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