English: Itazura na Kiss
Synonyms: It Started With a Kiss, Teasing Kiss, Mischievous Kiss
Published: Jun 1990 to Mar 1999
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SynopsisEver since she entered high school, Kotoko Aihara wanted to be in the same class as Naoki Irie. The only problem, Irie is the smartest student in school while Kotoko is one of the dumbest. Now in 3rd year high school, she still isn't there. One day, her home gets destroyed and the only place else to go was to Irie's home. Now that she lives close to him, will their relationship be the same, or will it become greater than it is?
Volume 01: Boku ga Naku
Volume 20: Pink no Yuki ga Futtara
Related MangaAdaptation: Itazura na Kiss
This beloved classic title has endured the test of time. With two live-action dramas and now an anime, it is definitely a must read shoujo title.
While the artwork is not incredibly good, the story more than makes up for it. It's a farily long series which was never completed due to the sudden death of the mangaka. The anime series hopes to conclude with the original intended ending.
Kotoko and Irie's challenges with each other are always fun and even suspenseful as the reader tries to anticipate what new behavior Irie's going to show Kotoko as their relationship blossoms. Hilarious supporting characters make this title thoroughly enjoyable. I highly recommend it for those who love romantic comedy shoujos. read more
Both girls (Kotoko in Itazura na Kiss & Chiwa in Hapi Mari) aren't very smart, tend to cry alot, and act clumsy. Both guys (Irie in Itazura na Kiss & Hokuto in Hapi mari) are important to a company and act all cocky/rude against the girl, and in both stories the girl tries to make the guy love her.
Both of the female character (Chiwa & Kotoko) act the same-both are clumsy and tries to get the guy they love to love them back. Both of the male character (Hokuto & Noaki) are serious and sort of mean to the girl. Both stories are really cute, I recommend both of them!
Clumsy, not very smart or especially beautiful women try to make absolutely gorgeous, serious and successful men notice them (though the circunstances are different).
Both have over the top comedy and drama.
Not just a story about "getting together", you get to see their life afterwards.
Hapi Mari really resembles Itazura na Kiss, not only on character dynamic, but you also get the same feeling while reading both of them.
Even though they are directed to a different age target, Hapi Mari is the shoujo-ish josei I've ever seen.
Both are shoujo with a unsuccessful girl with a very successful man
both go at a fairly fast pace and show the story of them together not just the pursuit of the relationship, they also have the same feel to them
Both manga involves a popular yet cold guy who is forced to live with the girl under special circumstances. As the story progresses, it seems that romance blooms for the the two as they face obstacles, misunderstandings, and the past.
Both manga also have great artwork, stories, and an emotional roller coaster as the chapters progresses. Overall, a must-read shoujo for fans alike.
Both feature an "ordinary girl" protagonist that falls in love with the school's "hottest guy" that is cold and distant, but actually nice. Both involve the girl ending up living with the guy (Kotoko with Naoki when her house is destroyed, Aoi with Shuusei when his room gets flooded). Personally, I think Itazura na Kiss is much better executed than L-DK in terms of character development and its side characters being much more entertaining; most of them having main purposes extending beyond creating conflict between the boy and the girl, as well as not disappearing or being relegated to "nobodies" when the two mains jump over the hurdles.
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