Aine never wanted to be a writer; she just created some erotic song lyrics for the sake of entering a contest. When she bumps into a man she doesn't know and loses the lyrics, she thinks she'll never see them again, but she thought wrong! He turns out to be Sakuya, a famous rock vocalist known for his sexy persona and lyrics. When he invites Aine to be his new lyricist, she finds herself quickly sucked into the harsh world of showbiz... and the even harsher world of falling in love with a guy that millions of girls love just as much!
If your looking for hot bishonen rockers and an innocent high school girl
that gets twisted into their lives with steamy results then look no more!
While the Aine's constant kidnapping and inaine naive nature can get really
annoying, the story is still pretty decent. The romance factor is not so much a *gag me w/ a spoon* moment as is it is sweet Although i noticed as the story goes on the sex gets dirtier and naughtier. *thumbs up* Th eonly thing that bothered me about the art was the way Mayu Shinjo draws hands
and legs. Their fingers are freakishly long! and sometimes she can get outta hand with guy's height. So in conclusion, plenty of eye candy+ decent story x HOT sexy scenes = SHOUJO MANGA GOLD!!read more
If you're a sucka for lovefools then this is the manga for you.
The main char is a pretty easygoing and simple highschool girl, who gets involved with the vocalist of the hottest rock band in japan.
Though it's a bit annoying that you're always putting up with ppl trying to snatch either her or Sakuya(the vocalist) it's pretty much fun watching them overcome all that stuff and keep it together.
It gives a warm feel and it's a nice romance to slowly enjoy.
So, I've had the pleasure of finding this manga series way back when I was in middle school, I was twelve at the time. While it was the front cover that grabbed my attention (The art work was appealing and Sakuya's blue eyes attracted me to him), I actually fell in love with the plot and its characters. At the time of me getting the first volume, I didn't even know that it was gonna have sex in it. I mean I guessed it would have some adult themes given the English title, Sensual Phrase, and a flash of Aine's breasts at the end of the first volume, but I didn't know that this would have sex in it. And I don't just mean one or two panels that depict people having sex (where it just shows a head shot or even a shot from the waist or ever would be considered an implied sex scene). The manga is literally littered with quite a few steamy shots of Aine and Sakuya at it, though the worse you see is Aine's breasts, or Sakuya's butt (depending on how the shots are drawn), but still, I'm sure other readers of this series can agree that this manga is definitely filled with smut.
The story starts off simple enough: High School Girl meets a hot musician dude, they fall in love, girl becomes involved with the hot musician's band/work, together, they face a string of suitors and rivals vying for their affections, etc, etc. But I have to say that while I enjoyed the story in the beginning (who wouldn't want to stick around to see a hot bishonen guy in his full glory?), my second and third times of reading this manga reveals that the story seems/is really fast paced--perhaps a little too much for my liking nowadays. The pacing starts off steady in the first half of the first volume, after Aine and Sakuya share their first "kiss," things develop a little more quickly than anticipated. Who knew that one kiss from the sexy Sakuya would make the innocently naive Aine become a dog in heat and want to go to bed with him right away.
Now I'm not saying this is bad, I mean there are lot of people/relationships like that in the real world, but the story gives off the impression that you'll be seeing a lot of Aine's involvement with the band, Lucifer grow as much as her relationship with Sakuya does, but it doesn't. The story shows Aine's involvement with the band is limited to her writing up some sensual lyrics after Sakuya gets her hot and bothered and then she sits there at the concert and watches the band to see what they do with her lyrics. And it's at the concerts or rehearsals that Aine and Sakuya would usually meet the "rivals" or "Suitors" for their hearts, whether it's Sakuya's jealous half-brother, or some rabid Lucifer fan girls from Aine's school, they usually get these "villains" by the butt-load.
And when you think that the villains/rivals/suitors would be around for a few volumes, they don't. Hardly any of them make an appearance more than once, save for Sakuya's half-brother, Ralph, who appears three times in total and at random times, might I add? Most of them stick around for maybe half a volume or just one volume, and then they disappear, never to be heard from or seen again.
On top of the drama that the suitors and rivals cause, Aine's and Sakuya's love story develops into a "Rescue the damsel in distress and screw her afterwards" kind of story because that's all you'll be seeing after Aine and Sakuya overcome what is the climax of each volume, and when you think they're gonna live happily ever after, they're thrusted into another situation where a good screwing seems to make everything alright.
The characters all have their own quirks and charms, but honestly, the main focus is Sakuya and Aine. Sakuya appears to be some aloof playboy who doesn't gave a rat's butt about manipulating women/girls into doing and getting what he wants. But after meeting Aine, he suddenly feels a strong attraction to her and decides to screw her, but after they first sleep together, he turns into a highly possessive and jealous boyfriend, who in his intense anger and jealous, oftentimes comes close to raping Aine. Despite that, he does pretty much love Aine, because he goes to a lot of lengths to protect her and showers her with as much gifts and affections as he can, even if it means they end up having a good romp. Sakuya's past gets a lot more attention than Aine's, mainly because he's the sexy love god I guess and gives him more depth and we see the reasons as to why he acts like a sex driven animal.
Aine is a ditzy, naive teen who has no backbone. She rarely stands up for herself, unless Sakuya has already knocked her assailants down a peg. She always goes crying to Sakuya whenever she so much as breaks a nail, and of course, she also gets exceedingly jealous of other girls/women fawning over Sakuya so much that she either can't come out and tell him that she feels uncomfortable about him working with another woman, or she actually yells him and claims he's being unfaithful to her (which wouldn't be much different then when Sakuya expresses jealousy).
There are some rare moments where Aine stands up for herself, especially in later chapters when the producer Takuya comes in. Despite that, her character seriously flawed. Her past isn't explained in full, at least not like Sakuya's, anyways. When we meet Aine's parents and are told of her past, we're told that her parents aren't all that attentive to her and she's pretty much a loner in school, save for about two friends (who don't appear very much, unless it's to add onto Aine's troubles).
Sakuya's band doesn't really get much "screen time" in the mangas. I mean you see them and read some comments by them, but they honestly don't add much to the plot, outside of their own special bonus chapters and comforting either Aine or Sakuya. They only serve to prove that Sakuya is in a band. I mean we see some of their private lives once in awhile, but you mainly see them just sitting there, witnessing Sakuya and Aine meeting the next rival/suitor at a concert, or up on stage with Sakuya. Otherwise, they're just practically background characters. Of course when they do show up, each member is shown to have their own personality but they hardly get any development whatsoever. If it weren't for some of the dialogue, you wouldn't even know what Sakuya's relationship with them was.
I admit, the art looked a bit funky at times, especially with how ridiculously tall the male characters looked and how short the girls were, but still, the art was beautiful just the same. The proportions of the bodies seem a bit weird or even off, but Mayu Shinjo's style gets better. I honestly can't say anymore than this.
Despite this manga basically being a "soft hentai" kinda deal, I did enjoy the story overall. I mean I didn't particularly liked Aine, but I did enjoy seeing her relationship with Sakuya grow, even if the smut scenes were almost off-putting. It was because of this manga that I grew into anime and mangas, and I actually really enjoyed the conflicts that Sakuya himself goes through because he seemed to grow the most as a character, despite the manga's summary listing Aine as the MAIN MAIN character. It's Sakuya's sexy butt that makes Kaikan Phrase the most memorable to it's fans.read more
When I first read a review for this prior to getting it, somebody had written that it was like soft porn.
It is not like soft porn.
It is a little more explicit than most shojo...ie. they actually HAVE sex...but other than a breast or two (hopefully two!) nothing leaps out at you to scare you, unlike some yaoi manga, where everything leaps out.
I found this manga better the second time I read it, which means that obviously the first time I read it I wasn't so put off that there was no way I'd read it again. However, this is by FAR not the best thing I have read. It reads a little too much like a soap opera, with everything that you can possibly think of happening in the world of showbiz happening. People are randomly masochistic, constantly desperate to bring down all that is good and true in romance/the world with a hefty dose of kidnapping or drugs, and people are so bitchy (except for the main characters) that you think the world would be better off if everybody just went and threw themselves out of a window. I'm not portraying this in a very favourable light though am I?!
However, despite Sakuya's god-awful at times fashion sense, for some reason, animal prints and knit-jumpers my dad would wear are just painful at times, it is a sweet story, and you do what them to get through all the over-dramatised trials they face. Perhaps it was better the second time through because the drama was expected in a way. The 'erotic lyrics' I found mildly disturbing on occasion, but I think that's probably just me.
Aine's character is a little wimpish, she seems to cry a lot, and for people who are supposed to love each other so much, there's quite a lot of doubting going on. But most shojo manga need that, or there is no excuse for random embracing/declarations of affection and stuff. And this series does that better than most with the doubting mostly being mild rather than the 'will he like me' 'does he like me' 'argh' thoughts that seem to go on in most shojo heroines minds. In that case I guess Aine is quite strong as a character.
Character development wise, they develop a bit, but mainly in bursts, rather than a gradual climb. I loved the side stories about the other band members however, and looked forward to those sections the most. Art is nothing special, but nothing bad either. Slightly different portrayal of hot guys than in most shojo, but that might just be the pointiness of the chins.
At 18 volumes, it's a pretty long series, though one is a bonus one, but it doesn't feel that long once you get going. I don't quite know what it is about this manga; nothing stands out about it, but I did enjoy it, no matter how much I slate it here. However, it was a bit more of a guilty pleasure...I read it because I had got it all in one go, and had I had to buy the volumes seperately, I don't know whether I would have been so enthusiastic...read more