English: Say "I Love You".
Synonyms: Sukitte Ii na yo, Sukinayo
Published: Feb 24, 2008 to ?
Authors: Hazuki, Kanae (Story & Art)
Score: 8.221 (scored by 9317 users)
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2 based on the top manga page.
Popular Tagsromance shoujo
Dec 8, 2009
A girl who's never made friends before and who has given up on people is suddenly befriended by the most charismatic, popular boy in school. Sure, it's very shoujo-ish, but it stands out because it's so well done. Standard "episodes" like The First Kiss and The Overnight Trip and The Interfering Playboy are treated with surprising originality and depth. It's also more mature, but the "smut" isn't gratuitous; it's refreshing reading a manga like this that isn't about the heroine accepting the hero's feelings but about the progression of their very real, romantic relationship. Early on, they start dating, and THAT'S the focus, not on all the obstacles in the way of them starting to date, as often happens (e.g. Hana Yori Dango).
Beautiful art. The heroine is adorable--small,untidy, pretty, and awkward at times. The mangaka managed to convey her stubbornness and strength in her appearance. The hero is GORGEOUS. I often complain about male leads just not being good looking enough, but this guy was designed great. He's sparkly (the way only manga guys can be) and while he isn't muscle-bound, the mangaka managed to make him look like a sportsman, not another super-slim pretty boy you often see in these stories.
The hero and heroine are what make me love this story so much. In stories like this, usually the heroine is timid and needs to be coaxed out of her shell. Here, she's unsociable, hot-tempered, and stubborn. She's also very straightforward and insightful when it comes to people. It's refreshing having a strong heroine like her, who isn't just adorable and afraid of people, and who also isn't always putting herself in stupid,embarrassing situations she needs to be rescued from by the hero. The guy I also really like; he's very popular and charming, but also very kind, and his feelings for the girl are in the open from the start.
One of my favorites. I check all the time for updates. Every chapter so far has been a great read.
With regards to this particular, "loner girl" formula, my favorite. It's got just the right blend of comedy, depth, and smut. read more
Jul 21, 2009
Beyond the way the characters are drawn it’s easy to tell that their personalities will come out in further chapters if they have not already. I’m in love with the characters and especially fond of Mei, a girl who reminds me so much of myself.
There's not much to say about the plot, and I'm rating this manga mostly on my predictions. The plot seems good so far and I think it will blossom into something brilliant. I think that this manga is really worth following.
Apr 22, 2012
To make it brief, Mei lived in a environment full of discrimination, bullying and harassing. She decided to create a wall around here against other people because she believes people will just betray her at the end anyway. That was until he met Kurosawa , a really popular guy who was rumored to have kissed every girl in their school. Kurosawa took a liking over Mei due to some incident.....
For girls who are looking forward to shoujo mangas as that contains love triangles. Well. here it is.......... =))) read more
May 19, 2010
Art_10 the art i found to be unique in its own way...although there's not much going on in the back ground as for a scenery
Character_9 are interesting...there realistic views speak for themselves..especially in today's society...feelings to overcome insecurity of self apperences..emotional feelings: what is love? Im i capable of being love? can someone love me? Stats, Peer pressure
Enjoyment_9 from chapter one 1 its beautiful
Overall_9 from the story, art, characters..the author took the time to bring to light no matter how you feel even if you dont ask for help someones willing to give you a hand read more
Jun 13, 2011
So I've read up until chapter 16. I gotta say, it really, I mean REALLY pulled me in. From the beginning. It made me yearn for more. It actually gives you this warm feeling whenever there is an emotional moment. Not too cheesy, not to dull. It's just the right, sweetness, tang, y'know? You can really tell what the person feels for another, and that is a factor that gives you even more warmness. Even though they are not lovey-dovey, you can really tell they love each other. It's just, words cant describe how my spine chills whenever the guy tells her 143, or when the girl gets all indirectly possessive. It's just what you can encounter in a relationship... with a few uncommon characters, and situations. So lets cut the crap already.
If you like manga with a heroine who isnt like the others, all 'kya! kya!', where they just want to find a guy, and live happily ever after or where the guy isnt the silent type, but the friendly type and loves the girl with all his heart? Just a manga where you'll feel pain, love, and pure happiness. This is the one for you. :) read more
Jul 1, 2012
you don't see many mangas out there these days that set out like this, and I think that it has come to be its main selling point. Mei Tachibana is very withdrawn from social standing and is regarded as the creepy girl you see floating around. She believes that there is no point in having friends because all they do is use and then dispose of you. Tachibana is bullied at school because she sticks out like a sore thumb, a long shirt, short and rather ratty hair plus the unpleasant look she keeps on her face add upto the perfect target for just about anyone who knows they'll get away with bullying her. The most popular and cool guy in school Yamato Kurosawa takes interest in her and claims that they are now friends and soon to be more. This is something that I was particularly drawn to because of its realism and outspoken simplicity. It's unique and realistic romance and comedy add upto a fantastic story if you put in the time the read it.
I defiantly like the art. It's very cute and detailed and has a ruffled kinda look to it. The art really does add to the character and give it more value and depth. In a way it's like a new but familiar world filled with texture and shape and if I had the choice I wouldn't mind jumping right in .;)
I know you must get this a lot, but the characters in this are truly unique and you wouldn't find them anywhere else. Some quirky, some funny and others just loveabe.the characters are something that really drew me into the manga.
I have truly began to impers myself into this manga. Investing feelings and hopes will not go unrewarded and completing this series will not disappoint. I have truly started to fall in love with this manga because of it complexes about love and romance in real life. I strongly suggest reading the manga if your looking for a warming story that will keep to interested till the very end. They do say nothing ventured nothing gained so pick this one up next time you have the chance.
Happy reading ^^
Jul 21, 2013
However, I started to read it, and I could no stop! I began obsessed with getting to the end without knowing that it's not complete yet! /All The Tears/
Yet, I go back and begin to notice that this story is a like bit for everyone. The girl who works hard to impress. The girl who has never felt love. The girl who is loved due to her appearance. The girl who is confident. The girl who is loved by someone out of her league. Every girl can relate to some part of this story.
It's told beautifully, and the art is gorgeous. Even though the story focuses more on Mei and her transformation, the reader can enjoy all the other stories that the main characters Mei and Yamato are intertwined too.
Overall, it's a gorgeous piece of work! And whether you're a fantasy reader or hardcore goru fan, maybe take a chance with this fluffy romance story?
It's really wonderful and a bit eye-opening.. So don't hesitate to give it a chance! read more
Sep 4, 2010
It is nice reading a story where the boy pursues the girl, and where he is not a stalkerish freak! It was refreshing! The art adds to this. It is a.. messy slightly off beat drawing style, which takes some getting used to, but which I ultimately really enjoy. It is also lacking in backgrounds, which actually works here, as the plot is so character driven.
I am enjoying this - although it has some gentle humour, I wouldn't call it *funny*, but it is romantic, and charming, and definitely worth a look read more
May 21, 2011
I thought about editing this review for a couple of reasons:
- I easily rated this manga as 10 without considering my reasons properly
- I became quite obsessed with the shoujo manga genre so probably I didn't explain why I recommend this manga without sounding like a shoujo-maniac.
"Sukitte Ii na yo" or "Say I love you" has a very simple plot and it's not very different from the usual romantic plots you see nowadays.
Mei Tachibana is a very unpopular girl who used to be bullied in school.
Thanks to these unfortunate memories she sees no reason to befriend anyone or even have the slightest friendly conversation with any of her classmates.
One day, she mistakenly kicks the most friendly guy in school and one of the most popular guys among the girls.
From this point, a strong romantic relationship grows between them.
Mei and Yamato are a adorable couple. They slowly are learning how to be in a relationship and enjoying the best possible from it.
However, like any typical shoujo, the plot sounds bland, melodramatic, and formulated. Mei has no friends in the beginning which reminds me of Sawako from Kimi Ni Todoke. In addition, there is always some character who tries to interfere in the relationship of Mei and Yamato.
To my surprise "Say I Love You" is considered a smut manga because the theme of "sex between teenagers" is widely discussed. It doesn't have any ecchi or obscene scenes though. Actually this way it feels more close to reality.
The manga is still being published and there's only 17 chapters scanlated so far.
Most readers are really fond of Mei. She's indeed a very interesting character probably because she is way different from what a "cute girl next door" should be.
She's a very stubborn and dull girl who dresses in her own way, without caring about feminity and so on.
Truth is she doesn’t feel she must try and prove she’s beautiful “It is, what it is”.
At the beginning, at school people used to push her in the hallways, only to see her get up and walk as if nothing had happened. She had gave up completely to react and she didn't care about others.
Over coming her fear of relying on others was touching. The struggle is the good part though, she’s not whiny, she’s just naive, completely innocent to the real feelings she’s experiencing.
Yamato was originally a player, or the “most popular guy of the school” (as expected), but he’s actually a very considerate and loving guy. Yamato demonstrates strength, security and he's always treats Mei so well for a girl that is clueless about love.
All the other minor characters have aswell their reasons, traumas, fears, anxieties and feelings explored.
I can see the mangaka worked hard to express in the best way possible the imperfection of these characters. They seem more human facing problems that happen in real life very often - bullying, low self-esteem, the "friends of with benefits" issue and much more. Every single one of them has an emotional scar to heal.
When I read this manga I became fascinated by the art. Finally, the female character doesn't have over-sized eyes, boobs bigger than the head itself (exaggerating but you get the point) and the guy is so handsome without the urge to look like a douche bag. This kind of manga style, I find it very realistic and appealing. Their bodies are nicely drawn and all the characters have their own styles emphasized which reflects their personalities and the way they perceive life.
Dec 3, 2012
Plot (7): The plot is very formulaic, but it actually works. You have your super cliched chance encounter, completely clumsy love development, completely awry relationship, conflict, resolution, etc. Honestly, this reminds me a ton of Kyou Koi Wo Hajimemasu, for lack of a better comparison. This story is, very simply, a well done romance.
Art (9): The art of this series is very shoujo, but very beautiful. Sleek lines, expert shading, and lovely character designs.
Character (7): Again, this story is very formulaic and very familiar. I can't say there's anything particularly fresh about the characters. However, I can say that they are just very well developed. From the secluded main character with inner turmoil and a tragic backstory to the handsome leading man with his own agenda to the antagonistic popular girl riddled with emotional problems, each character is predictable, but brought to life in their own way. These characters feel very well thought out.
Enjoyment (8): This is a good series. There's really no arguing that. It's fun to read, and it appeals to every emotion that it wants you to. It will make you gasp and cry and laugh and bounce and screech. It's a confident series, and it's really fun. It's a quiet and unassuming series; it doesn't try to be more that it is.
Overall (8): I cannot stress enough that this series is very, very formulaic. If you're looking for a cutting edge, fresh new series, keep looking. But if you're looking for a homely, heartbreakingly sweet series that will bring a smile to your face, then this is probably a good series for you. read more