Synonyms: An Older Woman, Mysterious Love Comedy
Published: Jul 29, 2004 to Oct 29, 2007
Score: 7.591 (scored by 1098 users)
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SynopsisThe woman Tsutomu encounters in college was older and smaller than he is, and for some reason, looks like the same girl in his dreams. The heart-pounding love affair between him and the "older woman" begins.
Toshiue no Hito is a Mature, Ecchi, Romance, Slice of Life dealing with the dilemmas involved, with a couple’s heated love life. It proves to be a very enjoyable hentai-ish romance that later loses its flair resulting in a lacklustre finish.
The story follows a college student (Tsutomu Itou) who has been having the same vivid “wet dream” about a girl he doesn’t know. Then out of the blue a similar-looking girl appears before him (Ageha Osanai), who looks sort of like a teenager, when in fact she’s actually older than him. From that point on they soon embark on their sensual romance, which is only impeded by Tsutomu’s indecisiveness. The story for this manga is certainly fast-paced, as most of what I’ve just explained is covered in the 1st chapter, with the story developing steadily from then on. Each chapter focuses on a different issue for our main characters and friends, so the story is easy grasp but enjoying it is another question, as it all depends on ones taste.
The two main characters are a very interesting match. Tsutomu is an honest and in the beginning, a very reserved guy that is to some extent easy to understand but at some points he can be rather pathetic (impotent). Whereas Ageha is a forward and mysterious woman, which any lolicon would love. There’s a bunch of supporting characters who appear throughout the story but that’s pretty much all they are. Just seem to be there to support the main ones.
In the beginning the artwork is pretty unremarkable in the way that there’s not much to allow this manga to initially stand out. The character designs are decent and so are the packed backgrounds; however it lacks some fine detail. It’s only when it comes to the character close ups or the smutty, sensual panels that the artwork moves up a level. Not to mention that after the first volume the artwork undergoes some improvements.
Overall for a mangaka who is used to publishing H-manga, this Mature, Romance, Slice of Life proved to be quite enjoyable; for a person who likes the odd perverted romance, which has a story. The rushed story was good in the way that helped it progress nicely in the first 2 volumes however certain issues, like the love triangle, were solved too quickly and too smoothly. This manga could certainly do better with a bit more drama, other than the minor insecurities that every couple goes through, but I guess this laid-back story is also appealing in some way. Just a shame that after the few main issues are resolved, the story goes from laid-back to plain dull and repetitive. Guess that means this mangaka still needs to wok on his creative writing skills.
*Be warned though, there's A LOT of sexual content.*
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While Toradora! is not as 'mature' as Toshiue no Hito in terms of both graphic scenes and character development, the plot and art quality are both solid, with real romantic development (and conclusion).
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