Synonyms: Faster Than a Kiss, Tsuki to Himawari, Moon and Sunflower
Published: Jan 24, 2007 to Jun 23, 2012
Authors: Tanaka, Meca (Story & Art)
Score: 8.141 (scored by 11455 users)
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The summary above doesn't give justice to a well thought out student/teacher story. A lot of the time there's this weirdness in the relationship or the teacher tends to take advantage this is not the case here. I liked the story for good continuity, the story flowed without too much conflict, and the art work was great with really good character development through trials and tribulations. You really grow to like the story. Although it appears mediocre, it's far from it and has a good balanced and light hearted story included in it.
Some moments of extreme funny is every initial scene when sensei comes home there are cosplay displays (sensei has a fetish of cosplay). Because of his fetish he has the lead girl and her little brother (Teppei) dress up in paired cosplay uniforms if they want to eat dinner. In actuality he doesn't force Teppei, Teppei just like dressing up because he gets all the hugs and loving. It's adorable. The little 4 year old is adorable and I love him in cosplay gear.
If this was turned into a live action show, I wouldn't mind. The manga hasn't been updated yet, but so far it's well developed and I think most people will have fun with it. read more
I like this manga (so far) because it has just the right amount of drama, heaps of comedy and also really good fluffy moments. The Tanaka-sensei gradually shows us bits and pieces of each character and makes it a fun read by adding very cute and annoyingly stupid/cute moments (if in real-life) - which can really make you laugh.
During the serious/dramatic moments, the artwork (which is usual) is more detailed protraying the beauty of the moment, though even these moments can sometimes be a little 'rough around the edges' (sometimes a little dull for me). The funny parts definitely have artwork that does a good supporting the scene.
Definitely give this story as shot -- their beginning may be a little weird at first but the moments the couple has makes you want to have the next chapter out already!
A great laugh for when you need one, with equally great fluff moments for when you need that 'happiness/giddy' shot. read more
The story itself is quite simple. Our lead heroine, Fumino, is sick of moving from place to place with her younger brother, Teppei, since her parents died. So, she decides to drop out of school to support her brother and find a place where the two of them can live. Her English teacher, Kazuma, is the only one who comes looking for her and eventually he ends up agreeing to "marry and support the two of them" and takes her to his apartment. The story follows the two of them and how they manage to keep Fumino & Teppei's presence there a secret, while the two of them both deal with conflicting feelings of love for one other and not to mention the conflicts of family and love from others.
The main issue with the story is the questionable realism it has. Characters don't always act how you think they would be it they were put in a certain position. However at the same time it makes you think what you would do if you were them and starts getting your mind going. The plot is a fairly average one, consisting of many arcs where Fumino (and Teppei occasionally) must be rescued by Kazuma. The arcs are fairly short and for the most part only partially contribute the main plot. The story also splits off and focuses on some side characters and their own conflicts with Fumino and Kazuma, and also in time provides us some backstory on these conflicts as well.
The story isn't anything spectacular however it does rise above average than your typical shoujo manga. It gives you time to actually get to know and become attached to the characters before throwing their backstory out at you. The chapters are a bit episodic but still are able to flow in with the basic premise of a developing student/teacher relationship. The comedy and fluff moments fit in pretty well and aren't over done, either. The manga's ending is a bit cheesy and predictable but nonetheless and good conclusion to a shoujo romance. Overall, the story is indeed above average but still lacks quite a bit in terms of realism and consistency.
The artwork is very well done. Girls aren't given the over exaggerated shoujo eyes like in a lot of manga, so that's a major plus. Characters and backgrounds are of high quality, even for a school setting manga. The fluff scenes in particular seem to stand out among the artwork which is again, another plus for all of us who love the fluff moments. However it would be nice if the mangaka could've used all of her talent more often then for just a few fluff panels. Everything else is still well done..
Characters aren't anything all too special. Fumino is a "delinquent" who gets in a lot of fights when in reality she just wants justice. Kazuma is an "average" English teacher who has his own dark past. Shouma is the competitive younger brother. Everyone basically starts with an initial trait that can be summed up in one sentence. Development is a bit lacking in Fumino's character, however she does become significantly more responsible and aware as the manga goes on. Kazuma's and Shouma's development is more noticeable by the end of the manga and is where most of it is used. The characters, even some of the supporting ones, are pretty memorable and help support the story well. The development was mainly focused on the romance and not as much the characters, which was good for the romance but bad for the characters. It would've been nice to see more changes in Fumino from start to end, but in return we get a nicely played out romance.
Anyone who enjoys a good romance would probably be able to enjoy this manga. I, personally, went into it for the fluff moments in particular and wasn't disappointed. It has an easy story to follow and the romance doesn't get too deep smut wise (however it can be an annoyance that the two don't kiss for.. a while) and is simply an enjoyable read.
Overall, "Faster than a Kiss" manages to leave behind some of the typical elements in a shoujo and become a nicely developed romance manga. While the story and characters aren't the most original or developed, it's easy to look past that and just sit back and enjoy this manga for what it has to offer. While far from a masterpiece in it's department - "Faster than a Kiss" is a memorable read that can please any shoujo fan. read more
The story goes kinda like this......The main two protagonists(Ojiro Kazuma and Kaji Fumino) share the relation of being a student-teacher at school but in reality they are married to each other and since according to the rules the teacher will lose his job if this is found out so they have to keep this relationship a secret from others.
While trying to keep this relationship a secret they go through many experience that enhances their romance and deepens their bond with each other.During all these encounters there is comedy and school life spices.The manga practically fails to hold up the story realistically but the concept that it tried shared was rather enjoyable.
As for its art... i would refrain from criticizing it since, I haven't read that many manga but there were some scenes where no matter how hard i tried i couldn't get it.
This manga shows an amazing development of its main characters,although in this process the supporting characters are left behind.
But as for me it didn't matter since I didn't really want to know about the other characters so i can rate its Character with an 8.
I really loved this manga.There was a lot of romance and that's actually all i needed.The developments were not drastic it was easy to perceive and read at most parts.After reaching a certain point this manga actually became an anime in my mind.the character and their struggle to keep up with each other was really romantic and cute.Overall i really enjoyed this anime.
I didn't like to read manga but after reading this i think i gonna try out some more manga.I highly recommend this manga to you if this does not go against your ideals!!
The story itself has been told many times. Teacher and student are married, and hide it from the general population. But in Faster than a Kiss, the story has a freshness, and it is so sweet! In order to "save" Fumino and her brother Teppei, Sensei marries her. The rest of the story is about their developing relationship - their feelings for each other, and their growth as people. It is a wonderfully gentle story, with humour as well.
I really like the characters. Fumino is young - 16 - and she acts like it. A lot of the story kind of focuses on her coming to terms with being a married lady, and figuring out what her relationship with sensei is. Sensei, on the other hand, has a delinquent past, and is even at the start a loving part of the family. Teppei is just gorgeous! He is cute, his cosplaying is adorable, and the little conversations between him and Ryu (the next door neighbour) are great! The minor characters are great too! It is the sort of series where you genuinely care about all the characters.
I really recommend this. It has a slow-ish pace (which almost lost me!) but then it picked up… More than that, I think that enough of the characters was revealed that I *wanted* to know what happens next. So! For those who are after gentle romance, with a non-bastardly male lead, here is one for you :-)
I mean it doesn't really happen in real life that easily, does it?
But I was really curious since the Female Protagonist's Brother caught my eye, then I started reading it. Nothing to do anyway. At first, I was reading the typical macho type of shoujo romance you'd see with the cool guy in glasses and rivalries and stuff...
I thought I was done with those things on the ANIME SERIES...
But when actually reading it, there's a certain charm, that would hook the readers into reading more. The typical innocence and straight out gags. enlightened me into reading more. The more I was reading it, the more emotions of me were set out free.
It became a very positive manga to read. I actually prayed they'd make an anime version, but then it would be tough since it's student-teacher related.
It brought tears in my eyes and actual voicing was happening in my head, OSTs were springing out and even my own ANIME OPENING and ENDING was singing in my head.
I thought I may had gone mad, but no, it was just the magic of positivity and love that the manga had.It really inspired me when the teacher decided not to kiss her until she graduates. Then the time came....
THE AWAITED MOMENT
The feeling of fulfillment is definitely set in this manga, then the next thing you'll know is you'll crave more and more...
Nonetheless, it was a great read and one of my favorite romance anime ever! read more
Taking that you have read the synopsis already, let me point out the good things- there are lots of surprises and twists in the story. There were some cool cosplay ideas throughout the story. I really liked the characters individually. Aside from the consealed perviness i liked the sensei Ma-kun and found his backstory very interesting. I thought the author did a great job creating a world for the characters. there were some great moments in the manga were it wasnt pervy at all, but really sweet, caring, considerate touching family moments.
what i despised. like aforementioned, i dont know why i thought i would like a teacher loving a student manga- i generally find them repulsive. However, once i start a manga i have to finish it (its a problem I know). The reasons for the sensei taking the girl and her brother in were noble. the idea to have a secret marriage made no sense, he could have adopted them. having a young girl (and even more immature than her age) proved to be difficult for the sensei and troubles ensued. throughout the manga the sensei would rescue his young student at all costs and for a heroine who was supposed to be strong (wanted to take care of her brother herself) that was ridiculous, and made an initally strong heroine just another shojou character.
all in all it was mediocre at best and i could have done without the progressivley pervy sensei characteristic refering to his young student as a wife and making "future" plans for her . but without that what would the story be? maybe this read is out of my age group, but I dont recommend it to any one execept pre teens (who shouldnt read this) who are hot for their teachers (and they shouldnt be).
p.s. the ending is rushed and sucks.
p.p.s. sorry for my over use of "pervy"
The lead female is naive but entertaining, she may not understand something but she eventually figures it out, so you don't get annoyed with her for very long. The lead man, extremely entertaining! He's fun loving, protective and very caring but perverted just enough (every woman's dream!). Girls and women can't go wrong with this comedy.
It's a bit refreshing having the lead male aware of his feelings and not act like a total pervert as well. He's a gentleman with flaws but has a personality which is actually hard to find in the world of Shojo. read more
The story is more interesting I think in that they're actually married from the start, and it's a marriage of necessity that seems to grow into love. Still a chaste love, though - when will they kiss?! But their relationship is adorable and engaging nonetheless. Fumino's not the typical shoujo girl in that she has a lot more spunk and can take care of herself. Her little brother Teppei is just adorable! And Sensei himself is at the same time the romantic lead and the comic relief. Love it.
It's about evenly split between a dramatic sort of love and comedic, fluffy moments, but both are equally amazing. The art is nice, not the best I've ever seen, but very straightforward and functional for this manga.
Basically, it's a fun series to read. You'll get invested in the characters, you'll laugh, you'll anxiously await the next chapter. The perfect shoujo manga. read more
I totally loved the whole story and I liked characters so much.
There were moments when smile appearded on my face and almost turn into the laugh :)
And I read it in 4 days :) because, when I read one chapter I always wanted to know what happen next.
If the kind of person who likes romance stories, this manga is for you ;) read more
Fumino Kaji iis wonderfully hilarious with her almost tsundere disposition, ferocious at school but a doting wife at home. She is one of my all time favorite characters due to her unwavering love towards Teppei and the simple fact that despite all of her hardships she never gave up. Her virginity towards any type of relationship adds this adorable innocence to her that makes her so completely appealing along with her perseverance and determination when greeted with any situation.
Teppei was one of the characters that consistently made me laugh with his little antics; he was absolutely precious in all of his cosplay but still remained a good little boy. My all time favorite line from the whole manga was Teppei saying, generally because I cannot find the quote exactly, "I'm being good now because when I grow up I'm going to be a bad boy". I literally could not stop laughing along with his little ninja star throw. So kawaii.
Kazuma Ojiro. Oh, Kazuma. He is one of the hottest characters I have ever seen, honestly. Paired with his intelligence, kick ass fighting, adorable personality, maturity, humor, responsible disposition, shaggy blond hair, and glasses he makes for one of the all time most attractive guys for me. Kazuma has gone through so much, just like Fumino, and I think that's what makes them an amazing pair; they have seen so much and been through so much heartbreak that they were able to mend each other back up.
Ryuu, the whole entire time I was laughing at his hilarious antics with trying to get Fumino and Kazuma intimate. It was wonderful and endearing, and the way he cared for children was wonderfully attractive. I pictured myself with him for a good portion of my reading.
This manga really changed my life; don't ask how. I was engulfed by how adorably funny, wonderful, inspirational, and moving it was. I also related to Fumino a great deal which allowed me to connect emotionally to it. I recommend this series to everyone, you won't regret it. read more
Story line, Art, character, enjoyment are 10+ outstanding
Over all i found it Amazing!
I would love to re-read it again. It keep me on the Edge of my seat