Synonyms: Suki to Ienai, I Can't Say "I Like You"
Type: One Shot
Published: Oct 14, 2006
Authors: Miyawaki, Yukino (Story & Art)
Score: 7.221 (scored by 2306 users)
1 indicates a weighted score
2 based on the top manga page.
Popular Tagsromance shoujo
Apr 8, 2011
A classic story of a forbidden incest! Which isn't really an incest! Anyone who predicted the guy would know about the "adopted" thingy, raise your hand! Yeah, I thought so.
What kind of ending did you expect anyway? The story is pretty much a lame copy with a tiny twist or two, it ends and progresses way to fast considering the girl was "in love" for about, oh, 13 FREAKING YEARS, and then suddenly everything changes. Nuh-uh.
Allow me to kind of quote myself from my other reviews.
"Clouds and circles, tears and hearts, eyes and hands." Pretty much that and any other similar stuff that, once again, are filling up the empty spaces. Copy paste of skinny characters with huge eyes and a lot of hair washed with L'Oreal. Sadly, they're not worth it.
Once again, a copy paste! Sad, emo-ish girl in love, super special awesome guy who just HAS to be a genius in some area of his life (and popular among chicks as well), and a random supporting character who was rejected by him.
The design is same as in other 1,000,025 one-shot shoujos.
It may have been more enjoyable if it wasn't so repetitive. "I can't say I love him" or something along that line has been repeated at least three times, I think. No variety kudos for you! Also, it didn't really get me into the cheering mode, the one where you want your character to be happy for the rest of their life. But it is a decent KAWAIIII!11! story for hard core romantics and shoujoists.
By the time I finished writing this I can say only one thing - COPY/PASTE. Yes. It is that unoriginal.
As I said, for shoujoists only. Other most likely won't find this very interesting. read more
Mar 9, 2009
Shiina and Kiri are siblings and Kiri while a player-prince in school loves his sister dearly always making her treats and soothing her and giving her rides to school. Only Shiina knows something about him that she shouldn't. That something incites more than brotherly love for Kiri in her and she feels weighed down with guilt and shame for such feelings. However, seeing as the newly single Kiri is a commodity all Shiina's friends want a piece of, she's forced to make a decision, whether to reveal her feelings or step out of the way and let her friends confess. Sheesh, that IS a quandry!
I heart the brotherly sisterly relation these two share right at the beginning of the story. Who wouldn't want a brother to dote on them so and brighten their day?! Other than that, the artwork is really sparkly in that Kiri's smile can completely lighten your mood and you smile right back at that bishie! The story progresses at a very realistic pace without being overly shoujo about it and portrays both leads in a very human light in their reactions and inhibitions. Overall I liked every scene regardless of whether it included kisses or not which is rare and in this case fully deserved! If you're feeling low about how meaningless love and affection is, I recommend this tale. read more
May 20, 2010
As someone in a similar situation (minus the whole brother complex!), I can say that it touched my soul a little, and made me nod with a knowing feeling, "that's exactly how it is", at the suffering of the little sister in the story. That's why I enjoyed it as much as I did, likewise anyone who has a crush on someone who is seemingly out of their league will appreciate this one-shot.
But despite this, viewed critically this manga will not stand up to much. The art is very much what you would expect from a clichéd shojo manga, with little flare to it, and many panels are just plain screentones. There is little attention given to detail in the drawing or the plot, this is almost a concept or a girl's thoughts as she is lost in fantasy rather than a story.
However, I'll go easy on it as it is so very short (and rather cute), and settle for a 5. There are most definitely better shojo one-shots out there, but you could do worse than a timid little romance between a young girl and her brother. read more
Nov 22, 2009
Nov 15, 2009
The story isn't that complex but it's very understandable. I think it's about the main character girl, Shiina, who is not really related to her "brother", Kiri, and falling in love with him. I found that I like that "not-really-family complex" thing. If it was a huge complex, I wouldn't think it would be a oneshot.
I loved the art. Shiina has very large manga eyes, but i like those types for the "cute type" girl. I didn't really pay attention to Kiri or anything, but Shiina has the best uniform, hair, eyes, and personality in the manga.
Shiina's personality is what I call: "I didn't pay attention, so I don't know" type and "A secret that cannot be told" aura.
I personally enjoyed this manga, but it could be better.
So, I guess all in all, it's great read more
Jul 3, 2012
It was as if the writer for this little oneshot took a huge pair of scissors and just snipped every sister-loves-brother tale out there. I know he's adopted, but gasp! I love him! How many times have you heard that tale? Yet other mangas seem to carry this idea out so much beter than Suki ever could, like De Capo, for instance. It's every forbidden relationship you've probably seen, so there's no sense in reading this unless your a major shoujo fan or if you're trying to fil your maga list to the brim. The ending wasn't even unexpected; it wasn't as if I expected the girl to fall to her death at the end. Actually, I wish she did fall to her death, because A) That would make for an interesting twist in this oh-so-copied plot, and B) With the main character's death, I wouldn't be reading this right now. What I also didn't understand was her random anger splats, in which she yells at her brother and runs into her room crying soon after. I can't tell if the writer is trying to convey a "Oh my, she loves him so much it hurts!", but it's not done very well, in any event.
You've got your average big eyed, girl and your average chick stealing, hot guy. Nothing you probably haven't seen before.
Again, the characters reek of copy and paste. The deepest thing the girl says is "I can't say I love you", which I have to admit, made me smile the first time I read it.
Then the phrase was crammed into multiple sentences over the course of the thing, and as Marlin said in Finding Nemo, "Good feeling's gone."
Worth the Read?: Shoujo fans will probably love this little oneshot. I suggest only reading to bump up your manga list, to see if I'm just a grumpy old coot who gave this manga a bad review because I could, or, of course, if you're a fan of this brother/sister repeated storyline.