Known only as "The Game," it takes players on a thrilling ride, bringing heart-pounding excitement and a sense of loftiness, and possibly a nice wad of cash. The rules are simple: seduce salary men into vulnerable positions before taking off with their money and dignity. Together with an aggressive and competitive group of high school dropouts, 16-year-old Kizuna Etou plays The Game, but begins to have second thoughts. Unfortunately, leaving isn't an option; the final rule of The Game states that no one is allowed to quit. Ever.
However, after one of her night-time escapades, Kizuna is approached by a persistent woman with a captivating job offer: model in the nude for the taciturn painter Yusei Asai. Though at first dismissive of each other, these individuals slowly begin to change their stubborn habits and open their hearts to one another.
Are you tired of reading always shoujo in school settings with a tsundere girl or a fragile whinny protagonist divided between her childhood friend and the most popular guy at school? Well, then this is for you. At first glance it might be mistaken for just another shojo manga, but its definitely not.
Story- Etou Kizuna was a girl driven by money and her group. She ends up meeting two people who will change her life, Yusei and Yuki. A nice pacing and a story that will make you feel divided of which guy you want to end up with her.
Character- The characters are the best. Kizuna is not a girl with a trauma, she is not enraged with life, does not have a mother or father complex. She accepts her loneliness without being too emo. She is not a crybaby and she is not a tsundere. Just a plain normal girl without being clumsy that has very realistic characteristics on her personality. you will love her straightforwardness at times, and she shows a very common type of person nowadays, which is, a person that desires money, yet, her good nature balances her character, making her not superficial, but a realistic protagonist. Admitting her mistakes, makes her very unique. Also, not the type of girl to fall in love at first sight, and does not show the"delicacy" of the typical japanese women. Not the cliché usual shoujo protagonist.
To accompany her, you have two other protagonists, Yuki and Yusei, two cousins that bear each one, a secret.
Yusei is the typical serious hardworking bishie with a cold/ironic attitude most of times, yet he is not the typical cliche tidy perfect guy. He actually does not care about his appearance and most of times lives in his own world. A messy guy who expresses and drowns himself into his paintings.
Yuki is to me, the most interesting character. the opposite of his cousin, Yuki enjoys dressing "herself" in elegant and cute clothes. It is hard to know her true self, yet, you´ll find her sweet:) She also has a little secret, and I love how her character becomes even more adorable when its revealed.
Enjoyment- Great. It gives you a josei-ish feeling even being a shoujo, due the fact that the guys are all young adults while only the girl is a teenager (but she doesn't go to school!!!). Great setting.
Overall- A nice and refreshing love triangle. A well developed story with some mysteries to unveil. As a shoujo fan, i must say this one has became one of my favorites. read more
[[ This is my first review so please go a little easy on me k? Oh and also this review is based on the first 8 chapters... ^^]]
"The Sleepy Residents of Birdcage Manor" a.k.a "Hotel Williams Child Bird" it's name stroke a little curiosity in me to start reading it... The story revolves around three characters and their lives in Hotel Williams Child Bird. The three of them carry that little of darkness within their hearts.
Starting with Kizuna Etoh quite the hot-tampered and determinate, 16 year old girl. She's somewhat smart and has some common sense in her. along with her friends, she walked the streets aiming for middle aged men wallets. But rather sick of the life she was leading and so she starts working for a rather sloppy but prideful artist, Yusei Asai. He seems to be the darkest character up until now, unable to let go of the past he warps himself in the wounds and pains that the past gave him, afraid that if he lets them go he'd be unable to paint. And for last we have the weirdest character(?) Yuki Inoue, a good looking woman (... or should I say man), who's also Yusei's cousin and the one who offered Etoh the job as sensei's model. Not much is known about him, what I know for sure is that he seems to care a lot for his cousin and that he loves to dress up as a woman. Well basically they share some mystery in them.
I found the plot to be rather intriguing and interesting. What makes it so? The pace of the story has its own flow, it gives you enough information for you to understand, it doesn't bombard you with too much information and lose the flow. Like a puzzle it gives enough pieces to be able and understand the picture but not completely. The art matches the story perfectly, what really stroke the first interests in this manga was the art, Takarai Rihito, did a great work on the art.
And now to conclude, so far, I'm enjoying reading this manga. I'm curious to see how will things change, I have some high hopes for this manga. I suggest you'd give it a shot...read more
This manga greatly contradicts other shoujo manga in a good way. The art is beautiful. Not the best, but beautiful none the less. The heroine, Etoh is both pretty and strong willed. Both of the guys, Yuki and Asai are really likeable (and hot), making it hard for us readers to decide who WE ship, despite probably knowing who she ends up with. Etoh was a prostitute (sort of). She and a couple of others play this 'game' where they gather up money from salary men without any actual intercourse.
One day, one of the girls quit. One of the rules of the games was that you weren't allowed to quit. The girl who quit was then beaten up, and a passerby yelled for the police, making them run away. Etoh then enters her Manor's elevator and finds the person who called the cops, Inoue Yuki. Yuki then tries to hire her as a model for Yuki's cousin, Asai Yusei. Thus, behins the story of 'The Sleepy Residents of Birdcage Manor'.
It's an amazing manga, and I'd recommemd anything this manga. I muself had only started and finished today. read more
Story: I found the story to be quite interesting, on how it all began with a game between a group of young girls to then later one gaining an interesting job as a model for a fellow resident's cousin. Won't get into it too much but the story is different than most that I have read.
Art: Quite good, with the added more of "art" in the manga. Character designs are soft.
Character: Very realistic personalities and situations.
Enjoyment: I quite enjoyed this manga that is still ongoing, my only complaint would be the lack of a defined release date, varying between weeks to months between chapters.
Overall: I gave this an 7 for now, if the story and art keeps developing for the better, I may rise it later on.read more