Always giving in to many little things, Yuzu transfers from a prestigious girls' school to a co-ed because of her family. Since the first day, she felt uncomfortable with the too open ethos of the school. While trying to fit in, she met a guy who she is irresistibly attracted to. He, Yuzu, and a puppy, form a map of love together.
The story was cute, it had some ups and downs but puppy makes it worthwhile. I liked that the storyline was built around the little puppy more than the high school drama, I felt it gave the story a bit of originality.
The school drama - all the drama really, I did not like.
I did like Yuzu's personality and the relationship she had with her friends but I'm not too sure I agree with their outlook on relationships - its ok to cheat with someone if your feelings are genuine and long distance relationships are miserable? What. The drama
is tolerable but I don't think it benefited the story much.
The interactions between Soutarou, Yuzu, and Shiba are really cute, they make the storyline work.
There is nothing really different about this story from other shoujo mangas. It’s about a girl who moves into a new town and falls in love with a boy while getting used to her new life and her co-ed school. The story didn’t drag on since there are only 8 chapters. There are some funny and cute moments that are caused by the puppy that Yuzu and Soutarou raises together.
The art wasn’t bad. The art wasn’t anything special but it was fluid and clean. The art consists of bishounen and shojo style drawn characters. In one of the chapters, two of Yuzu’s
friend are hard to tell apart. The main protagonist sometimes does look similar to Suetsugu’s other works for example, chihaya from Chihayafuru. So if you read her other works then you might get mixed up Yuzu’s character with other characters.
The main spotlight was on how Yuzu and Soutarou’s relationship developed in the series by taking care of the puppy. There wasn’t many supporting cast but not all of them were given time develop except for Yuzu’s mother and one of Yuzu’s friend. Other supporting characters were flat and didn’t change over the series because they weren’t given much attention. The main progatonist and the puppy had some character development over the series.
If you are looking for a cute, sort, happy, romance manga then look no further. This manga could be a refresher when you are reading long and too much drama mangas. Overall, I enjoyed this manga and I hope you do too.
In the spirit of being upfront, I will go ahead and say that 100% no Kimi e is very mediocre. There is nothing new or exciting about it; nothing to set it apart from the tens of thousands of other shōjo manga out there. When the first volume begins, we see Yuzu being introduced to her new class. She quickly makes a couple of lady friends and bonds with Sōtaru. After that the story just slows down as we watch with mounting boredom of how Yuzu’s feelings begin to develop for him. The whole clichéd notion of a girl falling for a person who’s in
a long-distance relationship isn’t very new to the shōjo genre, but some crazy plot twists help to make things more exciting. With 100% no Kimi e all we have is the Shiba puppy.
The abrupt nature of the series makes it impossible to really create any sort of connections to any of the characters, including the protagonists. Her friendships are established early on and don’t show any details or development. One minute it’s “Hi, I’m Yuzu,” and the next they’re all chatting about boys like they’ve known one another for years. With Sōtaru, we don’t learn much about his personal life. Aside from a part-time job and his co-ownership of Shiba, there’s literally nothing else going on with him. Such colourless and severely lacklustre protagonists are a bit of an annoyance for me, to be perfectly blunt, not to mention wholeheartedly pointless.
One of the elements of the book that did interest me was Yuzu’s mother. She is recently disabled and her relationship with Yuzu is different because of it. The mother’s whole world has taken a huge shift because of how she’s affected psychologically and emotionally by her physical limitations. It’s brought up in the first two chapters, but then so hastily “resolved,” and then never spoken of again. I hated that! This one concept could’ve allowed for so much depth, or at the very least add something a bit more appetizing to a seemingly mundane story.
If you are looking for a shōjo manga that will make you giggle, or fangirl with butterflies in your tummy, then I recommend avoiding 100% no Kimi e. If you just want a bit of mindless reading material that is very short, simple and with brief sweet moments, then you may not mind it too much. Just don’t expect a heavy-handed tale of epic romancing!