Mei Tachibana has no friends—and she doesn't need them! Ever since her "friends" betrayed her in elementary school, she's sworn off friendship entirely. All it leads to is betrayal and heartbreak, and she's well enough on her own. But everything changes when she accidentally roundhouse kicks the most popular boy in school! However, Yamato Kurosawa isn't angry in the slightest. In fact, he thinks his ordinary life could use an unusual girl like Mei! He won't take no for an answer, and soon Mei and Yamato embark on an unwanted friendship that will change both of them forever.
Honestly, in my opinion this is one of the best romances out there. If you watched the anime already and liked it, please read this. Because compared to this, the anime is nothing.
The story is about Mei Tachibana, a shy and introverted girl and her relationship with Yamato Kurosawa, a handsome and popular guy. That itself really is nothing new or exceptional. But it is really well made.
You get to accompany the characters all the way to their graduation, further focusing on Tachibanas insecurities and developing their relationship further. But it doesn't stop there. You actually also get to see (and more than just a
glimpse like in other stories, it actually spans over multiple volumes here) their lives after graduating. Going to college, following their dreams, with the struggles and insecurities of living apart from eachother / not being able to see eachother for days or even weeks, all up to the point where they start working (and get a truly beautiful happy ending).
I think the last volume takes place 8 (?) years after they met in volume 1. So you really get to see a LOT of development.
The part which makes it even better in my opinion is that you also get to see the development for the other couples (including even Yamatos brother), and considering Rin and Megumi, actually showing that sometimes things don't play out the way you want them too, and that love can sometimes also be damn painful. And even so, Megumi still got her happy ending which she damn well deserved.
i first read this manga way back 2011 but dropped it after reading a few chapters. mainly because early on, they talk about sex all the time. having sex with different guys or different girls. and having this categorized as "smut" in a manga site i was reading it on, i thought this manga would be all about it. especially since Yamato would kiss Mei intensely everytime. it's just a matter of few more chapters before Mei gives in to Yamato. and they will have sex on every chapter after that. lol (my biggest mistake and i'm now guilty of thinking
of this manga that way)
Now I'm rekindling my relationship with manga and anime after several years of hibernating, I decided to pick this up again after reading some great reviews. I couldn't be more glad that I did because Suki tte Ii na yo turned out to be the manga that I was looking for all this time.
i could've given this a 9 because there was like a 1 or 2 chapters where i found boring but I couldn't demerit this manga since it was like 2am, i was speeding up my reading(to the point where i'm not understanding what i read anymore) and my eyes were so damn tired. I'm planning to reread those chapters.
That aside, what made this manga the one i was always looking for is... You know when you read a manga which has a great ending and you kinda wanna know what happens next after high school graduation or after started dating? You feel like there should've been more.. Suki tte Ii na yo showed us the struggle of finding a career, going to different universities, being in different circles, the pain of being not in each other's side all time, being tempted, and that pursuing dreams apart could put your communication and relationship in jeopardy.
Yes there were topics about sex in the early chapters but that was just a tiny portion of a bigger picture. and it has to be discussed for the proper character development of the parties involve.
I am just amazed on how these characters were portrayed. They are all lovable though some of them you might hate at first... once their reasons were laid out you'll see where they were coming from and what made them turn that way. you'll find yourself relating to the characters' experiences at some point. They are realistic. Each of them have flaws and was addressed by the mangaka. I mean you can't change your negative behavior right away but you can see in this manga how the characters managed their weakness and how they improve and change it into something positive.
The art is impressive. It is consistently good throughout the whole series. Call me shallow or superficial but I mainly choose the manga i read based on the appearance of the characters. lol
This manga gave me a roller coaster of emotions. you will laugh. you will cry. you will hate. lol really a good read. it is something that will make you smile after reading. especially if you're someone like me who likes binge-reading before sleeping. you'll will not sleep with a depressed heart instead you'll sleep happily because it is a happy ending.
Having said that i am a sucker for good art, am also kinda picky with synopsis. I can say this manga suits my taste perfectly.
A girl who's never made friends before and who has given up on people is suddenly befriended by the most charismatic, popular boy in school. Sure, it's very shoujo-ish, but it stands out because it's so well done. Standard "episodes" like The First Kiss and The Overnight Trip and The Interfering Playboy are treated with surprising originality and depth. It's also more mature, but the "smut" isn't gratuitous; it's refreshing reading a manga like this that isn't about the heroine accepting the hero's feelings but about the progression of their very real, romantic relationship. Early on, they start dating, and THAT'S
the focus, not on all the obstacles in the way of them starting to date, as often happens (e.g. Hana Yori Dango).
Beautiful art. The heroine is adorable--small,untidy, pretty, and awkward at times. The mangaka managed to convey her stubbornness and strength in her appearance. The hero is GORGEOUS. I often complain about male leads just not being good looking enough, but this guy was designed great. He's sparkly (the way only manga guys can be) and while he isn't muscle-bound, the mangaka managed to make him look like a sportsman, not another super-slim pretty boy you often see in these stories.
The hero and heroine are what make me love this story so much. In stories like this, usually the heroine is timid and needs to be coaxed out of her shell. Here, she's unsociable, hot-tempered, and stubborn. She's also very straightforward and insightful when it comes to people. It's refreshing having a strong heroine like her, who isn't just adorable and afraid of people, and who also isn't always putting herself in stupid,embarrassing situations she needs to be rescued from by the hero. The guy I also really like; he's very popular and charming, but also very kind, and his feelings for the girl are in the open from the start.
One of my favorites. I check all the time for updates. Every chapter so far has been a great read.
With regards to this particular, "loner girl" formula, my favorite. It's got just the right blend of comedy, depth, and smut.
"Isn't it sad to strangle yourself with your own hands?"
WHY SAY I LOVE YOU IS SHAPING UP TO BE ONE OF THE BEST SHOUJO MANGA
Years ago, I watched the anime Suki tte li na yo and was underwhelmed. It wasn't bad per se, but it was a rushed & easily forgettable anime. Its characters were interesting, but none were given enough time to be truly fleshed out, so they ended up falling flat. I read the manga to see if it was any better, but found the same thing and ended up dropping it after just a few chapters.
On a whim, I picked
it up again, a couple of years after I dropped it, and it was entertaining enough that it held my interest. But then something happened. Or rather, a series of somethings. The series showed its maturity, its complexity, its depth, its beauty. It went from a normal Shoujo manga to something that focuses on something much larger than a girl and a guy and their love.
The romance is nearly a veil that hides the manga's true intentions - it's true goal in its storytelling. More than a story of romance, this is a story about characters and their struggles to overcome their own limitations.
The characters are absolutely, positively, the best thing about Suki tte li na yo. To start with, Mei, our protagonist, is a girl who distanced herself from others because it was easier to be alone. "You don't get hurt that way," was her belief. That in itself is relatable enough to many. However, this story is about Mei's personal growth, and part of that growth is her coming to realize how childish such a way of life is. The antagonists of the manga are believable, full of depth, and their motivations are also realistic. They are treated as more than just "big ol' meanies" out to get Mei, and they are not tossed aside and forgotten when their storyline is through. No, we also see them grow as people, but from the beginning they are shown to be people just as deserving of happiness as anyone else in the story. They are not "evil" because "lol, they're evil" but they are only the antagonists because what they want conflicts with Mei's growth and development.
The art is gorgeous. The art is no doubt Shoujo-y, but it's also unique. The characters are drawn so that they are easily distinguishable from other characters and there is never any confusion about which character is who (as sometimes happens in other manga, Shoujo and non-Shoujo alike).
One of my favorite things about Suki tte ii na yo is that it doesn't skirt over the issue of sex. Sex is talked about realistically and how all of the characters respond to sex (whether it's being spoken about or actually happening) is also realistically portrayed. This is not a manga where the characters take 40 chapters to kiss. No, kissing happens, sex happens, so be forewarned.
If you don't like Shoujo or romance manga at all, this manga is probably not for you, however, because it does still have same of the same typical Shoujo flare as other Shoujo. However, if you're willing to read a Shoujo manga that's executed extremely well, with realistic characters and character interaction, then you should definitely give Suki tte ii na yo a shot.
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