Tachibana Itsuka has always planned to live on her own once she became a high school student. On the day she's supposed to move into an apartment building, she finds it burnt and unfit for living. She's forced to live in the house of the landlady's son, along with two other women, and starting day one, none of them get along at all.
Volume 1: Junjou Broken
Volume 3: Extra
This is a pretty typical shoujo romance with an excellent protagonist and a rushed story. With a bit more time spent on character development and plot, this could have been really good. As it is, unless you are an avid consumer of the genre, there are plenty better manga out there.
Story (5): The worst part of this manga. The story is very typical: circumstances force a cute girl together with a stand-offish (but good looking) guy; she falls for him, but other circumstances arise to get in the way of their happy ending. It's not a bad story, but it's
been done better.
For instance, at one point the main character needs to cook something, but realizes she can't cook and remembers that the guy does all the cooking for the household. But none of this was setup or foreshadowed in previous chapters. It was never even mentioned before who cooked or who could or couldn't prepare a meal. But the plot in that chapter needed her to be a bad cook, so suddenly she was a bad cook.
And that wasn't the only time that the plot was conveniently advanced by a character trait that hadn't been foreshadowed.
Art (7): Typical shoujo artwork, although the faces are more expressive than most, and props to the artist for making each of the characters recognizable despite having pretty similar hair colors and styles.
Character (7): The heroine is great. She's fun, easy going, and genuine: sort of a less capable version of Hikari from SA. The male lead is also pretty good; more capable, popular, a bit cold, but also genuinely kind--he's not quite as tsundere as many shoujo male leads. The rest of the cast doesn't hold up as well. I never felt like I got to know the other two girls very well (even by the end, I was struggling to keep them straight), and the two other guys who are introduced are both pretty unlikable.
Enjoyment (6): The out-of-left field plot developments kept getting in the way. If this had been a bit more of a slice-of-life manga with the same characters, I would have loved it. But instead, we are rushed from one contrived scenario to another, and I never feel like I got to know the characters as well as I wanted to. And given that this is a romance manga, that's a bad thing.
Overall (6): I enjoyed it for what it was, but was frustrated by the unrealized potential. Like I said, if you love shoujo romance and read every one you can get your hands on, then by all means read this one: it's a perfectly adequate representation of the genre. But if that doesn't describe you, then move on; there are way better shoujo romances out there.
Just a heads up, I've only read up to chapter 4 and I really don't even know if I'll continue this manga to the end even if it's such a short series. So I just had to write a review now or never.
I just have to say that overall, the entire story is pretty much predictable and an average shoujo manga. Girl forced into a situation with boy, situation makes possible relationship forbidden, girl goes through denial, girl attracts other equally perfect guy and is still oblivious, love triangle ensues...
There's really no spoilers here. I mean, you could seriously predict the next page every time.
And the characters are just so...overused. I feel like I've seen half of the characters from Kimi ni Todoke...and then the main guy isn't that interesting at all either. The main girl...her only trait that separates her from the others is her optimism and loudness...which are pretty pathetic original traits, in my opinion. Or at least, the delivery of these traits in comparison to all the other characters in the manga was weak or overdone.
The art is wonderful, though, and the outfits are always different. It's refreshing to see the new hairstyles and all the different outfits, but the characters themselves are just so overrated and just not that original.
If you'd like to read something light and are fine with a typical shoujo to pass your time, then I'd definitely recommend it. But if you're looking for something original and fresh, then I suggest looking elsewhere. Or maybe go back to Kimi ni Todoke...
Keeping out the spoilers.. this manga was an overall 10. It wasn't too short, not too long, and emphasized the meaning of friendship & love. There were no dead parts and there was of course a love tiangle thrown in there. The typical girl meets boy, girl falls for boy, obstacles arises, but then finally a happy ending. ^_^
I genuinely enjoyed this manga all the way through and never got bored once. The characters are ALL really likeable
Its a really nice lighthearted manga which has just the right amount of friendship ,romance and drama. The male lead is really unique aswell. Throughout the manga you begin to see different sides of each character and grow more fond of them.
The only thing this manga lacks is a good ending xD The ending was unrealistic and sort of abrupt. I think the author should have built on it a bit more.