Desire Climax is a Shoujo, Smut, Romance, Drama manga that initially feels like all the typical smutty manga I have encountered but it ends up having a remarkably in-depth story. It’s a shame that the story becomes really messed up, later on.
Mio Omori is a high school girl who’s supporting her destitute family but her current job barely covers the basic living expenses. In need of some money, she receives the offer of being the maid for her extremely rich landlord however the son (Shoei Jinnai) happens to have an ulterior motive to her working there. In the beginning I was like “what the heck!”
as the set-up just seemed rather cliché and unrealistic. However what initially felt like a simple ‘hates him but falls in love with him’ story actually developed into something more, with some dramatic plot twists and surprising developments.
Just like how the story develops into something remarkable, so do the characters. Unlike the usual dim-witted shoujo heroines, Mio is a caring, capable girl and sadly she can be a little easy to take advantage of; on the other hand Shoei (a.k.a. Prince Junnai) is still the typical two-faced guy that only shows his true self towards our heroine. However these two happen to have a troubled past together, which is what makes the romance between them fascinating. As for the supporting characters, they do a good job in actually supporting the story, by making their own mark and being the source of some surprises.
What also does a good job in supporting the story is the artwork for this manga, which can be described as exquisite. The individual characters look well-drawn, with nice defined features and you can tell that the mangaka put some effort into them, as well as the background environment.
Overall Desire Climax, started off as an interesting shoujo manga with some elements of comedy scattered throughout. Not to forget this is mostly a dramatic romance, with an unnecessary amount of randomly placed smutty moments. Though halfway through, matters become far too complicated, as the story goes off on tangent moving unto some ridiculous matters (e.g. love affairs). Knowing this, it’s really just about asking yourself; whether this is the type of shoujo manga you’re looking for.
I was torn giving the overall rating for this one 'coz really, it completely depends on the reader's interpretation of shoujo, as to whether they'll be left bemused with the overly maudlin storyline or whether they'll greedily gobble up the gorgeous artwork and the smut that accompanies it. I fall in the latter category.
I think the mangaka may have attempted to make this story a one shot right off the bat, so she introduced us to the duplicity of the hero, Shoei as a delinquent by night but straight laced prince by day character. Then she thought, hmm this has potential, and she went ahead
to make a couple of volumes, so she gave the two leads a past, which is verrrry slowly dissected and not made completely clear right until the end of the seventh volume! That's good storytelling undoubtedly, but it also leaves the reader very confused during lots of plots. Then along the way, she thought, this childhood destined lovers bit is getting old, so she added every other bathetic element that springs to mind... incest, sister complexes, abandoned heirs, past love affairs, elopement... you name it! Of course, all of it is done thoroughly and with clear character development, so none of it seems abrupt while you're reading it, but when you think back to the beginning, you realize, whaaa... how the heck did it turn out like this?!
Let's start out with the leads, Mio and Shoie. Mio may have started out as the ingénue completely lacking in backbone and sexual restraint once aroused, but she learns from her mistakes and soon develops a sense of conviction and stands up for herself on numerous occasions against Shoei which is admirable, considering the very obvious pull he exerts on her. She is also a very responsible daughter, working her butt off to pay off the family's unending bills and ensuring her younger brother doesn't have to work and can concentrate on schoolwork. She loves her family very much and regularly visits her mother in the hospital and even agrees so work (and continue working) at Shoei's estate simply because her mother emotionally blackmails her into it both times! But relenting into such wishes never makes her appear weak willed, only devoted to her family. She is also resourceful and determined when the occasion calls for it, and takes any job she's handed very seriously, including disciplining Shoei... No time for hanky panky on the job!
Shoei, though a bit stereotypical in his behaving cruelly towards the heroine from time to time for no apparent fault of hers, is also portrayed as a complex mixture of tenacious lead, fiercely possessive lover and formidable foe whenever opposed or challenged. It is an arduous task for naive Mio to keep up with his constant mood swings where he shifts between attacking her from one moment to confessing his childhood love for her to heartlessly treating her like the maid she works as at the Jinnai house. He is also given to ignoring her ruthlessly and taking a nonchalant attitude with very often, especially after some particularly intense exchange between them. It makes for interesting plotlines, but you end up wanting to punch him in his beautiful face frequently! He is clearly sexually competent and never hesitates to prove just how much to Mio which takes her unawares more often than not.
Lots of supporting characters are introduced right at the start with each playing a significant role from start to finish, which again makes you wonder whether the convoluted storyline was originally intended or the characters just happened to weasel their way around to it. You can never completely peg down a character to play the good guy or the villain, so it's always unpredictable and surprising, the twists they become part of.
There is no unnecessary weeping from the heroine's side, though there is relevant internal monologue. But that serves to strengthen the somewhat tempestuous relationships she develops with various characters. Shoei lives up to his carelessly authoritative role with dry quips now and then interspersed with thinly veiled commands which Mio gives into despite herself. Some of the dialogue is unexpectedly racy and humorous at the same time, while avoids being completely clichéd due to timely appearance of certain characters during intimate scenes. There is no outright comedy, but it's made up for by the rib tickling expressions and poses.
The artwork is deliciously detailed and evidently painstaking, though clean. There's none of the chibi crap which can ruin romance settings so often, but there are exaggerated facials which lend a scene levity. The smut was exciting at most places, though its appearance can generally be well predicted by experienced shoujo readers. The romance builds up steadily, and it's not just a girl falling in lust with an asinine dominating character and confusing it with love after considerable abuse has been inflicted on her.
Overall Desire Climax isn't a story you'll remember the next day, but it's one with high rereadability potential none the less, because it takes the reader on a whirlwind journey just when you think you've settled into a nice groove with the plot. While it's clearly intended for shoujo and drama readers, none of it makes you despise a character or thumb your nose at the storyline, so it's not something you'll tire of midway and abandon.
This rating is based off this manga being part of the shojou drama/romance genre.
I might be a little harsh on my rating but I’m trying to be realistic here…Apart from the sex scenes, there is literally nothing interesting in this manga. It’s highly unrealistic, the characters drive you crazy and I can’t give it a good rating just based on the sex scenes. I mean if I wanted to read something like that I’d just move on to hentai.
The plot is the biggest disappointment. I’m not even sure where to start or how to describe it very well.
The story’s about Mio and Shoei
‘s [also known as the Prince, and yes they literally call him that] relationship. If u can really call it a relationship…it just them having sex basically. There’s this underlying plot line that has them as childhood friends but do to a kidnapping incident, Mio forgets everything about that time. I really wish they would have played on that more and gone down the thriller/mystery route; it could have been really awesome. But no, it gets pushed aside to display the Prince’s wealth and power over the local community. They do bring the kidnapping up towards the end but by that time you can figure it out for yourself…
There are bits of incest thrown in there as well. When I saw where it was going I totally wanted to drop it [sorry just not my thing.] But since I kept reading against my better judgement...my opinion on the whole thing is that the writer just wanted to toy around with the idea of a brother/sister relationship in a lot of aspects. It causes a lot of drama but in the end none of it really went anywhere.
I almost rated this a 5 since I didn’t really know how to feel about it, but if I was asked to recommend it I’d say no. There was little to no character development, scarce plot, and really if u wanna read something like this, go read hentai instead.
WELCOME TO ANOTHER ONE OF MY BIASED REVIEWS. FILLED WITH SPOILERS.
Let's just say that this is going to be an angry one. Starting off with the ratings...
Story - 8
Art - 7
Character - 6
Enjoyment - 6
Overall - 7
Summary of my thoughts on this manga...
Good point(s) - Sexy, REAL sexy scenes + Interesting plot
Bad point(s) - I feel that this is more of a personal thing, I just can't seem to sympathise with the characters. I feel empty. I don't feel any emotions(apart from natural hormonal reactions caused by the sexy scenes) throughout reading the manga. I'll go more into this later.
I don't have much to
say about it, interesting plot twist, nice guys turning dark and evil over desires are always something that amuses me(except in Sasuke's case. But then I've hated him from the very beginning so that's a different story.)
The reason why I can't seem to feel for the characters is probably cause the amount of sexy scenes overpowers everything else so much that I can't seem to take the "everything else" seriously. Exaggerated example, 15pages is spent on the sexy scene while 2 pages are suppose to be the "emotional" part. What do you expect me to feel, man.
(SPOILER)Like when Mio found out that they were siblings, she started crying and whining and all and I'm like, "AHAHAHAHAHAHAHA siblings..... AHAHAHAHAHAHAHA" cause by that point I'm already feeling pretty annoyed. Then Jinnai just made it worse, when he heard about it, he just started taking off his glasses and... Sexy scene starts. WHAT THE? Shouldn't this be an emotional moment??? Why???(SPOILER)
And I add that sexy scenes can start anytime, anywhere, anyhow, when the author feels like it, she'll put one in.
The one part I did really like about the story was when Hinata "paid back" what Jinnai did previously, using the authority he gained... Awesome
Delicious sexy scenes alert~~~ but apart from that, nothing special. That's all.
GOD. This is where it drove me half-mad. What use is having a great story if the characters fail to execute it and bring out the greatness in it? No use.
Okay then, let me ask you a few questions. What is so good about Mio? Apart from the fact that she has a godly figure of cause. 'Kay, she's a caring sister and well... Isn't it only normal that she acts that way? Sisters are suppose to be caring, all my female friends who have younger brothers are like that, they clean up after their younger brothers, tolerate their temper and stuff. It's natural. I don't have any personal experience since I only have a married older brother who's like 15 and a half years older than me.
(SPOILER)Moving on, what kind of CHILD takes off another CHILD's glasses and kisses the CHILD? Failed parenting? I'm talking logic here. If the parents I know sees their child doing such a thing, they would probably slap/spank them. Like seriously, it's improper, even teenagers doing that will get unpleasant stares from people, plus possible lectures/slaps from their parents.(SPOILER)
And bout Mio liking that Jinnai guy...
*YOU ONLY LIKE HIM CAUSE HE MAKES YOU FEEL GOOD*
When I completed the manga, I went over what I've just read in my head and I'm like... What the? That guy just kept molesting her and she fell in love not long after that saying that "the part where he touched me felt hot" whatnot blah blah blah... Seriously. She doesn't like you for your money, brother, she likes you for your body.
(SPOILER)Don't start giving me what childhood crap, she fell in love even before remembering them, the childhood stuff was just an interesting plot point ruined by horrible characters.(SPOILER)
Reinforcing something I read from the mangafox forum: When was the last time Mio called him by his given name? I almost thought his name is "Jinnai" til I went to check. SHOEI, FREAKIN' SHOEI, IT'S A GREAT NAME, JUST CALL HIM BY THAT, DON'T "PRINCE! PRINCE! PRINCE!" ME!
Now for some extra perverted stuff. Her breasts. POOR PEOPLE DO NOT HAVE BIG BREASTS, POOR PEOPLE SUFFER FROM LACK OF NUTRITION AND THUS ARE USUALLY REALLY THIN, BREASTS ARE MADE UP OF *FATS* WHICH IS A KIND OF NUTRITION. MIO, UNLESS YOU ARE FREAKIN' *PREGNANT* WHICH YOU OBVIOUSLY AREN'T, YOU HAVE NO REASON TO HAVE SUCH BIG BREASTS.
It's smut, ecchi, or even HENTAI whatever you put it, which female creature won't enjoy smut? The part I enjoyed the most?
(SPOILER)When Jinnai mistook Hina for Mio and started making love to him idiotically. SUCKER!(SPOILER)
But even with the sexy scenes as distraction, I can't seem to get the unhappiness with the characters and story out of my head so I was obviously bothered and can't enjoy them much.
I could not imagine a worse guy in the world. Every time the prince opens his mouth its something mean or selfcentered. There is no love between them AT ALL. He litterly is sexually abusing her to almost the point of rape. She could not be more stupid because she forgets all the aweful things he does to her and some how is 'in love' with him the next hour. He desides things for her on his own not even caring about what she thinks. He forces her into saying yes and then she some how isn't yelling at him or getting mad enough. What
I really hate is when he says that she's his and no one else's. He says that like its an excuse for all the things he's bullied her into. She has never even said that she was his. And he doesnt even say it in the loving way, but in a possive thing like a child would talk about a TOY. Its acually quite sickening. She thinks she fighting it, but shes barely trying. If you really wanted to stop being around that guy she would have at least gone farther.
This is the worst manga series I have ever read. I dont know why I've read this far. Probably to see if she ever finally finds her own voice, which she hasn't, and she probably never will.
p.s. I'm sorry for the bad grammer. It's late I'm mad and I had to get this out.
Story: It definitely had a twist in it that you do see very often, and that probably had to be the best part of the whole manga. I like surprises, so to me, it was a pretty interesting twist to the story.
Art: The art was absolutely dreadful--In my opinion. Art is subjective, and this is merely my opinion, but I simply did not like the art. I really think they could've done better, but it's still decent.
Character: Shoei is a very...interesting character. He's your typical Prince-like character with a hidden agenda. To everyone he's this nice, popular guy but when he and Mio are
alone, let's just say he becomes a whole new person.
Mio's character really annoyed me, honestly. The manga was rather disappointing and I was hoping the heroine would have a more interesting, unique character. But sadly, she's just your typical Shoujo one. (Not that there's anything wrong with that, but it does get boring after a while...)
Enjoyment: It was alright. I enjoyed it more towards the ending, when things actually got a bit more interesting and it wasn't all about the smut.
Overall, I'd give it a 5 just because I did enjoy it at some parts, but not enough to ever recommend it to a friend or ever re-read it.
Desire Climax is very interesting. I will try not to say anything that will spoil it but the main character(mio omori) is bit irritating when it comes to the ending. A lot of stuff happens and you think one thing is finally over but then a new problem seems to just pop out(like a pimple!). I thought the storyline was enjoyable with a lot of drama involved. The art is pretty good(just the guys lips that get me annoyed) and it looks great colored(*cough* *cough* anime...) lol. Well annyway, you'll end up liking the manga :D
It's worth it!
The art in this series was incredible, but it doesn't really make up for the plot. It's very difficult to understand why characters act they way they do because the author jumps from one idea to another very quickly, and doesn't really give enough background on the characters. I'm not sure if the author was attempting to make the story more mysterious and thrilling, but it didn't really work.
Also, because of this lack of content, certain important plot twists passed too quickly making most of the story seem to be about the Prince pushing himself onto Mio. Furthermore, the romances and trysts weren't always
engaging and believable (which should be important if that's the focus of the story). In fact, there were numerous times when they were downright awkward.
Overall, it's not something I would really recommend unless you're bored and horny.
I have been reading a lot of romance mangas recently, some good and some bad. I have began to notice tropes that get used time and time again. I imagine that someone wanting to read this will probably be in the same position as I was: familiar with the subject matter. Therefor I am not going to break down the entire romance genre or its pros and cons in story telling. I instead want to focus on what this manga does within that genre to make it stand out.
Firstly, the characters aren't too bad. A constant problem that a lot of romance mangas seem
to have is that the female lead doesn't have a personality or life of her own. Our female lead here does need constant saving, but at the same time she is capable of independent thoughts. She does make decisions, which is nice to see. The male leads are pretty typical, with many of them being asses. However I felt that most of the characters still had enough of a back story to make the reader care about them. There were times when a back story would be
brought up only to be dropped again and that disappointed me because there were several times where character development could have happened.
Enough of the analyzation of characters. The plot is what matters here...and man is it dramatic! I loved it. I couldn't stop reading this manga and finished it in about 2 days (during finals week even). The handling of the story is what makes the characters shine and it really has a life to it. You can tell it was meant to entertain and keep you guessing.
This manga has a ton of romance tropes, but that is to be expected. The handling of said tropes is what makes this manga such a joy to read.
This manga is so frustratingly confusing. The only reason I finished it is because I was hoping it was going to get better but before I knew it I was already in too deep and felt obligated to just finish it.
The story jumps around SO much, so much so that half way through you can't even understand what the direction or purpose of it all was. Seriously, it kind of sucked.
It seemed like the author was trying their best to give you all of these plot twists to enhance drama but it was all crap! Simply because there were just too many, and
it doesn't allow you to really process it before moving on to the next plot twist. Plus there was hardly any depth to it. It seemed like they just could not make up their mind about what direction they wanted to go with the story. Was so frustrating.
The art is good, but I do take issues with panels that are a bit difficult to follow and I think this manga had that issue. It was difficult to tell who was speaking.
A pretty typical shoujo/smut manga. But there actually ends up being a pretty deep stroyline - interesting character relationships, motivations, plot... Don't get me wrong, there is plenty of romantic drama for no reason at all, but it's still incredibly fun to read.
The art is very well done, nothing extraordinary, but very nice to look at. One thing that does deserve special mention, though, are the eyes - this manga has the prettiest-drawn eyes I have ever seen. Really gorgeous and really share a lot of emotion.
Overall, read this manga if you like shoujo/smut, it'll be perfect for you. It'll even have plotlines and interesting
character developments that take you by surprise, so it's a lot a fun!
This manga is really interesting, the story take all the time unexpected turns. There are a lot of weird scenes in it, like in the works of Mayu Shinjo. So i think if you like these kind of stories (poor Girl and rich Boy, who has a lot of power), this manga is good for you. Different from the most works of Mayu Shinjo, in which the main girl character is not so strong, here the girl is really strong. She fight for that what she want and this is what I truly liked at this story! Additional you can see that the characters
are development and not stand still.
The best thing in Desire Climax is the art, it is simply amazing. The heroine is very pretty, it's definitely my type of girl, which is the main reason for a guy to read shoujo manga. For the male character part, they are all looking handsome.
Character development is also amazing, the author wrote the manga in a way that makes me become emotional with each characters and their interactions.
For the first part of this manga, thing goes smoothly and peacefully, in a way, it introduces all characters. As for second part, it reaches a climax which
is the best part of the manga.
So overall I recommend guys who over 18 reading it, the reason is that the content is mature.
This is my 1st review, so please provide any feedback so I can improve, thanks to read it.
This story line really hurt my hart. where should I start. The story line follows Omori Mio a seventeen year old high school girl as she faces obstacles that she didn't even know existed until they stood in her way. Omori Mio's family is poor, her father passed away, and her mother is being hospitalized. n the hopes of being the older sibling to her younger brother Hinata Omori, Mio takes on various part time jops. One day after finishing work on her way home a mysterious man approaches Mio and steals her first kiss. As if that wasn't enough the arrogant man throws
money at her and declares that she now belongs to him. This was only the start.
I liked the manga some what because it had the element of surprise. At every corner there was a secret waiting to be discovered. One thing that I didn't enjoy was the personality of the main female character Mio. I hated he she reacted to every problem that she faced. In addition she was in denial about every thing, which only pissed me off even more. But for the most part I really enjoyed reading this Manga. It really showed that the road to happiness is a long and difficult road, and that you can;t be as naive as Mio and believe every thing that you are told and that every thing is not always as it seems. I kinda liked the way it ended and I also liked they realistically sloved the problem of all the drama around the Jinnai family. The only thing that I am wondering is why didnt the Omori family move to that island a long time ago. It was too much drama dealing with the whole Jinnai issues. Also I dont really like how the characters had split personalities to an extent. But let me stop babbling on. For the most part this manga was good.
- Spoiler free review
I started reading Desire Climax a few years ago.. and dumped it after a few chapters. I really disliked the clique shojo characters. An abusive guy and a weak-willed girl, who falls for the guy even though all he does is treat her crappy.
Then a few days ago I ran into it again and decided to give it another chance. I ended up reading the whole thing in one setting. Desire Climax is like a soup opera, you find yourself thinking how stupid and unrealistic the storyline and characters are.. But at the same time: "What happens next??!!"
If I look
at the different elements of the manga, it isn't very good.. But once you are passed the first couple of chapters, it keeps you on the edge of your seat, that's its charm.
(I am sorry if there are any spelling mistakes, english is my second language)
To begin, I would like to say that Yokujou Climax had an extremely interesting basis for its plot-line; however, on top of the story feeling as though it progressed too quickly, it also felt as though there were too many elements being added to the plot. As I read the manga, it seemed to me like the plot was made to be unnecessarily complex. Complexity can, of course, add a lot of depth to a story if it is gone about correctly; however, Yokujou Climax got confusing at times when, if the plot had not taken extreme turns that seemed completely out of the blue,
it could have made for an interesting, yet easy enough to comprehend, tale. In addition, another complaint I have with this particular manga is that the characters' emotions seemed out of reach and unnatural at most points. They did not remain very stable as the story progressed--their personalities and emotions being inconsistent--which made it difficult to become involved with the characters.
All of that being said, Yokujou Climax does offer beautiful art, great explicit scenes, and it keeps the reader guessing on what crazy scenarios will come about next! It was a decently enjoyable read despite its negative aspects.
I like to indulge in some smut now and then so i decided to give it a read. It had your usual semi-rape scenes with girl squealing, and then it turned into something more interesting with a deeper story line. Unfortunately the direction of this story line went to the bin with her brother being in love with her, in the end the story lost itself completely. It turned from something which could possibly have been a cute story to convoluted nonsense.
Nonetheless it is readable, and i would recommend you read it if you have nothing better to read.
I have never written a review on MAL before, but I felt so betrayed by this work that I couldn't stop myself. I can't overstate how much I dislike this manga. I truly don't understand how it has the rating it does. Maybe other readers enjoy the constant aggressive sexual assault to the main character and the way she seems to not notice everyone around her is manipulating her at every turn. Seriously, all her "family" and friends do is lie to her and trap her. If I were her, I would have called the police, and failing that, moved to a different country, just
to get rid of those nasty people. Please, don't read this, and if you do, don't pretend the story is good or that the characters are in any way respectable or even realistic... The only reason I finished this manga is I have a bad habit of finishing every single thing I read, no matter how bad. I will never again pick up another of this mangaka's works for the fear of being trapped in another such nightmarish reading experience.