Sakuraba Junko is an English teacher at an English Language School in Tokyo. Her dream is to live a fancy and dramatic life abroad, but the reality is that she is 27 years old and still single. Her family forces her into an omiai with Hoshikawa Takane, but Hoshikawa turns out to be a monk at a Buddhist temple, who fully expects his future wife to quit any outside jobs and lead a quiet, proper life, becoming of a monk's wife. Junko is horrified and refuses immediately, but it seems he is not one to back down so easily...
Aihara Mikis 5-ji kara 9-ji made is one of those manga where you think it starts our pretty decent enough and then suddenly one scene or one action one of the characters commits, makes you question your love for the manga.
Sure, the story seems quite interesting for josei readers; a 27-years old private english teacher, who has plenty of guys to choose from. Be it a monk or a crossdressing high-school student.
She also doesn't appear to be stupid nor prudish. So readers, who have problems with their main characters having more than one serious love interest, then this manga is just not for you.
main female charater, there are two others as well, who happen to work at Junkos workplace too. These women have their own stories as well as love interests too, which makes the manga instantly more complex and interesting.
My main problem though, lies with the male protagonist, who doesn't see anything wrong with locking up the woman he supposedly loves in a room for days after fearing she might leave him. This might be seen as obsessive love and is 'oh so sexy' but is downright abusive.
What bothers me as well, is the main girls reaction to this, even though she tries to not get locked up again, she doesn't just break off all contact with him. Well maybe she loves him, she clearly doesn't know yet.
So far though, I actually enjoy the manga and as someone who loves josei manga, I take everything I can get and just hope for a decent outcome. I especially like the scenes including Arthur & Momoe (also her obsession with BL manga) and scenes with Yuki.
I just hope the mangaka won't play out the love triangles too long, as that might become tedious later on.
I'm writing this review after I've just finished reading the 19th chapter.
Reading "5-ji kara 9-ji made" the sentence "Bad love isn't better than none" constantly come to my mind. But first things first.
In the beginning the setting seemed interesting.
While I read the first chapters I had to laugh at the kind of "reverse harem" vibe the manga gave off, with so many love interests being available for Junko.
Junko seemed like a smart person, but I soon began to doubt that.
I don't want to spoil anything specific, but after some stuff the male protagonist pulled off, Junko still didn't cut ties with him. Even though that
guy was clearly obsessive - not in a good way, but in a plain creepy "better call the cops" way.
How could anyone - even for a second - consider a relationship with someone who doesn't accept any boundaries and doesn't accept your dreams? Who instead wants you to "reflect" on yourself and change you to his kind of "ideal wife", which is highly delusional and oppressive behaviour?
The only thing that kept me going, were the side stories with the supporting characters, which were funny and entertaining, as well as the hope, that Junko would made a decent choice for once.
After reading 19 chapters I only feel annoyed about the main characters and that the story is going nowhere/in circles.
With that I conclude my review.
Kind of sad that I have to say that "5-ji kara 9-ji made" is one of the worst manga, and most certainly the worst Josei manga I've ever read.
But don't let this stop you from reading the manga.
Read it and create your own opinion.
I'm sorry for any grammar/spelling mistakes - English isn't my native language.
This is the classic manga "if you know anyone like this, call the cops." there is no way it is or will be a good relationship.
This is also the lame type of plot that always is trying to convince you that love is the absolute answer and anything can be explain with... even crimes... a lot of crimes.
I kept reading (only found up to cap 22) because I thought it would get better, but I was wrong, they continue "omg, I think he does this horrible thing because he loves me!" and "I can't love him, but what he did before..." lame.
If someone prove me
this changes to an epic story about people being arrested for being criminal, abusive and manipulative, I may read the rest.