Munenori Agawa works tirelessly for the female-dominated company Lévres Cosmetics, where he takes a keen interest in his beautiful senior, workaholic Sayako Asou. Due to a series of mishaps, the pair seem to interact more often, much to Munenori's pleasure.
However, the appearance of a young girl strains their newfound relationship. Her name is Rena Amami, and despite having the appearance of a middle school student, she is actually 19-years-old. This is due to Progressive Rejuvenation Syndrome, a rare disease that causes to age regression of those it inflicts. The only way for Rena to reverse its effect is to regularly kiss Munenori, as he is one of the few people whose saliva contains the correct enzyme required for treatment.
Sakuranbo Syndrome - Cupid no Itazura II is a romantic drama that follows Munenori when he is placed at the center of a complicated moral dilemma, a situation where he must find a compromise between giving Rena her life-saving kisses and remaining faithful to the woman he loves.
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Volume 9: Nijidama Punch
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Volume 11: Nijidama Bonbon
Before, you guys start reading my review. I need to say 2 things!
1. My review contains minor spoilers, I tried my best to keep it low as possible to not to ruin the experience for you.
2. I have added my own personal views and opinions too.
-This manga is so hilarious, yet serious and intense at the same type. It has a prequel, but it isn't necessary at all to read that. Both have no relation, I read this first because I didn't find the description of the prequel that interesting. As for Cupid no Itazura II, I loved it. I finished it in one
go without holding my horses. Although, it might give you some NTR vibes, but trust me it doesn't have anything related to NTR or any other annoying elements. Since, I am a guy who hates NTR to the core and it is going haywire these days. The best thing about the series is the climax. A perfect ending I was hoping for from the begin.
Story: 9.5/10 (I don't think, I am ever gonna find a story like this. Author has a habit of making new stories with unique settings like this. This is what makes this manga so good.)
Characters: 9/10 (The characters and their nature is what steals your interest. You gonna love their expressions in different situations. The only thing, I find disappointing is that. I didn't get to see the adult version of Rena again.)
Art: 10/10 (It is by the same author of "Kono S wo, Mi yo!". So, I don't think I need to say anything more, but if you didn't read"Kono S wo, Mi yo!". I recommend that too. Both have similar artwork despite being old. Both have clear and fluent art that makes you want to read more and more.)
Enjoyment: 9.5/10 (The Synopsis might seems idiotic at first, but after you have read first few chapters, it will grow up on you. All I have to say about this is that it is a masterpiece. This is my 2nd time reading it. )
If you still want to read go on but you're just wasting time .Just open it on a manga website and read .
Sakuranbo Syndrome is one of the overlooked gems as far as manga is concerned .Why such a good story isn't more popular is a mystery to me .Perhaps because of the synopsis which gives off the impression of another generic harem manga this diamond is avoided .On to the review then .
Story - 8
This manga's story is it's selling point .
You might feel that the synopsis is weak and nothing new but the execution of this manga's story is amazing
.With many emotional moments it truly doesn't bore you and developments a times are shocking .This is a manga that made the most out of it's story with no cliche events or unnecessary ones .Even the rare filler chapters are used in developing the story further .Expect a unique story that you've not seen before and you won't be disappointed .But the story might also be why this manga isn't so highly rated .The ending for me was extremely disappointing and left me cringing at its poor execution .I hope this doesn't dissuade you from trying it however .
Art - 9
This manga has sex scenes .Well they're obviously not at hentai's level but they're borderline and well drawn to boot .This is as good as slice of life manga gets when it's drawn .There are no unclear emotions ,unbelievably androgynous characters or any other imperfections of the like so the art is one are you know you won't hate even if the manga somehow doesn't sit with you .
Character - 7
The weakest point of the story isn't weak .The cast is fairly normal with no unrealistic features .Character development indeed takes place for those who want to see it so do not worry .If I had a problem it would be that their reactions a times seem a bit forced .Not that they aren't realistic but reacting a different way might have been more so .Still the cast does it's job well .Very realistic for slice of life ,very likable ,very interesting .
Enjoyment - 9
At a point I had only 5 volumes of this .After reading them in a sitting I panicked because my internet wouldn't allow me to get the remainder .It was on my mind all day and I couldn't calm down until I got them .
Overall - 8
I liked this enough to give it a 9 but I think 8 is a better score considering how badly it ended for me.Bringing in statistics in my reviews is a habit of mine and so I can say that on MAL ,as at the time of this review 68.4% of the readers of this gave it a between an 8 and a 10 .Hope I've convinced you to read it .
I really like this manga, so I know what you're going to say, why the 6? Here's why. //Spoilers ahead
Sakuranbo Syndrome's initial 80 or so chapters were very good, interesting to read, progressive, well drawn and of decent story. My problem is with the ending. The ending was obviously rushed, and it's clear this series was axed. That very same ending is the reason for the six. Without it, I'd have likely leaned towards an 8.
The story in this manga revolves around 4 things. Rena's disease, which is a fictional but seen before disease. Rena's relationship with Agawa, the man 'saves' her. Rena's relationship with
Asou, Agawa's girlfriend. And finally Asou and Agawa's relationship due to Rena's presence and particular needs.
The story and love triangle is pretty good. Which coming from me (not to toot my own horn) means something. I'm a particular hater of harems (very few harems I like), and harsh skeptic when it comes to love triangles and other shapes. Most of the time intertwined loves are poorly written, melodramatic and feature a Class A moron main character who can't poor water out of boot with instructions on the heel.
This love triangle however, while not a masterpiece, was well written enough for me not to hate everyone involved and the story. It was interesting and fairly reasonable of the characters in the way they reacted to the situation. The day to day growth of relationships between the three main characters, which is what the story focused on for the majority, was a solid 7.
The ending on the other hand was hamfisted, rushed and poorly written.//Major spoilers ahead. Two things in particular stick out. One the sex scene between the three characters. It was horribly out of character and extremely rushed. That said, it wasn't nearly as bad as it could have been. Had this manga lived longer and let the relationship progress more naturally, I'd have been more inclined to believe it. The second thing is the last few chapters as a whole. I hate it when stories force some big dramatic finally for an end, and throw in some villain for the sake of that finale. It without fail, always ruins the pace of the manga and sticks out like a sore thumb. The villain, which thankfully was somewhat foreshadowed, but not to this degree, was boring, 2D, and even tried to garner sympathy. Which normally is the key to a good character, but when there is no time to develop that character, that attempt at sympathy is frankly awkward and will be swiftly denied. That is the majority of the reason for the 6.
The art was great. Characters looked nice, scenery was okay, and the 'happy scenes' were very good at what they try to do, *wink*. I'd almost recommend this manga on art alone. Certainly not the best out there, but noticeably better than the masses.
Character was the highlight of this manga. Kept the cast small and focused. Each character felt unique and contrasted very well with each other. The best part is none of the characters were some unimaginable idiot like almost every manga seems to feature. Asou, your atypical sharp, strong willed, business smart, and dominant woman. Agawa a handsome, typical white collar worker who actually works in a makeup company. And Rena, a young*, feminine, and beautiful college student, who is the exact opposite to Asou, in personality, and type of beauty, who regress to a preteen. This cast was dynamic, contrasted fantastically with each other, and grew as people. Grade A characters. Except for the villain. He was piss poor writing.
Enjoyment, completely subjective, but I got a kick out of it until the last volume. I had my ass torn into trying to board two ships at the same time and I hated myself for not hating it.
All in all, it could have been an 8 if not for that god awful finale, and 3p. I don't regret reading it in the slightest, but man, it's a damn shame it got ruined by the ax.
I saw this manga just looking for a new story to read since weekly manga was turning so bad and I finished other one called Aku no hana. Back then i couldn't imagine that it would be one of the best manga that i've read so far. By reading the synopsis one could say that it's not a big deal (just like one review comment), but the performance is just so awesome that i couldn't stop reading it.
The characters are credible, the author doesn't force their behavior (although he does for the situations...a bit) and I respect that a lot. They all have a
well-formed personalities and it makes you thing that they are acting like real humans would do in that situation.
Since English isn't my mother language, i can't really put in word what that manga had supposed to me, so please, enjoy it yourself and read it. You won't regret it ^^