Sachie Wakamura just lost her mother, and her estranged grandfather has shown up to take care of her. The only problem is that Grandpa is the head of a yakuza gang! Too scared to join her new family, Sachie tries to continue living her normal life. She can't run far though, since one of the most popular guys in school is part of her grandfather's gang and her new protector. No one at school knows about Rakuto's hidden life, and soon Sachie finds herself falling for her bodyguard. But she's the granddaughter of Rakuto's boss, and he can never show his feelings for her. Can Sachie find a way to fit into her new family and grab her chance at love?
The beginning of this series is very.....unoriginal, so to speak. Girl's mom dies, girl goes somewhere cool, girl meets a stoic guy, stoic guy falls for girl. Can you name a few that start off like that?..No? Well, I can name tons!
BUT, the thing that makes this manga great is how its executed and I think the author does that very well.
I docked 1 point off for being unoriginal and another for all the fillers. However, I love the story very much so. All the other 8 points go to how much I love this story. I think the major twist in the plot is that the "somewhere cool" that girl goes to is her grandfather's home, which just so happens to be a yakuza (Japanese equivalant to the mafia) household. I like how Sachie trys really hard to adapt with the boys, along with her handsome caretaker.
I like how the two love interests have not admitted their feelings towards each other to each other, have not had a mutual kiss, nor have ever gotten together--as in bf/gf--in any point during the story thus far (I'm on volume 8 out of 10 volumes at the time of this review) because of their master/servant circumstances. This kind of extenstion makes the climax of the story truly epic and heartwarming. It makes you feel like "I want them to be together so much!" and when they finally do, you have this relief in your heart cuz you followed them through God knows how many problems and issues, and it feels great that they finally resolved it.
Kiyo Fujiwara is a very good artist. Sachie is drawn as a big, round-eyed girl and I feel you can see her entire sweet character just by looking at her. Rakuto and the other hot teen boys are drawn very handsomely, albeit a bit different to what I am used to. They're gorgeous! Also, she draws old people beautifully as well. You can see that Sachie's grandpa was probably quite the looker in his younger years. However, I dislike how she draws chibis and in fact, I wish she'd be able to draw them less often.
Allthough, Sachie seems like a strong female lead (which she is at some points) she has to be saved many times throughout the story. I dislike that very much--always being saved, that is. Sometimes, it seems like only in shounen manga will the female lead be strong and independant...but anyway, she has good sense of justice which ironically leaves her in all sorts of trouble.
Rakuto, the main love interest, has a very complex character yet I've seen him before in many different shoujo anime and manga. He's very devilish on the outside but soft and kind on the inside. I do like how he has a fear of the future, which is a very relatable characteristic if you as me, and an undying love for Sachie. Every girl wants to be loved :D However, I wish he would not have as much girls following around him everywhere he goes.
Azuma, the other love interest (in this case, the guy who's gonna get dumped like last thursday's trash) is there for mostly comical purposes and to tick Rakuto off--also he's quite the eye candy. He, unlike Rakuto, can have a normal relationship with Sachie. He's not in the "family business," he can call her by just her name instead of using the very formal "-sama" like Rakuto does, and he also has a career path in mind unlike some very handsome bishounen we know...
As I've said before, I really love this series. Its a real page turner and you always want to see if Sachie and Rakuto took a step closer in their relationship. I admit that I did start tearing up and some parts.
I bet if the ending goes well, this just might receive a 10/10! :D I would recommend this series to anybody looking for a good shoujo romanceread more
I'm writing a review for Wild Ones because it had become one of my all time favourite manga.
The story starts of like any other series, Sachie became an orphan because her mother died that's why her grandfather whom she'd never met decided to take care of her. Her grandpa is a Yakuza leader, being a Yakuza's grandaughter she was assigned a bodyguard named Rakuto. Then eventually as all shoujo series they developed a feeling for each other. There is nothing new about this series but the romance between the main characters is great. The circumstances of their romance is bittersweet. Rakuto being a bodyguard is expected not to fall in love with Sachie, this keeps him from telling the true feelings he have for her. While Sachie in the other hand is true to her feelings but she hesitate she doesn't fully known Rakuto yet. Their love is somewhat unclear but they show compassion to each other. Rakuto treats Sachie with all his care and he protects her as his greatest treasure. With every volume we slowly get to know Rakuto and his childhood story. Flashbacks of Sachie and Rakuto's past encounter as a child. We Witness how both the main character care for each other as the story progresses.
The art is pretty good, well it's not typical of me to like weird art, but there is something about Miss Fujiwara's designs that catches my attention. The eyes of her characters looks alieny and I find it as her signature art. I like how she draws a pretty bizarre smile as well. She draws really great kimono and cherry blossoms. Her panel is smooth moving most of the time.
I really enjoy this series and hopefully it will have a strong ending. This one rates top on my manga list. One thing I really like about this series is that Sachie's past and Rakuto's state of position and his unknown childhood story. This adds to the greatness/intrigues of the story.
I Love this series a lot. At first I wasn't expecting anything from this, I thought ok standard art, mediocre opening etc... But as the series continue it gains so much potential and it picks up momentum.
Only one thing I would love to limit is the Yakuza jokes and the few fillers, either way, Well I'll stop now Geez I'm really drawn to this series.
If your looking for a stellar love story this one is for you..... Sometimes it might be confusing but it's really great. Trust me, lol most of the time all the series I liked are somewhat mediocre for most of people.read more
Arakure aka the wild ones is a good series that shows that reusing ideas can be done well.
Well for story its already done before as we see the main lead looses a family member and is taking in by a other relative. But I think that the part when she realize he is the leader of the Yakuza is just awesome. The way how she needs to adapt that she is part of it really stands outs as original. It also has some really funny and clever moments which I like. So story while its overuse, it did well.
The art is well done. The looks on the characters are really beautiful especially on the old looking people. Not a lot to say other than it looks good.
For the main female lead, Sachie did almost of a good job as she is a very strong character. But at times she needs to be rescue which really isn't necessary. Why is it that shojo manga have to make women the damsel in distress. I'm a guy and I'm tired of seeing that but with her strong since of justice it balance it out even when it get her in trouble. Rukuto while not original in some way, he is very complex. He is afraid of the what the future lies ahead which works for his character. The rest is pretty typical but are there for support and some laughs every once in a while.
The unoriginal plot kinda knock my enjoyment down. But as I get farther into it, I see that its very enjoyable.
I dunno how helpful this review will be but I just had to write one since I enjoyed the manga so much (as you can see I gave it the perfect 10 score) :) I think that the proof of a really good manga is when the reader becomes emotionally invested in what they're reading. I really liked this manga because of the range of feelings I felt when reading it..one moment I was crying and the next I was laughing, then feeling frustrated (read it and you'd know why). It's the kind of story that makes you happy and scream kyahhh!! I think the story was well executed too. The pacing was perfect, the fillers/side stories didn't make it dull and dragging and the characters were so lovable (especially the yakuza gang! hahaha!). The art was beautiful as well. I mean, Rakuto's so hot what else can a girl ask for? :)read more