The government uses genetic information to determine what people would be best matched to produce the best offspring possible. Once the youngest of the two is over 14 a letter is sent to both homes telling them when to meet at the coupling center, where they meet their new fiance and are given one week to get to know each other to see if they want to marry. There are multiple stories in this, each lasting a few chapters, telling different tales of how couples deal with their pairing.
One of the biggest nuisances when it comes to the romance genre in manga (and anime even more so in general) is the lack of actual progress relationship-wise. I've lost count of just how many series that just never get going anywhere due to slow pacing, dense protagonists and ridiculously convenient interruptions every time any real steps are about to be taken. Furthermore in the case that any real progress is made (like a confession or a kiss etc), suddenly the story is over. "They lived happily ever after, the end!" and nothing more.
How wonderful is it then when you happen to randomly come across a little manga merely four volumes long that manages to squeeze in so much goodness in such a short time span, because unlike what you’d normally find, in this series something actually HAPPENS essentially all the time.
Sore wa Totsuzen Unmei no Aite ga (roughly translated to "Suddenly, the marriage partner showed up") is a compilation of four separate short stories, each focusing on its own coupling. The common factor is that these couples are selected not by themselves, but rather via a genetic test performed by the government in order to help people find their absolute perfect matches when it comes to producing offspring, and the results are delivered to both partners once the younger of the two has had his/her 14th birthday.
Because of this, every story is already starting out with the characters as potential fiancés which cuts away a lot of the boring initial phase, but more importantly the actual stories themselves are SUPER cute! Instead of the ordinary cliché and generic male and female leads you’d normally see, each and every one of the characters in this manga are extremely likable and also feel very realistic. Every story has a ton of variation and theme, but they all succeed with their respective settings and purposes absolutely flawlessly. And the art style is beautiful as well to boot.
To make a quick rundown of the various stories in order, we have:
1) Yuuichi x Manami
Starting out with what is by far the shortest story of the bunch, we have a mostly lighthearted incest coupling between a quite ordinary, average boy and his younger sister who is more of a perfect girl envied by all. There isn’t really very much to say about this one; it serves more as a longer pilot chapter to the other stories but it’s still cute and funny in its simplicity.
2) Jun x Mai
A coupling between the school idol and the friend of her younger brother. This story was probably the most ecchi one out of the four, but it was done in a tasteful and realistic way that was very nice to see. It also showcased the process of the girl using her real life experiences over the course of the relationship development as basis for writing her own romantic novel, which brought with it some quite humorous and interesting consequences.
3) Nobuyuki x Miyuki
This… was not what I expected at all but it was AWESOME. Definitely the best one out of the stories in my opinion; it’s the story of two MMORPG gamers who get coupled together (thanks to the government that is) and their quite unusual romantic development both in the real world as well as in the in-game one. What surprised me the most about this one wasn’t just the romance aspect but rather how much detail was actually put into the in-game world, and I think on its own it had some real potential of being one of those shounen romance series taking place inside a game world (like Sword Art Online etc) if that had been the direction the author had somehow wanted to take it, but despite merely aiming for an extremely cute and original romantic comedy story, that aspect was sure as hell executed as good as it possibly could have been.
4) Takuya x Shiori
Lastly we have a coupling between two cousins who initially aren’t very interested in each other due to family circumstances, but then decide to take advantage of the situation by using their enforced coupling as a way for their respective parents to get on friendly terms as they’ve been fighting each other for a longer period of time. Of course this indirectly results on the cousins getting closer to one another whether they intend to or not which before long ended up showcasing some very charming sides of both of them, and it just felt all-round satisfactory.
And in all honesty, ‘satisfactory’ is probably the best word to summarize the entirety of this manga, because when it all comes down to it that is exactly what it does best. It’s not a masterpiece per se, but in its simplicity and for the concept it’s going for, it gives you everything you could ever ask for from a romance manga, hell it gives you a lot more than what you’d normally find in famous long-running titles in that regard.
I really don’t think it’s possible to be disappointed by this if you’re a fan of romantic comedy manga.read more
Sore wa Totsuzen, Unmei no Aite ga, what a long and hard to remember name. Series name aside this is a fantastic manga that takes shounen romance in a very different way than you typically see and is great because of it.
Because the series is not one long continuous story, but instead a collection of smaller ones it is able to do so many things that other mangas can't. The first thing being is that things actually happen!
I won't point fingers *cough*Nisekoi,To-Love Ru,Umisho,Nagasarete Airantou *cough* but there are some shounen romance mangas out there where NOTHING happens the entire time. Every chapter just ends with no development and nothing really changes, but not here. OH not here, those other mangas that will not be named suffer from the fact that if they make a real development then, what are they going to milk off of when they have their happy couple?
Sorry if that whole thing just seemed like a rant but it needs to be said just to point out how in this manga, because they are a bunch of short stories they are able to make actual developments in the romance. Crazy isn't it?
It's a simple overall story that is a great set up for all the different couples you get to know. Every couple is very different and deals with things in different ways. Plus there is no obligatory onsen or beach chapters.
Solid throughout the whole thing, everything looks good and sharp. All the character designs are great, they are unique without being over the top.
This is where it shines the most to me. Instead of the generic male protagonist who can't talk to the girl he likes and gets fidgity around ecchi stuff surrounded by his uninspired harem with generic girls who don't even act like real people, we get our main couple for the next few chapters. All the characters in every couple are varied, realistic, and interesting. Since there are less characters they get more focus and are so much more developed than what you normally see. If you were going to meet your new girlfriend for the first time wouldn't you be nervous? Of course, but wouldn't she also be?
What can be said, I enjoyed it the entire time. Never a dull moment. And maybe you aren't digging one couple, skip it. The next one might be more your style.
Great manga, I don't know why you are reading my long winded review still instead of reading it already.read more
Little do we know in romance manga that there is not much further development in romance between couples. However asking myself the question we were to be paired up with our other half. It would be great right? Well this review is will be just looking at that one statement.
Knowing this manga was short I wasn't not going to be surprised by the romantic development however as soon I finished the first arc. I knew this was something different, The need for more was always itching at the back of my neck. Even though I finished with the first partners and was very happy with the outcome.
Sore wa Totsuzen Unmei no Aite ga describes the daily of 4 couples bounded by their 'Destiny' thought the coupling system, The writer really knew how to engage in every individual couple by setting a unique story focusing on each one differently. However they are not your average couple situation meetings with comedy and randomness but with a gene assesment that is carried out by a company when you are 14 years old which implements you in the coupling system which help people find their 'perfect' matches that when in love would offspring of great capabilities due to the compatibility of the couples genes.
So every couple you will see in the manga will have a different story to the one before thus making it a fun and intresting way of different types of characterisations and situations you will see between them giving you a sense of accomplishment in every arc. This due to the characters being very funny and audience engaging in their own way. Although each couple have their own way of engaging in the manga but it still boils down to the same setting and place.
From the art style I think is very creative and makes each scenes with the characters more engaging with the audience giving us a feeling we are actually there watching the story between the couples unfold.
Here is a brief summary of the story being unfolded thought the different couples
Yuuchi and Manami
This is an insect coupling that was displayed by the system and to me it was a start of a very funny relationship. It includes an older brother and his younger sister. It is very funny and cute. Their progress in their relationship which makes me laugh so much.
Jun and Mai
A coupling between the school idol a normal teenager (With some background). This arc was more funny and a lot of scenes were classed as being ecchi. The girl (Mai) writes novel which are adult based but she is known as among the best writers which is paired with a odd but very nice guy (Jun)
Nobukui and Muki
This one really was interesting but that might be due to with my intrestes. it includes the daily life of 2 gamers who are coupled which sparks a romantic development between them in the real and virtual world.
Takuya and Shiori
Finally we have a coupling wait for it............. Between 2 cousins both being suprised due to their differences regarding family issues, However they thought by using opportunity they might be able to bring a hault a family issue regarding their parents. In doing so they are getting more attracted to each other by the solving their situation.
Overall this manga is very good in bringing diffrent storys through the same setting but giving us a completly different view of characters who are thrown in these sitituations. This gives the reader a pleasure of enjoying the characters grow and develop in many different ways. I would highly recommend it if you are into Comedy and 'fast' romance (Due to the amount of chapters)
Btw, this is my first serious review so please tolerate anything that isn't the norm for reviewers.
Sore wa Totsuzen, Unmei no Aite ga is a manga that does something that few mangas can achieve. It satisfied me with ending(S) that would leave a smile on my face as i remember back to all the chapters that would lead to it. I had such a blast and a great time reading this that it killed me when i finished it. all the stories still linger in my head as it portrayed how perfect couples end up at the end of stories. The only problems i truly had was the incest story in the beginning but if you don't like that story, then just skip to the next because all of them are enjoyable depending on your tastes, if its a tsundere type (not completely strong) to completely cuties (really strong) finding the perfect match for each other. The only other problem i had was that it ended, though some may say that it feels rushed, i believe they are where they belong and i do not see a problem with them. Also please regard my review with the thought if it being possibly wrong because everyone"s opinion is different and im just stating my own. Now on to the sections.
The story is two teenagers are assigned to each other due to computers that assign them for the best possible children. Damn what a simple and clean way to set up two people together and background. The main story is of course what i just stated and how they react and how they learn to enjoy each other.
I am a man with high tastes with art as when my horny side comes on and i'm looking for some H manga/anime on myanimelist.net, i make sure the date is past 2011 or i just check on google images for my own judgement. This manga's art is good enough where i see no problem with it and it doesnt affect me at all when im reading so i give this a high score.
I believe this is where the manga shines. Each character you learn to love (expect for one minor character and you'll see why) Period. no need to say more just read it yourself you'll enjoy them.
I very much enjoyed this with all the guys perverseness (on some guys though) and the change that the girls go through as they learn more and more about their matched guy. Also, the comedy in this manga is a extra plus as i put a smile on my face every time.
If you find the average of all my scores, i shouldn't get a 10 as overall but the definition is the not mean of all the other scores, its when you feel the manga deserves and i believe it deserves a 10 without a doubt. But why read this review when you should be reading the manga, now go copy and paste "Sore wa Totsuzen, Unmei no Aite ga" on Google and read that beauty because I promise you (in my opinion) that you wont be disappointed.read more