The woman Tsutomu encounters in college was older and smaller than he is, and for some reason, looks like the same girl in his dreams. The heart-pounding love affair between him and the "older woman" begins.
Toshiue no Hito is a Mature, Ecchi, Romance, Slice of Life dealing with the dilemmas involved, with a couple’s heated love life. It proves to be a very enjoyable hentai-ish romance that later loses its flair resulting in a lacklustre finish.
The story follows a college student (Tsutomu Itou) who has been having the same vivid “wet dream” about a girl he doesn’t know. Then out of the blue a similar-looking girl appears before him (Ageha Osanai), who looks sort of like a teenager, when in fact she’s actually older than him. From that point on they soon embark on their sensual romance, which is only
impeded by Tsutomu’s indecisiveness. The story for this manga is certainly fast-paced, as most of what I’ve just explained is covered in the 1st chapter, with the story developing steadily from then on. Each chapter focuses on a different issue for our main characters and friends, so the story is easy grasp but enjoying it is another question, as it all depends on ones taste.
The two main characters are a very interesting match. Tsutomu is an honest and in the beginning, a very reserved guy that is to some extent easy to understand but at some points he can be rather pathetic (impotent). Whereas Ageha is a forward and mysterious woman, which any lolicon would love. There’s a bunch of supporting characters who appear throughout the story but that’s pretty much all they are. Just seem to be there to support the main ones.
In the beginning the artwork is pretty unremarkable in the way that there’s not much to allow this manga to initially stand out. The character designs are decent and so are the packed backgrounds; however it lacks some fine detail. It’s only when it comes to the character close ups or the smutty, sensual panels that the artwork moves up a level. Not to mention that after the first volume the artwork undergoes some improvements.
Overall for a mangaka who is used to publishing H-manga, this Mature, Romance, Slice of Life proved to be quite enjoyable; for a person who likes the odd perverted romance, which has a story. The rushed story was good in the way that helped it progress nicely in the first 2 volumes however certain issues, like the love triangle, were solved too quickly and too smoothly. This manga could certainly do better with a bit more drama, other than the minor insecurities that every couple goes through, but I guess this laid-back story is also appealing in some way. Just a shame that after the few main issues are resolved, the story goes from laid-back to plain dull and repetitive. Guess that means this mangaka still needs to wok on his creative writing skills.
*Be warned though, there's A LOT of sexual content.*
There is really nothing special about "Toshiue no Hito" and I have to admit to forcing myself to finish the manga (I read it all in one sitting over a couple of hours). Part of the problem is that the main character is a rather unlikable fellow, the type of popular manga "hero" who is weak willed, indecisive, obtuse and really so pathetic that it's hard to imagine he is qualified to be in human company, let alone a relationship. Sometimes this can be done well if those characters grow, but in fact quite the opposite happens and at the end of the manga he
actually gets worse, to the point where at the end of the manga I really wanted him to just roll into a ball and die.
I'll put it bluntly - this is not some of Ryuuta Amazume best writing and if you're looking for something with the deeper psychological profiles like "Nana to Kaoru: Black Label" you're going to be sorely disappointed. In fact, I think that the plot here seems somewhat stolen from the much better (and longer) "Maison Ikkoku" by Rumiko Takahashi but with a terrible main protagonist, an unbelievable main heroine and a supporting cast of utterly forgettable characters. This is romance and melodrama done "by the numbers" with very little of the creativity that can be seen in Amazume's other works.
That being said, even though the story and characters are fairly mediocre, the artwork is excellent and the layout and pacing is good, making this a very easy to read manga that goes at a fast clip. I probably would have scored the overall in this lower if it wasn't for the fact that it does have a decent denouement and the story closes up on a rather conclusive note (always a treat for a manga to NOT have an ambiguous ending)
On the whole I probably wouldn't recommend reading this unless you're a fan of Amazume's.
First of all the great thing about this anime is the story, in my opionion is a great love story, if you are fan of love's stories i raccomend the anime.
There also sex scenes so you better be prepared for it, altought there's not full of this scenes so you can actually enjoy the story.
The main protagonist is impotent because he has nightmares about being "raped"(you will discover more reading the manga), until the girl he dream about appear.
The charatcter developpement of the mains protagonists is great, from a "kid" he started to learn how really
our society work(at the end at least), and what are responsabilities.
The charatcer are good and so the art.
You will enjoy the manga, but in the middle of chapter it starts getting boring for a bit, I suggest to not give up reading because few chapter after it starts to get interessting and very nice.
This is my first review and I think I'm going to do some other's in manga or anime less known just to make people like me understand a bit if it will suit the personal taste of every one.
I'm also not english so I hope you could understand my tought s about the manga.
I love this manga, so why am I giving it a 7? Let me get to the review to explain.
Toshiue No Hito is a lovely romance between two college students, which at times take very serious dramatic turns. Which it does very well, and unfortunately very realistically.
The two main characters are a very interesting and contrasting match, your typical college student of no particular note and a slightly mysterious loli older woman. The side characters on the other hand are honestly of no particular note, and for the most part feel in the way.
The art is pretty consistent through out the series with one exception.
The smutty scenes. When it comes to the sex the author kicks it up a notch and takes a special eye to detail which hey, I have zero complaints for.
So, after reading all that, why the 7? One reason with two sides, one more subjective and personal, the other serious and objective. I'll try my best to avoid spoilers.
First part, the main character, at the very end of the manga, does something I simply cannot accept. He does something pathetic, despicable and down right cowardly, which unfortunately fits his initial character. But that's the important part. It fits his INITIAL character (this is the more objective complaint). Throughout the series our two protagonists do some very serious bonding and his actions at the end make zero sense considering the actions he's taken for her at previous times, and I simply feel that unacceptable action he made was a serious lapse in character, and flaw on the authors part. That is why I took this manga down from an 8 or 9 to a 7. That and the side characters which felt very flat and didn't contribute much to the manga.
So, overall scoring.
A very lovely romance between two students, one of which has a more complex past.
Nothing too special except when it comes to smut.
Very good and would be higher if not for the poorly written side characters who were mostly a waste of space.
Very enjoyable except for that little hiccup at the end.
Would be an 8 or 9 if not for that hiccup and poorly written side characters.
In summary, this is a lovely manga, certainly worth a read, though the main characters actions at the end annoy the living hell out of me, and are inconsistent with the character growth throughout the series.