Erika lies to her friends about having a boyfriend by showing a picture of an anonymous guy. He turns out to be Sata Kyouya, a schoolmate of hers who was later briefly recognized by Erika's friends. Their conversations then are overheard by the guy, so Erika explain to him and proposes her idea of faking as lovers; however, Sata, who initially came off as a charming guy, turns out to be a black prince and instead uses her reasons to blackmail her.
(Source: Anime-tion, edited)
Volume 2: Junketsu Lullaby
Volume 3: Pierrot ja Nee yo
Volume 8: Kamatte-chan de Gomenasai!!
Volume 11: Kimi wo Suki ni Natta Riyuu (The Reason I Love You)
I would like to start off by saying that I have watched/read enough of the Shoujo genre to know what I am getting myself into, Ive come to accept most aspects it has to offer, from the cliche romantic comedy to the wacky teachers to even the cold, distant male protagonists that always seem to attract the sea of raging hormones with both fan girls and 90% of the female cast. This is just what to expect in majority of Shoujo.
But I just can't condone this garbage as decent.
Ookami Shoujo to Kuro Ouji or Wolf Girl and Black Prince had me cringing throughout ever single page, It follows the story of stupid pushover and a sadistic pig, the male protagonist is downright cruel to Erika, he blackmails her into becoming his dog that attends to his every whim, but even my dog is treated better than her, Erika is treated more like a piece of filth than a pet.
What makes me laugh mercilessly is that the author of this manga has the audacity to try and make us to feel sorry for this cold-hearted sorry excuse for a human being all because his childhood dog died and his parents are divorced resulting in his commitment (and probably lack of a moral) issues... well whoopty freakin doo! excuse me for a moment while I grab my violin.
Call him a Tsudere if you want, but If I ever met someone like him in the real world and he tried to treat people that way, well It wouldn't end well.
Moving on the female lead, Erika is just a giant mess of a human being, this guy treats her like absolute dirt, showing her little to no respect and for some reason that completely baffles me, her feelings for him keep growing. She blushes when this guy calls her a dog and makes her fetch stuff for him; she just takes his abuse. I swear female protagonists are getting stupider by the day.
As for the supporting cast, I don't think I have been so annoyed with reoccurring characters this much since School Days. Erika's classmates that she is desperately trying to fit in with disgust me with how shallow minded and scheming they are, they literally set out to make life harder for Erika even though they are supposed to be her 'friends'. She gets walked all over by everyone because of her insecure and stupid personality.
You can't even consider her childhood friend a true friend, Sanda is fully aware that Kyouya treats her like meat and considers Erika as nothing but his dog and property yet she still encourages her to peruse a relationship with him!
I cannot understand the what the fanbase for this manga are thinking when reading this, they are both literally the worst protagonists to follow and quite frankly deserve each other.
I know I'm going to get a lot of hate for this review, but just think to yourself: would you date this guy if he was real?
If the answer is yes then please seek therapy as soon as possible.
"A secret no one can say, a true nature that can't be shown, everyone has an 'underside'!" --cover page of Ookami Shoujo to Kuro Ouji
Welcome to Ookami Shoujo to Kuro Ouji, a mouthful to say and tiresome to remember but it's worth the trouble. OStKO, for convience's sake, is your standard shoujo. There's the main lead who wants a boyfriend and the male lead who wants anything but. However, what readers think they may be led to a road for disaster finds themselves spiralling on a jounery of tears and laugher, as well as the universal meaning of things being not exactly how they seem and the hardship people have to deal in order to find that.
"Generally a high school life is all decided in the first two months." --Erika
The start of OStKO begins with a simple premise; the male lead, Kyouya, is forced to play boyfriend for Erika after she accidently claims him to be her boyfriend in attempt to fit in with her so-called friends. People may say it's superficial of the main lead to want to find a boy for just that reason or even badmouth the friends for being friends for just that but think for a moment. It's not uncommon to find high school students tell lies just to fit in, just to avoid bullying or isolation. That's how we find Erika in a struggle to stay in her friendship circle. Hey, at least we don't have a heroine who bitches about being friendless while she's not doing anything about it. So it's the simple plotline of Erika trying to fit in that starts the beginning of the relationshipe between her and Kyouya.
"...I really love dogs. They're pure. If you say 'wait' then they'll keep waiting like an idiot, no matter how hungry they get or how bad you treat them, following their master's order witht hose bleary pitch black eyes...that's so cute it gives me the chills..." --Kyouya
Kyouya really strikes different from the standard main male role. He initially is percieved as the goody-good with princely charms and looks that kill but right after our fellow heroine gets to know the true him, readers are in for a huge surprise. This person is unafraid to voice his most cynical views. Heck, if he sees an old lady struggling to walk across the road, he may as well be that person to send her to her doom. The refreshing part of his personality is that he shows no signs of other persnalities. He's just being himself. It may get over the top at times but it's interesting but poor Erika has to put up with that. She knows this as well and tries her best to cope with it. Considering all this, we may suspect the usual master-servant plotline, the 'master' usually growing softer as the story goes on. For the most part, that is what we're seeing but we do see Erika stand her ground couple of times. It's admirable how she's not willing to take shit from Kyouya whereas your standard shoujo lead will just cry for help. This girl uses her fists and words in a way anyone with common sense can use. It's the wonderful footstep forward for females in the world of manga and makes the chemistry between Kyouya and Erika lovelier than it will be if Erika was a spineless twit.
It doesn't come as a surprise that other characters are not as unique as Kyouya or Erika. The friends of Erika feels static and one of them, even after a whole chapter dedicated to them, feels as if they haven't changed from her superficial thinking at all. But from Kyouya's side, one of them turns to be more interesting to read than how I thought he'd be. He's chirpy and friendly, a striking opposite of Kyouya, but is equally enjoyable, making me hope to read more of him.
"Did I make the right choice in relying on this guy?" --Erika
Well, I don't know about that. Kyouya's good looking but he acts jerky and he has his nice moments. What I do know is that I made the right choice in reading all of the avaliable chapters of this manga. The artwork are nicely drawn, not mind-blowing but enough to get the storyline/characters conveyed. After all, if the artwork wasn't at least decent, how will Kyouya be such a yummy eyecandy? Putting superficial preferences aside, its characters and plotline are top-notch. You've got to love Kyouya's cynicism and Erika's struggle to deal with that. But, what fun will anything be without a little dose sadism? read more
The protagonist. Oh the protagonist. Erika, can she recognize a hopeless jerk when she sees one? Can she recognize when a person cannot return love and is only going to hurt her? Especially a person as cold as him with sadistic inclinations?
Nope. Or maybe she does, but she relentlessly stays with him anyway. Even when she really does know better.
Basically the whole manga up until chapter 13, which is the point I've stopped reading at, is just him treating her like dirt, and a dog(literally) and her continuing to run back to him, putting up with all his abuse, holding onto a hope that he will love her back some day.
And throughout the manga the side characters are just encouraging this relationship. Her friend San repeatedly telling her she's a masochist, Kyouya's friend trying so hard to get them together, the potential good boyfriend with a passive personality giving his blessing, and they all know how he treats her!
Good grapes this manga is messed up. It's that same mentality as that darned 50 shades trilogy. 'Oh, if I'm kind enough, If I'm patient enough, if I'm submissive enough, he'll love me!'
Love doesn't work that way, and neither does that type of relationship. For one thing, if Kyouya is so interested in the D/s lifestyle and treating his partner like a dog, he should find an informed and consenting partner that is actually into that stuff! Erika is only going along with it in her desperation to be loved.
and when they finally got back together, the manga wasn't convincing at all that he actually liked her back. Considering that he puts a charming face on around everyone else, is manipulative, and shows his true colors towards her, he honestly feels like a sociopath, but Oh, this is a shoujo manga! After everything hes done to her, he is surely going to change in the end! Right? Because people never break up for long in shoujo manga. They never get their senses together and move onto another, healthier life. They just stay, and keep working at it, like this girl here, until the guy magically turns around by the power of faith, hope, and pixie dust, and sometimes he doesn't even do that.
Don't read this manga, unless you want source material on how to write an abusive relationship. It certainly isn't a good for anything else.read more
"Generally a high school life is all decided in the first two months."
Do you agree this? Maybe you don't but this is what the main character of this stroy, Shinohara Erika, believes.
Trying to build a reputation in school is what Erika needs to survive. But when you're a 16-year-old that has never even dated someone it's way harder. The solution? Lie.
So she pretends she has a boyfriend. The only one who knows the truth is her friend, San-chan. But without any proofs of having this "perfect boyfriend", Erika sees herself wrapped in her own lie. Her new friends start doubting her. Trying not to be called a liar, she takes a picture of a random cute guy walking on the street so she can show her friends.
Okay. Problem solved, right?
WRONG! In fact, this guy she took a picture of studies in the same school as her. The famous "Prince", Sata Kyouya. She then asks him a favor: prentending to be her boyfriend.
Cute adorable sweet and understandable guy agrees happily and a beautiful cliche love develops?
YOU'RE WRONG AGAIN! This so called "Prince" is a great sadist. He accepts the deal, but... now, Erika is his dog! Here begins the journey of the Wolf Girl!
This is story shows a somewhat sad side of love. People aiming for revenge, betrayals, love only for looks, etc. In the beggining of the story, the main character almost always loses her faith in love. But I wouldn't say it's a sad story at all. There are a lot of funny scenes and romantic ones as well.
What really made me into the story was the original plot. In shoujo manga, the story is almost always fluffy, cute, adorable and heartwarming. There are also those heartbreaking, tragic and sad love story. Ookami Shoujo to Kuro Ouji is a totally nonsense and new love story. A sadist and an almost-masochist making so much success is a little new in the shoujo industry.
Sincerely, I'm not this much of Kyouya's fan. I don't find him a so good boyfriend and I totally wouldn't date someone like him! He is scary :'( But when he blushed, I was all "KYYAAAAAA *¬*"
I totally recommend! Waiting eagerly for the anime.read more