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.
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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)
As someone who painfully followed the monthly release of this manga, I at least can say it was worth it. Ookami Shoujo to Kuro Ouji might leave a bitter taste in your mouth for the first quarter of the story, but it's still too early for judgment. After all, it all comes down to the details, isn't it?
I believe you already know the gist of the story (since you read the synopsis) and yes, it dumbly started that way. One of the typical dumb shoujo starter kick-offs. You will start to hate the guy to the very last bone and you will also start to
kill yourself out of frustration out of the girl's stupidity. Oh well, it started like that. Unappealing plot. Stupid characters. Almost everything in this manga will start to annoy you like hell. It sure rubbed off to me in the wrong way.
But who cares? It's not like it's the first time for a shoujo manga. I bet there are still worse than this.
And yet it seems like mangaka-sensei has a lot in store. He/She turned the story to something interesting. Some sense was finally injected in the plot, and it was later revealed why Kyouya-kun had that jerky personality. There are no major plot twist or what, just pure character-based development. Slowly, as they continued struggling in their high school years, they met obstacles as a couple and as an individual. They later made crucial decisions about the future--- basically, they learned to grow up. Mangaka-sensei put his/her best in portraying the teenagers these days, from the immaturity and childishness they possess, to the struggles they go through in order to be a better person. What I like about this is not about the romance itself, it's the reality the mangaka is trying to speak. There are people who is like Kyouya-kun in the society. And so, Erika-chan. But again, that doesn't mean they can't change all throughout the course of their lives.
And so I gave it 8/10, for the very good job mangaka-sensei did. It has a rather pleasant and satisfying ending as well. It entertained me quite well, though I admit there are a lot of parts which still pisses me off (like Kyouya-kun's attitude).
So to speak, give it a chance. It's worth the frustrations and annoyance. It's worth until the end. I'm not promising you a great story or what. I'm just telling you how real this manga can get.
For everyone who is complaining about this manga is needs to chill the fuck out.. this manga is more realistic than most shoujo manga
and if you don't like it go back to the kiddy, fantasy, play house mangas that you like reading..
Granted this manage does have some typical romance clichés the manga does well in portraying real life situations beyond - cheating, stealing peoples gf/bf, and relationship insecurities.
It shows stuff like...the struggles a couple goes through at the end of high school during the time they need to chose what they want for there lives, and the feeling
of loving a person so much that you don't want them to leave but you don't want to hold them back either, dealing with each others pasts, parents/siblings not liking your bf/gf, or that guys aren't perfect and they sometimes treat girls like shit but girls are so stupidly in love she doesn't care even if it hurts her, lying to your friends because you want them to think your cool, or guys having trouble expressing there feeling...and you no what else - finally having a main male character not giving into the temptations of cheating...
Long story short if you can get past the ditsy clichés of the first few chapters this manga gets very good and you will become attached to the characters and grow to like and understand them all.
Don't let peoples ridiculous views, keep you from checking this manga out. Because its really enjoyable and you might just like it.
So, from what I've seen, most people that read this manga fall into one of two categories:
COMPLETELY, UTTERLY HATE IT or LOVE IT.
I am part of the latter.
I normally don't write reviews, but for this manga, I feel like I had to. Maybe to justify why I like it so much?
But anyhow, this is a shoujo manga. Typical school setting, with a kind of ditzy girl as the MC (Erika Shinohara). She just wants to be loved, so she fakes having a boyfriend to her two "friends". However, scared that they're getting suspicious, she takes a picture of a good looking guy on
the streets, but...guess what? He goes to her school! And he's a popular "prince"-like figure!
So, while this may seem like a typical shoujo setup (though, I'll say it's the first time I've seen this particular plot device used), there are a lot of elements of it that make it so...for lack of better words...good.
The art, for one. It's nothing swoonworthy, for sure, but I have no complaints. Also, I can't explain why a couple of solid lines that imitates a human being is so attractive but he is, so moving on, meaning that the mangaka has done her job well.
Secondly, the plotline & character development. It is slice of a life and features school life. But at the same time, while the beginning can be very cringeworthy, and even "disgusting" (Sata Kyouya did not exactly endear himself to me at first), I found that as the manga went on, it addressed a lot of issues close to my heart. Nothing tragic, but there was definitely character development, something you might not expect to see from a shoujo like this. But Erika definitely became an admirable character (one might argue from her relationship with Sata-kun). There are definitely arcs and scenarios that are typical shoujo plots, but they didn't read like something cliche.
Third, the ending. I won't say much more, but I feel like if nothing else, the mangaka did the ending, very, very, very well. A lot of loose ends were tied up, we find out what happens to all of the characters, and we even get to see...not just a sneak peek of the future...but THREE WHOLE CHAPTERS! Beauty! I've never seen such beauty since reading Last Game!
NOW, HERE'S THE CAVEAT YOU'VE ALL BEEN WAITING FOR:
I'm sure critics might read my review and go "Disgusting! You condone this kind of relationship?" Some have even drawn parallels to 50 Shades of Grey.
No. I don't. I was raised in a physically and mentally abusive household and I would never, ever, ever condone an abusive relationship in any way, shape, or form. And reading this manga, Sata Kyouya comes off as...well...not a "sadist" or "tsundere", but just plain ol' mean. But that's just the beginning. Many critics didn't get further than the first 20 or so chapters, from what I've seen from reviews. But Sata Kyouya does start to change and learn his lesson about being such a douche. And I think that's probably why I really liked this manga. The mangaka didn't actually make an excuse for Sata -- he even says in the beginning that he has no childhood trauma or anything...it's just the way he is. And he's bad with people.
But. He. Changes. That, in my opinion, is the important part.
Now, would I put myself in such a position? Perhaps not. I hope not.
NOTE: >> There is a moment towards the end of the manga that I absolutely couldn't deal with, however. Sata gets extremely possessive and gives Erika an ultimatum when she decides to go to a school in Kyoto to pursue her passion: either him, or her passions. If she chose her passions, they would break up. I couldn't stand that. A guy who gets in the way of her girlfriend's dreams? No way, no how. That would be a dealbreaker for me, in more than one way. <<
So I was reading the other reviews before I started to write this. And well from what I saw, you might have gotten a really bad impression on this manga, huh?
But honestly people shouldn't judge it based on reading just a few chapters. Some of them rated this series even without getting to the part where the protagonists get together. So take my advice and read this. Its worth it a hundred times!
The manga in itself is just a cliché. But who hates cliché? I don't really. In fact I was caught off guard by many of the events even when expecting it. It might
not be a page turner but its intriguing. You'll find yourself at awe as to how well the mangaka was able to maintain the story. In most of the cases the protagonists change into something unrecognizable but here the MCs remain same but they change in a way that's good. What I mean to say is Kyouya remains cold as hell but becomes caring somehow. If you can read up to the end please come and thank me. And don't just give up on it halfway because trust me you'll love the ending.
I loved this manga and recommend it with all my might!