"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?
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.
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!
To start off with my review I would just love to say:
This manga is stupid.
First of all, I've watched the anime and read all the published chapters and I must comment how disgusting this anime/manga is. When I started watching the anime I never really liked the couple 'Kyouya x Erika'. A lot of people did but I just couldn't get myself to like them.
It starts off with Erika trying to fit in with the cool kids in school (both anime and manga). Shows how much peer pressured she is. She lies to them about her non-existent boyfriend and goes in detail what happens when
they are doing 'it' (Using chains, handcuffs etc). Her so-called friends basically liked her because of how she described her boyfriend. Secondly, this is how she finds Kyouya (taking a random picture of him which this is illegal since it is stalking) showing it to her friends which is magically in the same school as them (such coincidence right? well we are talking about manga here anything can happen)
As the story unfolds, you see how pathetic Erika can get through every episode and every chapter. I honestly couldn't believe someone would actually enjoy this messed up anime/manga. Kyouya treats her like an animal, well not even like an animal because not even a freakin animal deserves to be treated like how he treats Erika. He treats her like a piece of poop and dirt which surprisingly enough this turns on Erika. As one can see, she is one hell of a masochist. This literally had shown how she didn't even give a bit of importance to his character but only his looks.
Moving on to Kyouya, this guy literally disgusts me. He treats Erika like dirt and then goes all "i love you" “you’re the one for me” “no one can take your place”. Like, what in the actual eff? For those who haven't opened their eyes wide enough to notice this, this IS AN ABUSIVE RELATIONSHIP. YOU PEOPLE WAKE UP. Imagine, you meet someone like him in real life and he treats you like dirt and you are basically his pet just to have fun with and make fun of and doesn't give a damn about you. Is that even considered a relationship? People, don't deny it, this is an abusive relationship and I really can't cope with the fact that this manga is encouraging this type of relationship.
In the manga, you'll meet with two guys who’d fall in love with Erika and also confess their love to her. But guess what? SHE DOESN'T WANT ANYTHING TO DO WITH THEM. WANNA KNOW WHY? BECAUSE KYOUYA IS HER EVERYTHING. She is brainwashed by his abusive character. He literally hurt her mentally.
****READING BELOW THIS LINE MAY CONTAIN A TINY LITTLE SPOILER BUT YOU SHOULD READ IT ANYWAY BECAUSE THE SUPERHERO OF THE DAY COMES ALONG****
Okay, so one of the two guys that confess their love to her is named Terapon which I must say is my favourite character in the whole manga. He was her childhood friend and which they encounter each other again when Erika starts working at a DVD rental shop. She had known him as this chubby kid from school but he has now lost weight just so he can be attractive (he tried his best to impress Erika) He confesses her love when Erika and Kyouya were going through a rough time (obviously she falls back into Kyouya's arms) He tells her to think it about it carefully. Later on, they decide to meet up so she can tell him how she really feels. BUT OMG GUESS WHAT? GUESS WHAT? she said no because and I quote "If you take Kyouya-kun away from me, I'll become empty. My feelings for Kyouya-kun are very important to me." Erm masochist cracka lacka protagonist say what? This literally just set off the *ALERT ALERT ABUSIVE RELATIONSHIP MASOCHIST ON THE LOOSE* bomb. BUT WHAT I REALLY LOVED ABOUT THIS CHAPTER IS that terapon actually freakin slapped her for being so dumb. And this is when I applaud Terapon for being the most badass and the only one who isn’t brainwashed in whole manga.
*A LOT MORE HAPPENED AND I SERIOUSLY COULDN’T BELIEVE MY EYES WHILE READING SO I RECOMMEND READING CHAPTER 43 TO SEE WHY I UTTERLY FIND THIS MANGA DISGUSTING*
I know a lot of people like this manga and enjoy reading it but I just can't get myself to like it. I cringe every time I turn a page. (And I honestly wanted to shoot myself after reading chapter 43)
Ookami Shoujo to Kuro Ouji ~ Wolf Girl & Black Prince what a perfect couple isn't it? This story is very sweet, good natured slice of life romantic comedy. I actually really enjoyed ready this manga. I highly recommend to read this :)
This story is about a Wolf Girl main character (Shinohara, Erika) who is being bully or you could say it blackmail by Black Prince main character
(Sata, Kyouya). It is begin when Wolf Girl explain it to the Black Prince about being a faking as lovers. However, after being told by the Wolf Girl about it, the Black Prince agree about that. But,
there one condition being a faking as lovers, the Wolf Girl must be a dog for him. So that why (Shinohara, Erika) being call as Wolf Girl and (Sata, Kyouya) is being call as Black Prince. Basically,
(Sata, Kyouya) turns out to be a black prince and used her. A little, little by little they fall in love with each other :)
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.
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. <<
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 manga 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.
First of all, just want to say that this manga feels underrated?
Not sure if this kind of plot is common in the shoujo world but basically a guy pretends to be a girl's boyfriend, not because he likes her, but because he just wants someone to torment. He is quite popular in school because of his looks but in reality, he is actually a sadist. Yes, basically he likes to inflict pain on others.
Typical but beautiful shoujo art. The heroine has short hair (different from the usual long-hair heroines?). The physical characteristics all represent each character individually.
of all, both of the main characters seemed too unrealistic. The only realistic ones are probably the side characters but then again, we wouldn't be able to have a good read without this unrealisticness.
Erika is too lovey-dovey even after all of Kyouya's mean comments towards her. To be honest, how can a person be this sadistic to his own girlfriend! (Yes, they became an official couple with real love towards each other later on). But it's nice to have the balance of love and foulness. I guess this is the perfect case where opposites attract?
Like I said above, I love the chemistry between Erika and Kyouya because of the balance of foulness and love. Always interested to see their interactions and their reactions to certain events because Kyouya HATES romantic events while Erika LOVES them. Then how are they still together? That's what made me keep going.
Overall: Definitely recommend, but really hope for new translated chapters T_T soon.
Looking forward to see how Kyouya changes by the end of the manga.
(Oh yea, there's going to be an anime adaptation! Amazingggg~~)
You choose a group of friends, and then you suddenly find out that they will start looking down on you, because you're arent like them. Even though you wanted to be.
This story is about a girl Erika Shinohara, who's obsessed by getting her friends to be "jealous" of her. Her best friends have the best boyfriends, and that's really all they're talking about. The only way she can become closer to them is by finding the perfect guy out there.
She tells her friends about her romantic experiences, but the problem is she doesn't even have a boyfriend. In her despereate position, she finds
a guy in the street and decides to take a picture of him to show her friends. But her friends suddenly recognized him, he was her school mate named Kyoya Sata. When she found out, she needed to talk to him, and actually he seemed like the perfect nice guy. So she asked him to pretend to be boyfriend. The thing is that his perfect personality was all a part of his act, and he was actually a very cold-hearted person. So he would only agree if she pretended to be his dog.
I've always been very interested in cold-hearted guy characters. But most of those characters are just all the same. They had a bad childhood, they're parents left them, they just have no feelings towards other people. But that changes. But not in this situation. It's not like the other stories. It's a funny story about Erika and Kyoka who both are very stubborn, but in some way they always work their things out. Later on feelings begins to start between the two of them, and the whole plot just gets even more interesting, it's diffenetly not a regular couple we're reading about.
The art is really not anything special, but it's still very beautiful though.
Character : 7
The characters.. Erika is well in the start just the typical light-hearted, funny, desperate girl. But later on she gets more honest with herself. She's not really the shy girl, you mostly see in Shoujo mangas. More like the girl who talks the most, and she becomes more open towards other people, does get naive at times, but that's one of her cute sides.
If we look at Kyoka, he starts of like the jerk type. He never reacts to anything, and only gets mad at Erika when she doesn't agree to something. He's negative, don't care side is the most showing at the start. Kyoka is a honest guy, he says what he wants to say, but only those things he finds necessary to say. There's nothing more disguting to him then Lovey-dovey couples, which keeps him and Erika's relationship very interesting through this manga.
The other characters are all the same. There's always someone to talk the main characters to do things, and support them. There's always those who stands in the way. But they does keep the manga more alive and interesting.
I would've given it more, if there were some more orignal problems in it. The whole hating lovey-dovey couples keeps the enjoyment on 7, it makes this manga such a comedy. But it's always going to be the same though.
I do recommend this. It's a good comedy, romance, shoujo manga.
Ookami Shojo to Kuro Ouji~~~~ May I start off with the fact that the Idea plot of the story is not too original, But even so the art and characters are very enjoyable! The diversity of the characters with their speech is very heartwarming
The art quality is very good. You are able to see a nice clear picture of characters from different angles!
Personally I like this manga enough to keep checking for updates on the chapters!
I am amazed that this series has such a high average (currently ~7.8), considering it is one of the worst shoujo manga I have read. But, if you're like me, you'll read the series to the end because you're running out of lengthy shoujo and you keep hoping that it will improve.
It does improve a little...somewhere in the 30's. Up to that point I was astonished that a series could so blatantly promote blind, unwarranted devotion from a naive girl towards an abusive, sadistic guy. I read some of the fan's comments throughout the later chapters, and I was surprised to read
that they perceived Kyouya (male lead, sadist) to be really improving. It's true, he softens up considerably in the last quarter of the series, but what a let down! Because he is so cold and reserved the whole series, the reader has to cling to every morsel of a compliment or expression of happiness that he dares to let drop. Maybe that is exciting for some people, but for me I couldn't help thinking like so many of Erika's (female lead) friends, "What are you doing?! Get out of there! He doesn't deserve you!"
As I mentioned, fans of the series will argue that Kyouya was not as undeserving as he seems on a surface level, and they will also defend his rotten attitude by attributing it to his "rough childhood" stemming from his parents divorce. The heck?! Okay, that kind of reaction is supportable only from the standpoint of "he's not quite so despicable now. May he continue to improve." But from the perspective of being the primary love interest...absolutely unacceptable! It is exactly this kind of twisted mindset that causes girls to stay in abusive relationships. The more accurate end to the series would be Erika crying her eyes out saying that she's made the biggest mistake of her life by holding on to such a careless man. While the manga tries to spin it as Erika being selfish and impulsive, Kyouya is actually, brazenly, the more selfish and impulsive character. He's mad? Tell her to get lost. He's regretting it? Go grab her by the arm and tell her she belongs to him.
It's disgusting. Even when I consider the improvement towards the end, I still cannot recommend this series based on the type of relationship it promotes. You are worth more!
I'm actually writing my first manga review ever because I loved this series *that* much, and I'd really like more people to give it a chance.
**light spoilers throughout?**
The story is a bit different than your typical shoujo manga. Our main hero, Kyouya is an asshole and if you haven't noticed, is purposely portrayed this way. Most negative reviewers are incredibly disgusted by his behavior in the beginning and (apparently) refuse to overlook it the entire series. I personally had no problem dealing with it because this is a manga, my dudes, not a documentary into a real person's life. But I can see how Kyouya's
behavior can be triggering to others. If anything, Erika is a bit triggering to me because she starts off as such a typical shoujo manga heroine with nothing special about her at all and it made me wonder why she's even the MC at all. Regardless, it's almost a given that Kyouya will not stay that way forever... otherwise there would be no story, right?
Moving along, Erika and Kyouya do become a real couple and the story follows along their high school days together. What I REALLY like about the series is that all the chapters and arcs are very real scenarios. Nothing extravagant, nothing unnatural - just real, relatable events that can easily happen to anyone in their high school days. For me, it was a really refreshing break from isekais, superheroes, or even other shoujo manga where some freak coincidences happen that just make you wonder if this is really meant to be a shoujo at all.
What I also loved about the series is Kyouya's character development. And I think that's also the most important thing about this series to anyone who criticizes and hates on it solely because of his behavior in the first dozen chapters. He CHANGES for Erika. And not only that, his character development is so well paced, I actually went back and reread the series just to take in all the little details of change. You can clearly see it in the progression in how they spend their holidays and birthdays together. Each year, Kyouya tries harder and harder for her. And you can't help but smile when you see his reluctant but earnest way of showing love.
What almost singlehandedly made the series for me, though, was the ending and the epilogue. It's not often that shoujo manga end with epilogues in the first place, but holy crap, this one was so thorough and so well written/drawn. Arriving at the end of the story with everything tied together in a neat little bow was such a pleasant surprise. It actually touched my heart to have seen their (literally) happy ever after. Especially Kyouya's reactions and reflection in the entire last chapter -- I don't think I've ever felt so moved by a fictional character in any other series. And the feeling is magnified because of how drastic his change in his personality is from the beginning. You wouldn't even think Kyouya from chapter 1 is the same Kyouya in chapter 67. From the bottom of my heart, I actually felt so happy for him. It's amazing.
Overall, everyone's taste in manga is different and I realize that this manga may not be for everyone... but I think it's definitely worth a read regardless. Anyone who is too stubborn to get over the rough beginning really just needs to get over themselves first (sorrynotsorry). Honestly, when I first started the series, I didn't even think I would like this series that much either, yet here I am writing my very first manga review and giving it a 10/10. I truly loved the story, and will probably always come back to it when I need to read a wholesome shoujo ending to warm my heart.
Let's go about this review through the different categories.
Story: The story started out promising (I enjoy these types of cliche shoujo plots) but it turned out to be quite disappointing when the story and the characters turned out to be pretty one dimensional, without depth. It was getting better by about halfway through the series (the part where the childhood friend comes in) because it was getting interesting, but after that it was a bit of a let down. I kept waiting for something more to happen, something more meaningful, but was not given it.
Art: I enjoyed the art, it's definitely the type of style
I look for when picking out a manga to read. I also really appreciated the fact that the hair lengths changed to signify the years going by– although this is only true for the female lead (Erika), it's still appreciated.
Character: Okay, here's where I have mixed feelings, and it had to do with the male lead.
I don't mind a controlling male lead (depending on the type of control, of course) but I had a problem with Kyouya. FIRST, the way he was portrayed in the beginning, aka the first few chapters, was so different from after those few chapters. He ended up being more recluse than what was originally implicated. SECOND, he was controlling and he was MEAN. He sincerely never gave Erika any inclination of how he felt about her and didn't show it enough. He was emotionally abusive and Erika was a very weak female lead. Avoiding spoilers here; when choosing universities, thank god for San-chan because if it had continued in that way that would have just truly thrown me off and I would've regretted reading so far with just a few chapters away from finishing.
I did finish this manga. Disappointed in the male lead and also not satisfied with the ending. But it is what it is. Great art, decent story, poor leads, and unsatisfactory ending.
This series is one of the best that I have ever read. It follows the female protagonist, Erika, from her first day of high school to beyond college. The characters are what truly set this series apart from the rest. They are like a breath of fresh air in a stale world. You will laugh, cry, and cheer them on through every step of their journey.
The female main character, Erika, is amazing. It's impossible to not want to be her friend. She is a genuinely good person whom is just a tad bit impulsive and naive. Sometimes you want to strangle her but ultimately,
you just want to defend her. I genuinely envy her determination and positivity. She truly does try her best at all times.
The male main character, Kyouya, is the type of person that you love to hate. At times, he made me shake my head and wonder how this series is classified as romance. I would describe him as bored and disillusioned with life. His personality is the opposite of Erika's. He has a very stoic shell that is tough to crack.
Do not read just the first couple of chapters and then give up. This is one of those series that if you don't read at least the first ten chapters, then you truly can't form a proper opinion. The characters are multifaceted with deep personalities that don't show right away. When given the proper chance, this series will make a genuine lasting impression.
So, this manga could have been a good one, but as a female, i can't tolerate the behaviour of the male protagonist. He abuse, insult, and psychologically mistreat the female protagonist. I can't understand what the hell was the autor thinking. If the male protagonist would have evolved into a person that is aware of his mistakes and his bad behaviour and then change an treat her properly then it would have been a good manga because people toxic like this guy would have seen that it is possible to change and that it is not good to have that behaviour. Please, would some of
you like that guy as a boyfriend? I don't think so, and if you would like that sort of behaviour, you should think it twice because what he does the whole manga is psychologically mistreat.
The story is so painful for like 30 chapters.
The beggining is so awful that I just kept reading because I was hopeful that Erika and Kyouya's story would change somehow. It did, but not as much as I expected to become a good manga.
Maybe I'm overanalysing but Kyouya's character is so abusive and Erika is so insecure that makes me want to die.
He freakin thinks that love demonstration to Erika is a favor that he's doing for her. Like WTF? AND SHE ACCEPT IT?
I dont know I think the ending got a little better but not enough.
It feels like her childhood
friend had everything to be a better character than Kyouya and they made him an aggressor to make him bad XD besides that, I soooooo wish that Erika bumped Kyouya and stay with Terapon.
It could be better, Kyouya is an asshole. If I was erika I could be in love with him in my teens BUT i WOULD be SO OVER him in like, one year. Erika's is insecure since forever, I hate her too, she got developed in a wrong, so wrong way that she's like... a needy machine with no self care or self love.
The ending was okay, I LOVE TAKERU SO MUCH, I LOVE SAN-CHAN SO MUCH they were so fine.
Oh, and that two boring Erika's friends. I hate them so much. I wish they had a bad endind, but like everything is this manga and their amazingly forgiving main character soul (erika) everything was okay. Oh... this is terrible. Those girls were capable to be worse than Kyouya. BUT IN THE END EVERYTHING IS OKAY RIGHT LIKE ERIKA'S SAD FUTURE MASKED AS A LOVE STORY.
Anyways, Terapon could kill Kyouya and Erika, stay with San-chan and Takeru fall in love with that another guy I forgot his name. I would be plased.
Yes, this story does start like many other shoujo manga. Girl and boy make an agreement, boy teases girl, they end up falling in love. BUT! Give this manga a chance before you decide to give up on it.
Unlike many similar stories, this manga actually follows the relationship of the two main characters AFTER they get together. It shows them develop as a couple and learn things about each other.
As far as characters go, they actually DO develop. The main male character starts out as your typical nice-on-the-outside-but-a-devil-on-the-inside guy but he opens up as the story goes on in a way that is very
refreshing and falls in line with his character. He shows his affection by his actions towards Erika.
One of the things I loved the most about this story is that it actually addresses the concept of sex in a relationship, something you will not see in the vast majority of shoujo manga. The writer treats this issue with a lot of sensitivity and it is not a forced plot point at all. It is a natural part of relationships and it was really cool to see how it affects the characters and their progress as a couple.
I am uncertain whether to give this manga a 6or 7. I decided on 6 because while I really like the ending enough to bump it up a bit, it still didn't make up for everything else. The manga is simply really basic (if anything to make it different, more abusive). It's a combination of typical archetypes and story arcs. It has the overnight hot springs chapter, the "are they cheating on each other?" chapter, the field trip chapter, heck even the area of their field trip is generic: Kyoto/Hokkaido, and other common scenes that you find in other manga. And nothing is done differently.
That could slide if it was still a fun cute shoujo, but in addition, the main reason I wanted to give it a 6 was the characters. The whole review will basically be a critical view on the character because most everything else like the art nice but not amazing. For plot, just read the MAL description, it sums it up nicely enough to go in depth about it.
Before I start bashing the characters however. I gotta question the title, to the end I don't understand how she's a wolf girl. I had expected that to mean that she has the personality associated with one. But other than loyalty to Sata, not really. My second guess is that she is like a wolf in sheep's clothing type of person but other than lying about a boyfriend, also not really. My only guess now is that the author was trying to shift the animal to be a wolf, a type of dog, as oppose to straight up title her as a dog which would easily lead to the interpretation that she is a b****.
Shinohara Erika is your typical shounen character girl. She is extremely basic, and has little to none redeeming qualities that makes her any different from the model: an air-headed, gluttonous, happy go lucky with her heads in the clouds. As an added bonus thats not uncommon for the main female lead, she is also comes off as self centered, whiny, and a crybaby. It's questionable why most female leads seems to be this type, as if that's the standard for being a girl to be able of get a guy?? Do manga artists just believe that type to be the ideal woman, since no matter the type of guy is the lead is, that's usually the type the lead girl is??? Not only until the later chapters when the typical (and important) career counseling/college decisions arc came did I finally start to respect and appreciate Erika. I finally was able to connect with her as a character. For once she started acting more serious and mature, and maybe I'm biased because her decision is something along the same category of what I plan on pursuing (no spoilers!), I can really feel and empathize with her passion, and her as a person.
The main male lead Sata is not much better, some of his actions can be... eyebrow-raising. That's not an ok relationship. However you look at it, some of the stuff Sato say are not ok. I get Sato is trying to defend Erika and protect her but the things he say which are supposed to sound cool are actually quite misogynistic and/or patronizing. Think about it, in a real life situation would you really be happy and swoon over a boyfriend who says "[insert your name here] belongs to me. What she wants doesn't matter. Get my approval if you want her." and then later tell you "Don't ever concern yourself with another guy from now on. You only need to look at me" ... I'm sorry what? Excuse me? Going out with someone does not make you your significant's other possession to boss around like that. The stuff Sato say sound like what would be an abusive and manipulative relationship in real life. And again, like with Erika, I was a bit critical of him and only started really accepting him much later in the story. In his case, at the end of the university arc.
Don't get me wrong. I didn't read this manga hating the characters the whole time; there were plenty of sweet moments but that clashes with their words and actions to each other at other times which makes me question if it is really a good relationship.
Sanda, Erika's best friend is quite typical as well, being the cool, understanding, mature best friend that only exist to help progress the story and show the readers that Erika actually have friends (unlike some manga that doesn't really show the lead's friends at all.) Ironically, that typical best friend type is honestly whom I would rather have as the main character. Erika's other two girl friends seems to have been tossed out the window and are only reeled back in when needed to season the story. Nothing special about Kamiya either, a playboy who later sees the beauty of a real relationship after he friends Sata and Erika. And he orchestrates a large portion of their conflicts and misunderstanding.
The manga starts with a very clear topic. A girl who lies -to be liked by some new friends in her clasroom- about having a boyfriend. Of course, she wants to be popular. She then, becomes the 'dog' of a very atractive guy, begging him to act like his boyfriend.
At the beggining is funny and interesting. You want to see how the relationship between them becomes better, or evolves, or something.
Normally the guy would turn be authoritarian, but, i don't know, sweet too? You can be authoritarian and sexy, but also caring... he's not. He just doesn't care.
But then, when the male prota could start
to be a decent human being, when stuff could start to become romantic and nice... it becomes very very hateful. It becomes WORST in his treat! and hurts the female protagonist, he makes her feel insecure, he treats her bad, he calls her names, he domains her and give a total fuck about what she wants, and makes her feel guilty about bothering him. You can see her cry a lot! And you feel pity for her but very deeply is very sad because you know that's the story of a lot of people! People who are in love and don't know how to handle or how to scape from abuse!
It bothers me so much that they don't show the relationship like it is: abuse. And the fact that is presented like something cool just because she has a couple and she loves him. That's it. Because there's no love story, just a story about a girl who loves the guy who makes her cry.
And wow. Is he a hero for not punching her or for not cheating? That's almost what he's good about, being loyal. Ok. That's the only good thing about him. Oh, and that he's hot.
I didn't wanted to finish it. Maybe at the end the guy realizes he loves Erika and don't treat her like shit anymore, but if after 30 episodes the relationship is abuse and it doesn't look like anything else... I'm sorry. I think is not worth reading 30 episodes more to find out how abuse can be justified.