This manga, what was it called, "Meet Me on the Highest Floor," "Sweep My Feet off the Highest Floor" (that did not sound right), or something along those lines (I had a hard time looking for it on my list to review), has only one thing going for it: Being a one-shot. That is a sarcastic way for me to say that it was terrible. I cannot say this is the worst manga ever, though, thanks to doujinshi, which is why I struggled not to give it an even score worse than I already have. Usually, "enjoyment" is the highest among my scores, but here, I just could not do it. To be honest, I do not read a lot of shoujo manga, so for all I know, this could be typical of its genre, which gives me more incentive to hate it. However, what I do know is, this one-shot is a combination of a bad story, bad art, and a female perspective. As a guy, I prefer manga that follow a man's thought process, and although I am aware that shoujo is directed towards young girls, I want to keep that fantasy of girls being pure and not thinking about boys all the time, with the man struggling to win the girl's heart while she is clueless about his feelings, and this story does quite the opposite.
The heroine here has a long-time crush on her little step-brother. She is in high school, dating a guy, but her brother, whom she always bickers with, remains on her mind. They came to live together just a few years ago, so they were not raised with each other since birth, and they are both aware of it. He used to cry and be protected by his sister, but now, he is bigger than her, and has become somewhat of a womanizer. One day, she tries kissing him in his sleep, but he suddenly wakes up . . .
So what is boring about the story is that there is no twist. It is not like they are blood-related or have been raised together since birth. In Aki-Sora, for example, they have both elements, making the manga exciting and taboo. Also, in KissxSis, two twins lust over their little step-brother. So you can see why this manga is not exactly "unique," unless it is in a plain way. I do not usually say this, but the setting is really a typical "girl-likes-boy" story.
*Sighs* The characters, uhh, I could not even care enough to remember any of their names (and I am usually pretty good at this), but then again, the story did not last long anyway. The heroine is the tsundere who acts tough around the protagonist, and denies her feelings for him to everyone. Her brother is the handsome guy that has a childish disposition, and is, of course, unaware of his sister's feelings. The heroine's boyfriend is a calm, mature man. Her friend talks about romance with her. That pretty much covers it.
If you have seen one, you have seen them all; like a typical shoujo manga, the art is crappy. The eyes are either too big or too sharp; the faces look like they are drawn by an amateur; the "bishounen" are as tall as basketball players; and the hands are larger than their heads. Shounen manga can have good-looking characters without the exaggeration in shoujo ones, and they can follow girls as well (e.g., B Gata H Kei, High School Girls, and Hatsukoi Limited.), something I have yet to see in shoujo (the same goes for "girl x girl x guy" love triangles).
Of all the one-shots I have read, this one has the least chance of me reading it again. The only good thing about it is that it taught me that drinking milk at night helps a person sleep, as the heroine does that on the night she attempts to kiss her little stepbrother. As I was reading Embrace Me Tightly on the Highest Floor (I got the name right later; none of my guesses were correct -_-' ), I had to keep reminding myself of its short length just to be able to get through it. I felt like I was on a mission. I have never reviewed anything so negatively before, but it had to be said. No wonder no one else has bothered to review it yet. There are far better one-shots out there than this one, such as Akazukin Eliza, Futagami Double, and The World God Only Knows (yes, it actually started as a one-shot, with a sexier version of Elucia de Lut Ema, and the girls remembered Katsuragi Keima after they fell in love with him; I think it is actually better than the longer version).read more