Synonyms: The Love Stories, Real Kiss, Body Talk, Atashi no Mannaka, Deep Inside Me, Uso to Koi no Hajimari, A Love That Started With a Lie, Ah! Itoshi no Caramel Boy, Ah! My Darling Caramel Boy, Oh! My Darling Caramel Boy, Renai Sensou
I love how in so many manga, the hero always gives this cute little moniker to the shoujo. Here, in story one, it's Glamour Girl. Groowf! Every time I imagine Fujikawa saying it, I can feel tingly all over. Who wont want a cutie calling them up unexpectedly and asking for"Glamour Girl"?! Nyaaa!
Anyway, Fuji and Haruna are classmates and both have boyfriend issues and rumours about each other going around the school. But one day, since Fuji is feeling particularly frisky, he takes a bite of Haruna's purinpan when he runs into her and some friends by the market. She body slams him (not really!) but their cell phones drop and as is customary in manga universe, get exchanged.
Now Mr Player (Fuji) is dangling Haruna on all sorts of strings to get her cell and her glasses back. Of course, since he's so damn hot, she's flustered around him. Check out how things turn out, if it weren't obvious already! The journey is hardly predictable though, so you're in for a relatively fun read.
Haruna loves saying "I'm irritated" which amuses me endlessly! Also she drives a cute little scooter and Miyasaka does us girls a great service by making Haruna a much stronger character than all her other meek heroines (Karin, Kotori etc)read more
Some of the stories are really naive. One that is in my opinion the best and worth reading is the story 4 - Uso to Koi no Hajimari. The art is nice and story interesting. One don't have a feeling that oneshot spoiled it. That there is less it should be. It's just fine. There aren't strong scenes and story is focused of character feelings which is made just fine.
I rather didn't like story 2 and 3 - it's just too unbelivable girl falls for the rapist and stupid that girl falls only for the looks but ends with great love. Maybe someone else will like it for the part I didn't like, but I don't recommend.
First story is fine, others aren't remarkable. read more
My rating for this compilation of one-shots vary because there was one I really enjoyed and there was one that I thought "What the hell?". The best story, in my opinion was the fourth - Uso to Koi no Hajimari. And I really dislike (despite the very handsome guy there) the 3rd story - Atashi no Mannaka. The others didn't really strike me as "awesome" or "brilliant" but they were at least pleasant.
Here's a one-by-one breakdown of the 5 stories:
Story 1 - "Real Kiss": 7/10
Well, I really found Fujikawa to be so sweet. And Haruna a very strong female lead. Her ex-boyfriend was a total jerk though but the story wouldn't be so complete without him so he was tolerable. The plot was quick-paced (as you'd expect from a one-shot) but really cute, nonetheless. My second favorite one-shot in the compilation, I guess.
Story 2 - "Body Talk": 6/10
While I found the "I fell in love with your body" to be albeit disgusting, this wasn't so bad. It was a refreshing twist for the girl to be inexperienced yet so perverse at the same time. Shingo was an eye-catcher too (despite what I said before) but his rather conservative nature till his "switch" was turned was funny. Though, I still can't really stand smutty scenes.
Story 3 - "Atashi no Mannaka": 3/10
The lead character was a [censored] and I really felt sorry for her REAL boyfriend. She was such a slut. The plot line was just so. . . .vile. Just because the (hot) son of the principal gives a new and maybe enjoyable meaning to "punishment", it was a really mean thing to hurt her boyfriend like that. Even if they DID love each other, stepping on another person's feelings was bad. The only positive thing I can say about it was that the art was amazing.
Story 4 - "Uso to Koi no Hajimari": 10/10
Akane and Ken resemble the main characters of the mangaka's other work "Boku ni Natta Watashi"! I don't really mind that. I actually found quite nostalgic to see "Itou" and "Momoko" in action again (though with a different story). Anyway, the art for the manga was very beautiful and the plot was simply lovely. This one is one I highly recommended. This is probably my most favorite one-shot ever.
Story 5 - "Ah! Itoshi no Caramel Boy": 6/10
The story was nice. The characters were okay. Basically this story was just average. Nothing special but not really bad either. I was just surprised at that last part. I was never expecting that kind of thing and I don't really like smutty scenes but if you're someone who enjoys that stuff, this would probably be to your liking.
Story 6 - "Renai Sensou": 6/10
Some people like this (as far as i could tell from the forums at MangaFox) but it was just so-so for me. Sure, it was kind of funny. I liked the guy, who despite his flirtatious nature loves his girlfriend more than the others. It was sweet that he may be easily swayed by the girls who flirt with him but at the and of the day he only chases after one girl. I just found the girl to be rather stupid, I mean, who would forget their. . . .well, it's up to you to find out what she forgot; it'll spoil a probably comical relief to the story if I revealed [that].
Well, aside from one that I really LOVED and the one I really HATED, this compilation is actually a good choice. If you're bored and/or desperate for something to read. Hope this helped.read more