Yuzu was afraid she'd be completely on her own after her mother died… but when she finds out she's not, she doesn't know whether to be relieved or annoyed! A sudden meeting with her long-lost grandmother reveals her status as heiress to a wealthy estate, but Yuzu isn't at all sure she wants anything to do with it.
(Source: Go! Comi)
Volume 3: Furachi na Honey♥ (Naughty Honey)
Volume 8: Boku to Kimi no Tonari ni
Kyuukyoku Venus was published in English as Ultimate Venus by Go! Comi until the company went out of business, with only five volumes published. It was released in France in its entirety by Taifu Comics under the title Big Bang Venus.
I have yet again discovered a manga I've read that no one cared to review. (Oh, yeah, you're willing to write a recommendation, but NO REVIEW? Well tough cookies. You'll just have to read mine!) Although, I should mention that I found this randomly.
Story: This storyline is not unique, but not common either. Girl's parent(s) die(s) and there are no other relatives she knows. Oh look, a rich grandmother she didn't even know existed! What luck!
I liked the side romance that was happening with one of the characters. 'Stoo bad he's the subtle jealous type bloke (Not going to say who, for spoiler reasons).
There were some bits of humour and some bits of drama; especially betrayal. The only thing that set me off was the overall theme, so I'd give it a 9.
Art: The wasn't too bad, and I guess I could honestly say I liked it. Sometimes the blushing got on my nerves and I closed the tab I was reading it on. So I am giving that an 8.
Characters: Wow, I've been waiting for this one. I absolutely loved some of the characters and loathed others. Yuzi got on my nerves with romance with that butler dude. Annoying faker, he was. As well as a pedophile. I definitely liked Iyo, whom I wanted to end up with Yuzu. Of course, I sincerely doubt that will happen. That has been given a 9.
Enjoyment: I'd be lying if I said I didn't enjoy it. Although I expected more from this story, and I am pretty sure that lingering feeling of disappointment was with me throughout my reading it, it wasn't too bad. That was a 9.
Overall: It was definitely a shojo. I could tell all throughout it. There a mentions of sports, and the like. It's definitely cute. That was a 8.8.
I liked and I'm sure that if you read it, you would aww and some parts and at others, "What the heck!?" Great for someone who has time to read the 18 scanlated chapters.
When I first read the premise of Kyuukyoku Venus I did not have high hopes. I expected another love triangle high school story with a girl who cries too much and a boy who practically stalks her in order to 'protect' her. I was taken by surprise when I actually read this manga and found that my assumptions were false.
The main character, Yuzu, is a strong female lead who is very likable. She does not wallow in misery over confusion of her emotions. The plot focuses very much on how Yuzu deals with being set up with three fiancés whom she must choose between.
It is a beautiful mix of comedy, drama, and romance which any shoujo reader is bound to enjoy. The art is not outstanding and breath-taking but it is still very good in terms of proportions, panel arrangement, continuity, and character expressions. As for the characters themselves, they are all very lovable, each in their own way. Though the story is not completely original it is still very enjoyable even in the cliché moments. Overall I would give this manga a 9 and I highly recommend it.