Upon reading the synopsis, I expected a somewhat typical shoujo manga yet with an original and unexpected twist in plot. And I was right. But don't get me wrong, I thoroughly enjoyed this manga. And even though it's been a while since I've read it, much of the details remains fresh in my mind.
The story is starts off as the synopsis suggests. The atmosphere feels a tad deeper than I first expected. And even more twists and turns ensue in the suddenly unpredictable plot. However, the manga skilfully includes a good amount of comedy to lighten up the mood.
The comedic aspect in this manga is something that I ALWAYS look forward to.
Usually, I'm not much of a laugher, but when I was reading this, I just couldn't help but re-read those funny pages repeatedly before I calmed down!
Speaking of re-reading, as mentioned before, the plot gets deeper with LOTS of twists. And so, there is confusion that is created. For me, I really did not understand some parts and the relationship between the characters at some point in time that I was forced to re-read a few parts to comprehend the situation. That is just something I feel that could have improved, though the mystery and secretiveness may have been intended?
I personally feel the art was great. The picture as shown in the display for the manga is rather small, but even so, the cover attracted me to first reading this manga. I'm not one to patronize big-eyed typical shoujo mangas and so I enjoyed the detailed and very unique art style.
For those smaller panels and what I call "cartoon heads" section where the art is simplified to a certain degree, I especially liked the protagonists' threatening look. It looked completely unlike the usual protagonists' expression that it just highlighted the comedy so much more.
In terms of character development, I must say it was well done for this manga.
It definitely did not give off the feeling of one of those COMPLETELY drama and psychological manga such as Mars (no offence intended).
The story does have this psychological aspect in which readers can empathize with even if just a bit, but as mentioned earlier, the comedy really lightens everything up.
The characters are not only (somewhat) realistic-ly drawn but also have a very human-like type of personality which is something I look for in manga - the realism of each characters and to see if the mangaka spent time developing each character's background and personality. It definitely shone through this time.
Especially for the supporting character of the protagonists' mother who is probably the one who seems the most complex in my point of view.
I really love this manga and it is definitely one of my favourites which I plan on re-reading when I somewhat (but probably will not) forget.
It is one of the manga which I feel the urge to finish before doing anything else similar to books that make you keep reading till the end.
Since there are obviously some faults that I can find with this manga, I would still give this a 9.5 for a high mark and an 8 for a low after more post-reading consideration.
Personally, I feel that this manga should gain more recognition than right now, so if you're in the mood for a manga with THESE conditions and genre, I'd recommend this one! Hope you'll enjoy this as much as I did!