Losing their parents, Fumino and her brother hop from one relative to another. Getting tired of all those movings, she finally decides to quit school and work to support her brother on her own. As they sat on a park bench, her teacher appears in front of her and agrees to her demanding of marrying and supporting both her and her brother!! Is he serious or just playing around...!?
This story is about the developing relationship between a teacher and his student. At home they are married. While at school they are student and teacher. The teacher is male and much older who used to be a delinquent when he was younger. The student is female and thinks she's a sort of Joan of Arc since she has a sense of righteous justice and as such she comes across violent since she beats people up if they do wrong. The lead girl has a younger brohter and they are both orphans who ran away from a troubled home (their relatives). While they were staying on a park bench they were found (since he was looking for her because of all the missed school days) by her sensei. As a challenge and to use him for money the lead girl tells the sensei to marry her and to her surprise they do. So her and her little brother end up at his house and she's his wife with it a secret by everyone else. In the book he has a neighbor who is also his best friend for 10 years and happens to be the lead girl's little brother's (Teppei's) kindagarten's teacher.
The summary above doesn't give justice to a well thought out student/teacher story. A lot of the time there's this weirdness in the relationship or the teacher tends to take advantage this is not the case here. I liked the story for good continuity, the story flowed without too much conflict, and the art work was great with really good character development through trials and tribulations. You really grow to like the story. Although it appears mediocre, it's far from it and has a good balanced and light hearted story included in it.
Some moments of extreme funny is every initial scene when sensei comes home there are cosplay displays (sensei has a fetish of cosplay). Because of his fetish he has the lead girl and her little brother (Teppei) dress up in paired cosplay uniforms if they want to eat dinner. In actuality he doesn't force Teppei, Teppei just like dressing up because he gets all the hugs and loving. It's adorable. The little 4 year old is adorable and I love him in cosplay gear.
If this was turned into a live action show, I wouldn't mind. The manga hasn't been updated yet, but so far it's well developed and I think most people will have fun with it.read more
Overall, so far I believe it has great potential to develop into a great manga. its a kind of 'forbidden student-teacher relationship', and at first it seemed weird how the two characters got into that situation (in my own opinion).
I like this manga (so far) because it has just the right amount of drama, heaps of comedy and also really good fluffy moments. The Tanaka-sensei gradually shows us bits and pieces of each character and makes it a fun read by adding very cute and annoyingly stupid/cute moments (if in real-life) - which can really make you laugh.
During the serious/dramatic moments, the artwork (which is usual) is more detailed protraying the beauty of the moment, though even these moments can sometimes be a little 'rough around the edges' (sometimes a little dull for me). The funny parts definitely have artwork that does a good supporting the scene.
Definitely give this story as shot -- their beginning may be a little weird at first but the moments the couple has makes you want to have the next chapter out already!
A great laugh for when you need one, with equally great fluff moments for when you need that 'happiness/giddy' shot.read more
Forbidden relationships are always an interesting subject to read. From incest, to yaoi/yuri (if you even classify those as "forbidden"), and now to teacher/student relationships, in the end it all depends on whether or not the relationships are presented realistically, especially considering they're looked down on from common society. "Faster than a Kiss" presents a situation of forbidden love, and does an.. alright job of playing it all out.
The story itself is quite simple. Our lead heroine, Fumino, is sick of moving from place to place with her younger brother, Teppei, since her parents died. So, she decides to drop out of school to support her brother and find a place where the two of them can live. Her English teacher, Kazuma, is the only one who comes looking for her and eventually he ends up agreeing to "marry and support the two of them" and takes her to his apartment. The story follows the two of them and how they manage to keep Fumino & Teppei's presence there a secret, while the two of them both deal with conflicting feelings of love for one other and not to mention the conflicts of family and love from others.
The main issue with the story is the questionable realism it has. Characters don't always act how you think they would be it they were put in a certain position. However at the same time it makes you think what you would do if you were them and starts getting your mind going. The plot is a fairly average one, consisting of many arcs where Fumino (and Teppei occasionally) must be rescued by Kazuma. The arcs are fairly short and for the most part only partially contribute the main plot. The story also splits off and focuses on some side characters and their own conflicts with Fumino and Kazuma, and also in time provides us some backstory on these conflicts as well.
The story isn't anything spectacular however it does rise above average than your typical shoujo manga. It gives you time to actually get to know and become attached to the characters before throwing their backstory out at you. The chapters are a bit episodic but still are able to flow in with the basic premise of a developing student/teacher relationship. The comedy and fluff moments fit in pretty well and aren't over done, either. The manga's ending is a bit cheesy and predictable but nonetheless and good conclusion to a shoujo romance. Overall, the story is indeed above average but still lacks quite a bit in terms of realism and consistency.
The artwork is very well done. Girls aren't given the over exaggerated shoujo eyes like in a lot of manga, so that's a major plus. Characters and backgrounds are of high quality, even for a school setting manga. The fluff scenes in particular seem to stand out among the artwork which is again, another plus for all of us who love the fluff moments. However it would be nice if the mangaka could've used all of her talent more often then for just a few fluff panels. Everything else is still well done..
Characters aren't anything all too special. Fumino is a "delinquent" who gets in a lot of fights when in reality she just wants justice. Kazuma is an "average" English teacher who has his own dark past. Shouma is the competitive younger brother. Everyone basically starts with an initial trait that can be summed up in one sentence. Development is a bit lacking in Fumino's character, however she does become significantly more responsible and aware as the manga goes on. Kazuma's and Shouma's development is more noticeable by the end of the manga and is where most of it is used. The characters, even some of the supporting ones, are pretty memorable and help support the story well. The development was mainly focused on the romance and not as much the characters, which was good for the romance but bad for the characters. It would've been nice to see more changes in Fumino from start to end, but in return we get a nicely played out romance.
Anyone who enjoys a good romance would probably be able to enjoy this manga. I, personally, went into it for the fluff moments in particular and wasn't disappointed. It has an easy story to follow and the romance doesn't get too deep smut wise (however it can be an annoyance that the two don't kiss for.. a while) and is simply an enjoyable read.
Overall, "Faster than a Kiss" manages to leave behind some of the typical elements in a shoujo and become a nicely developed romance manga. While the story and characters aren't the most original or developed, it's easy to look past that and just sit back and enjoy this manga for what it has to offer. While far from a masterpiece in it's department - "Faster than a Kiss" is a memorable read that can please any shoujo fan. read more
I gonna try to make this review a short and a spoiler free one.
The story goes kinda like this......The main two protagonists(Ojiro Kazuma and Kaji Fumino) share the relation of being a student-teacher at school but in reality they are married to each other and since according to the rules the teacher will lose his job if this is found out so they have to keep this relationship a secret from others.
While trying to keep this relationship a secret they go through many experience that enhances their romance and deepens their bond with each other.During all these encounters there is comedy and school life spices.The manga practically fails to hold up the story realistically but the concept that it tried shared was rather enjoyable.
As for its art... i would refrain from criticizing it since, I haven't read that many manga but there were some scenes where no matter how hard i tried i couldn't get it.
This manga shows an amazing development of its main characters,although in this process the supporting characters are left behind.
But as for me it didn't matter since I didn't really want to know about the other characters so i can rate its Character with an 8.
I really loved this manga.There was a lot of romance and that's actually all i needed.The developments were not drastic it was easy to perceive and read at most parts.After reaching a certain point this manga actually became an anime in my mind.the character and their struggle to keep up with each other was really romantic and cute.Overall i really enjoyed this anime.
I didn't like to read manga but after reading this i think i gonna try out some more manga.I highly recommend this manga to you if this does not go against your ideals!!