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!!
This was a very hard manga for me to review. I loved how it started, and thought that nothing would alter that. Then the second volume kind of lost me. I was disappointed! I even considered stopping reading. But I had the next volume already, so thought that I would keep on keeping on. And I am glad I did. I was won back in volumes 3-4.
The story itself has been told many times. Teacher and student are married, and hide it from the general population. But in Faster than a Kiss, the story has a freshness, and it is so sweet! In order to "save" Fumino and her brother Teppei, Sensei marries her. The rest of the story is about their developing relationship - their feelings for each other, and their growth as people. It is a wonderfully gentle story, with humour as well.
I really like the characters. Fumino is young - 16 - and she acts like it. A lot of the story kind of focuses on her coming to terms with being a married lady, and figuring out what her relationship with sensei is. Sensei, on the other hand, has a delinquent past, and is even at the start a loving part of the family. Teppei is just gorgeous! He is cute, his cosplaying is adorable, and the little conversations between him and Ryu (the next door neighbour) are great! The minor characters are great too! It is the sort of series where you genuinely care about all the characters.
I really recommend this. It has a slow-ish pace (which almost lost me!) but then it picked up… More than that, I think that enough of the characters was revealed that I *wanted* to know what happens next. So! For those who are after gentle romance, with a non-bastardly male lead, here is one for you :-) read more
When I was very new to reading manga, I stumbled upon this one. I thought, " Nah, not one of those teacher-student romance crap again! " (=___=)
I mean it doesn't really happen in real life that easily, does it?
But I was really curious since the Female Protagonist's Brother caught my eye, then I started reading it. Nothing to do anyway. At first, I was reading the typical macho type of shoujo romance you'd see with the cool guy in glasses and rivalries and stuff...
I thought I was done with those things on the ANIME SERIES...
But when actually reading it, there's a certain charm, that would hook the readers into reading more. The typical innocence and straight out gags. enlightened me into reading more. The more I was reading it, the more emotions of me were set out free.
It became a very positive manga to read. I actually prayed they'd make an anime version, but then it would be tough since it's student-teacher related.
It brought tears in my eyes and actual voicing was happening in my head, OSTs were springing out and even my own ANIME OPENING and ENDING was singing in my head.
I thought I may had gone mad, but no, it was just the magic of positivity and love that the manga had.It really inspired me when the teacher decided not to kiss her until she graduates. Then the time came....
THE AWAITED MOMENT
The feeling of fulfillment is definitely set in this manga, then the next thing you'll know is you'll crave more and more...
Nonetheless, it was a great read and one of my favorite romance anime ever!read more
I thought it would be about a girl being infatuated with her teacher and her trying to get him to like her back despite the age gap and school rules, but even from the first chapter you can see that they both are in love with each other, so no spoilers there. In fact, because of that, the first approximate fifteen chapters don't follow a clear plotline. Kaji and her younger brother live with her teacher because she has nowhere else to go, and they don't want their relationship to be exposed. There are a bunch of small adventures to fill up the beginning where they get into situations where the two are close and others where they could possibly be caught. They always manage to make up some story about why they're always together, though, to make sure sensei's superiors don't think it's inappropriate. I thought I might drop it after a while. However, once a few new characters were introduced, the drama increased and I found myself reading a very quick pace--try 25 chapters in one day. Then I thought it was very good and some moments were extremely cute and others painfully sad. It was a good read for me.read more
I have no idea why I thought this would be a good read. I think someone recommended it to me. Anyway I regret having to read Faster than a kiss, not only because it was highly improbable but also because i found it disgusting.
Taking that you have read the synopsis already, let me point out the good things- there are lots of surprises and twists in the story. There were some cool cosplay ideas throughout the story. I really liked the characters individually. Aside from the consealed perviness i liked the sensei Ma-kun and found his backstory very interesting. I thought the author did a great job creating a world for the characters. there were some great moments in the manga were it wasnt pervy at all, but really sweet, caring, considerate touching family moments.
what i despised. like aforementioned, i dont know why i thought i would like a teacher loving a student manga- i generally find them repulsive. However, once i start a manga i have to finish it (its a problem I know). The reasons for the sensei taking the girl and her brother in were noble. the idea to have a secret marriage made no sense, he could have adopted them. having a young girl (and even more immature than her age) proved to be difficult for the sensei and troubles ensued. throughout the manga the sensei would rescue his young student at all costs and for a heroine who was supposed to be strong (wanted to take care of her brother herself) that was ridiculous, and made an initally strong heroine just another shojou character.
all in all it was mediocre at best and i could have done without the progressivley pervy sensei characteristic refering to his young student as a wife and making "future" plans for her . but without that what would the story be? maybe this read is out of my age group, but I dont recommend it to any one execept pre teens (who shouldnt read this) who are hot for their teachers (and they shouldnt be).
p.s. the ending is rushed and sucks.
p.p.s. sorry for my over use of "pervy" read more
I love this story, it's so adorable! I'll admit that from the start I was biased (I'm interested by the teacher-student relationships, as in 7th Period is a Secret), but it really exceeded my expectations. Kazu-sensei's somewhat pervy actions make me wanna laugh, but Shouma-kun's cold demeanor and sad undertones make me wanna cry - a very good thing for a Shoujo fanatic like myself.
"Welcome home!", says a female high school student dressed in cosplay to her husband who is also her...teacher?
I'll admit, I didn't have such a great impression reading the summary and the beginning of the first chapter. I mean, a relationship between a teacher and a student isn't exactly the social norm. But hey, I was in the mood for indulging in a happy romance manga and that's exactly what I got!
I gave the story a ranking of 8 mainly because the plot isn't something to be shocked or surprised about. If you're an avid reader of the romance genre like I am, everything was expected. Even so, this manga didn't fail to give me a sense of warmth in my heart, as I was able to really sympathize with the characters. As weird as it is to say, the actual contrast of a mature teacher and a young student was a strong point of the dialogue, interactions, the whole story in general. If you're turned off by the whole "taboo" aspect of the relationship, then I will truthfully say that you will be missing out on a beautiful romance that definitely falls into the cliche, but is still ridiculously satisfying to read. But that's just me, a fanatic of the romance genre. (I'm all about those cliches haha)
The explanation behind the story ranking is basically the same as the character ranking. The characters kind of gave me the vibe of Usui and Ayuzawa from Kaichou wa Maid Sama. There wasn't anything unique, but I couldn't help but fall in love with their personalities. Considering how I'm a high school student myself, I was able to relate to those feelings of jealousy, selfishness, and overall internal turmoil haha.
Out of everything, I absolutely adored the art. It's exactly what you would expect from a quality shoujo manga. You know what I'm talking about. Sparkly circles/pentagons, intense blushes, sparkly tears, sparkly faces...SPARKLES EVERYWHERE!...man...I love shoujo manga art styles xD One thing I couldn't get over about the art however is the teacher's little transformation from an adult to the appearance of a...(because it's the first word that came to mind)...hot teenage boy. I won't say when it happens, but there are times when you will question his age just because of the art. But hey, gotta appeal to us fangirls somehow right?
9/10. I only give it this overall because again...it's one out of many romance/comedy anime/manga I've experienced. Unless something really stands out about it or something just clicks within me saying, "This is the one!", I won't give it a 10/10 haha. I liked reading this manga though. It wasn't spectacular, but it was a nice adventure. read more
The quintessential teacher/student relationship manga. ^^ If you like that kind of shoujo story, then this is perfect manga for you.
The story is more interesting I think in that they're actually married from the start, and it's a marriage of necessity that seems to grow into love. Still a chaste love, though - when will they kiss?! But their relationship is adorable and engaging nonetheless. Fumino's not the typical shoujo girl in that she has a lot more spunk and can take care of herself. Her little brother Teppei is just adorable! And Sensei himself is at the same time the romantic lead and the comic relief. Love it.
It's about evenly split between a dramatic sort of love and comedic, fluffy moments, but both are equally amazing. The art is nice, not the best I've ever seen, but very straightforward and functional for this manga.
Basically, it's a fun series to read. You'll get invested in the characters, you'll laugh, you'll anxiously await the next chapter. The perfect shoujo manga.read more
I absolutely love this series. It's hilarious and very amusing, the characters often have two personalities that switch back and forth throughout the chapters, which could have you laughing on the floor or cheering loudly.
The lead female is naive but entertaining, she may not understand something but she eventually figures it out, so you don't get annoyed with her for very long. The lead man, extremely entertaining! He's fun loving, protective and very caring but perverted just enough (every woman's dream!). Girls and women can't go wrong with this comedy.
It's a bit refreshing having the lead male aware of his feelings and not act like a total pervert as well. He's a gentleman with flaws but has a personality which is actually hard to find in the world of Shojo.read more
I must admit that I didn´t read manga so much. My theory was : Where´s manga, there must be anime too. And anime is better. But this one convinced me, that manga could be sometimes better than anime and it doesn´t have to be anime too.
I totally loved the whole story and I liked characters so much.
There were moments when smile appearded on my face and almost turn into the laugh :)
And I read it in 4 days :) because, when I read one chapter I always wanted to know what happen next.
If the kind of person who likes romance stories, this manga is for you ;) read more
I personally am i fan of teacher (male) and student (female) relationships,thats why i like this manga so much. This is the best one yet.. the teacher is very nice and so is the student.. totally deserving of love! Can't wait to see the ending! I'm a sucker for these love stories.
I gave a high rating for this manga because it has this classic manga feeling about it. No blatant promiscuity, has dramatic background stories, well portrayed characters, good conversation, perfect comic timing and drawing, and the message is strong. I don't usually go for sensei-student romance but this one is different just because I think Ojiro Kazuma is a very patient and warm hearted guy who respects woman so much. Too bad there are no background story of why Kazuma was so willing to help Kaji Fumino and her brother, Teppei, besides the fact that he is her homeroom teacher.
Fumino has a tragic past with both her parents died when she was 15, disowned by her grandfather, and was placed into several different foster homes. She is also a strong girl who easily picks fight with school bullies and even local gangsters.
Whereas Kazuma, is a former delinquent who disowned his powerful family. After his mother passed away, he was raised mainly by handlers and rarely saw his father and then one day, he found out that his father is going to remarry and already had another son with his new wife. He felt left out and he grew up as a delinquent at school. He then turned his life around at the end, though.read more
Overall, I found this manga to be absolutely riveting and heartwarming. The relationship between Fumino and Kazuma is tragically romantic and comedic; the complication of their situation makes things even more blush-worthy and takes a terrible toll on Fumino's outer personality. When I first began reading I was a little bit nervous how things would play out considering Kazuma made Fumino dress up in cosplay to greet him otherwise she would get no dinner; I thought maybe things would take a turn for the worst but I am so unbelievably grateful that I continued reading.
Fumino Kaji iis wonderfully hilarious with her almost tsundere disposition, ferocious at school but a doting wife at home. She is one of my all time favorite characters due to her unwavering love towards Teppei and the simple fact that despite all of her hardships she never gave up. Her virginity towards any type of relationship adds this adorable innocence to her that makes her so completely appealing along with her perseverance and determination when greeted with any situation.
Teppei was one of the characters that consistently made me laugh with his little antics; he was absolutely precious in all of his cosplay but still remained a good little boy. My all time favorite line from the whole manga was Teppei saying, generally because I cannot find the quote exactly, "I'm being good now because when I grow up I'm going to be a bad boy". I literally could not stop laughing along with his little ninja star throw. So kawaii.
Kazuma Ojiro. Oh, Kazuma. He is one of the hottest characters I have ever seen, honestly. Paired with his intelligence, kick ass fighting, adorable personality, maturity, humor, responsible disposition, shaggy blond hair, and glasses he makes for one of the all time most attractive guys for me. Kazuma has gone through so much, just like Fumino, and I think that's what makes them an amazing pair; they have seen so much and been through so much heartbreak that they were able to mend each other back up.
Ryuu, the whole entire time I was laughing at his hilarious antics with trying to get Fumino and Kazuma intimate. It was wonderful and endearing, and the way he cared for children was wonderfully attractive. I pictured myself with him for a good portion of my reading.
This manga really changed my life; don't ask how. I was engulfed by how adorably funny, wonderful, inspirational, and moving it was. I also related to Fumino a great deal which allowed me to connect emotionally to it. I recommend this series to everyone, you won't regret it. read more
I really enjoyed Kiss yori mo Hayaku (Faster Than a Kiss), and it was one of the first mangas I read online (woo translations). It's about a 16 year old girl (Fumino) who loses her parents and is left on her own with her younger brother, Teppei. One day her English teacher, Ojiro Kazuma, offers to marry her and provide her and Teppei a stable home in exchange for nothing.
This leads into a really adorable and slow love story as Fumino slowly falls for Kazuma, and Kazuma slowly begins to fall for Fumino. There is still a level of respect in their relationship, though, and I thought that was a neat touch (even though I spent 99% of the manga wanting to smush their faces together). Though Kazuma knows he loves Fumino and wants her to remain his wife, he doesn't want to kiss her until she's of age to properly marry him.
Anyway, Kiss yori mo Hayaku is a really light and enjoyable story. It has its moments where it's a little more serious and there's some angst thrown in to make it interesting, but for the most part it's just a lot of fun to read. It wasn't without its faults, but overall I'd give this an 8/10 because it was thoroughly enjoyable, well drawn, and the characters were a lot of fun. read more