Fed-up with a life of being under-appreciated and disrespected, Sumire Iwaya decides to change things when she picks up a young boy off the street and brings him into her house. Despite being total opposites, the two seem to complement one another as they try to carve out an ordinary life for themselves.
This is one of the best underrated manga’s I have seen in a long time, so I hope my review can convince you to buy or read online such a masterpiece.
A misunderstood Sumire finds a homeless boy in a cardboard box outside of her apartment complex. It isn't the most gripping start but don't be fooled to think that this is its basis, instead of being a typical manga that follows a weak female character and a hot male this goes in a completely different direction. Sumire is strong and Momo is quirky and funny, with this they build a good friendship that is
intriguing to read and hard to pull you're eyes away from. Throw in some twists and love triangles (that strangely unlike most manga's isn't nauseating) plus a couple of side pairings that we no doubt we will be cheering for equals a fabulous and touchingly original story.
This is a hard subject; personally I found the art to be pleasant however from fellow readers I have been told it took them around 5+ chapters to get used to it. No doubt it is different; big lips, big eyes and overall a strange drawing style. However I think all of it is quite charming and detailed especially clothing and hairstyles. Also unlike most manga the background is absolutely packed with effort and hard work that you can definitely appreciate. From my own personal option the art is something special in an individual and unpredictable way.
By far my favourite aspect of this manga, every character even if it’s a main or side shines personality. Even with someone we only see for a couple of pages we can really grasp their situation, life style and persona. Every character is like a real life person with their own views and morals, some more intriguing than others but all the same interesting. Momo is my personal favourite, with his being secretive, wise yet childish and loyal. Every one gives you a chance to become attached to their individuality and teaches you just a little bit about how people work and because none of the characters are at all the same we learn to love each of them for themselves. A definite win for this category and something I recommend you to pay close attention to.
There has never been a moment in reading this amazing piece of work that I wanted to get up and do something else. As soon as each one arrived to me I ripped it open and read it for all it was worth. Each chapter has development in some way or another that makes it hard to put it down, every chapter holds something funny, angsty and just downright heart-warming. I think the goal is to make you smile by the end of every chapter and it succeeds with flying colours.
If this review hasn’t convinced to read this (which you may do online or from buying it) then I pray that something else will. This is an underrated manga that needs to be recognised for being the stunning success that it is. Although I was hesitant to read it at first I’m very grateful that I did. It’s gripping and pulls you deep into the story. I hope to see more fans for it soon!
A pet is someone that will accept you for all that you are weaknesses, strengths, and all the other quirky things wrong with you. Sumire is a woman with a pet that does exactly that, and her pet Momo whole heartedly fills that role.
What you get from Kimi wa Petto is a well written and complex story about people trying to find a place in life. It's filled with likeable characters and interesting stories and situations. At times it will have you smiling and laughing to Sumire and Momo's strange interactions and at othertimes it will give you the chance to
relate to their difficulties and lifestyles.
Although pertaing to a human pet this manga is not an ecchi filled mess. It is however not afraid to show a good amount of skin and sex either. This is not a manga written for children. As the Josei genre suggests, this is a story for an older audience. So if you are looking for an ecchi shounen or an overly cutesy pink sunshine shoujo this is not it.
The art of Mangaka is something to get used to. It has an emphasis on the eyes and lips of the characters. After the first few chapters you should get used to it. It actually makes the work a bit more distinguished and original from a lot of the other mangas out there. I ended up liking the difference.
The story although not perfect moves the characters along quite nicely. It fleshes out the characters and allows itself to let the characters grow from beginning to end. Nothing too shocking but it lends itself to some unforeseen twists and turns involving multiple love triangles. There are a couple of less than stellar arcs and sidestories but it pulls itself back to the main plot eventually.
The characters are what really put oomph into this manga. They are all given multiple dimensions as well as their own motivations and desires. There are few if any characters out of the many introduced that are ubearable or disliked. The real meat is the interaction between the main characters, which is incredibly well done and enjoyable to read.
For those of you willing to try something different in the realms of romance and comedy this is a good read. Its one of the best in the genre and is great in terms of length if you're looking to invest your time.
If you haven't read this, then read it. It's amazing.
Not lemme elaborate:
I gave it a 10/10 across the board for a reason.
The development wasn't rushed. It was fun (maybe not always realistic, but hey it's manga), and not super cliched, so that was pretty refreshing for me. It also didn't over romanticize things like- "Oh Abc is SO amazing we'll get married and live a happily ever-after" and be all kawaii kawaii desu desu everywhere. Which was another thing I liked.
I'll tell you now, it's not your usual fluffy, skinny girls with magical proportions. Especially Momo. Any dance scene was so....*drools*. Very anatomically
proportionate. Which was absolutely wonderful. The art also gave me this very Josei-type feeling to me. Not sure if that's universal though, haha.
The best part of this manga, I think, was that I hated some of the characters or their choices. It's just so wonderful. It makes it more substantial, in my opinion. Again, not always realistic, but you can relate to almost any character- and hey, it's manga, let it be.
Well. I was tempted to say 9 so that there was SOMETHING to say hey, it's not a magical manga, okay. But. Well. I guess it is. Since there was no point when I was reading (or rereading, or rerereading) this manga where I rushed or wanted to stop reading. I mean there's one point where I always WANT TO since it makes me feel sad, but I know it'd take away from the manga so I read through anyway. So yeah. It's amazing.
Therefore. 10/10 x 4 = 10/10 Overall too.
So there you have it. READ THIS SHIT. IT'LL MAKE YOU FEEL THE FEELS.
Kimi wa Pet or Tramps Like Us is the manga equivalent of a nice bowl of soup.
It's a dramedy revolving around the relationships of Sumire, a successful reporter whose tough exterior hides many insecurities, Takeshi (Momo), a young man Sumire picks up off the street who, in return becomes her 'pet' and finally Hasumi, Sumire's first love who becomes her boyfriend after her breakup in the beginning of the story.
What makes this manga work is the chemistry between all of the characters, from the love triangles to the bitchy co-workers, to Sumire's domineering family.
As a single woman in a tough work environment, Sumire puts
up a tough front and plays the perfectionist. Her co-workers are torn between fear of her blunt manner and admiration for her morals and competence. Yet, underneath she is a normal woman, often insecure about her appearance, her choices and her relationships. Sumire is one of the best written women I've ever come across in a manga. The author isn't trying to give us a super woman role-model to follow or an incompetent idiot to laugh at. Sumire is real and I love her because of it.
Takeshi is a freelance modern dancer, living a carefree, careless life. He dances because he loves to and doesn't have a thought for the future, which is what lands him on the streets on the first place. He plays the roll as Sumire's 'pet'; basically freeloading off of Sumire and doing whatever she wants in return. Though in other mangas this could take quite the perverted turn, Kimi wa Pet plays it straight. Takeshi, dubbed Momo by Sumire, gives her not merely companionship but the freedom to be herself. Their relationship, made exciting by Takeshi's attraction to Sumire and Sumire's growing realization of Takeshi as a man, is what holds the book together.
In sharp contrast to the comfortable, easy going and honest relationship between Sumire and Takeshi, is Sumire's boyfriend Hasumi. Hasumi sees Sumire as a delicate, sweet woman, and Sumire is too insecure about the relationship to ever correct him. So when she blushes because he almost catches her smoking, he thinks she's cute and she feels guilty. Their relationship is poignant and so interesting to watch unfold because they're two wonderful people who just don't seem to belong together.
Anyway, the backbone of the manga is the relationships obviously, but the plot doesn't disappoint. We go through Sumire's rises and falls in the company, her relationships and travels. We delve into her and Takeshi's past and see the relationships between all the characters change and develop along with them. At 14 volumes, it is a fairly long story but the drama is always exciting and will keep you interested. There are a few filler-like pitfalls, some for comic relief (which are hit and miss) and some which are just odd and out of place. Still, overall, the pacing is good despite the weaker points here and there.
I love the artwork, but it is a matter of taste. I love the way the creator draws her character's lips (since manga characters often go without) and the eyes are gorgeous but almost creepily huge. There are a wide variety of characters, each with a different look and build, the creator even goes so far as to show you how the woman look with and without makeup. The wardrobes are varied and expressive of each character's individuality and overall the art shows an attention to detail and a great sensitivity. It's different looking and totally suits the manga.
All in all, Kimi wa Pet is a fun, entertaining and funny manga that will leave you feeling good about yourself and others with a warm, fuzzy feeling in your tummy afterward. It's honest, intelligent and meaningful. A worthwhile read!
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