Tsubaki is a girl who loves making her younger sister's hair pretty every morning, but she doesn't think that kind of style suits herself! On the day of her High School Opening Ceremony, after she failed to be the top student (who usually makes the ceremony speech), she finds herself sitting next to the actual top student of the 1st years, the worst rude guy ever, Kyouta. Because of his saying bad things to her she purposely cuts his hair. Kyota requests that Tsubaki pay him back "with her body" but Tsubaki pays him back by fixing his hair and making it even shorter! Afterwards, Kyota unexpectedly kisses Tsubaki and swears he'll make her his woman.
I can understand where everyone is coming from when they write a review about this manga. I wouldn't call it terrible, it's just tasteless. The art was good and the story was decent, but what got me was the characters.
I wasn't too impressed to be honest. The characters kind of annoyed me. Every single character in this manga, especially the heroine.
I think that is what everyone can agree on. The story would've been been better if the characters were better. But don't get me wrong, I'm not saying this story is the worst manga ever made in history (To some people it might be).
I'm just saying that it could've been better.
Either way, I still found it enjoyable to read to kill time. There are better mangas than this, but then again, this manga is a lot better than others too. So instead of saying the "worst" or the "best", let's leave it at "decently good".
From reading the summary, many of you will probably think that this is another cliche shoujo where the good girl falls for the bad boy, and, in some ways, it is. However, I also felt that Kyou, Koi wi Hajimemasu stands out from other shoujo manga in that it executes some of these cliches smoothly, especially if they are in the "right places."
The story starts of with Tsubaki, an "unfashionable country bumpkin girl from the Showa era" that loves to do hair. She fails to make it to the school of her dreams so she has to settle with a school that is way
below her standards. There, she meets Kyouta, the long-haired main male who she loathes from the very first day of school - I won't go into more detail to avoid spoiling it.
It starts off very cliche, yes, and some events that happen may be unbelievable but I do not think that those specific scenes overshadow the entire story of two opposite teenagers that happen to find love with each other.
I almost dropped this manga because it annoyed me a lot at the beginning and a few parts in the middle, but I'm glad I read it all the way through.
Normally I don't like big-eyed, cutesy, shoujo heroines, but I feel like this mangaka made her proportions just right. Some scenes were drawn sparkly and beautifully, and I loved that the male character wasn't straight faced ALL the time like in other shoujo manga.
I want to say that both leads pissed me off to no end. For a shoujo heroine, Tsubaki, in my opinion, was actually not as stupid as I thought she would be. Sure, she got herself into compromising situations, but I feel that most of those were out of her hand.
After re-reading the manga a second time, I am glad that I noticed that Tsubaki didn't really change herself for a guy, much like other heroines tend to do. Although certain attitudes and viewpoints change because of falling it love, the decisions that she makes in the manga are things that she wants to do, not because she was forced into it.
Kyouta, on the other hand, also made me mad because I thought that he had the stupidest reason for ....well, you'll see when you get there.
(Possible spoiler?) So glad that he's a very committed boyfriend that didn't "waver" or anything of the sort, even with his playboy past.
Luckily, both of these characters (in my opinion) undergo some really good character development as the story progresses, both in terms of how they treat each other and the people around them. They learn to be more honest and open with their feelings, and I like that both of them had career goals for the future that may or may not have included the other person.
Don't get me wrong, they still create really avoidable misunderstandings, but probably as frequently as you would see in the average couple.
If I were to rate these characters for the latter half of the story, I probably would have given an 8 or a 9, but I have to take into consideration their actions in the beginning of the manga too.
Despite its cliches, flaws, and stupid moments, I enjoyed this manga a lot. Would I read it again? Yeah, but I'd probably skip over the chapters that I didn't like or the scenes that I felt were unnecessary - there are enough cute scenes in this manga to keep me busy haha.
Even if my entire review sounds like I'm praising this manga, I don't want to mislead anyone by making it sound better than it really is. It isn't for everyone, and while I am usually a picky reader (almost dropped this one), I feel that everyone should give this a try because the ending is definitely worth it.
This series is a lot like Wolf Girl and Black Prince in that you need to get past the beginning to really understand the quality of this manga, but it's different in that the main guy of this is a thousand times more upstanding than the main guy of Wolf Girl. And I know that's not that high a standard, but he's honestly one of the best shoujo love interests I've encountered.
This is surprising if you read the start. Their beginning is VERY shoujo/josei smut typical, which, yeah, does mean sexual harassment, and I won't make any excuses for it, but he actually ends up
very understanding in this regard later on - when they actually get together, and she tells him she wants to wait until her honeymoon to have sex, he tells her he understands and does not pressure into anything. And this is being a decent person - but something you need to understand is that decent people are very, very rare in shoujo manga. Also, be clear that he's not a rapist. He skirts the line - a lot of sexual harassment, groping at the start - but he's not a rapist.
And like, that absolutely sounds terrible. At the beginning it is. I actually started reading this like four months before now and I dropped it because I thought it was ridiculous, but I picked it up again because I thought it had to be popular for a reason. And it is. It's true at the beginning he's an asshole, and it's true she starts liking him despite it. What's also true is she calls him out for everything and doesn't act like she deserved his mistreatment. And that's when I started being okay with it.
Because he's a decent boyfriend. A REALLY decent boyfriend. Borderline unreal, dream boyfriend, but not in the boring way. See, this manga isn't orignal - it's standard shoujo all the way through - but every time it handles a cliche it does it in such an interesting and refreshing way that you don't mind it. When he sees her get jealous of someone, he talks to her about it and he stops talking to the person making her jealous. When she's acting weird because of her insecurities, he reassures her. He's a good fucking boyfriend. Like he does make mistakes - but when he makes them, he does what he can to rectify them. And that's what sets him apart.
This manga is pure and romantic and basically crack if you're a sucker for shoujo. You really won't get this from the beginning, but the main couple is literally so healthy, loving, and understanding that I got emotional like every chapter. Whenever it hit an arc where I was like "I don't think I like where this is going, this is my least favorite shoujo arc" it diverges from the norm and solves. The confession, the handling of Kyouta's family situation - all things I thought would make me cringe that completely impressed me. Overall, too, watching their relationship mature and them understand each other just that bit more with each chapter - it was worth it. The relationship development here is phenomenal.
Like, this series is 100 chapters long. I am a shoujo veteran, and I've read 30-chapter long series and thought "this series could've ended in five chapters," and that does not at all go for this one. Every arc is engaging and interesting - even if you're scared of what might happen next. Like, I don't think you know how rare it is for me to be on chapter 90 and UNHAPPY that it wasn't longer. That's how good this series is. Because it's also more than just healthy, it's an interesting dynamic and good plots and characters. Like, I've read boring manga with healthy relationships, and this isn't one of them.
tl;dr I implore you to read this. If you can swallow the shoujo cliches at the beginning (~15 chapters, and they're not outright terrible) and wait for the characters and relationships to come into themselves, you'll be rewarded with one of the sweetest, most organic, and healthiest relationships I've seen in shoujo manga in a long, long time.
This was the worst manga I have ever read. Recently, I've been on a girly romantic manga binge so this seemed right up my alley. Wow, was I in for a shock.
The main male character is a huge dick, no seriously this guy treats his girlfriend horrible.
You might find this spoiler-ish so read at your own discretion,
This poor girl starts out a innocent girl, poor girl gets harassed by her whole class and then somehow falls in lover with the guy that almost rapes her and the one that treats her like absolute garbage. This guy is CONSTANTLY bringing her down.
a school trip and Tsubaki really wants to not sneak out and stay an extra night because she could lose important recommendations she needs to further her life. This asshole actually makes her feel bad about it and basically guilts her into it.
This girl made it painfully obvious she was not ready for sex but this doucheturd literally makes the moves on her everytime and then somehow HE gets his feelings hurt over it,
This manga was painful. The main girl was a crybaby constantly looking like she was butthurt about something. Constantly apologizing for shit that wasn't even her fault. Plus she almost gets raped THREE TIMES and just shrugs it off. One of the guys even leaves marks on her but she ends up helping him out later on. Come on girl.
Tsubakis sister Sakura, is a damn whore, who's writing this shit? She's 14 and sleeping around. This whole damn family needs help.
You know what forget the family, let's talk about the members in the school. Do these kids have anything better to do than to sleep around with the school whore, aka Kyouta the main male character. These people are literal trash. Why does no one bat an eye that EVERYONES slept with this guy? And Tsubaki is totally fine with it?.
So if you want a crybaby girl, who blames herself for her asshole boyfriends actions, look no further than Tsubaki, if you want a total toolbag main guy, Kyouta is your guys,
Join these two on their everlasting struggle to stay in a relationship over bullshit fights that don't even make any sense. Don't waste your time, please. This was absolute trash