Mikuni is the daughter of a single-mother who attends high school. She falls for Chiho, and just when they are about to have their first kiss they are interrupted—by their teacher! He tells her that her relationship with Chiho will only last three months.
When Mikuni's mother goes away on business she has Mikuni stay with none other than—the same harassing teacher.
First off, I'll start by saying I picked up this manga because a friend asked me to read it, curious about what my thoughts on it would be Just by reading the synopsis, I already knew what the story would be about and how it would end. When I actually started reading it, though, I changed my mind and said, "Maybe I was wrong; maybe it will be different, after all." How terribly, terribly wrong I was. It was EXACTLY—correction—it was WORSE than what I thought it would be. I can't believe I actually thought it might be different.
Before I start the actual review, I
should warn you that this review contains lots of negativity and major spoilers—not that that really matters, since I bet anyone with half an intelligence can probably figure out the contents of this manga just by reading the synopsis. And, mind you, this won't actually be a review; it's more of a summary of the whole manga colored with my hateful comments about it.
Onward now. Where do I even begin? How about how unrealistic this manga is? Shoujo has always been a genre full of unrealistic elements, I know, but this is just too much—or at least, too much for me to handle. Every story, no matter how fictitious, needs at least some realism in to be a foundation for the story.
The story starts with Mikuni Senou, your would-be typical, everyday high school girl. Her dad passed away, so she's living alone with her mom. She goes to school and there, the narcissistic idiot (or at least this is how he is referred to as in the manga) she's in love with, Chiho, calls her out to confess to her. Since she's been in love with him for a long time now, it's dream come true for her! But just as they're about to kiss, they get interrupted by their homeroom teacher, Nishizono. After some pointless prattle, Nishizono tells Mikuni that their relationship will only last three months. Later that day, Mikuni gets called out by Nishizono to the library. He tells her to organize some books, and If she doesn't do it, he'll report her "illicit sexual behavior" he saw earlier that day. He then practically sexually harasses Mikuni, but of course she doesn't report it.
Now my biggest problem with this manga is Mikuni's mother. She gets a job transfer to the South Pole and, instead of taking Mikuni with her, decides to leave Mikuni in the care of a guardian. You guessed it—she chooses Nishizono as Mikuni's guardian. "What better person to leave you in the care of than your homeroom teacher, right?" Um, how about no? No person in their right mind would leave their teenage daughter in the care of a stranger—and that stranger is a grown man, no less. There are countless reports where girls' step-fathers (or even fathers) rape them; how much more a man you don't even know? Did she seriously not consider the possibility of him raping Mikuni? But wait, this is a shoujo manga, so anything goes, right? I mean, if he was a close friend, at least that would make sense... Does Mikuni's mother not have any friends or relatives in Kyoto that she'd have to resort to a strange man? No, of course not. Anyway, Mikuni is of course opposed to the idea, but she doesn't breathe a word about Nishizono's sexual harassment earlier that day.
The next day, Nishizono licks Mikuni. No, you didn't read wrong; he actually licks her. Mikuni of course does not call her mom and tell her about it, nor does she report his actions to the school. Even though she claims she wants to get rid of him. Even though she's supposedly so in love with Chiho. Mikuni of course hides the fact that Nishizono is living with her from Chiho because she fears her relationship with him will crumble if she tells him. Of course, this is very typical development in shoujo, so I won't say much. Moving on. After Chiho finally finds out, he moves in with Mikuni too, and after several unimportant events, Chiho tells Mikuni that she doesn't realize she's in love with Nishizono, and then dumps her.
When Mikuni finally realizes that she is indeed in love with her teacher, her love for Chiho just magically disappears—just trashed like yesterday's news. Mind you, this happens just a day after he dumps her. Eventually, after Mikuni spends the night with Nishizono, he vanishes. Of course the first person Mikuni talks to about this is her ex-boyfriend. Yes, talk to your ex-boyfriend about your new boyfriend. That's a brilliant idea. Anyway, when Nishizono finally returns, he confesses to Mikuni. Oh, did I forget to mention? He's engaged. To a woman he's been with for years, and who's in a coma. But by confessing, he's made it clear that he doesn't believe she'll ever wake up, and just chooses the student he spent a mere few days with over her. What an unfaithful, two-timing bastard. It hasn't even been that long since she fell into a coma. Well, that's the end. What a perfect ending... as far as the author is concerned, anyway.
I did not enjoy this manga. At all. The story was poorly written, not to mention very rushed. The art was decent, at least. It's your typical, run-of-the-mill shoujo art. I will say, though, that the volume covers made no sense to me. I mean, who IS that, anyway? As for the characters, I don't even know where to begin. Mikuni's got to be one of the most unbearable heroines I have EVER seen. I mean, shoujo heroines can be pretty stupid and irritating, but Mikuni really drove me off a cliff. Then there's Nishizono. He's a sexual-harassing asshole that should have lost his job LONG TIME AGO. To me Chiho was the only decent character in this manga. But of course the only decent character in the manga gets tossed aside like trash.
If you do end up reading this, I hope you enjoy it, because I sure as hell didn't.
Otona pink was your usual drama/shoujo/romance manga and there wasent anything special about it. The story was average and there are many like it. The art was good but not great. The characters were like most romance characters Stupid and immature at first but they grow up through the manga. There was alot more drama than romance but thats ok and the romance wasent very heavy. Though the manga is under mature i dont think it really is, They dont show anything. Overall it was probly worth 6/10 Thanks and hope you enjoy Otona Pink!
To be honest, I don't know how I feel about the story. It is a rather stereotypical shoujo manga with the stereotypical outcome with stereotypical characters.
Personally, I think there wasn't enough character development, the time-frame of the entire story was rushed and at times, confusing, and the art was just average. There are plenty of other mangas out there just like it if not similar.
I was impressed by this manga contrary to my expectations - I thought it was just going to be another typical shoujo story, and in a lot of ways, it is pretty cliched - older guy with young innocent ward, tension and comedy ensues... But I actually rather enjoyed this manga. I found a level of depth in the characters and an interesting enough plot that kept me reading avidly until the end. I wish it were longer!
The art is really lovely. All her characters were designed thoroughly and attractively, and the backgrounds and big scenes were detailed without being distracting. Very nice to look
at, and it helped the story move along as well.
What really sets this manga apart is the characters. Unlike most shoujo stories of this length, the main characters have distinct personalities and pasts. There are really only three main characters, not a huge cast, but the those three are plenty enough to keep you interested. Mikuni is sweet and little naive in her love for the mysterious, gorgeous, and popular Chiho.Their relationship is kind of unrealistic and sudden, but cute; Chiho obviously cares about her. And for a while, Mikuni's very happy with him, and it's a sweet relationship between classmates... until Nishizono comes in and complicates things as Mikuni's guardian.
The relationships between these three are really well developed and expressed. I was impressed by how much character development and realism the mangaka managed to fit into so few chapters. Nishizono's character gets unique and special attention that I really appreciated.
Overall, a short shoujo read, but a very good one nonetheless!