Feb 22, 2009
What a waste! The mangaka surely knows her way around almond shaped eyes and glossy hair, but that's about it. To call the storytelling juveneille would be pushing it. Three abrupt chapters, two of them almost completely without a segue, introduce you to our heroine who has lost faith in her penchant for Judo as boys don't find a strong woman appealing, as well as our lead bishie who is supposed to play a tough but gentle lover role. Groan!
The plot was moderately novel, but even though the heroine apparently used to be good at Judo, she still needs rescuing! Why?! Why are females
pushed around so damn much in manga everywhere?! So Sawa cannot recollect how Aoi knows her, but she's determined to prove him wrong. So she dutifully goes about managerial tasks for the Judo club and somewhere along the way becomes infatuated with Aoi. Much later, she'll realise he may not have been kidding that he's from her past after all...
Anyway, I would not recommend this manga even for it's artwork. Shoujo like that can be found in Shiiba Nana's and Miyasaka Kaho's work. And personally, Aoi wasn't all that attractive. Maybe this kind of bishie artwork is more likely to appeal to an action/mecha oriented audience. But as far as the romance and shoujo genre go, this was a solid dissapointment of a read. The heartbeat stopping scenes were barely moving and no character development or story advancement really occurs much. You're better off skipping it.
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