Furuya Utako is shy and reserved, but because of her height (172 cm), she sticks out like a sore thumb. Her mind is constantly plagued by thoughts of Harada Naoyuki, the popular boy who sits next to her in homeroom and claims that he'd like to be friends. She is a bit surprised at his straightforward attitude, but slowly the distance between them is starting to close...
I would not recommend this manga if you're into Action, Drama, or an of the sort.
This is the perfect manga for people who are looking to read about a simple romance/slice of life story.
It's by far one of the most straight forward romantic manga' out there. Quiet a cliche story line, unpopular girl falls for the popular guy. The only difference being that the popular guy is actually nice (for once) and likes her just as much, if not more, than she likes him.
As the chapters progress you get to see how the shy Furuya copes with her height complex, and her feelings towards
Harada, while trying to open up to the members of her class and Harada's friends.
It's a very light hearted manga with barely any signs negative emotions from the characters, which makes it a lot easier to enjoy. The characters are given back stories as the manga progresses but their isn't much character development for any of the characters except the main three, Furuya, Harada and Maika (so far).
The artwork is very cute and simple (much like the story line) and its a good read when you're bored or travelling, and at the end of each chapter it leaves you feeling all fuzzy inside, so I recommend it to anyone who enjoys this type of manga!
For a while now I've been looking for something a little different. What I feel lately about shoujo manga and romantic series in general is that there's absolutely nothing new about it, all has the same plot-line-skeleton and annoying motives.
So while I was willing to give a chance to Stand Up!, I must admit I wasn't expecting more than yet another mediocre read. But I was surprised, in a good way.
The story revolves around Furuya Utaku (nicknamed Utamaru), a 172-cm-tall, big-eared, somewhat-awkward, shy fifthteen-year-old girl starting her first year in high school. She is sitting next to Harada Naoyuki, an outgoing, center-of-attention, straight-forward
and my new favorite male heroin of the moment. Currently the plot follows their relationship.
I don't know if anyone's noticed that in most of the other stories out there, but I found that in most of then the female heroin is weak and, with lack of better words, not independent. At time she'll be actually weak and be needed actual saving most of the time, but at times when it is not that visible, even when she the heroin comes off strong and independent, she will most likely reach self-fulfillment WITH the help of her male-boyfriend, and not by herself.
While at first sight Utamaru seems more of the second type, she does not quite fit the stereotype. She has friends she acquired on her own, and is not unpopular or bullied and not that shined-upon, and she is okay with where she stands. Utamaru is honest with her feeling, and feels quite a range of relatable emotions, but more importantly: she stands for herself, and her relationship with Harada doesn't really "change her", but rather empowers her.
What I liked the most in this series is the straight-forwardness of the characters. For Utamaru, meeting and becoming friends with Harada was surprising and unexpected, and she taken aback by it, at first trying to struggle and avoid the sudden attention, thinking that she misunderstands his kindness. BUT HE TELLS HER RIGHT AWAY THAT SHE'S WRONG. I don't think I can stress enough how much I love his honesty. And while he makes her comfortable with his presence and they become closer, she doesn't even go through the "what is this strange feeling that I feel? What is this doki-doki thing? Is it because I ate that suspicious potato at lunch?" phase (my most hated part of any manga) (Slight SPOILER to chapter 3 from here till the end of the sentence, I feel like I should warn about it), and the minute she realizes her own feeling SHE TELLS HIM.
They have the cutest relationship. It's a lot of first steps and blushing and insecurities, but I like how they mange.
The relationships they have with the other characters are also interesting. I like how she's embarrassed to talk to his friends at first but tries really hard, and how he hit it off with he own friend so easily. Everyone treasures each other. It's heartwarming.
I haven't read a lot of it yet (only till chapter 8), and as it seems it can take many different directions. Right now it's lovely and I like where this is going, and I'd be sure to recommend it. I must warn though that the first two chapters were a bit fast and the art was a little awkward, but later the pace has settled and the art became more natural.
As of the art in general: it's typical for the genre. Nothing special, but nothing bad either.