Sumi Kitamura is the second eldest in a parentless family of six. One day after her older brother leaves town, her younger brothers and sisters are taken away. The only way for her to get them back is to make a lot of money fast. On her quest to find money, a man offers to give her the money if she marries him...
At first, I wasn't very sure I'd enjoy this manga. It started very suddenly, giving the reader no chance what-so-ever to get used to the rapid storyline & threw the reader into the happenings right away. What I assumed to be a bad thing at first, soon developed to be one of the story's main strenghts: the sudden change of scenery, the rapid pacing of the Storyline & twists and turns that give it its special spice. The further you proceed in the Story, the deeper the characters and the main storylines get. What seemed to be a pretty usual and ordinary storyline full of stereotypical characters soon develops into a beautiful, slightly melancholic & sad touch and deep story that is able to make the reader cry, smile and excited. Especially the Art Work caught my Eye. It's simply magnificent. Everyone should at least take a Look at this great manga. I promise you won't be disappointed.read more
First, let me say my opinion of this manga when first seeing the cover and the plot summary.
I thought that, " Well, it's gonna be one of those marriage agreement thingy and one's gonna fall inlove w/ his/her partner... since this is shoujo might as well expect it. But, I'm gonna give it a try... just one try, ".
I WAS WRONG. SO WRONG IN SO MANY WAYS.
I never knew this manga had the PYSCHO thingy in it which was so beautifully expressed! The characters portrayed themselves very well. Especially, Nozumo and Soichirou.
At first I was like, " Yep, Nozumo's attitude's gonna be like this, " but NO! It was on a total different level! And personally, I didn't like Soichirou's predictable and overly used character at first, but THEN! It was like I was slowly falling inlove with him.
I couldn't even choose between the two of them! Both drawn maturely and professionally.
Sumi's character was very lovely as well. It couldn't go wrong in any way. She was so mature. I looked up to her in every chapter of the manga.
The manga started simple at the beginning and suddenly confusing but confusing in a GOOD way. At the end of the manga, I didn't even expect a plot twist!
My journey reading this manga was full of emotions. Some happy, some sad and some I just don't know how to express.
I was really sad that it ended at Chapter 57. I don't even care if it goes until 500!
I finished this manga in a day and regretted how I only read it until now. This manga is on par with Faster Than a Kiss for me.
I really love this manga and people should give it a try.
And of course, my overall review of this manga is a perfect 100. read more
First of all, I had pretty hard time getting the name 'Hadashi de Bara wo Fume' right. I don't know why. I'm sure I have been able to memorize even more complicated Japanese phrases. Anyway, let's get to the point.
This manga had initially been a decent read but right on from the fifth volume, it got downright annoying. The first two volumes were too fast paced. It took me some time to digest the happenings. On the contrary, the volumes that follow were equally slow paced. The story was getting kind of repetitive and the characters were getting on my nerve. Just when I thought something 'sensible' would happen, the author dragged the story back to where it was. And by the time I reached the 39th chapter, I have had it enough so I decided to drop it once and for all.
S T O R Y (7/10): The plot is nothing special in my opinion though it still has some potential but thanks to poor character development and fluctuating pace, it got ruined. The backdrop is Meiji 25. We have the female protagonist, Sumi, from an extremely poor background. Her elder brother is a womanizer and an epic fail at gambling. He keeps on getting owned by his fellow gamblers and loses whatever money he manages to get by seducing women with his pretty face. Moreover, he brings home abandoned kids to feed in an attempt to make Sumi happy so that she doesn't feel lonely (now this is what I call the limit of idiocy. How on earth did he figure out that something like that is going to make his sister happy when she herself is starving?). Sumi being an extremely kindhearted woman takes pity on the kids and adopts them as her siblings. When one of the kids falls ill and Sumi has no money for the treatment, a young man comes to her help, and Sumi immediately gets infatuated with the 'prince'. Later, her brother runs away from home to escape the rising debt. When Sumi gets threatened that her siblings would be sold off to a foreign country as slaves if she doesn't pay off her debts as soon as possible, she makes up her mind to sell herself to make quick money. When she almost gets raped by a man who had no intention of paying her, she is saved by Ashida Shouichirou, a wealthy young man, who offers to give her money in exchange for marrying him. Also, he places a condition before her: There will be no love between the two. Having no other way, Sumi agrees and realizes that she has 'stepped on roses barefoot'. While on the brighter side, she becomes rich overnight- expensive dresses, elegant parties and mouthwatering delicacies which she could have never imagined, she is also faced with odds- a cold husband who will never love her, an unfaithful society full of conspiracies where money and power matter, and above all, her 'prince' whom she never expected to meet again turns out to be her husband's best friend, Ijuuin Nozumu. The predicament begins when Nozumu falls in love with Sumi or I should say, gets obsessed with her, putting Sumi in a bind.
Pretty interesting story even though it is somewhat clichéd. However, one requires patience to continue. The story gets cheesy. If that's what you're looking for, you may like it. If not, you will get frustrated like me.
A R T (7/10): The art is the typical shoujo style but not that great in my opinion. The excessive blush hides the characters' facial expressions. On the other hand, the hair, the clothes, the architecture and other things are beautifully drawn.
C H A R A C T E R (6/10): The characters are clichéd and as the series progresses, they get annoying, especially the female protagonist, Sumi, and the male antagonist, Nozumu. Initially, Sumi had my pity but later on, she got on my nerves, to the point that I found myself cheering on Nozumu's jealous wife when she attacked Sumi. Speaking of Nozumu, he doesn't love Sumi; he is just plain obsessed with her. I don't know what the author wished to portray- obsession or love. If it's the latter one, I beg to differ, you don't kidnap your love and let them die in fire.
E N J O Y M E N T (6/10): How much you will enjoy this manga depends on what you expect from it. If you expect a cheesy plot in which the girl romances with two handsome guys and is unable to decide with whom she really wants to be, then you may enjoy this manga. However, if you're looking for a concrete plot with good character development and a strong female protagonist, you will end up losing your interest.
O V E R A L L (6/10): Not worth of recommending in my opinion. Enough said. read more
I feel like the manga could have been better, instead it was mediocre. Sumi, the main girl is just so irritating! She constantly causes trouble by her naiveness and then nobody blames her. Also, she is a master of shogi, she can't even read, how she can play shogi, does she just recognize the characters as the same? Her dislike of roses seems infrequent as well, she freaks out at seeing roses sometimes but other times she seems fine and fear of roses is questionable, *spoiler* she doesn't remember being a baby so how she still have her fear of roses when she was abandoned in a field?
Unlike most shoujo manga I did not get that mushy feeling I get when reading them. Instead, my most prominent feeling was that of being creeped out by Nozomu's actions, yandere guys are scary as heck! He os overly obsessed and ends up being a total creep. I mean he saved a RICEBALL from her, the heck, who does that?! There was also the fact that *spoilers* it was too predictable.
When I first saw the picture of Aiko and Nozomu's mention that Sumi resembles his mother, I knew already that they were siblings. Also tying in to Nozomu's insanity, after finding out, he still wants to marry her.
Sumi's "brother" was also questionable, he seems like a nice guy, taking care of orphans but he still uses Sumi and leech off her, as well as constantly getting into trouble, it was not until the end did he seem to act like an actual brother.
I feel that the background stories were something that were impromptu, that it was just made up on the spot and the ending was kind of rushed.
The author barely touched on Souichi's background and his family and Keiko, the maid that was a spy sent by his cousin suddenly seem to give up her spy. I seriously feel that the best character was Komai, the freaking butler, that's kinda sad.
The redeeming part of the manga was the art, it is not anything really special but still pretty and the best part of the manga, the story was not bad either but doesn't seem to have enough reasoning backing things up. All in all I would rate the manga a 6.5/10, too bad MAL dont have decimals.read more