This manga contains six cute love stories from different authors.
Story 01 : Ten Days (by Aihara, Miki)
Aiko is still in high school, but she has agreed to an arranged married with a 30 year old man called Shiwakara. Since they don't know each other at all, they decide to have a trial period: during 10 days they'll try to be a couple and then they will decide.
Story 02: There is no Logic to Love (by Usami, Maki)
Mayu hasn't been able to get over the boyfriend who dumped her. Then she meets Tsukiyama, a transfer student who seems interested in her...
Story 03: The Happy Happy Letter (by Kikuchi, Kamaro)
Reiko receives an anonymous love letter. To find out who wrote it, she asks for the Detective's Club's help, but she's shocked to see that among them is Yao, the boy she can't stand!
Story 04: The Prince's Servant (by Natsume, Aiko)
Aoigiku is being forced to get married and, even worse, with her rich classmate Toujou. He agrees to forget the commitment only if she becomes his servant...
Story 05: An Adult Love and a Child Affair (by Kawamaru, Shin)
Noriko is only in High School, but she ends up going to a single's party in place of her older sister. There she meets a great guy, but how can she tell him that she's only a teenager?
Story 06: My Sweet Honey (by Kanesada, Yukio)
Nozomi likes the school's "Prince", Myoujin, but she can only afford to watch him from afar. So what will she do when he announces everyone that she's his girlfriend?
Fabulous. This is definitely fun, slice-of-life, coming of age, romantic tales. I mean you'll have fun with all of them and although some are a bit cliched they have that endearing quality which keeps them afloat so the cliche goes out the window. I truly enjoyed this set and I plan on giving my feelings for each of the set of one-shots.
First one-shot: 10 Days.
Okay this one is really short but it had the capabilities of being a long developed story. It's almost in the league of the manga Faster Than A Kiss in the sense that a young is
willingly in a relationship with an older man. Other than that, two opposites but I LOVE both. Going back to the development problem, it's mainly limited because there should have been more character depth and complexity and could have been. For what it was, it was good. But you definitely feel that there was this possibility of a great and most probably very popular manga if the writer would ever chose to touch it up. Both characters are definitely engaging and their situation is compelling. And this is definitely props to the storyline, the kind of "forced contract" relationships----> Which is actually seen throughout this compilation. In any event, for what it was worth it was fun, sweet, and endearing. I would have even gotten a bigger kick by the smut, if they gave us a bit of it. This had some of the best art. The detail was nice.
Second one-shot: There's No Logic to Love.
This one was hilarious. I giggled all around, it was way funny. This was mainly due to the mail lead. The female lead is a bit silly in regards to whinging on teen angst really. But the lead male was very light-hearted and ladies out there might totally fall for him. I think in this story the characterization was focused on the male lead because he stood out for me, more so than the female lead. But it's fundamentally clear that he is suppose to be more supporting to her lead. It didn't work out that way because you kind tired a bit of her whinging. The story is fun, although cliched. And yes, there was a "forced contract" relationship, but in another vein. Meaning that it is made between them than through outside forces. ^_^ But it wasn't throughout the story as seen in the first one.
Initially I wasn't into the story but I found the male lead so engaging and fun that I got into the story as a whole. And so even though the lead female was annoying to me, I still enjoyed it greatly. The art is of course fantastic, no doubt about that.
Third one-shot: Happy Happy Letter.
Ooh...I love this one. Great love story. This actually had no "forced contract" relationship. Surprisingly enough but they were pushed into a "working" relationship by outside forces. I thought the lead female and male were fun. Definitely more focus on the female lead who wasn't silly. But definitely your most average school girl who wants a first love boyfriend. So she's great funny. Lots of funnies here from both her, him and their supporting cast. The lead male is a quiet soft spoken guy but intense. It was funny how they got together and the scenarios they were always in. I really liked the storyline and character wise it was well done. No disappointments at all. The art was great with lots of enjoyment.
Fourth one-shot: The Prince's Made.
I was really looking forward to reading this story when I read the summary. It was really the story that pushed me to reading all of them and it didn't disappoint me. It had many a comedy scenes with good characters. Again, focus on the female and she was well written. I felt the male came into his own towards the middle since I didn't know what to expect from him. This was definitely a "forced-contract" relationship done by their own making rather than outside forces. I would closely compare this to Itazura na Kiss, just much much shorter with a different background for the characters.
Fifth one-shot: Adult's Love/Child's Affair.
This is actually in line with the first one-shot of this collection 10 days. I loved this one. Another story that could have been expanded on if they wanted too, but unlike the the first one...this was better short. It's brief but sweet. It shows how when you meet the right guy he's willing to wait for you because he loves you. Another thing, it shows that sometimes a little white lie is not too bad since it worked out in the end. ^_^ I really liked this story and thought it was fun. The lead female wasn't flighty or insecure except in her lie. But as a person she was confident in herself and that was good as it attracted the lead male. I felt the lead male moved too fast, however he also proved to be a good guy with his decision at the end. Both were nicely written even if slightly superficial overall. However I liked the storyline and liked the art. The guy was cute. I had fun with this one. This one wasn't a "forced-contract" relationship if you're wondering.
Sixth one-shot: My Sweet Honey.
I just finished reading this one, when I realized I never finished this to review it. I liked My Sweet Honey a lot. This is definitely in the same vein as the second story in this compilation, There's No Logic To Love. If anyone saw the jdorama version of Hana Yori Dango II---you'll get why I rofl'ed when I saw the title. Good teen story and something everyone could relate too. When you're a teen and self conscious about your looks but in love with the hottest guy in school. ~sigh~ Those were the days. I did find this one to be a bit more serious. This girl's issues could have been made into a longer story because she deals with being the quintessential lap dog/door mat. I really would have liked to see a story like this progressed into something bigger because I felt her issue was definitely more serious than we're given and far more serious than shown in the other characters in the other one-shots. None the less it showed perseverance and strength. Plus it also showed one important element, one can't be loved until one loves oneself and attains strength from that. It was nice. This was most definitely the token version of the "forced-contract" relationship through their own actions. Good read and I enjoyed it even if I wished it was longer.
Overall I liked the one-shots a lot and felt this was a great compilation. Definitely worth the time and energy. They're fun stories in between your usual slice-of-life, high school love. Enjoy.
All these stories are very sweet. A little bit awkward and the art might not be top notch, but it's all very fitting and it gives your heart a happy feeling.
The first story, "10 Days" is kind of funky. This love story doesn't really focus on their potential relationship and it all feels rather short, but it's an "awe" kind of thing. I didn't really get how she came to the conclusion that she did, since I'm not sure how she got over her ex in that moment. But anyways, I thought the ending was very cute.
The second story, "There is No Logic to Love!"
feels awfully quick and I wished there was more development. She can't get over her ex and is meet by a surprise love. I did think that this particular chapter had very cute characters, especially her ex-boyfriend.
The third story, "Happy Happy Letter" was my favorite out of the collection. The character's faces were oddly round (Chief was very darling). Overall, the plot was cute and it fit the course of a one-shot. It didn't feel like anything was left out. There was a clear beginning, middle and end. But that doesn't mean I wanted it to be over! It seemed like a very condensed version of Ouran High Host Club.
The fourth story, "The Prince's Maid" was okay in parts but the art bothered me. The faces were rather scrunched up. There was a part that was cute but the rest just seemed rather dull to me. Everything was predictable, to say the least.
The fifth story, "An Adult's Love/Child's Affair" was odd. The art was alright and so was the enjoyment value. I do question all of the characters' as they were not very realistic in their judgment and reasons for loving at all. It seems like something would regret later down the road and the guy was pretty much a pedophile. Maybe if there was a bit more character and plot development I could root them on, but as is, it didn't seem very reasonable.
The last story, "My Sweet Honey" was fair, nothing horrible but nothing great. I felt like the story was missing many details that were essential. It was a typical popular-boy-hides-behind-girl,girl-always-loved-him, boy-falls-for-girl story. There was nothing that embellished the story to make it it's own... Except for the waffles.