Ryuu, a super-business-like transfer student from England with black hair and blue eyes just arrived! During the night of the Tanabata festival, Ryuu and Yukino became attracted to each other at first sight. He then declares, "You will be mine!" This brought confusion to Yukino, who has zero experience in love. But could she actually be falling in love?
After going through a shounen glut, a trashy shoujo is exactly what I needed, and Kiss/Hug did not disappoint. Kiss/Hug does it by the book, complete with forceful sexual advances and the main girl turning her inner thoughts into bad poetry. It was everything I hoped it would be. What I didn't expect was that I'd appreciate it.
I'll be honest, I don't read manga a lot, and when I do, this is generally what I try to avoid. I was actually pretty tempted to drop it after the first chapter, but what really pulled me through was Yukino. It feels weird that I liked her,
because I generally don't like girls led along by sexual harassment. Yukino is different though. She's her own person and she doesn't just allow Ryuu to take advantage of her. If she does, it's because she wants to allow him to take advantage of her. Even when he's on top of her, grabbing her wrists so she can't struggle, I never really felt like she was being abused. More that this is what she wanted, but she couldn't express it. I understand entirely how utterly creepy what I just said was but there really isn't a better way to put it, but as the manga progresses, you come to understand that's what it was, as Yukino's experience makes it easier for her to tell Ryuu what she wants of him and what she doesn't; something she was too shy to do at the start.
Ryuu, the second part of the main couple, is a jerk. I'm sorry, any fangirls this series may have but I just don't like him. I admire he loves Yukino enough that he won't bang her right off the bat... but in the end, that's exactly his goal; to bang her! He doesn't even try to hide it, private or public. To me, he's the stereotypically "perfect bishounen" in every way, and my god the lengths this manga goes to beat into me how perfect he is. The manga tries way too hard to make him perfect, but as the story progressed, I began to think that was the point. When he's alone with Yukino, free of his perfection, there's something human there; selfish, but human. And really, Yukino's just as selfish as he is, so its clear to see how they gravitate to one another constantly despite how they clash.
As a story of Yukino learning to love Ryuu, it works. I can't explain it but it does. It has just the right amount of sincerity to both characters that I can believe they have chemistry rather than Yukino having Stockholm syndrome. The whole business aspect was boring and distracting, I thought, and I didn't much care for some parts near the end such as the cultural festival that felt more like padding in an otherwise well-paced short love story.
So I don't really have too strong feelings one way or another for characters or story, but the art definitely needs some work. The early chapters looked rather spotty and I never really got used to Ryuu's character design. Hell, those lips made me think he was always wearing lipstick. It's just too brash a style to work for guys. On the contrary, I thought it worked pretty well for Yukino's character design, but because it's from Yukino's perspective, and the manga constantly wants me to look at Ryuu, it has to be in the lower end of the spectrum. Learn to draw guys' lips, Mitsuki Kako!
On the whole though, I kind of liked this. It may be that I don't read stuff like this much, but there was a genuine enjoyment to be had to seeing Yukino grow in her romance. Don't get me wrong, this is still trashy shoujo, but it's decent, bordering on good trashy shoujo.
Reading the first few pages of this manga, I have to admit i thought the story was outrageous, how did a Ryuu randomly fall in love with a Yukino on first sight and declared to make her his instantly with barely any words exchanged!?
I wanted to drop the manga because of how cliche the romance sounded like( like the typical trip-and-accidentally-kiss-move) bit I'm glad I didn't :) Because this story shows how love blosoms a girl into something beautiful. We meet a clutsy ,resistant Yukino who doesn't know her way about love, and the end with help from her supporting mother becomes a different Yukino
that doesn't hesitate to hold on to the person she loves.
At the end, Mitsuki sensei teaches us a cute lesson that we only meet one person in the world who's really special, sometimes in crazy unreal ways, and to remember not to hesitate when it happens because the heart knows what it wants :)
A refreshing short shoujo manga that makes your heart beat many times
i feel really uneasy at this manga at first.cause of the fast attraction of the characters i mean, yeah,..i know that Yukino was just recalling...i mean...Yukino gave in to Ryuu so easily!! WHAT IF RYUU JUST PLAY HIM! AND JUST MAKING FUN of HER??? ??? ...BUT I DID LOVE IT!!!!
HAH!!! i chose Kiss/Hug as a manga to read cause it suits my taste.. yesterday, i browse for Genred ROMANCE MANGA!! and i came to dodge KISS/HUG!!!!
What i like in a manga is Romance, and that's what Kiss/Hug gave me!!
the story seems fine but a little unpleasing,,,...the scene's are okay, but isn't it weird
that Ryuu suddenly like Yukino instantly??? well, maybe this is what they call LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT...but it's too harsh!!!wish that they gave more thrill that can give impacts to it's readers.... and about the ART,...i hate to see the Sketch of a smiling Ryuu...the line on it's mouth was too darn long! AHAHHAHA!! but i did LOVE IT!!! A LOT!!!! VERY MUCH!!!! I REALLY DID!!!!!! HYPER!!!
and the character!! MY OH MY!!!!! wwaaahhh!!!!!!! the creator did really, a GREAT! GREAT! GREAT JOB!!!!! *two thumbs up!!!*
and for my Enjoyment!!! A STANDING OVATION!! WWAAAHHH!!! i really did love it!!!!!! what i want in a manga is a all time ROMANCE!!!! i really did fun of it! hah!!! How i wish that it was more longer....DARN IT!!!!
OVERALL???? CLAP!!CLAP!!! STANDING OVATION!! TWO THUMBS UP and A THUNDEROUS APPLAUSE!!!!! THE MANGA WAS REALLY GREAT!!!!
This whole manga was outstanding. Girls all over the world will fall in love with the story, about a girl who meets a guy (a bit cliche, which is why I gave it a nine) and they fall in love. There is an odd sort of twist in there, which is why it was as high as it was. The art was decent, but I gave it a nine because the characters were drawn well, but unoriginal. For the actual characters all of them were original, unexpected. Except for the protagonist, who is in short a cliche incarnate, but I assume that's why people love
the story. Enjoyment merits a ten, because you will not be able in any way to put it down until you've read all fourteen chapters of it, and even once you have you'll want to start all over. It's a short read, but it's a very memorable one. =)