Yuniko Sakuraba isn't your ordinary 15-year-old girl. She is a die hard fan of the late actor Akira Nanae and she became a thief in an effort to recover and collect Akira's stolen memorabilia.
She then encounters, the 17-year-old actor Ryu Eba who has been labeled as the "New Nanae." She tries to steal his award which formerly belonged to Akira but is discovered. On the other hand, Ryu seems taken by the unique girl and offers to give her the award if she can steal it again. On the other hand, mystery surrounds Yuniko's past as she finds out that her mother, a former actress and who she hasn't seen because of her mother's illness has actually an amnesia and Akira's death has something to do with it!
Okay, so this is a manga a friend of mine recommended to me, and so after I read the summary I decided to dive head first into it. Now, I realize that my review is pretty negative, but that is mostly because I truly value my enjoyment of a manga above all else, so when I can't really enjoy a manga, I won't be willing to re-read it and I won't be willing to recommend it to anyone else.
Lets start off this review with a review of the story and plot
Now, Im giving this manga a 4 in the plot department because it had
a super interesting premise: Girl is obsessed with a dead actor, so she wants to steal back his stuff from other crazed fans. Sounds like a great set up, huh? Weeeeeeeeelllll this set up only last for about the first couple of volumes, and then it is brushed to the side for more, shoujo-esque plot. If you are looking for a lupin the third type manga with some romance thrown into the mixture, look somewhere else because this manga has very little in that department. The only really great part of the story is the side story about the two flying squirrels.
The art was leaps and bounds ahead of anything else, as i actually liked this mangaka's art. Was it the fanciest art of all time? No. Were their lines clean and nice? Yeah, most of the time. Hence, a pretty solid "Fair" rating.
Alright, so this is the area where this manga really takes a nose dive straight into a olympic pool full of acid. The heroine starts off as this strong independent woman who can rob you and then knock you flat on your arse without a second thought. But again, after the first couple of volumes she becomes this wishy-washy, easily influenced, typical shoujo styled biatch, which kills this manga for me personally. I mean, if you are down to see a girl act like the girl that's passed around at frat parties all because some guy told her that they "liked" her after they abused the frick out of her, then be my guest and go read this manga like the masochist you are.
Again, this category is what REALLY influences me because all the other categories really flow into this one. I just couldn't enjoy this manga after it abandoned it's origins just for some badly written bro code breaking piece of trash. But, that's just my personal opinion of it as I did NOT enjoy reading this type of manga, even though it was recommended to me.
Now, even though I was ragging pretty hard on this manga, it did have it's ever so small good points, like the two squirrels, and the ending was a tad funny, so the average being a solid 4 is a pretty good and fair rating for this manga in my opinion.
So, to summarize, if you want to read a manga with copy and pasted characters (one character is literally named Ryu #2), over done male characters who just love to be arses (one guy literally shoots the heroine and is like "oh now fall in love with me"), and a female lead who needs a gallon of water to quench her thirst, then this is the manga for you. But if you aren't into that type of stuff, avoid this manga and go read something else, maybe an actual romantic comedy or something.
This is my favourite among all of the works by the author. The female protagonist is spunky, cute and very cool with her fearless personality, determination, perseverance and strong will. She is a thief who eyes the artifacts of her beloved actor, Akira Nanae, who passed away in an airplane crash. Enter handsome and dashing Ryu Eba, who receives an award which formerly was given to Akira and is called the "new Nanae" (though he hates being compared to Akira). In the process of trying to steal the award from Ryu, who is unusually interested in her and very taken by her personality, the two
get closer and inevitably fall for each other.
Thus began their crazy and lovable relationship. The story is funny, cute and entertaining. There wasn't a single dull moment and I finished this in one day, sacrificing sleep and not regretting it even one bit! As the plot deepens, it only gets more interesting.
Although in the final arc of the story, it got predictable, it still didn't dissuade me from finishing the manga.
The art is good and I can't pick any faults in the manga. Smut is mild and there are no disturbing scenes.
All in all, I highly recommend this manga. It makes for a very good read and I'm sure I will read it again in the future.