Shiina has 2 secrets. She loves her brother Kiri a lot, and Kiri doesn't know that they are not blood related. She doesn't know what to do, she's been hiding it for a long time, and no one knows she loves him.
The one feature that pointedly stands out in this story is the kawaiiness of both the leads. Their hair... Ooh so fluffy that I wanted to reach out and run my fingers through them! This of course lends the characters a good degree of personal touch and you sympathise more with their predicament.
Shiina and Kiri are siblings and Kiri while a player-prince in school loves his sister dearly always making her treats and soothing her and giving her rides to school. Only Shiina knows something about him that she shouldn't. That something incites more than brotherly love for Kiri in her and she feels weighed
down with guilt and shame for such feelings. However, seeing as the newly single Kiri is a commodity all Shiina's friends want a piece of, she's forced to make a decision, whether to reveal her feelings or step out of the way and let her friends confess. Sheesh, that IS a quandry!
I heart the brotherly sisterly relation these two share right at the beginning of the story. Who wouldn't want a brother to dote on them so and brighten their day?! Other than that, the artwork is really sparkly in that Kiri's smile can completely lighten your mood and you smile right back at that bishie! The story progresses at a very realistic pace without being overly shoujo about it and portrays both leads in a very human light in their reactions and inhibitions. Overall I liked every scene regardless of whether it included kisses or not which is rare and in this case fully deserved! If you're feeling low about how meaningless love and affection is, I recommend this tale.
It may be just me, but I have an impression this one-shot is a bit too-- appreciated, I guess, among its readers. So oh, very much "kawaii" and darling, and lovey-dovey and whatnot. Not really! This manga is predictable, obvious and pretty much a copy-paste of any other shoujo one-shot.
A classic story of a forbidden incest! Which isn't really an incest! Anyone who predicted the guy would know about the "adopted" thingy, raise your hand! Yeah, I thought so.
What kind of ending did you expect anyway? The story is pretty much a lame copy with a tiny twist or two, it ends and progresses
way to fast considering the girl was "in love" for about, oh, 13 FREAKING YEARS, and then suddenly everything changes. Nuh-uh.
Allow me to kind of quote myself from my other reviews.
"Clouds and circles, tears and hearts, eyes and hands." Pretty much that and any other similar stuff that, once again, are filling up the empty spaces. Copy paste of skinny characters with huge eyes and a lot of hair washed with L'Oreal. Sadly, they're not worth it.
Once again, a copy paste! Sad, emo-ish girl in love, super special awesome guy who just HAS to be a genius in some area of his life (and popular among chicks as well), and a random supporting character who was rejected by him.
The design is same as in other 1,000,025 one-shot shoujos.
It may have been more enjoyable if it wasn't so repetitive. "I can't say I love him" or something along that line has been repeated at least three times, I think. No variety kudos for you! Also, it didn't really get me into the cheering mode, the one where you want your character to be happy for the rest of their life. But it is a decent KAWAIIII!11! story for hard core romantics and shoujoists.
By the time I finished writing this I can say only one thing - COPY/PASTE. Yes. It is that unoriginal.
As I said, for shoujoists only. Other most likely won't find this very interesting.
"Suki" to Ienai is full of shoujo-goodness that any shoujo fangirl will enjoy. Being one of the first manga I've ever read I thought it was the "goddess" of shoujo manga, but now that I've read too many shoujo to count I realized the storyline is just like every other. But don't get me wrong, the characters and storyline is simply kawaii, therefore making me read it over and over. The story is light and fluffy while being heavy at the same time making this shoujo work, one you would find yourself going back to for oldtimes sakes.
I just completed this adorable little one-shot, and as it took me somewhere in the region of 6 minutes to read through, I can definitely say it was worth the time. Although you shouldn't be expecting a literary epic when you take on "Suki" to Ienai, the timeless tale of unrequitted love perhaps doesn't need much backstory.
As someone in a similar situation (minus the whole brother complex!), I can say that it touched my soul a little, and made me nod with a knowing feeling, "that's exactly how it is", at the suffering of the little sister in the story. That's why I enjoyed it
as much as I did, likewise anyone who has a crush on someone who is seemingly out of their league will appreciate this one-shot.
But despite this, viewed critically this manga will not stand up to much. The art is very much what you would expect from a clichéd shojo manga, with little flare to it, and many panels are just plain screentones. There is little attention given to detail in the drawing or the plot, this is almost a concept or a girl's thoughts as she is lost in fantasy rather than a story.
However, I'll go easy on it as it is so very short (and rather cute), and settle for a 5. There are most definitely better shojo one-shots out there, but you could do worse than a timid little romance between a young girl and her brother.