Since I've just started reading L-DK (a super cliché story that for some unknown reason I like) I decided to check out other works from the mangaka, and that's how I get to read Suki Doki.
Truthfully I could barely take it, at the beginning I was kind of laughing at the ridiculous plot and the characters and thought "well maybe after the first chapter this is going to get better"... I was wrong.
The Story- 1
Ok, I'm going to mainly concentrate in the Suki Doki part 1 and 2. First, this average clumsy highschool girl is filled with pure love for this popular guy who seems to be perfect, just to find out he is a playboy. Ok cliché story, it couldn't be that bad, sometimes it works, but then you get to see the incredible douche bag he is and how the girl doesn't, mind and would do anything to be with him, normal things like happily make an appointment with him to have a date 'cause he is very busy banging other girls, give him her virginity or try to hang herself, you know just average.
Of course in the end it's shown that the guy seems to be attentive for her and that she is "special", he is so cool, generous and she just doesn't deserve him. As woman I just felt insulted, really.
I'm not going to lie, I do like the art, it's not that good but if it wasn't for that I wouldn't have finished it, and it's kind of the style I like.
Girl (I don't remember her name, nor I care) she loves this dude so much, that after she catches him making out with some girl declares him her true and infinite love. The dude's still a playboy but she doesn't care, she will use all of his efforts and time to make him fall in love with her, and that's all because she is such a good and pure girl. That's the healthy thing to do when you are in love, stalk, beg and lose your dignity, who needs it anyways?
Boy (Same here) douchy douche, ok, thinks the girl is interesting and different, so he agrees to go out with her... later he takes her virginity in the first date and leaves because other girl is waiting.
But don't question his moral fiber, when he ends up in a threesome date with the girl and some other girlB (yey threesome), he gets very upset believing that the girl slapped the girlB in anger, saying that he wont' hang out with her anymore (well how dare she!). But in the end he returns and walks in hand with the girl, he has definitly changed!.
When I finished it I rushed to my manga list because I had to say how awful this story was, also because before that I have read some copilation of equally bad oneshots and I just had to let it all out.
I felt bad rating something with a 1 so for that I'm gonna give it a 2, and the art wasn't bad.
I feel so haters gonna hate but sorry, I'm just being honest.read more
Suki♥Doki is a shoujo manga written by Yoshi and drawn by Watanabe Ayu. Yoshi is the very same person who brought us such excellent pieces of work as the Deep Love series, Dear Friends: Rina and Maki, and Motto Ikitai. All three took peeks at the human condition and psychology, and had fairly interesting stories to tell (if sad). Is Suki♥Doki any different? Well, that's up to you to find out, dear reader.
This manga contains two stories. The first is the titular Suki♥Doki, which concerns a young high school girl named Emi who falls in love with Takeshita, a boy at her school. He seems like the perfect guy anyone would dream about. He almost fits the bill, too – except he's a notorious play boy. At first, this tale seems to depict a typical, senseless girl chasing after a handsome heartthrob who only looks at her in her dreams. The difference is that Yoshi is behind the story of this manga. If you read with a critical eye, you'll notice that Takeshita is merely playing Emi herself as well. She throws herself at him and she's freely available to him whenever he wants, because she'll lap up any smidgen of attention he bestows upon her. Why should he toss her aside when he can encourage her instead?
In essence, it's the same sort of story as Itazura na Kiss (wherein the male protagonist uses the girl), except the romance here isn't played straight and there's no verbal abuse. Rather, it's all in Emi's head, as it is pretty obvious Takeshita is just using her and the whole shtick is completely one-sided. In that regard, I suppose the manga does deserve some respect for depicting that sort of relationship, although that doesn't mean it was any more pleasant to read. All the characters were rather static, so there isn't really much to describe in terms of character development.
The second story is called Koibana: The Ex-Boyfriend and is a welcome change to the first one. The main character, Maho, has difficulty forgetting about her ex-boyfriend, Shun, who broke up with her via text message while he was on a road trip. To that end, she sleeps with men who remind her of him, only to wind up broken-hearted because of her actions. She slowly begins to realize that her best friend, Shunsuke, likes her for who she is and decides to explore her feelings for him. While the plot certainly isn't anything mind-blowing or spectacular, it is still a pleasant read that manages to bring my overall opinion of the manga up. Unlike Suki♥Doki, the characters actually do undergo a modicum of character development, even if it is minor.
Watanabe Ayu's art is very typical of the shoujo demographic. If one were to put a few of her panels beside any generic manga, I doubt I'd be able to tell if the artists were different people. The lack of stylization in the shoujo manga world makes me just a bit sad.
Overall, while not Yoshi's best work by far, it's still an acceptable read when you're bored with absolutely nothing else to do. It is not, however, a very good introduction to Yoshi's writing, and I highly recommend checking out Deep Love, Dear Friends, or Motto Ikitai if this is your first foray into his writing. read more
Let me start this by saying this is really one of the worst mangas I have read. Usually I don't mind the cliche and the cheesiness in Shoujo mangas but this one is really horrible. The plot is your typical good girl falling for bad boy story and I don't mind that again I have read a lot of shoujo mangas and Iv seen this type of story quite a bit but this manga sadly was so very horrible beyond horrible from plot to characters and well everything except for art. The girl Emi is by far the dumbest and most stupid girl character I seen in my whole experience of reading manga. she is very desperate for that one guy who is the biggest ass hole who really has nothing good about him only his looks. Emi fell in love with Takeshita based on ONLY his looks which proves she is not only dumb but shallow also what sane girl would confess her love to a guy who she just saw making out with a girl and on top of that agrees to go to a threesome date with him? and giving up her virginity for a guy who she doesn't know well on the first date who then LEFT HER right after to go to another girl yet she STILL loves him? this is too stupid and I am very disappointed with this because the same mangaka Watanabe Ayu did one of my personal favorites which is L-DK. and finally in the end I don't think Takeshita even fixed his ways and loved her only. I have a strong feeling that guy just kept on doing what he does. I wanted to give this an overall rating of 2 but I just couldn't giving it a 1 is too much too. Im usually not harsh on mangas but this was too much. read more