Ayaka Shiramine has everything going for her: a beautiful, kind, and hard-working girl, she is the star of Seiran Academy—at least, that was the case before she moved up to the academy's high school division. Enter Yurine Kurosawa, an aloof and friendless girl who excels at everything from academics to housework without lifting a finger. In fact, she seems to surpass Ayaka in almost all aspects, and the former star student quickly begins to despise her new rival.
Despite her disdain for Yurine, Ayaka's kind nature and a push in the right direction help Yurine to begin making friends... and fall head-over-heels for the girl who hates her. Meanwhile, Ayaka struggles to deal with her growing feelings towards Yurine; though she can't stand the girl who knocked her down to number two, she finds herself falling in love with her.
Ano Ko ni Kiss to Shirayuri wo tells the story of two seemingly perfect girls who, while still searching for their place in the world, have at least found someone in a similar dilemma: each other.
Ano Ko ni Kiss to Shirayuri wo starts like a shoujo ai high school version of Karakai Jouzu no Takagi-san in some regards, with the essentially superhuman genius Kurosawa constantly teasing the decidedly Tsundere Shiramine. (Hermione Granger and Shiramine would probably be best pals.) But then the next volume is about a different couple. And the volume after that is about yet another couple. There's certainly hugs, and kisses, and hand holding all around, but I haven't really felt a deeper connection with any one of the characters. I feel like since about chapter 30, and the start of Kurosawa's "search for something she actually
wants to do with her life" arc, it's gotten a little more serious in tone.
So yeah, this is definitely something to pick up if you want some light, cute shoujo ai reading, but neither does it reach the same lightness as, for example, the Kase-san series, or the same level characterization and focus as Yagakimi. The main couple is developed pretty slowly, which is okay with me, but some of the other couple arcs seemed a tad rushed.
The art feels nice, though sometimes a little too flowery, and enjoyment was high throughout. So overall, a good manga, but not exceptional.
Ano Ko ni Kiss to Shirayuri wo is one of those shoujo-ai manga you don't really keep up with the updates nor get really into it. Its genre mostly is based upon comedy so this manga is very light-hearted. For those trying to look for an intense yuri/shoujo-ai manga checking out yagakimi or citrus would be a better choice.
Story : This manga doesn't solely focus on the main couple but explores different characters love life set in the same universe thus the main story shifts around a lot never focusing on any particular characters but in the end still coming back to the
mains. The recent chapters starts approaching and exploring more parts of the main characters and if i may say so bringing in the serious-ness of the manga. There's no certain attachment for readers towards the characters. Yet, the main story can be quite captivating as we follow Kurosawa's journey of 'self-discovery' with the help of the love interest Shiramine Ayaka. The story line also moves at a questionably slow rate. I rate this 7/10
Art : As far as art goes i would say this is quite good. The art style is unique and the expressions of the characters are fun to read. There is nothing much to say about the art as i find it very enjoyable and comfortable. I rate this 8/10
Character : In terms of characters we have a wide variety to choose from. There are multiple couples in this manga whose story you will eventually come across but unlike the main characters they do not have much character development. As per say, the recent chapters focuses more on the main characters and we see changes in their personality. The character development of this story mainly focuses on developing the main and i see no reference whereby the side characters will receive any in the future. I rate 7/10
Enjoyment : I always have a thing for light-hearted manga's so i really enjoyed this. If you're looking for a quick and simple fun-to-read manga this is one of the best out there. There is no specific in depth plot line that feels intense. There's plenty of comedy with a slight hinge of heart-wrenching but mostly filled with enjoyable interactions and blushing between both main and side characters.
Overall : I enjoyed it a lot. However this isn't a must-read shoujo-ai manga for fans out there. The plot is arranged on purpose to enhance the messy-ness of the manga as they move from characters to characters but never stray from the main characters. Its something to pick up only when you're absolutely bored but in its defense i absolutely love this manga.
This manga is not overrated nor is it underrated, its not on the highest must-read shoujo-ai list for a reason. It's right where its suppose to be. If you like it you like it, its not like one of those manga's where the further you progress the more entrance you will be by it. Its not one of those immersive manga's but nevertheless its a good manga that's worth a shot ;)
Ano Ko ni Kiss to Shirayuri wo is a story that revolves around the couple Shiramine and kurosawa and a shit load of other couples. The fact about this manga is that each volume or say each story arc focuses on a different couple but at the same time relate them somehow or the other to the main couple in someways.
There are story arc that only focuses on the other couples too without the main couples not showing up at all throughout the arc.This manga has every story from a bittersweet to ultra sweet romance and even love triangles for a person to read.
The story in general is good.But you can make a individual assessment of each arc as i said before each arc focuses on a new couple or it may focus on a couple already shipped and add to their incomplete story.All in all if you like shoujo ai you may like the stories surrounding the manga arcs.
The art is something i loved a lot and at times stands out beautifully to depict some scenes.They help in giving some scenes that extra punch and kudos to the person who made the art as its detailed but at the same time not overwhelming.
There are some characters that are really well fleshed out in this.Especially the main couple and another one (moe n mizuki <3 ). You do get to know the characters well and they are well written and portrayed.
The manga does have some flaws here and there but at the same time a good read as well. The coupes are only girls and a i havent even seen a guy actually even show up in this one...XD
If you like bittersweet manga with the added tag of shoujo ai then you would surely like this.
My main enjoyment for this series is the main couples. The other couples can be good or meh. I hope the last volume is full of Shiramine and Kurosawa.
After re-reading it more carefully, I really enjoyed the story between the main couple.
And now I'll try to type more to actual be able to post this because this site needs that. I first went to this manga so I could look for Yuri fanservice. So I pretty much just skipped dialogue mostly. And then I stopped reading about a few chapters in. And 2nd time reading I read it, although somewhat carelessly. I enjoyed it, although
I skipped some couples if I find it boring. 3rd time reading, I read the couples I liked and the main couple more carefully and it was amazing.