Karate girl Seri tries to kick away her past in order to catch a new guy at a singles party, but Tamaki, a childhood flame from her old karate dojo, shows up to show off and makes her heart pound. Their reintroduction leads to a karate challenge, and if Seri loses, she must become Tamaki's "toy"...!? It's a game of love with more rivals and obstacles (and sex!—LOTS of SEX!) than either Seri or Tamaki could have foreseen!
As a guy, I rarely read shoujo mangas. The only time I read them is when it has become really popular to the point that I would have either read/heard about it, or stumble upon it. But nevertheless, due to extreme boredom, I started on this manga. At first, I thought it would be an exciting, light-hearted story of childhood friends unexpectedly meeting up for a gokon with a "slice-of-life" touch. However, I expected way too much.
I'll begin with the negative aspects of the story. Firstly, there is a lack of character development. It never explained how the two fell in love, why there's a ridiculous amount of people against their relationship, and why the main female lead allows herself to be manipulated. Frankly, I think it's retarded that the main female character has some knowledge of self-defense and fails at protecting herself from being harassed. In fact, not just harassed, we're taking about boundaries of rape here, which is probably what makes this manga so engrossing. The description listed by Shoujomagic was spot-on: sex, make-up sex, sex outside, sex inside, sex is everywhere here. Aside from the typical stupid and useless female lead and her jealous, overbearing boyfriend, cheesy storyline, add in a supernatural occurrence at the beach with some hot sex to fix that drama, you got yourself Ren'ai Shijou Shugi.
This manga is extremely smutty so if you're into that and harassment-type drama, feel free to pick this manga up. But if you don't have anything better to read and you're looking for a more realistic storyline with romance, I suggest something else.read more
Minami Kanan delivers what she does best! Smut which takes your breath away with the mere beauty of the characters and settings involved! While the artwork isn't as magnificent as that of Kyousou Heaven, in fact Seri looks a bit unbecoming a lot of the time, the storyline is longer, though not complex or linear, more repetetive and predictable (and honestly, annoyingly maudlin) at points.
So Seri is excited about entering high school and wishes to do so with a boytoy at her side. Enter childhood karate partner and pain in the ass Tamaki with his raging hormones and undeniable sex appeal! How is Seri to blame if she ends up his "toy" because she lost a match she shouldn't have taken up in the first place?! Regardless, so starts their torrid little affair which steams up the entire 8 volume saga. And yes, it is a saga, and no, the drama is not going to keep you on the edge of your seat, but the smutty moments in between make up for it!
As the mangaka herself mentions in the author talk often, she wanted to push shoujo boundary with this story. In that, she wanted to introduce realism in some aspect into the love between Seri and Tamaki. So while tons of absurd things have to be accepted for the sake of the plot, like a drug which simply on coming in contact with your body immobilises you and how another drug turns you on so much, you will attack the helpless girl next to you, even though you're noble enough to tell her to make a run for it; she does introduce one element which I think hasn't been dealt with too much. The heroine's wily hormones! Of course this is just one subplot which deals with how Seri is a victim of her own body as well as a tawdry villain, but it was a little disturbing to read. Another even more disturbing villain is introduced later with a Norman Bates like fetish which is even more unsettling considering this IS a romance after all!
But yes, villains seem limited in their malicious intent almost upto the end, "must separate lovebirds". But each villain is dealt with sympathetically once they've done their dirty deeds, how there is a reason to why they are vicious now, but were gentle once upon a time. It gets annoying after a point. It's OK! Not everyone NEEDS to be a good human being! Another odd aspect that attracts attention to itself is how rushed the ending feels. After volume 7, when the author feels she's put two 17 year olds in as much jeopardy as is humanly possible, she rushes through the last volume trying to incorporate a whole year's worth of drama into 5 chapters with a conflict which doesn't sit well with the feel of the manga.
Feminism... Hmm, well, Seri should technically be able to protect herself against the repeated assaults she's exposed to panel after panel, but we'll surmise she's just delicate and in shock when the situation arises. Once or twice, she does try to put all that Karate training to use, but she fails miserably. Maybe THAT's why she doesn't bother defending herself other times, why embarrass herself?! She doesn't appear too pathetic as she's not in love with an abusive fellow, so she doesn't need to be on her toes all the time. As for the love scenes between her and Tamaki... STEEEE-AMY! They are one naughty constantly-hot-for-each-other couple! Well, he more than her! He gets it going on in so many unexpectedly public places, that you'll think twice about occupying the ice cream parlour booth next time! But he is so loving and fixated, that you forgive his rabbit like ways.
Character development is weak. The hero is apparently flawless, his only weakness being his possessive love, while the heroine is perhaps the most mediocre girl ever. She's not a good cook, is clumsy, easily lead, and a victim of her own desires more often than not. But he loves that part of her! Villainous characters on the other hand have, as mentioned, tons of grey shades in themselves. Overall, it's not a great thinker's manga. The smut is delicious as is its delivery. The couple is forever ready to entertain the voyeuristic reader and Kanan never denied that this is her forte in the first place.read more
I struggled to read it all the way to the end. The plot is basically cyclical- someone wants to break them up, assaults the girl, they overcome it, and then it all repeats.
If you like smut, there's plenty of it, and if you like the typical shojo couple then that's there too. But beyond that... the suspension of disbelief for the sake of smut is a little too much. Can you buy that a girl who it supposedly great at karate would only wait to be saved by her boyfriend each time she's sexually assaulted? Can you believe that a girl would be assaulted multiple times by five different people in less than a year? That two teachers would independently be trying to break up the couple?
Beyond that, the characters border on irritating. As I said, the girl seems to magically forget her karate training and act like she's completely helpless without her boyfriend. And again, the story seems to be constantly repeating itself which can only hold your attention for so long.read more
I only started reading this manga last night .. So far I have reached up to Volume 06 .. can't seem to find more chapters anywhere else at the moment.
This manga falls into the categories: school life, romance, shoujo, ecchi amd drama ;)
There are two protagonists, one female; Nagakura Seri and male; Hayasaki Tamaki .. they are both childhood friends and attended Tamaki's family owned dojo/karate club since they were young and were reunited several years later. Seri is clumsy, weak at times but like most mangas, she spits fire when she snaps =) Tamaki is the very protective type, extremely seductive and need I say more about his looks ??
Both characters encounter several challenges and meet new people throughout school .. Seri is attacked twice in a row and the reader inevitably sympathises with her and urges Tamaki to save her .. "omg omg .. Tamaki ?! save her !!" - that's what I was thinking anyway. Of course, the ecchi parts are .. WONDERFUL x] the atmosphere is always perfectly built up and the art work is amazing when it comes to details in bed - no, you do not see penises and vaginas =.= the scene is very sensual which attracts the reader even more.
The love between Seri and Tamaki is genuine and I admire their relationship greatly. They struggle together and Tamaki actually helps her to study, he is protective of her in the way that he does not despise her after having been 'tainted' by other men.
Anyway, you really should give this manga a go - trust me, you'll be hooked from Chapter 1 ;)
For those of you who can't seem to get your hands on it, you can download it off mangatraders.com although the website may not always work as they have a lot of traffic when uploading and downloading files. Just make a free account and you're ready to go.