Meiko falls asleep in the library one day, only to be awakened by a kiss! She is unsure of who it was that kissed her, however, since there are multiple boys still in the library. Could it be the popular boy Shinoda-senpai? Or the super-cool Mikoshiba-senpai? The boy-next-door type Mogami? Or the cute underclassman Hachiya? Who could it be? They're all possible candidates, but which one does Meiko like the best...?
Volume 1: Soprano
Volume 2: Anna no Kami ga Nagai Wake, Hakka Drops
It's the latest spin on the who-dun-it: Kiss Mystery! Who kissed me?! Was it the dreamy heartthrob who's always teasing me, the popular but aloof senpai, my athletic and infatuated classmate or a kind looking junior? Meiko is on good terms with all four schoolmates who visit the library often and have all seemed mildly interested in her. But it isn't so easy to figure out the perpetrator when everyone is falling all over each other claiming they're the one who kissed her even when they aren't.
Let’s start with what us shoujo readers look for first, the art. Plus 12! Clean lines, elegant almost aristocratic faces and detailed bodily actions. Eyes are big and glossy enough but don’t overpower the face. Each bishie is drawn distinctly, with the looks in cute correspondence with the character's personality. Meiko is constantly teased for having slanting cat like eyes, and you realize she really does look a tad feline. Background is not secondary, but crucial to each scene and therefore locations are drawn accurately if not beautifully. The characters have a limited range of expressions, but that's easily pardoned. The bishies love their sexy sidelong glances in this story and exploit that feature to their maximum extent! Kyoichiro always looks calm and collected, sometimes calculating. Shinoda alternates between smoldering glances, flirtatious teasing and no nonsense possessiveness. Mogami has the eager, puppy dog smile and underdog persona going for him while Hachiya lends the unexpected element whose droopy eyes and shy smile disarm Meiko.
A lot of investment is made in building solid personalities here. No character belies his nature by doing something absurd or delivering unnecessary dialogue. Each new character's attitude is delved into deeper in each chapter and hidden nuances come out, giving our leads three dimensional personalities. Each chapter ends in a cliffhanger with one or the other hero attempting something with Meiko, so the intrigue keeps you hooked in right till the end. They aren't always truthful or sincere, so Meiko is always on the verge of falling for the wrong fellow which makes for interesting drama and constant conflict and almost intimate scenes!
Dialogue is always fresh and edgy; you never know what one person is going to say to the other so it's never predictable or dull. Again, each character emphasizes his personality traits by the way they interact with Meiko, while the most anticipated cheeky delivery is by Shinoda. Past histories with Meiko are explored which cements their respective relationship with her. Clearly everyone feels deeply for Meiko and each confession/kiss is preceded by moments which make your heartbeat race! Most steamy scenes are courtesy Shinoda whispering quietly into Meiko's ears but others try their hardest to woo her as well.
The dry humor is evident in every other panel even if the same scene has heavy elements of romance/drama in it. Toma is blessed at delivering one liners like 'Capacity Exceeded...!!' or 'I wouldn't like it if my kitty kat were tamed'! Each character is magnetic is his own right and Meiko must constantly keep on her toes to keep from swooning on the spot.
Overall, this is a totally fun read, one in which no aspect of the heroine is annoying or disappointing to feminist readers and each character has its own unique and respectable role to play which makes this a very top quality shoujo manga indeed!read more
I found this manga somewhat by random, and wasn't disappointed, but certainly was not blown away. What caught on to me that made me want to read it (besides the fact that it's a reverse harem) was the very appealing and eye catching art. The visuals are great, with clean, smooth lines and well drawn characters.
The characters are all stereotypes in one form or another, not that this is necessarily a bad thing; whether this was done on purpose or not, it seems to apply true for the guys in the series: the "ladies' man", the "smart guy with glasses", the "easygoing jock guy", and the "young looking droopy eyed kid"...Okay, that last one isn't as much of a stereotype. But besides the main two not many of the characters are given a chance to flesh out and have more depth to them. The manga just seemed to rush everything. That was the main problem, for me. It felt sort of hurried.
The story wasn't too bad. It was based around the premise of the main girl who is rather self conscious (especially of her 'cat' like eyes) Meiko, having a kiss stolen from her in the school's library, and the culprit could be one of a number of guys who just happened to be there at the time. Oh goodness, the drama.
One aspect I found interesting was how it centered around Meiko in the first part of the manga and her dilemma in not knowing which guy had kissed her, and then it became more in the point of view of the other main character in the series, seeing how the events had unfolded in his eyes and what he was thinking.
I liked it. It was a cute read. Not incredibly deep or meaningful, but it wasn't supposed to be. Even though the guy she ends up with is a little typical and I kind of would have rathered a different scenario to unfold, it's a sweet shoujo for someone who's in the mood for it. read more
This manga had the potential of being great if the characters were well developed and if the story was given more depth and written in detail . The artwork was really good - clean and beautiful. If you're looking for a reverse harem shoujo manga, then yeah this would be it given 4 eye candies. I didn't really liked the heroine in here since she came off as the typical shoujou heroine being weak and vulnerable and stuff. Aside from the 3 main characters, the other characters weren't really given room for progress let alone a good background and seemed like they were just written on a whim to add conflict. But if you're looking for some quick romance + nice art then this is for you. read more
I Found this manga at random , it has this ironic idea of a girl who goes into the library every single day to read mystery novels , until one day she gets wrapped up in her own mystery by trying to find out the person who stole her first kiss .
The manga has the proper length it wasn't too short or too long , every guy had his own role to play and overall the story was quite enjoyable .
Art : the art was really enjoyable and easy to the eye , it was consistent in every chapter so you won't feel annoyed seeing the art look slightly different in each chapter , i think it was the best portion of the manga really and the art alone caused me to look for other manga's by the same mangaka .
Characters : the characters were a great aspect of this manga , i absolutely loved each one although some of them didn't get the proper attention they needed and the fact this was such a short manga we didn't really see the characters develop that much throughout the story .
i would give the manga an overall 8 just because it was your typical cliche shoujo manga although it had it's twists and turns , it was still some what predictable never the less it was one of the sweetest manga's i have ever read .read more