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
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.
Story 6/10: To be completely honest there really wasn't much of a story other than who was the one who kissed her in the library. The story mainly focuses on romance scene after romance scene which quite frankly bugged me a little because I found it a little cheesy but I guess I shouldn't complain because this manga is suppose to be about romance anyway. I just wish it didn't seem so completely rushed.
Art 9/10: I really have no complaints about the art I thought the main character had a really pretty design and all the guys were pretty hot as well, It was making
it hard to choose which guy I liked the best.
Characters 6/10 : Now it's down to the bad part of this manga. First off the girl is really pretty yet all she does is run away every time something happens instead of talking, there is only one character in the whole manga that is using logical sense by saying "What will running away all the time solve?" to her. Anyway now to the guys, without spoiling it I just want to say really only two out of the four guys matter in this manga, the other two are there but get very little development. I honestly think the story would of been much better if they gave equal time to all the characters much like the Nisekoi manga has rather than brushing them off in tiny scenes.
Overall I did enjoy this manga at first but then as I went on it started to feel way too rushed which is why I think it could of been much more developed if it were longer and more in depth with all the characters and not just a few.
This manga was pretty cute. Short and somewhat gratifying, I would say. Nothing truly spectacular about it except the art (JESUS, Touma can blend eyes to perfection and she draws people very well annndd does an excellent job of drawing facial emotional expressions). And if you like Touma's art style, check out Reimei no Arcana.
I have to warn you, Meiko (main character) keeps trying to solve her problems by running away at everything (you see her run away so often you wonder how people are able to have conversations with her XD ). I probably found that the funniest in the manga.
If you are willing
to have a quick laugh and appreciate a glimpse in the happenings of a cute school romance, read it!
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!