The story centers around Yuna and Akari who have two very different views of love: Yuna is someone who sees love as a dream and Akari is someone who is very realistic about her romance choices. Meanwhile, there are two boys, Kazuomi and Rio, who also have different views of love: Kazuomi's an airhead and doesn't understand the concept of love, while Rio grabs the opportunity when confessed to as long as the girl looks cute.
I’m not a big Io Sakisaka fan, considering most of her manga tends to be the same story with different characters. As i discovered Omi, Omoware, Furi, Furare i was quite excited for a different plot and something new. So i decided to give it a shot. It turned out to one of Sakisaka poorest work and the most boring manga.
Story: (F) - The story is pretty simple, it center around four characters (Yuna, Akari, Rio, and Kazuomi) who have different views about love: Yuna, the main heroine, is someone who sees love as a fairy tale, finding a prince and living happier ever after.
While, Akari is someone sees love as a commitment and a serious issue. Rio in the other hand, is someone who hides his feelings and doesn’t really express it. And finally, Kazuomi is your average teen who doesn’t understand the concept of love and doesn’t notice the obvious.
This could be a pretty interesting story, i mean seeing how these characters view love could potentially change the way love should to be viewed in general. But the author fails to achieve this goal. In the beginning of the story, we have Yuna who mysteriously meets her ‘prince’ she then meets Akari and befriends her. Yuna later finds out that her ‘prince’ happens to be Akari’s brother (Rio), who is in love with Akari. Then, we have Akari who is in love with Kazumoi who might be in love with her too? Okay.. seriously? It’s been five chapters and we have this huge love triangle already. I thought the story was about different point of views of love? Not some love triangle. Bu then again, Io Sakisaka always includes love triangles in her work. It's basically about Akari being loved by to the two main characters. While Yuna is just there. It seems like the mangaka forgot about her, leaving Yuna wishing Rio likes her, how much she likes him, crying all the time, being afraid to confess because she doesn’t want to get rejected, and feeling sorry Rio, Blah Blah Blah. Not only does this story already suck, it’s so boring! The dialog is cheesy and lacks it’s seems like their only vocabulary is ehh? The story itself, is pretty much about Yuna and Akari liking someone who doesn’t like them back. So far, it doesn’t interest me.
Art: (A+) - The art in Omoi, Omoware, Furi, Furare is good no complaints.
Characters: (D) - The characters in OOFF might actually be worse than the story. I found Yuna to be really annoying. She reminds me and acts like Ninako from Strobe Edge. Which i am not surprised since it’s written by the same mangaka. She constantly staring at Rio like a hawk watching every movement and happens to be wherever he’s at (stalker much?). She is very shy, quiet and stutters. Akari, is decent i guess she has this bitchy attitude towards her brother and mother but acts like an angel when around Kazumoi. She also selfish. Rio is your tall, dark, mysterious fuckboy who rejects confessions left to right. He also very jealous and protective when it comes to Akari. I found him to be really boring and stiff he’s pretty much Ren and Andou (from Strobe Edge) combined. Kazumoi is barely shown in the manga we don’t know much about his character but so far, he’s friendly, nice, and clueless. There aren’t many side characters.
Enjoyment: (F) - If you already couldn't tell I pretty much hate this manga. It’s just BORING! There’s nothing interesting about it. I don’t understand why i expected this manga to be good, knowing that i don’t like any Sakisaka-sensei’s work.
Overall: (F) - OOFF story is probably one of the most boring manga i’ve ever read.. If you like a semi-romantic manga with a pointless love triangle, boring characters, boring story, then this manga is for you. If you're like normal people out there then you'll definitely stay away from this one and spare yourself some time.
As a huge fan of Io Sakisaka's works, I got totally excited when I heard she was going to release Omoi, Omoware, Furi, Furare. I'm a sucker for shoujo and romance, so I decided I would review this one.
At the time of writing this, only a few chapters have been released but I still wanted to share my opinion of it because I found it worth reading so far. I think the story behind each character is what makes this manga really interesting, the way how everyone is introduced and the fact that it focuses deeply on friendship and love.
Some of you will probably
find the plot a bit cliché, which is something I won't deny because it's shoujo and I've read lots of similar stories. However, unlike other mangas, this one stands out for being a mix of all clichés stories in a brilliant way without being over-dramatic, in other words, it sure is enjoyable despite containing common events. Not to mention the undeniably gorgeous art style of the mangaka.
I believe that in further chapters, the development of relationships will reach a whole new level since the story has just started... So you better watch out for this one. Highly recommended!
IMPORTANT: By the time I'm making this review, there is only 14 chapters available, that I read. This review MIGHT have some SPOILER!!! So please DO NOT read if you don't want any spoiler.
An other manga from one of my favorite mangaka! If you liked Strobe Edge or Ao Haru Ride, this manga is for YOU.
The story cercles around four characters. Yuna, the dreamy girl, Akari, the realistic one, Kazuomi, Yuna's childhood friend and Rio, Akari's brother. Now, at first glance, this seems all clichés but if you look at it closely, this story is about four teenagers with different view on love.
Hanging aroung each other will lead them to see love in a different way they used to. Without being over dramatic, the story is really refreshing.
If I love Io Sakisaka, it's not only for her lovely stories but also for her flawless art! To me, it's perfect!
YUNA, If at first I thought she would be annoying, I was wrong. Even if she is a 'dreamy' girl, I was really surprised to see her change through the chapters. She learns from her mistakes and she is stronger than she seems at first glance. But so far, something is bothering me about her, it's the fact that Io is focusing too much on other characters, and I feel like she is left behind! BUT, BUT, BUT, i'm only at chapter 14 and hopefully, the mangaka will focus more on her once she is done with the current arc.
AKARI, is the realistic girl who will find love by being loved. She had few boyfriends before that she thought she sincerely loved...She thinks that love can grow with time if all the things collide between two people (same interests, hobbies, etc.) Her view on love will change when she will experience love for the first time.
KAZUOMI, there is not much known about him. We know he is Yuna's childhood friend and that he is very gentle, kind and reliable! I can't wait to see and know more about him! So far, I like him the most!
RIO, If at first you think he is just a playboy who loves girls only on their appearance, you find out later that he is more complex than he seems. He is in a situation that he can't control and sincerely, it's really sad that he can't get out of it. He is stuck between two feelings making everything complicated! And I can't wait for him to 'change'.
So far, I'm enjoying this manga. It's really refreshing and not over dramatic. But is it gonna stay this way? I hope so! I don't like when everything falls apart...
Since the story isn't finished yet, I can only give it a 8! Please, don't listen to the people saying everything is clichés...It might have some clichés, but being all mixed together, it makes something refreshing! The characters are nice and realistic! And sincerely, I can't predict what's going to happen in the next chapters! Which is a good thing! The only thing that I THINK lacks in this manga is the little goofy moments. This manga isn't so ''funny''. But I think it's because of the story just starting and building up, and since at chapter 14, it's still in an important and serious arc, this is why there is not so many funny scenes.
I guess this manga doesn't have the best start. At the start, it can be a little bit boring and slow but throughout the story, it picks up and gets way better. It's great how we see Akari's view in love and how Yuna thinks the prince/first love type when thinking about love. (Spoiler) It's interesting how Rio is quite a playboy and simple minded character which is why he is the reason of some misunderstandings in the manga. It's quite amusing how Kazu is quite the dense type in love. So I find this manga is cute and refreshing and the romance between the
characters makes it feel warm and cure. Overall the story and manga is great so you should totally read this manga!