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Jul 11, 2018
One thing I always wish is that manga grew with their audience - if you think of someone starting to read your typical shoujo manga in middle school (say, 15 years old) and the serialisation takes 5-7 years to complete, if the plot and tone of the manga stay the same all the way through, it's very unlikely that the 20-22 year old who finishes that manga is going to enjoy the ending as much as the beginning, since they valued different things when they were 15. This is a manga that succeeds in growing with its audience, and is absolutely amazing for it. read more
Jul 7, 2018
What the everloving crap did I just read? This was the B-movie of shoujo manga - you're either going to love it because it's so utterly bizarre and is one of those things that make you go, "Oh Japan, you're so lovably crazy," or you're going to come away feeling like someone just stuck the most mediocre shoujo tentacle possible through your ear into your brain and wiggled it around for a while.

The premise is slightly weird and is taken to stunningly weird extremes by the unrealistic actions and reactions of the characters. Other than that, this manga laps up every single shoujo manga read more
Jul 6, 2018
What an interesting manga.

- The art is beautiful and the characters are drawn with an absolutely stunning range of amazing expressions. It's wonderful how you can really get a sense for surprisingly complex emotions from the characters from the way they are drawn.
- The characters are likeable, interesting, multifaceted and do not always act in the manner you'd expect them to.
- The dynamic between Haru and Shizuku is really interesting. It's very refreshing to have a pair of characters who evolve in interesting ways together, and who interact in a variety of different ways depending on the situation. They're not always in 'love-love shoujo' mode read more
Jul 5, 2018
A really adorable short story! I was surprised by the depth of the characters - the thoughts and dialogue are more realistic and nuanced than pretty much any other shoujo I've read. The emotion is honest and multifaceted, the art is cute and clean, and the pacing was excellent. I honestly think this manga deserves a much better score than the one it has.

The interaction of the characters and the honesty that they use in interacting with each other is really refreshing. The characters' dilemmas are communicated clearly without resorting to long, over-involved monologues, and their responses and feelings towards other characters (for example read more
Jul 4, 2018
Every once in a while, I go to read a manga and am really pleasantly surprised by the depth of what I find. This was one of those manga. It deals really poignantly with the feelings of children abused by their families, and a struggle to trust and rebuild mental health. The art is adorable and the characters are unexaggerated and relatable.

As much as I like reading about taboo and age gap relationships, this one was a bit of a stretch for me. However, as it never really turns into a romance and nothing inappropriate happens, it comes across as a strikingly believable scenario of read more
Jul 4, 2018
-Faster Than a Kiss was a pretty good, fairly typical shoujo read. Given that the love interests are living together, there are more opportunities than usual for those really cute shoujo love-love moments, and Faster Than a Kiss does those well.

-The main characters are pretty likeable, and the story isn't weighed down with concerns like 'actual real life consequences to actions' or 'reasonable adult characters'. That may be a pro or a con for you, depending on what you're looking for. I was in the mood for it at the time, so it was a pro for me.

-The main character has the tired manga read more