Say I Love You.
FRIENDSHIP? FORGET IT! Mei Tachibana has no friendsand she doesn't need them! Ever since her "friends" betrayed her in elementary school, she's sworn off friendship entirely. All it leads to is betrayal and heartbreak, and she's well enough on her own. But everything changes when she accidentally roundhouse kicks the most popular boy in school! However, Yamato Kurosawa isn't angry in the slightest in fact, he thinks his ordinary life could use an unusual girl like Mei! He won't take no for an answer, and soon Mei and Yamato embark on an unwanted friendship that will change both of them forever. PRAISE FOR THE ANIME "Surprises with its honesty, its sensitivity, its quality. Always it is smarter, more poetic, more touching, just plain better than you think it is going to be." Anime News Network
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A girl who's never made friends before and who has given up on people is suddenly befriended by the most charismatic, popular boy in school. Sure, it's very shoujo-ish, but it stands out because it's so well done. Standard "episodes" like The First Kiss and The Overnight Trip and The Interfering Playboy are treated with surprising originality and depth. It's also more mature, but the "smut" isn't gratuitous; it's refreshing reading a manga like this that isn't about the heroine accepting the hero's feelings but about the progression of their very real, romantic relationship. Early on, they start dating, and THAT'S the focus, not on all the obstacles in the way of them starting to date, as often happens (e.g. Hana Yori Dango).
Beautiful art. The heroine is adorable--small,untidy, pretty, and awkward at times. The mangaka managed to convey her stubbornness and strength in her appearance. The hero is GORGEOUS. I often complain about male leads just not being good looking enough, but this guy was designed great. He's sparkly (the way only manga guys can be) and while he isn't muscle-bound, the mangaka managed to make him look like a sportsman, not another super-slim pretty boy you often see in these stories.
The hero and heroine are what make me love this story so much. In stories like this, usually the heroine is timid and needs to be coaxed out of her shell. Here, she's unsociable, hot-tempered, and stubborn. She's also very straightforward and insightful when it comes to people. It's refreshing having a strong heroine like her, who isn't just adorable and afraid of people, and who also isn't always putting herself in stupid,embarrassing situations she needs to be rescued from by the hero. The guy I also really like; he's very popular and charming, but also very kind, and his feelings for the girl are in the open from the start.
One of my favorites. I check all the time for updates. Every chapter so far has been a great read.
With regards to this particular, "loner girl" formula, my favorite. It's got just the right blend of comedy, depth, and smut. read more
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The story is about Mei Tachibana, a shy and introverted girl and her relationship with Yamato Kurosawa, a handsome and popular guy. That itself really is nothing new or exceptional. But it is really well made.
You get to accompany the characters all the way to their graduation, further focusing on Tachibanas insecurities and developing their relationship further. But it doesn't stop there. You actually also get to see (and more than just a glimpse like in other stories, it actually spans over multiple volumes here) their lives after graduating. Going to college, following their dreams, with the struggles and insecurities of living apart from eachother / not being able to see eachother for days or even weeks, all up to the point where they start working (and get a truly beautiful happy ending).
I think the last volume takes place 8 (?) years after they met in volume 1. So you really get to see a LOT of development.
The part which makes it even better in my opinion is that you also get to see the development for the other couples (including even Yamatos brother), and considering Rin and Megumi, actually showing that sometimes things don't play out the way you want them too, and that love can sometimes also be damn painful. And even so, Megumi still got her happy ending which she damn well deserved.