Author: Mikimoto Rin
Artist: Mikimoto Rin
Genre: Comedy, Romance, School Life, Shoujo
Uni is a prodigy with a cool reserve who is accomplished in everything except for English. One day, she insults her temporary English teacher and he overhears her. He asks her to come to his office after school and somehow, she starts receiving private tutoring from him?!
One of my best discoveries last month – and it got onto the cover of Betsufure 03/2011! How exciting!
If you’re an avid supporter of the teacher x student relationship, this may be something to check out. My range in this genre isn’t that wide since I usually stray away from them, but this is the first one I have come to love!
The main appeal of Kinkyori Renai is easily the leading lady – she’s a tsundere and she just goes against all the common aspects of the normal shoujo heroine. She isn’t part of that generation of strong, determined heroines that we’ve all grown to support and love – she’s in her own league all together! Her love interest reflects as her opposite in personality and he’s quite the frivolous(my more professional way of saying asshole) man but he gets likable points after a while.
Another aspect that I really love about this story is it’s unpredictability. Some of it is a bit lame but most of the time these unpredictable events are just so random and smart! The mangaka just comes up with all this weird tricks one after another and I get a real good laugh out of them!
This manga really illustrates how cliched events can change entirely just by transforming the characters. Among everything else, it has a very adorable love story which just tops everything off! One of the best ones I’ve read in the shoujo genre in a while! I support their forbidden relationship!
Nineteen, Twenty One (Manhwa, Webcomic)
Genre: Romance, Shoujo, Slice Of Life
Yun-lee is a girl who is carrying a huge emotional scar in her heart. Due to an accident, she lost 2 precious years of her life, the time period between 19 and 21 years old. Her life is empty. She is miserable, but still attending a preparatory school in an attempt to catch up with all the time she has lost. Suddenly, one day on her way to feed some stray cats, she comes across a young man who seems to have what she has lost… the period between 19 and 21 years old.
Nineteen, Twenty-One is something you might enjoy reading on a breezy day alone. It’s subtle and soft and it’s realistic portrayal of life is note-worthy.This story addresses some issues in life that we may encounter but often keep inside and its deep in that aspect. If you’re looking for romance, it may not hit the spot directly as its slow-paced, and it’s not the main focus of this plotline. It’s art is beautiful and illuminates the overall effect of the story as if it were like the breeze blowing, so nicely carefree.
The story got a little bit uneventful for me in some parts, as if there wasn’t anything to develop. It most definitely does develop the characters but I can’t quite pick up why the character development is still lacking(execution perhaps?). But saying all that, I could perhaps compare this feeling to watching something like life; I mean, not every minute in our lives in real-time is interesting, I certainly wouldn’t think that it would be very captivating to watch me hammer the keyboard with my fingers all day.
And so, I would say it captures realism closely and perhaps accurately(?), but do feel a little absent from the story at times. Nonetheless, I think this aspect should be applauded – I think it’s very difficult to achieve this effect. If you enjoy watching an artist paint his canvas, this might be it.
Read it if you enjoy a nice relaxed plotline, in a state of mind where you just need something to help you relax and spend some wasted time; I think that’ll be the best way to absorb it. If you like cats, that’s a big plus for you as the story centres around them. You should give it your time.