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Ryu Shoji



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PostPosted: Sat Jun 21, 2014 11:46 am Reply with quote
I really enjoyed the preview of this series in Weekly Shonen Jump, so I'll most likely be picking up the first volume when I can.
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lebrel



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PostPosted: Sat Jun 21, 2014 1:24 pm Reply with quote
"Takeo is not what we tend to view as “attractive” within the genre, but he is by no means ugly"

Really? I think he's intended to be actively unattractive, physically. That's kind of the setup: will the girl end up with the fugly guy with a heart of gold or the hot guy with issues?

I spotted this when it came out in French (as "Mon Histoire") and it's cute fluffy fun but I don't think it ever gets over the love triangle angle. (The French manga market is so awesome; they get Chihayafuru and Usotsuki Lily and Saint Young Men... my wallet will never recover, sniff.)
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Hawkmoth



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PostPosted: Sat Jun 21, 2014 1:26 pm Reply with quote
Takeo is moe.
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Fronzel



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PostPosted: Sat Jun 21, 2014 1:58 pm Reply with quote
I think it leans a bit too hard on Takeo's naivete as a means of driving (pretty shallow) conflict in the plot. One of those deals where if people would talk to each other more, the story would collapse.
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Desertking22



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PostPosted: Sat Jun 21, 2014 3:18 pm Reply with quote
I loved the preview I'll be buying the manga like I do with Nisekoi speaking of which I loved the crossover.
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The Mad Manga Massacre



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PostPosted: Sat Jun 21, 2014 5:22 pm Reply with quote
I'm super excited for this series! I have the first volume pre-ordered. Thanks for the awesome review again Rebecca!
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zeo1fan



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PostPosted: Sat Jun 21, 2014 5:47 pm Reply with quote
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He's quick to help anyone in distress and has a strong sense of social justice.


So what you're saying is, he's literally a social justice warrior. Laughing
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Fronzel



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PostPosted: Sat Jun 21, 2014 7:02 pm Reply with quote
zeo1fan wrote:
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He's quick to help anyone in distress and has a strong sense of social justice.


So what you're saying is, he's literally a social justice warrior. Laughing

But this story is about someone who's pleasant and helpful.
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whiskeyii



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PostPosted: Sun Jun 22, 2014 11:58 am Reply with quote
Sounds like it's perfect for me! I loved the heck out of Otomen, and since I usually dislike typical shoujos, I'll probably pick this up too. Thanks for the review! Very Happy
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phia_one



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PostPosted: Mon Jun 23, 2014 8:42 pm Reply with quote
Fronzel wrote:
I think it leans a bit too hard on Takeo's naivete as a means of driving (pretty shallow) conflict in the plot. One of those deals where if people would talk to each other more, the story would collapse.


That's unfortunate. I'm really picky when it comes to shojo and what you said is one of my main pet peeves.
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melmouth



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PostPosted: Wed Jun 25, 2014 3:14 pm Reply with quote
Yes "Whispered Words" may be a case of, "If people talked to each other, the story would collapse."

However from reading lots of manga and descriptions of life in Japan, I am of the opinion that it is a country where people don't speak up about their feelings, wants, or desires much. Perhaps doing that is considered rude or likely to disturb social harmony. If that's the case, this is a story that simply reflects the mores of the society that produced it. As such, it's a touching, sweet, and suspenseful love story.
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