Title: Kedamono Kareshi
Author: Saki Aikawa
Genre: Romance, drama, school life
after the re-marriage of her mother, Himari went to her former city. but, she’ll meet again the boy who traumatized her in primary school…! But the worst thing is what she’ll learn after getting back from school…
A girl was “traumatized” in the past by a boy and now she can’t stand being near them. Her mother remarries, and they move to their old hometown, which she hasn’t been to in four years. Apparently this happens very suddenly because right away, Himari goes to her first day of school. There, she meets both the guy she had a crush on, and the guy who traumatized her. This doesn’t go well, of course, and she goes back home feeling quite upset.
Then her mother introduces her to her husband’s son, Himari’s new step-brother, and it’s the very guy who traumatized her in the past.
This art style seems to be the new trend of shoujo manga art style. It’s like a keyed-down version of Arina Tanemura but with more mature themes. It’s not necessarily a bad thing, though; it’s easy on the eyes at least.
This is where the manga goes down the crapper. I’d like to remind you that I’m not a review blog, more like a, “Here’s what I just read and my opinion of it” because I get too biased for my own good and I’m too lazy to research stuff to back me up. This manga is also only at chapter one, so who knows, maybe it’ll change later, but for now…
Her new step-brother is the guy who “traumatized” her before. And her “trauma” was just him reading out loud her love note to the boy she liked, and then the other kids joined in and teased her, and yada yada, scarred for life, no longer likes boys. Ok, fine, bit of a wimpy character, but whatevs. Then she gets home and SURPRISE YOUR NEW OLDER BROTHER WHO YOU NEVER MET DESPITE ME GETTING MARRIED TO THIS MAN IS ALSO THE SAME GUY WHO PICKED ON YOU AS A KID.
I won’t say that the situation of two people getting married and THEN introducing their kids is unrealistic. I actually had that happen to my family and I, and, well, it was definitely awkward. We had lived in two different states prior the marriage and after the marriage we moved in with my now-ex-step-father’s family. Fine. I can live with that. Dysfunctional siblings are ok with me, I guess. So I kept going.
But, nope. NOPE. The artist took that further into…yup! Potential brother-sister pairing!! -Le gasp- Hey wait, doesn’t this sound like another manga? Heck yeah it does. It gets even
better worse: The step-brother, who’s name I can’t be bothered to remember, promptly pushes Himari down on, you guessed it, a bed, and threatens to have his way with her if she doesn’t listen to him or some bull crap, and the chapter ends there.
And there we have it. A jerk lead male who not only is a walking “bully the girl I like” cliche, but is ALSO a not-by-blood-but-STILL brother to the main character, which, if any other bully-the-girl-I-like manga has proven before this title, will probably get the girl regardless of his jerk attitude. If the potential incestuous relationship doesn’t turn you off, the poor story line will, at least.
If it gets better after chapter one lemme know, ‘cuz I’m not gonna follow it. If you happen to like this series, sorry, but I figured it was about time I posted a manga series that I DIDN’T like, and I absolutely can’t stand manga series where the leads are siblings and fall for each other [or even worse, it turns out they aren’t related BUT WAIT THEY ARE or other Hot Gimmick-like scenarios].