Wednesday, October 8, 2008

[Manga] Bitter Virgin

A friendly word of warning before you proceed.

As the title might suggest, this manga is strictly for 18 and above only. It contains pretty strong taboo material, a few pages of barely adult content and the storyline might be offensive to the more sensitive crowd.

From Mangaupdates

Popular high school student Suwa Daisuke has no interest in dating newcomer Aikawa Hinako, a quiet loner. That's because she recoiled from his flirtatious touch, and he took it as a personal affront. Daisuke informs one of his buddies that he wouldn't date her, not knowing Hinako was listening. Daisuke's attitude changes after he accidentally hears her confession in an abandoned church; she's been sexually abused by her stepfather and has given up a child for adoption. His former annoyance turns to compassion and concern. Hinako is unaware that he knows her terrible secret. Believing him to have no romantic interest, she becomes more relaxed and comfortable in his company. Their relationship faces a lot of obstacles, including jealous classmates.

Kusunoki Kei
Drama, Mature, Romance, Seinen, Slice of life, School life
Square Enix(which caught my attention before reading the manga)

It was from sheer "determination" to find a random manga to release me from my boredom on a lonely Tuesday night that led me to a fateful and certainly meaningful encounter with Bitter Virgin(I feel a bit awkward saying this title ^^;;;). 32 chapters with 25 pages per chapter, in just over two hours, I set a new personal record for reading a completed manga in the shortest ever time. You certainly can now imagine how good this manga is, can you? It's certainly nothing like ANYTHING that I have ever read, dare I say, ever since I became an avid manga reader. It tackles all the taboos of pregnancy before marriage, abortion, sexual abuse, underaged pregnancy, and all that involved one character, the female lead. Mentioned in the overview extracted above, she is an example of the darker side of society which we don't get to see very often. What shines in this manga, is of course, the female lead, Aikawa Hinako who is androphobic due to his hideous experiences when she was in middle school. How Hinako met the male lead, Suwa Daisuke, which became her 1st ever male friend after her tragedy. How Daisuke, despite knowing of her dark past since the 1st chapter(spoiler oops!), protected her and help kept her secret despite her not knowing that he knew about everything. How Hinako and Daisuke got closer and closer and eventually developed feelings for each other. How both of them overcome Hinako's past and move on together. A bittersweet love story that shows that love will eventually conquer all darkness. Gahh so cheesy. ^^;;;

As you can see now certainly certainly. This manga is uber awesome material. Not like I'm forcing you to read this, but forcing you to read a manga that you will enjoy as much as I did isn't bad at all.

Thanks One Manga for the manga, my trusted online manga reading site!

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