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I did adore the dishes. They were fun to make ^^
I was unfair for making the statement that everyone loved her. You are correct about that and I will make sure to edit that. What I meant to say was more along the lines that the main hot-shots were madly in love her for some unstated reason and later on, most everyone winds up really liking her such as the random chef (don't remember the name) who disliked her at first. As for the school princes being madly in love with her, that was so ridiculously cliche and unbelievable. Being a nice person may be enough to like someone but cannot be the only reason to love someone.
The accident was a surprise. I actually did not see that coming. However, it left little impact considering how poorly it was done. I was left not really feeling anything because it was so cliche and bland. In addition, Sora was somewhat dull and lacking in personality, so I felt rather unattached personally to him and the whole situation was just not emotionally moving in any way. Predictability-wise, the first competition was so predictable, I knew exactly, and I mean exactly, how the situation would unfold. The second one as well after the accident occurred.
All, in all, this was just a rehash of pretty much most shoujo. Bland, unoriginal, ditzy (often unintelligent as well) female has princes swoon for her (usually because she's nice?), typical drama occurs (usually due to jealousy), and then some (predictable) teenage angst between guy and girl who refuse to admit their love for each other. Several volumes later (or 50+ chapters), guy/girl get together and then the story may or may not continue.
So far, I have yet to read a truly "perfect" manga but I have read quite a few that actually stood out to me. I would highly recommend checking out Lovely Complex. I was a fan of the relationship between the two main characters and was unsure of how events would unfold between the two. It was actually somewhat different than other shoujo I have read. I have not read Honey and Clover but I have seen the anime and I would highly recommend that as well. The relationships are more slowly developed but everything was so realistic and unpredictable. I could understand the character's reasonings even if I did not agree and felt for all of them. Also, I had no idea how it would end. Huge plus for being refreshingly realistic and down-to-earth; having unique characters who undergo development; having plenty of humor and romantic; and remaining pretty unpredictable all-in-one. Toradora remains an anime I also adore. Definitely worth checking that out.
What other genres do you enjoy?
Truth be told, when I started the manga, I thought that this would stand out amongst other shoujo but, alas, I was disappointed to see that it was just like any other. I want you to know, I am not simply trying to bash the manga. There were concrete flaws that I just kept noticing repeatedly throughout the manga that was difficult to ignore.
The scoring goes beyond simply me disliking the manga. I stated the specific reasons for why I disliked the manga and I also happened to state the reasons for what I did enjoy. I really adored the cooking aspect and wished more attention would have gone towards focusing on that. Instead, the manga had mostly petty cliche, predictable drama with some cooking sprinkled in a mild attempt to make the plot seem more original than it was. Withouth the "Kitchen" aspect, this was simply a stereotypical, generic shoujo manga with an unmemorable and lackluster plot and characters.
What did you happen to enjoy about the manga? In addition, was there any imperfection that really stood out to you?
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