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Suzuka

Dec 11, 2009

Story 10/10

Now I know some of people may ask, "How can you possibly give a romance a 10/10"?  The answer is simple, I could not stop thinking about it for weeks.  It had me thinking about so many things and most of all, I could not stop reading it.  I'm sure you manga addicts out there now what I mean when I say this.  Some manga is just to good to put down, literally.  Well that's the case with Suzaka.  The story is inspiring in that towards the end, no matter how much you hate it, determination comes through.

Suzuka is about your average high school guy who one day moves into a bath house that is owned by his aunt.  On the way to check out his new school, Yamato sees her.  The most pristine, awesome, and beautiful girl he has ever seen.  Love at first site some may say.  When he gets to the bath house/apartment, low and behold, the girl he fell in love with is right next door.  Suzuka is a perfectionist  that thinks really poorly of Yamato and so the rest of the manga continues with Yamato trying everything to be seen in a new light.  But life is not that perfect as we know.  Yamato experiences serious guy problems and another girl gets in the way.  Love polygon and real emotions, this manga is a true romance.

A true jaw-dropping manga.  They story develops fast and is fast pace, no slow dragging just to make it that much longer.  Each chapter some kind of emotion develops and either something good happens or ties break.  It is a real drama, a real romance, and has a real impact on your view of things, well that's how it was for me anyways.  Suzuka leaves a great feeling of accomplishment, and definitely makes you wanting more.  What more can be said besides that it is indisputably a must read manga.  Fun, enjoyable, ecchi and a perfect love triangle.

Art 9.5/10

Something you really can not turn a blind eye to.  Romances in truth do not seem like a guy thing, but a guy cant help to notice this art.  The girls are drawn to perfection.  I especially noticed the ecchi, its more enjoyable when the ecchi is to good to be true.  Some of the pages I even did a double take on, or stared at em thinking, "was this really drawn"?  When you question art on that scale, it does not get any better.  The scenes in the background give a nice feeling to them and once again, character design makes all the difference,  Fortunately, this author drew them amazingly which positive results.

Characters 9.5/10

 3 beautifully developed characters plus friends and what do you get?  An incredible cast with interesting drama.  The characters are incredible different, each with their own personality. 

Yamato, like all guys, cant understand women until the last minute, then its to late.  He causes conflict upon conflict and gets hurt many times.  He is one of those people you root on, you want him to finally get together with someone. He plans everything and tries his best like most guys, but in the end, gets horribly misunderstood and fails.  He tries so hard to be seen in a new, respected light by Suzuka but its always the opposite.  Hes a slow learner yet one cant help but feel for him.

Suzuka is the other girl in this love polygon.  The perfectionist who hates careless, messy guys like Yamato.  She tries with every bit of effort to become greater, move up in life.  That changes after getting to know Yamato.  After living for so long she starts to see him as a different guy.

Horota is every guys dream girl. A girl who has been in love with im since she was young and now is trying to get together.  Shes cute and smart but shy. Desperatly trying to be his boyfriend, distance becomes greater and Yamato is never in reach. 

All these characters are very rounded and dynamic.  Each character changes in the end and they all have their own stories.  Emotion is well displayed from frustration, sadness, jealousy, happiness, to w/e else there is.  Characters are flawless and are as real as a mangaka can make them.

Overall 10/10

Everything comes together in the end.  As hard as it was to read some chapters, either because of embarrassment or you could not believe what just happened, the ending is worth the whole ride there and yes, a ride it is.  With the ecchi, love triangle, comedy and heartbreaks and heartwarming moments, its the one fast paced romance you can not afford to miss.  Overall I have to say it deserves more than 10, it left me with a feeling I cant describe.  Its a manga that you wish were real life I could say.  It leaves an impact different in all of us, but none the less, Suzuka hits where not many manga hit, the heart.

10/10 story
9.5/10 art
9.5/10 characters
10/10 overall

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Kodachi4 says...

guess im a little late, haha.  This is a great review that really relates to me. I totally understand the heartache you get from reading this masterpiece. And I know exactly what AnimeLoverAi is feeling.  I really wanted to talk about this manga with someone, but alas, if anyone found out I liked manga, especially shonen romance (gasp), it would kill my reputation. Not every manga reader is an unsocial, unpopular loser!  And I hate having to hide the fact because I really want to share gems like Suzuka with other people.

I also agree with blueboy57, just because you read shonen romance doesnt make you gay or less manly.  Somehow, they are so much better than crappy romance novels or chickflicks.

If any of you like the same mangas as me, contact me.  I'd love to receive/give some recommendations.

May 30, 2010
CualZ says...

( Spoiler Alert ;D )

Argh I just love the story ... I watched the anime twice same day and I done that every year since it came out >.< I dont know why I just like Yamato's pain in some weird way. I dont know how many times I watched the last few minutes on episode 12(Anime ofc) When Honoka tells Suzuka that she like Yamato and then Suzuka say that she doesnt like Yamato that way... And then ofc Yamato hears that and says "Its fine, I get it really... I know you dont really like me I understand that now" it just make my heartache and fell that Im about to cry ... I think that becouse I had a similar situation irl but anyways its a awesome love story and you never get tired of it  

btw  I dont think its gay for a guy to watch or read a drama / romance Im a guy myself... see theres alot of guys that do that and hey who said its gay for a guy anyway to show his fellings ? :o

Feb 25, 2010
Valiantos says...

Haha, i love the 2 previous comments! I totally agree with them and the review :D I actually read Suzuka after skimming through this review, and boy am I glad I did! It was awesome. Like blueboy57 I also had this feeling of being dumped when it was finished.  Great review, and thank you so much for the recommendation! :) 

Jan 17, 2010
MangaloverAl says...

Hey guys, i really had to talk about this manga with someone, i feel so empty right now.this manga was beautiufull ( too bad about the pregnancy though). I loved the sentence 'good things will happen from now on', the ending made me cry, it was soo beautifull, its a beautifull tale about fighting for what you love...It made me think in my bed like 2 hours.. this review filled the emptiness i have right now :D.In my school nobody reads mangas, i theyd found out i read this (im a guy), id become the biggest douchebag lol.Anyways; will you guys please accept my request? feels good to have some mangafriends that think alike :p.Loved the review btw :o 

Jan 10, 2010
blueboy57 says...

Totally agree.   I just finished the manga yesterday. but I only read the second half since I'd watched part of the anime first.  You hit it right on head...simply brilliant.  And I know what you mean when you say it hits the heart.  I reread the second half again today just so I could "go there" again.  It really makes you think about things and the only time I've ever felt this way about a book was when i finished Harry Potter..and finishing it didn't make me feel like this.  It feels almost like being dumped lol.  The characters were so well developed and you're right...it's a manga that you wish was true.  Like I'd hate to go through all the pain Yamato went through, but it'd all be worth it in the end.  Like normally I'd look at a highschool kid getting some one pregnant as a failure...but I didn't feel that way this time.  And yeah I'm a guy and I'm not gay.  It's really cool to see that some one else felt the same way about this manga.  It helps in the grieving process lol

Jan 1, 2010