Vol: 10; Ch: 41
2012 - 2018
3.922 out of 5 from 2,150 votes
Rank #6,334

Yuzuko Aihara, a high school girl whose main interests are fashion, friends and having fun, is about to get a reality check. Due to her mom’s remarriage, Yuzu has transferred to a new, all-girls school that is extremely strict. Her real education is about to begin. From Day One, happy-go-lucky Yuzu makes enemies, namely the beautiful yet stern Student Council President Mei. So what happens when a dejected Yuzu returns home and discovers the shock of her life: that Mei is actually her new step-sister who has come to live with her? Even more surprising, when Mei catches Yuzu off-guard and kisses her out of the blue, what does it all mean?

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I'll probably keep reading the new chapters to see if it gets any better, but I'm pretty disappointed in Citrus overall. The art's lovely, but the story could have been so much more - and honestly, I expected so much more after seeing so many glowing ratings and reviews. The characters, who rarely rise above shoujo tropes, behave either predictably or erratically. A few moments have suggested deeper reasons behind the characters' actions (particularly Mei's), but I'm not sure if, by chapter 17, we've received such fleeting character development because the author is building up to something bigger or just...because it's the author. Because every time it feels like Citrus is starting to go somewhere or do something smart, the author throws in another tropey plotline or a wild sexytime appears. When the story has built up to the romantic scenes, they're nice. The majority of the time, however, it just feels like another shoujo twist thrown into the plot to keep things going, even if it makes no sense ("I thought this but then she did THIS"). Which wouldn't bother me if it felt like the story was intelligent enough and the characters were fleshed out enough that it seemed as though they were acting with purpose - in accordance to traits and/or experience the readers simply may not understand yet. Instead, it feels like the author is simply flinging the characters whichever way she happens to feel at the given moment. The protagonist pleasantly surprised me a few times, however, with her self-respect (when being taken advantage of) and her resolve/faith in Mei (which won out against the antagonists). A broken clock is right twice a day, though. I hate to be critical but I was really hoping for a lot more from a shoujo-ai manga as hyped as this one.

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