Little did Nao Kogure realize back in middle school that when she left an umbrella and a box of bandages in the rain for injured delinquent Taiga Onise that she would meet him again in high school. Nao wants nothing to do with the gruff and frightening Taiga, but he suddenly presents her with a huge bouquet of flowers and asks her to date him—with marriage in mind! Is Taiga really so scary, or is he a sweetheart in disguise?
Extra story: Granulated Sugar (volume 8)
This manga would be my aboslute favorite, it's wholesome, sweet, and positive all around, but.. Positives: A very wholesome story. Young romance and love between highschoolers. Characters all have different personalities and are shown to be unique individuals that get along despite their differences. It breaks stereotypes as someone who looks scary and mean is actually kind and loving. A (mostly) healthy relationship is depicted in the main characters and they obviously care about one another. It is a refreshing break from the disturbing nature of many other mangas. Short and ended far too soon but definitely worth a read. Negatives: The art style depicts all of the characters as extremely skinny, unrealistically so. There is no variation in body types. Can be triggering to some people to see how the art style shows the characters to be slightly... sickly (anorexic) looking. Beyond that there are a few too many scenes where consent is breached and it appears to be sexual assault, it is always seen as okay. While one character is visibly uncomfortable or in distress they always forgive the other person easily and it's usually played off as a 'joke'. One character presses another against a wall and ignores her speaking up asking him to stop, they end up becoming good friends.... its a very bad message. The main character also kisses a girl (UNCONSENSUALLY) in her sleep and she does not seem very bothered. wtf mate
Honey So Sweet is wholesome high school romance manga about a shy girl and a rumoured delinquent. Nao is a kind, but shy teen girl who gets entangled with a young delinquent boy, Taiga. She helped him in middle school when he was injured and he has since been in love with her. Now in high school, he approaches her with a bouquet of flowers and confesses his feelings. Taiga is teen boy who is often mistaken for a delinquent, but has a caring heart. Honey So Sweet is a very wholesome romance with the most innocent female and male lead. In the beginning of the manga the story is mostly about their relationship but then focus is mostly on the secondary characters. The secondary characters are all likeabe and I got really invested in their lives. While the story doesn't have too much drama and isn't drawn out. The resolution is often underwhelming and the antagonists never get what they deserve and that really frustrated me. The art is pretty and all the characters look unique the characters. I recommend Honey So Sweet if you want to read something lighthearted and wholesome with an adorable main couple and a story that portrays the supporting characters lives.
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