Kyou, Koi wo Hajimemasu

Alt titles: Today, We'll Start Our Love, Tsubaki Love

Vol: 15; Ch: 99
2008 - 2012
4.02 out of 5 from 2,299 votes
Rank #5,326
Kyou, Koi wo Hajimemasu

Tsubaki is a girl who loves making her younger sister's hair pretty every morning, but she doesn't think that kind of style suits herself! The day of her High School Beginning Ceremony, after she failed in being the top student (who usually makes the ceremony speech), she finds herself sitting next to the actual top student of the first years, the worst rude guy ever, Kyouta. She ends up cutting his hair on purpose because of the bad things he says to her. Kyouta demands that Tsubaki pay him back with her body, but Tsubaki fixes his hair instead--making it even shorter! After that, Kyouta unexpectedly kisses Tsubaki and swears that he'll make her his woman.

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Kyou, Koi wo Hajimemasu is Minami Kanan's best work by far. I remember starting this series because the cover art was gorgeous (and indeed, Minami-sensei has a beautiful art style). I wonder to myself, if the art was not good, would I have miseed out on such a wonderful shoujo manga? I would deeply regret not reading this. The premise of the story is cliche, good girl falls in love with the bad boy. Hibino is your typical Mary Sue, one who has gone from being an outcast to fitting in and making friends, and Tsubaki is your typical bad boy gone good. And in the beginning of the series, though the scenarios Minami-sensei thrusts our star couple in tug at your hearstrings and makes your heart race, it seemed no different from many other shoujo mangas I have read. The manga's real merits began to shine as the story progressed. Minami-sensei creates very relatable, realistic (okay... somewhat realistic but without a touch of fantasy, it gets boring, no? But Minami-sensei does touch upon realistic issues that many high schoolers have) scenarios, allowing readers to truly immerse themselves in the manga and connect with the characters. The fact that Minami-sensei doesn't end the manga when they start going out is a huge plus. As a shoujo veteran, it's tiring and frustating when a manga ends right there. You think to yourself, what happens afterwards? There's more to a relationship than just simply getting together.  The anxiety of your first time with the guy you love, the fear of diverging from the career path your parents chose for you... Tsubaki and Hibino tackle each and every obstacle together, overcoming it, and strenghthening their bond each and every time. One of my favorite things about this manga is that Minami-sensei allows the two to truly think about their problems rather than quickly solving them for a quick happy ending. So not only does their relationship grow, but they themselves mature and grow as people. Finishing this manga, I felt a great sense of pride, seeing how they changed from chapter 1. The character development is some of the best I've seen in the shoujo genre.  I highly recommend this to others to read. It's a beautifully done manga that will leave you completely satisfied. Enjoy!

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