You're My Pet

Alt titles: Kimi wa Pet, Tramps Like Us, You're a Pet

Vol: 14; Ch: 82
2000 - 2005
4.011 out of 5 from 923 votes
Rank #3,617
You're My Pet

Iwaya Sumire is a highly-educated, well-respected and young journalist at a major newspaper - though her social success can't stop her boyfriend of five years from dumping her for a less-educated woman. One day, as she's fuming over her lost relationship, Iwaya comes across a young man in desperate need for food. On a whim, she takes him to her home and feeds him, deciding to let him stay in exchange for becoming her "pet." With him at her side, Iwaya takes on love and life.

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Szwagier
8

When I first read the description I was pretty reluctant to read it. I mean let's face it - single woman finding a bishounen in a cardboard box, and deciding to keep him as her pet sounds like some cheap smut scenario.  But it had "josei" tag,  so I decided to give it a shot (josei and seinen turns out to be at least good, most of the time). And it was damn worth it time.Story - 8/10First of all let's clear some things up  - even though the setting is pretty unrealistic, this manga is pretty good at portraying  human emotions. Our main heroine - Sumire is intelligent and succesful reporter, at least on the surface. It appears she is not really good at expressing her emotions to other people. That combine with envy and expectations of surronding people make her really stressed. And here comes "Momo" (human name Takeshi) - younger, talented dancer who agrees to stay with Sumire as her pet. While their relationship seems bizarre it helps them both deal with their issues - Sumire is able to open up and feel at peace when she is with her "pet", while Takeshi can stay around the person he loves without problems.Even though the story have many serious elements, like Sumire having a fiancee, since she sees "Momo" only as a pet, jealous rivals, ex-girlfriend/boyfriend, family issues, long distance relationship and all the other stuff you could expect in a josei romance, it never really goes for dramatic approach. The story unfolds slowly without any tear-jerking moments (even though it has a potential for some, if the author wanted to take that kind of approach). Sure characters argue, yell and cry, but at the end of a chapter it calms down (most of the time). Even when some major changes appear in the later chapters they just bring "ah, so it finally happened" reaction instead of "wtf, no way, they are stupid" that many romance mangas are using.The only thing I had to criticize in terms of story is the ending.  Not only it felt slightly rushed, but also it used fantasy elements in a final chapter - which, while being kinda sweet, was completeley unneccessary and out of theme. It kinda felt that author either didn't have a good idea for a last chapter, or tried to be original and it backfired. Character - 9/10 Characters are strong part of this series. There aren't that many of them ( 4 main characters and about a dozen of less important ones) and thanks to that there can be more focus put on them. And they really are human, with both good and bad sides. In the end of the day even the worst manipulative bitch is a character you cannot hate, which is pretty nice achievement ( at least I tend to hate most of the "manipulative bitch" characters I've seen in a different series so far). Art - 8/10The art is nice. It's not the best drawing style I've seen, but it managed to create good looking character (as a main ones) and add some average looking around to keep the realism. THe best way to describe it would be "josei like" (ye I know, that sounds lame). Since they had to tell a story about ppl in the twenties instead of the, usual for romances,  high-schoolers the art have to stay a bit more mature. Ugh... sounds like i'm trying to hard to describe it, and it turns into gibberish... Simply put  - I like the drawing style.Overall - 8/10Overall this 14 volumes is a nice read - a very cute romance in mature setting.

MMaru
9

Absolutely loved this series!  I picked it up after one of my best friends had started reading it and was getting rid of her copies.  I thought it would just be something to pass the time, nothing that I would really commit to, but I ended up loving it.  The premise is kind of goofy, but it ends up working into a beautifully-crafted storyline.  I really connected with Sumire, who was so well-developed and dimensional.  I loved seeing her awkwardness, and that contrast between her being shy and attempting to be girly for the man she loves, and her true, real nature of being tough and liking to just kick back and be comfortable.  Momo at first seems like a goofy sort of character.  The degree to which he plays along with being Sumire's pet can get a little silly, and would have probably lost my interest if it weren't for the fact that he, too, is a fully developed character.  I love that he has his own life that Sumire isn't aware of for a while.  I loved watching him change as he began to develop and try to deal with his feelings. Hasumi is also a great character.  It's interesting seeing the awkwardness of him trying to have a relationship with Sumire while she tries to be the woman she thinks he wants.  But he's not some cardboard character who is trying to change Sumire.  Hasumi himself is a good guy, and although the reader sees everything primarily from Sumire's perspective, you can see that he struggles with the relationship, too. I have mixed feelings about the ending, though I did sort of bawl my eyes out in the middle of the bookstore when I read it.  I would recommend this series to older readers, as it can get a little mature.  As an adult reader, I personally loved that this was about adults and not students.  It was great to be able to connect with the characters.

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