Way beyond expectation! This is an action-packed love story manga where all the characters are in romantic, frequently intimate (off screen sex), relationships ranging from pure love couples to "players" who are interested in only "friends with benefits." This is a romance manga, no explicit sex but some scenes under covers, PG++. The focus is on the different kinds of love relationships that high-schoolers find themselves getting into.
This manga has its share of comedic relief and is fun to read. The relationships are mostly realistic. There is joy, heartbreak, awkward comedy, the whole gamut. The characters actually progress -- starting out as wild kids in one way or another, and gradually learning to get along with one another. Like when an immature character proposes casual sex to his latest interest, he gets turned down so fast it makes him dizzy. This is a growth experience for him. Not every girl wants a meaningless relationship. Before long, he discovers a desire for a serious relationship with a real girlfriend, exclusive of all other girls.
The protagonist Mei has some funny/weird hang-ups and needs a lot of persuasion to even start going out with the eager, popular boy that fancies her. As a boyfriend, Yamato pulls his weight and cuts off relationships with other girls, but can he really be trusted? He's truthful about being horny, and wants to sleep with Mei but isn't pushing her. How can Mei know if this would deepen their relationship or just spoil it?
I love this story because it is so realistic about high school romance today. Some kids start sex early, some later, and for all sorts of different reasons. Unlike many manga where a "kiss" is the euphemism for "the act," this series says it like it is. It is entertaining, funny, and compelling.
The art work is good, but thin. Clearly the author is working all alone (w/o or with very little assistance) so you don't get a lot of gorgeously drawn pages. Simple scenes, focusing only on the characters. I hope the series becomes popular enough to all Hazuki-sensei to hire some assistants to fill in the details!
I hope Mei and Yamamoto get together eventually. This is going to take some time, just like in real life, but they have a shot at a really well-grounded romance. Can't wait to see it come true.