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Sensual Phrase, Vol. 1 (Sensual Phrase #1)

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As a budding poet and lyricist, Aine is on her way to an audition one fateful afternoon. Absentmindedly stepping into the street, she barely avoids getting struck by an oncoming vehicle. Not only is the cute teenager lucky to be alive, but her brush with death turns out to be a date with destiny. The driver of the car just happens to be Sakuya, the charismatic and fabulous...more
Paperback, 192 pages
Published March 24th 2004 by VIZ Media LLC (first published June 26th 1997)
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CJ - Drop Dead Cute
Well...*ahem* .... that was a little...*ahem*


Well I'll be.
I've owned these books for a while but recently re-read them. I have to say, this is one series that completely took me by surprise. I'd seen it on the shelves but dismissed them unfairly. The following review is for the entire series.

I love the artwork and story in this series. I especially love how the actual pairing off happened so quickly in relation to other series, which I like. (It's one of the reasons I loved Kare Kano as much as I did.) There's the typical "I luff them but someone is fi...more
The entire series was unforgivably addicting. Despite being filled with everything that makes me eyeroll about shojo manga (and romance in general), I quickly scarfed through Sensual Phrase, Vol. 1 like an extra large helping of McDonald's french fries. I admit it, the seriously hot rocker bishonen men just fired my jets in a huge way. Rock n' roll. Angst. Hot bishonen men with guitars, drums and bass. Sexual tension off the charts.

Sensual Phrase is visual eye candy. Sakuya, the lead singer for...more
Someone asked me the other day if I’d read any good manga lately… I realised, to my shame, I’ve not picked one up for several months now. I only brought a handful or so down to Uni, but to my delight the entire 18 volume run of Kaikan Phrase has managed to loiter in amongst the textbooks.

The third manga series I completed, Sensual/Kaikan Phrase is a sweet shojo, as well drawn as it is written. As with a lot of shojo, you have to suspend reality a little (the likelihood of being almost run-down b...more
I need to read this series again. It's been years, but this is what I remember:

This is a sexy, sexy series. Like. What people rave about Fifty Shades of Gray? No. This is what sexy is. It helps that this band is designed off of Buck-Tick, a sexy, sexy band, and then a band was formed anyway for the anime adaptation.

This is about a girl falling in love with the vocalist of a band called /\ucifer. She'd never been in a relationship before, and if I recall correctly was a virgin, and had been take...more
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As a budding poet and lyricist, Aine is on her way to an audition one fateful afternoon. Absentmindedly stepping into the street, she barely avoids getting struck by an oncoming vehicle. Not only is the cute teenager lucky to be alive, but her brush with death turns out to be a date with destiny. The driver of the car just happens to be Sakuya, the charismatic and fabulously handsome lead singer for a band called Lucifer. In short order, Sakuya and his crew compose a song using AineÅfs...more
Well, well... Sensual Phrase is a little on the naughty side. It's not repulsively graphic but it's definitely got a lot of teenage angst and hormones going on. I think I probably should have known that by the title alone. I liked the first volume, good thing I guess; since I've already bought almost the whole series.

No time is wasted getting Aine would be lyricist; and rock star Sakuya together. In fact it's a bit too fast for me and I wish a little more time had been taken with it but it is w...more
this was an amazing was fun, lighthearted most of the time and just so good i couldn't put it down. i was so looking forward to seeing the anime, and i'm so disappointed they didn't release it in the US. I'm hoping Viz will see the error of their ways and bring it over.
This is not a perfect series, but if you're looking for a light and smutty story then this would be it. Personally i really enjoyed the dramatic volumes, made it more interesting.
This was overloaded with cliches and absurd situations. When the virginal protagonist has her clothes ripped off and is nearly gang-raped in the school hallway at the behest of a band's jealous female fans, I stopped being able to suspend disbelief, and I read a lot of shojo high school romance in the past. The oversexed hero is always there to rescue his girl since she has no other friends, family, or ability to save her from trouble. Too ridiculous. When the hero stripped her in front of an en...more
My first smutty manga. I think it just has a pleasant spot in my memories because of that.
Gah, I really loved this. The art was pretty and the plot was a cute idea. The main character Aine gets to become a popular band(called Lucifer)'s lyricist and she finds herself falling for the lead singer Sakuya. I read 'Love Celeb' before this one and I must say this one is going good so far. Sakuya had a cameo in that manga and in it's epilogue Aine and Sakuya popped up. Sakuya seemed interesting enough and when I saw he had his own manga, I had to read it.

I really liked Aine and Sakuya. I t...more
For those who don't know, Shinju Mayo (the author of this series), is one of the main shoujo smut queens. Her male characters are always over-the-top aggressive and attractive, although Sakuya, the lead in this story, wasn't nearly as bad as some of her others.

The story is pretty simple. Aine, a lonely teenager, writes some poetry which falls into the hands of Sakuya, singer for a very popular band. The band needed some lyrics and he uses hers without permission, then later recruits her to be th...more
I could not believe it when I found this. Okay, so though I liked Love Celeb I also hated it. Yet at the end, I couldn't help liking it. Kirara and Gin were very lovey dovey to the extent I wanted to puke. But I liked that they were devoted to each other. I remember thinking - Sakuya (who appears briefly in Love Celeb) deserves his own series. I got the impression that he had his own story to tell, and so when I found this, I could not help but think - OMG I knew it. Now I don't know why I'm exc...more
This was my first manga that I took home as a birthday gift. Never did I think that reading it had me compelled to finish the whole series.

I greatly enjoyed this series and have reread it many times. I found the characters to be flawed as they should be but also beautiful. The darker parts of this manga had me almost on tears, the laughter that many scenes brought me are countless. It's inspiring and worth the read.
Jan 26, 2009 Helena rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: shoujo manga fans, masochists of both the literary and literal kinds
Shelves: manga
Can't believe I'm putting this on here, but it was on my list of recently (re)read things, so here it is. And for some reason it's actually listed on here, so again, here you go. This manga is horrible. Absolute rubbish. And so delightful in its rubbishness. It's like...Anne Rice's Sleeping Beauty chronicles. I do believe Shinjo Mayu has taken it on as her personal quest to turn Japanese teenagers into masochistic needy little snots.
And you know, I can't get enough of her. XD
BTW This goes witho...more
A rock gal fan's dream-come-true story. Who wouldn't wish this to happen?

This initial book in the series introduces us to young Aine, a wanna-be songwriter who has her dreams come true when she meets and impresses lead singer Sakuya of the rock band Lucifer with her lyrics. Not only does she land a job in the field of her dreams, she catches the romantic attention of the sexy rocker. But even dreams come true have their darker side...

This is a satisfying bit of wish fulfillment. The ultra-lucky...more
Katherine Petersdorf
I call it Kaikan Phrase, but that is because I speak Japanese. I loved this series, I thought that idea of falling in love with a rock star was epic, it made me want to write dirty songs and find a Justin timberlake. I have to say his blue eyes was cool, I knew he had Caucasian in him because of that, not because Japanese people can't have blue eyes naturally, they can my friend does, but because that seemed like a logical twist. I didn't like his brother though but his first idea on how to snag...more
Layla Strom
My all time favorite manga series! Every few months or so I'll go back and read it :) LOVE IT!!!!
Nov 06, 2013 Tria rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: manga
I am not ashamed to have read this Josei manga, though the anime falls on the Shoujo category. We have to admit if the mangaka is titled the 'Queen of Smut Manga'. To my defense, I was reading this for the sake of the story. It's quite dreamy and though we all know what would go on as the plot goes, but then at times you'd be too shocked. This is one of the greatest Mayu-sensei has ever made. And God-forbid, Sakuya is like one of the perfect human specimen that has ever existed in the history of...more
Lord Rose
This was the first smutty manga I ever read (and possibly the first thing I read with explicit sex scenes), and I was scarred. (Or something. As pretty much every book I read these days includes a few sex scenes, I can't say it was in a bad way.) And, um, it definitely became something of a guilty pleasure. (And something my sister would tease me mercilessly over if she knew...)
I read this one over the course of a few days, and I have to say that I have mixed feelings. It wasn't what I exxpected, but I also didn't exactly know what to expect. I think that the language used in here was smuttier than the anything else. I guess that should say something about what these kids were singing about, eh.
This actual was turned into a drama. and inspired a real life version of a band. I had no desire to see either, but I was captivated by the music industry portrayal of singers/songwriters. Fill it with drama, angst, music, and graphic scenes...and...yeah soft erotica here we come!
Another excellent series. One of my favorites. The only downfall is the author could have lightened up on some of the drama since it began to drag at the end. I think it could have been ended sooner, but either way, I still loved the story and the wonderful art work.
Shelby Shafto
I really enjoyed this series! There was constant conflict and problems for the couple but they remained strong. Sometimes the main girl annoyed me but she got better as she got more confident in her relationship. If you have lots of time, I would read this
It's amazing!
I really can't wait for more of Sakuya and Aine's story!
Sakuya seems so amazing! I just hope he's not using Aine...
If you haven't read this manga yet then definitely put it on your list of books to read! :D
A good shojo manga about a high school girl who meets a rock star. As the volumes progress they get more sexual and thus are shrink wrapped. Very good read. Definitely not hentai for those of you who are worried about that.
I only read the first volume of this series, but it hit way too many of the typical shoujo manga trappings for me to have any interest in continuing it.
Oct 16, 2011 Denise rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: own
I like the manga series Kaikan Phrase a lot, but I still prefer the anime version.
Elisabeth Moser
I think I've read this one three times now. it is one of my favorite series.
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Mayu Shinjo debuted in 1994 in Shogakukan's Shōjo Comic with "Anata no Iro ni Somaritai". She continued writing for Shogakukan until 2007, with her works appearing in both Shōjo Comic and their other magazine Cheese!. She left the company to go freelance citing a dispute over working conditions and abusive treatment by her editor.
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