Tramps Like Us, Vol. 1 (きみはペット / Kimi wa Pet / Tramps Like Us #1)
If you've yet to do so, I recommend the live-action drama きみ は ペット (Kimi wa Petto ...more
Aku suka dengan komedi romantis seperti ini, kalo lagi ga pengen ba ...more
My illness itself is light and gets better with medicine right away, but fighting with the fear that I might hurt someone I cared for was hell....more
...I was drifting aimlessly, I realized...that there are a lot of people who're weakened because of worries or stress or just because life dealt them a bad. When I could help someone like that, the fear went away. Those kind of relationships were like medicine to me. That's why I planned on leaving here as soon as you didn't need me anymore.
But the truth
Sumire is a hardworking, attractive, capable woman who must live with sexist societal expectations on all fronts. Her boyfriend dumps her because she is 'too intelligent' and women at work treat her badly because she's 'too talented' so she 'deserves what she gets'.
Ogawa does a wonderful job addressing everyday sexism in the workplace to juxtapose Sumire's warm and accepting home life with the strange young man ...more
This was the first manga I read that I thought, "This is a real story. This is something special. This transcends the flaws of this medium and makes something unique and beautiful."
Okay, so it's cute and funny and the story-line sounds a little wacky, which it is, but I promise you that it's a fantastic story. The growth that the protagonist ...more
A rare josei gem! I enjoyed every chapter of this amazingly well-spun tale. It is real, heart-warming, and unique! Older woman meets younger man. Both have much to learn from each other. Even the secondary characters are developed with care and detail, with complete personalities, motivations, desires, etc.
The psychology is wonderfully insightful and each character's development alone and together is like a beautifully flowering blossom. (And don' ...more
oh no! I already can relate to josei manga!!
soon enough I'm gonna have wrinkles !!
anyway, pass my adult-phobia aside for a while.
at first I interested to this just because the artwork. Simple with strong strokes. It turns out the story is good as well. The insecurity of Sumire that becomes the base of the plot is well developed. This manga also touch the social issue about Japanese women statu ...more
If you like it check out the jdrama too.
This is a wonderful story, I would recommend this manga to a mature female audience (definitely jousei, not shoujo). I don't know if I will read it again, because it is really long story - 82 relatively slow chapters telling you about her daily struggles over a three year period. But I wouldn't wa ...more
Definition of "Josei":
"Ladies comics". Targeted at women ages 18 to 30. The male equivalent to josei is seinen. Most of the time, the stories tend to be about everyday experiences of women living in Japan - style tends to be a more restrained, realistic version of shoujo manga."
A great introduction to a new genre; at least for me. 'Josei' is what it's called I believe.
While the art wasn't exactly beautiful or what I'm used to - the plot made up for it.
The storyline was definitely a first ...more
Five Stars! The rare gem of a series that stays consistently excellent, never disappointing. After having read the original run I decided to read it again, and found it just as charming. Sumire is a strong, intelligent, successful woman in her late 20's. Finding herself unlucky in love, again, she impulsively "adopts" 19 year old Takeshi, an up and coming dancer in the modern ballet, as her "pet" Momo. While the premise may seem a bit ridiculous, it is truly an hones ...more
I had heard about this one at a "Feminist Look on Anime" panel as a manga that no one could make up their minds on. Not whether the main character was a strong female character or not--there's no question of Sumire's strength--but more of a debate about whether or not it was making it look negative by "emasculating the male character" Momo/Takeshi, and even whether or not it was doing that.
I'm not getting into the philoso ...more
In a way, it's a modern classic, immortalized in the drama halls by a series of the same name based on this manga.
When someone asks me to recommend a manga to them, I definable bring up this series, because it's so fun and sweet and quirky and funny. It's basically everything, and the icing on the cake is a fantastic relationship and otp to ship an ...more
I'd forgotten how cynical and biting this first volume was. I remembered the Sumire of the last volumes so this was a great hook for me to get back into the series so I can follow her healing process and changes that she will undergo over the course of the series. Although Takeshi/Momo will be important ...more
The series had slow moments that dragged, but overall it was a very interesting but grounded sto ...more
Sumire Iwaya life is a mess, but then she stumbles upon Momo. Momo becomes Sumire pet and it quickly becomes a bumpy ride. I'm so disappointed by this one. I had been wanting to read the manga for years and when I finally had the chance, I was greatly let down. The storyline seemed to be all over the place and I wasn't all that invested in the characters. Momo was adorable, but his adorableness quickly turned into foolishness. I also didn't really like Sumire....more
For most of the series, Sumire fixates on her boyfriend Hasumi, but she's a nervous wreck around him, obsessing about her appearance and hiding her feelings. Whereas with Momo, her live-in male human pet, she's completely relaxed and open.
The art is not good. To think I used to dislike older woman/younger man or taller woman/smaller guy relationship before; I don't mind that anymore, and I think is actually sweeter (Gokusen, Love.com).