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Stepping on Roses, Vol. 1 (Stepping On Roses #1)

4.05 of 5 stars 4.05  ·  rating details  ·  7,151 ratings  ·  111 reviews
A rags-to-riches romance from the creator of Tail of the Moon!

R to L (Japanese Style). A rags-to-riches romance from the creator of Tail of the Moon ! Poor Sumi Kitamura… Her irresponsible older brother Eisuke keeps bringing home orphans for her to take care of even though they can barely afford their own basic needs! Just when Sumi's financial problems become d
Paperback, 200 pages
Published April 6th 2010 by VIZ Media LLC (first published April 25th 2008)
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Oh Stepping on Roses... You've got such a pretty cover and it makes you look just like a cheesy, silly romance manga. Aww, look at our pretty blonde heroine, embracing that stoic heart-throb with a marvellous jaw. They must be in head over heels for each other!

...Far from it, actually.

Now, even when I was a huge fan of shoujo manga, I never, ever understood why so many girls fell in love with the 'bad boy' characters. Typically in shoujo romance series, you'll have a love triangle, with one nice
Phoebe Andamo
Set on Japan's Meiji Era, Sumi Kitamura is a poor girl and manages the household with his brother Eisuke. Eisuke brings a lot of orphan kids to adopt even if they can barely eat something. Their debts are up to their necks. One day, a scion named Soichiro Ashida proposes to give Sumi money if she's willing to marry him, just when she's falling in love with Soichiro's friend Nozomu Ijuin.

I like the illustrations because I like long tresses of shoujo heroine and the handsome bishounens. This is on
Linda Cohen
The review and rating (2.5) is for the whole series.

This series was full of more WTFery and OMG moments than anything I've read in forever. My friend Jeannette (waves like a crazy woman--Hi Jeannette!!) asked me why I had marked this whole series to read and I told her because my local library had most of the series in stock on my last visit--plain and simple. I finished it for the same reason--I had it all, it was short and I was curious what kind of over the top things the manga-ku would throw
I have to admit, I picked this one up purely for the artwork. The cover of this manga is lovingly illustrated & colored, which draws the eye to it immediately. Unfortunately the artwork is almost the best part of the series.

Stepping on Roses follows the character of Sumi, a young woman born into extreme poverty during the 1860s-1912s (Meiji Era). Her older brother isn't helping matters when he is constantly bringing home more & more orphaned children for Sumi to care for. To make matters
This book is set in the Meiji era in Japan, and is about a girl named Sumi, who is very poor, and because she and her brother keep on helping orphans. One day, Sumi tries to find a doctor to heal Tomi, an orphan who got a very high fever, and with no one to help her, Sumi decides to sell herself so that she can help and cure all the orphans. When a rich man offers to buy her and marry her, for the price of giving up love and happiness. So then Sumi begins her new life in high society!

I started
This isn't like the normal manga I read. I tend to gravitate to high school settings. Stepping on Roses is still a chick manga, but it has a historical background. I really ended up liking it. The artwork is beautiful and the story sucked me in.

Can I just say, poor Sumi. What a horrible life she has! Her brother is the root of her problems. He has a gambling problem and no skill to back it up, so he's constantly losing money. Along with that he's constantly bringing home random babies he finds a
Holly Letson
First off, I was attracted to this series originally by the pretty art. (Turns out it's by the same mangaka as Tail of the Moon. Which I should have recognized, having read some of *Tsuki no Shippo* many years ago.) I read a couple of the later volumes of this a couple years ago, so I was happy to find some of the early-on volumes at the local libraries.
Sumi is dirt-poor (no quote-marks needed), and lives with a handful of children that her brother, Eisuke, brought home for her t
Sep 15, 2014 Jenna rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: fans of k-drama
This review is for the entire series, volumes one through nine, and, as always, is also available on my blog The Otaku Librarian.

Sumi is used to cutting corners, especially since her older brother tends to bring home orphans. But when one of her foster-siblings falls ill, she desperately marries a man who says he will give her as much money as she needs, as long as she never falls in love with him.

And, of course, since it's a shojo manga, she does. But this is a convoluted and troubling 9-volum
Overall rating: 2 stars


The Stepping On Roses had so much potential. So much. Because despite that lovey-dovey cover you can see, the manga is full of darkness, for a shoujo manga.

Yet, the mangaka disappointed me.

I mean, it started off great, but then slowly began to decline.

She came up with a good premise: an orphaned girl who takes care of her adopted, younger siblings while her older brother gambles away the money they scrape by due to his gambling problem. One da
Aya Hamza Abdelhamid
One of the best manga I've ever read ! :)
Stepping on Roses is a story about a poor girl named Yumi.She lives with her younger sibling and kids her older brother ,Eisuke, brings her.She cant work because she has to care for the children and her brother looses all their money gambling.The owner of the place where they live tells them several times they have to pay rent and eventually become deep in debt. One day when one of the kids became ill she tried to take him to the doctor but everyone she went to rejected her.She starts crying as ...more
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Poor Sumi Kitamura… Her irresponsible older brother Eisuke keeps bringing home orphans for her to take care of even though they can barely afford their own basic needs! Just when Sumi's financial problems become dire, wealthy Soichiro Ashida enters her life with a bizarre proposition: he'll provide her with the money she so desperately needs if she agrees to marry him. But can Sumi fool high society into thinking she's a proper lady? Moreover, is it worth giving up everything for this s
I went to the library to say and said to myself, I want to try to read Manga for the first time. I read another book that I finished in a hour, then this one. I stopped after a few pages in because of the topic that kept coming up. She was poor and her brother gambled, and he kept handing over children for her to take care if for some weird reason. But she was so poor that she was going to, and I quote, sell herself to get money. I read a review and she doesn't and it doesn't show anything bad e ...more
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Mar 06, 2011 Ann rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: manga
It's insanely melodramatic and Harlequin cliche. And that's it's charm. It knows it's silly, and is unapologetic about it. And sometimes that's just what you're in the mood for.
Nidah (SleepDreamWrite)
Girl meets boy, boy proposes marriage. But both have their own reasons and so have to put on a charade of sorts. Also, most awkward wedding...ever.
Kayla Warner
All I can say is EXCELLENT!! This was an adorable first installment that I didn't want to stop reading. The visuals were perfect and made me want to own some of the outfits depicted...simply lovely! It was a cute romance story that made me love the characters right away. I could find practically nothing wrong with this graphic novel/manga.(p.s. though there is a parental warning about this being suitable for readers 16 and up-however there is nothing graphic just a passing bit of innuendo). Inte ...more
So far, I absolutely hate the way Soichiro looks down his nose at Sumi -- because of her age, her naiveté, her appearance, because of literally every choice she is able to make -- but I especially hate that he puts her down for practicing Japanese customs. She knows no other way to behave; he picked her up off the street, like, yesterday. Also, isn't he himself Japanese? Why hide who you really are? To impress English / French / Western rich dudes? I detect a theme...

I also hate that fifteen-yea
*Miss Fame*
I picked up this series to read for the Garden Party Challenge in the Manga Book Club with not a high interest in actually reading it... but with manga, I'll read just about anything because I never really know what I'm going to end up loving. The first volume of this series was pretty interesting. It seemed to move relatively fast paced from the "this is what happened before the main story" part to the main story... but oh well. It's understandable, we get the gist, that's all that matters.

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ZERO stars

Sumi’s older brother is an irresponsible jerk who gambles what little money they have, leaving her to try to provide for the passel of little children he keeps bringing “home.” When the landlord and her brother’s bookie demand payment she is forced to “sell herself” to get the necessary money. But the handsome young man who “buys” her has something different in mind … he has to be married by tomorrow in order to inherit the massive conglomerate fortune he feels entitled to.

With apolog
Blair Mirth
I did enjoy this book. It was a fast read, usually it takes me an hour to read Manga's, but I aced through it. I loved the art work, for me it was very lush and I like that. I enjoyed the historical element of the story and the nature of the times and learning about the culture of Japan as well as it was subtle and spread throughout the story. Sumi has a rough time of it, both on the streets and when she is wed to a complete jackass Soichiro who for the majority of the story made me want to aim ...more
Diana Dang
Living in the Meiji Era, Sumi Kitamura's life is quite difficult as she lives in poverty and has to take care of all the orphaned kids that her brother brings home. Racked up in major debt left by her careless, idiotic sibling, Sumi needs to find some cash to feed herself and the children. The only way to get some money is to sell her body.

Purchased by a wealthy young man, he is willing to pay off all her debts and buy food for her family if she agrees to marry him. The only rule to the marriage
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Nina at Death Books and Tea
Sumi is a poor girl. And the fact her gambling brother keeps bringing home orphans for them to raise together doesn’t help. She has no idea how she’ll pay the rent or get food. Then Soichiro finds her, and makes her a deal: if she marries him, she can have all the money she needs, and more. But she’s already in love with the guy who gave her something when she was in the streets begging (and this guy just happens to be one of Soichiro’s friends, who they meet fairly often), and sooner or later s ...more
Oohh.. this seems interesting.. i dont usually read old mangas like this but the story line of this caught my eye. :) haha! Sumi's brother irritates me...Eisuke... He earns money by being with older women and he spends it by gambling. -_- ugh! I feel sorry for the kids. They're hungry and Sumi's brother didnt pay their debt yet. Ugh! So annoying! She had to sell herself to a rich guy also becoming his wife just for the kids. Plus, the guy she has a crush on, is Souchirou's childhood friend.
Vonze (Yvonne)
Wow, I really enjoyed this first volume! I was drawn to the book mostly by it's cute, romantic looking cover. It's been on my to-buy list for a while, and now that I've read it, I can't believe I put off buying it for so long...because now I'm really eager to buy the next volume, hopefully tomorrow.

So far, I'd say that Stepping on Roses is an interesting mix of the basic ideas behind My Fair Lady and Pretty Woman. Although the main character, Sumi, is no hooker, she is a poor, uneducated girl, a
Theresa ♫
Nov 10, 2013 Theresa ♫ rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Are you the kind of girl that is attracted to jerky . . . beef jerky jerks?
Oh boy.
Okay . . . . . . . . . THIS WOULD MAKE A FANTASTIC KOREAN DRAMA. Or Japanese drama . . . some kind of drama with really dramatic actors.

But as a manga . . . . AS A MANGA . . .
I want to slap all of these characters . . .

Alright, Sumi. She has a brother who wastes money and is very very irresponsible. She has to take care of this HOARD of kids and it is very very hard because she lives in such a condition where she does not have trillions of bucks to spend on food and a good shelter and suc
Snarky Hatter
Even though I gave this volume one star, I don't find the story that horrendous. I just can't get over what an ass her husband is. In addition, I'm not a huge fan of the art, but the art itself is not enough to ruin anything. On a positive note, I'm glad that the kids do not show up that much (I did not like them from page two). Granted, the reason why the kids don't show up as much is because Sumi's husband is a jerk.

In the end, since most of my dislike comes from the fact that Sumi's husband
I love the art, the simpler line drawings as well as the time period with the mix of western clothes and traditional eastern dress the women especially wear.

The story isn't that original but its well developed and so doesn't feel contrived. There is a love triangle due to her naivete and a hopeless brother and a cruel society. Her naivete actually plays a huge part in the story as does Soichiro's meanness.

Soichiro has unusual motives - he doesn't want to be loved. That is the most intriguing th
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Japanese name: 上田倫子

She is a Japanese manga artist who does mainly shojo manga. Her works are primarily serialized in Margaret magazine, with series published in collected volumes by Shueisha, though she has also been featured in fellow Shueisha publication Ribon, as well as illustrating the novel adaptation of her own Stepping on Roses series in Cobalt.
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