It ain’t on the list, but hey, its Thanksgiving Break for us. Heres your weekly post, well i might post something in a few days, episode 8 to be specific. Oh well here you go
This review is pretty late (the manga finished 2005)
You’ve been warned right now, Spoilers.
Well where do i start.
The story focuses on Junpei Manaka, an aspiring movie director who attends highschool. The story tells his story on his dream to become a director and his relationship to the girls he meets. My summary won’t do this series justice, lets head on over to Wikipedia
Strawberry 100% chronicles the school years of Junpei Manaka, a high school student and aspiring movie director, and his relationships with the girls that enter his life. At the start of the series, he encounters a mysterious girl with strawberry-print panties, whom he quickly becomes intrigued with. Hoping to find her, he finds the notebook of Aya Toujou nearby, who turns out to be an ordinary-looking girl. However, he soon discovers that Aya is a gifted writer and the two become friends with the collaborative ambition of creating great stories into movies. Meanwhile, he believes the mystery girl to be Tsukasa Nishino, the most popular girl in his school.
Manaka wanted to recapture the moment he saw the girl on the roof. Believing it was Nishino, he felt the only way to get her to pose for his shot is to date her. Stunned by his peers, Manaka ran up to Nishino and yelled out to her, requesting a date while doing a pull-up. Amused by his requested, Nishino agreed to go out with him and eventually the two soon start a relationship together. However, he eventually realizes Tsukasa is not the mystery girl he had been searching for, but chooses to continue their relationship. During his entrance exam for his desired high school for film studies, Izumizaka High, he discovers that Aya is in fact the mystery girl. After realizing Toujou had always been the girl he saw on the roof, a part of his heart gravitated towards her as they continued their awkward friendship. Eventually, Nishino caught on that Manaka doesn’t entirely have his heart, but continued to see him as they attended separate high schools.
On his first day of high school, he meets a feisty girl named Satsuki Kitaoji, whom he later discovers to be his classmate. The two gradually become friends and Satsuki eventually falls in love with him. Junpei wanted to join the film club at Izumizaka High to develop his dreams of becoming a film-maker. Unfortunately, the club was disbanded and there was only a graphics club. Eventually he restarts the film club with Aya, Satsuki, the girl-crazed Hiroshi Sotomura, and two of his high school friends.
Later Yui Minamito, an old childhood friend, re-enters his life Around the same time, Nishino grown impatient and breaks up with him as she couldn’t stand his lack of decision. This created a new series of awkward moments as Satsuki tried to aggressively chase after Manaka. Manka also experienced many awkward moments with Satsuki and Toujou as time passes. This would continue on for the next three years of their high school days, but Manaka remains indecisive about whom to declare his love for.
Well that was a copy/pasta full.
Well, because i liked this series so much, i might as well go over the main 3 girls who will face off for the love of the main character.
If you look at the first pic at the beginning of this review, if you look to the right, theres a brown haired girl, this is Aya Toujou. Aya is quiet, shy, sympathetic, and really nice. When Manaka and Toujou first met, she looked extremely unnattractive, but when they entered highschool, she became like the first picture. Part of her name means East. Toujou and Manaka share the same dream, she aspires to be a writer and Manaka aspires to be a director. Toujou was Manaka’s first lover interest.
Tsukasa Nishino ( Lol, Tsukasa is pronounced Su-casa, and Su Casa in Spanish means Your/His/Her house, coincedence? you tell me)
Tsukasa is the blonde girl on the left. She is kind, supportive, extremely optimistic, and somtimes flirty when she has too. Manaka thinking Toujou was Nishino asked her out instead and they dated for a while. Later she moves to a different school while the rest of her friends went to same one. Nishino was Manaka’s “official” girlfriend. Part of her name means West. She tries to be a pattissier.
Satsuki first meets Manaka a few weeks before they entered highschool. Satsuki and Manaka’s relationship started bitter and then to sweet, and then to bittersweet. Satsuki is probably the most attractive out of the 3 heroines. (In case you haven’t noticed, shes the one on the top, and as you guessed, part of her name means North) Out of all the girls, Satsuki is confident in her love to Manaka and is a lot more aggresive.
Spoilers, highlight to see
According to Wikipedia and a few terms i have learned over the years, Satsuki can be properly labeled as a “Tragic Heroine” Out of all the girls, she tries to hardest for attention and love, and that affection is rarely, if not never returned. (But never is a “Strong” word)
I covered the three girls but that pic in the top of the post says there are 4, well yes there are. But this one ain’t that important but here it is anyway
The fourth girl, the one on the bottom of the picture is Yui Minamito, shes more of the friend and comic relief type character. She doesn’t really show affection but does show some protectivness. There are few more characters, one in particular who likes Manaka but she isn’t as important as the 3 i mentioned and gave some details on.
Truth be told, my brother read this manga before i did. I thought it was just “Another Harem/Ecchi manga/anime with the same typical scenes and mishaps (most of which exists as anime series today) but i was wrong when i started to read it. It started like the way i expected but then, during the last 50 chapters, the entire cast scrambles. Unlike the other harem mangas, this one did not have a definitive ending for one heroine. And thats what made this manga amazing, it kept giving you moments that would lead to some sort of relationship but the 3 characters keep fighting. If i go more into this, i might spoil you, so READ THE DAMN THING, I THINK A LOT OF PEOPLE WOULD LIKE IT, UNLESS THEY ARE GIRL/BOYS WHO DON’T REALLY LIKE THESE SORT OF THINGS :D
Oh yeah, this series had an anime, it wasn’t bad and it wasn’t good, nice opening theme though
Thats all! Have a Happy Thanksgiving with a dead turkey on the table :D
Basically, all the girls that matter in the series are above
Ahh, highschool love, something i will never experience (Note: I’m in highschool but i go to an All Boys school, no i’m not gay.)