Goshujin ni Amai Ringo no Okashi Manga

July 2nd, 2008

After having seen an essay on the manga Goshujin ni Amai Ringo no Okashi in Yuri Hime, I kind of expected something more than there was. -_-; I mean, for the little enough in there – it was awfully long essay.

The title story follows a girl who takes the position of maid for a wealthy household and who, through force of will and positive disposition, changes the outlook of the sulky master of the house. This is followed by a Yaoi/BL story of a prisoner and warden, that was the best, certainly the most engaging, story in the book.

Last up is the one Yuri story, “Greenhouse Dancing Club,” which is so mildly Yuri that I’m still not sure that it was worth reading, unless what you like to read most is endless variations of barely crushes among two-dimensional high school girls at, you guessed it, an all-girls school. Honestly, it was so nothing that it’s not worth summing up.

Nothing in any of the stories was particularly stand out. Every story went over well-traveled territory, with nothing particularly new to offer a reader. This is the first volume in a two-volume series. I definitely won’t be getting the second one.

Ratings:

Art – 6
Story – 4
Characters – 4
Yuri – 5
Service – 1

Overall – 4

I can definitely think of better books to write an essay on….

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4 Responses

  1. You’re right.

    Greenhouse etc. etc. was the bore of all bores.

    I wasted precious minutes I could have used to watch my nails grow by reading it. And I think the art is deserving of a 5 rather than a 6, but that’s just me. The characters were terribly forgettable. So was the story. All I remember was lipstick. And there wasn’t even any Yurified lipstick action.

  2. denominator – how funny, all I remember is the lipstick too. And I just finihed reading this twice – once in Japaneae and once in English. It’s completely forgettable

  3. Some may say we’re being too harsh on it because the particular story is a one-shot and ‘How much can you get done in a one-shot anyway??’

    If you ask me, a lot. Case in point: Kuchibiru Tameiki Sakurairo. Even before Nana and Hitomi became recurring characters, Even If We’re Not Friends, to me, had a definite impact on geared-towards-teenagers Yuri manga.

    My heart actually skipped a beat when I realised that the story DIDN’T end right after the confession/kiss scene (as usual.) It was so heart-warming for me to see Nana and Hitomi actually HAVE a relationship (even if all we saw was them texting one another about inane things.) Granted, it was only for one page, but we actually saw a functional relationship blossoming between the two girls.

    Maybe I just fell for their story hard, but it just rang all the right chords. And because it does this, it makes a one-shot brilliant. Not like Greenhouse yadda yadda.

  4. Senbei says:

    Sounds a lot like The Last Uniform. I still haven’t quite figured out if I like that story so I think I’ll hold off on this one. Someone seriously wrote an essay on it?

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