Title: Yume de Aetara
Genres: Seinen, Comedy, Drama, Ecchi, Harem, Romance, Slice of Life
Author: Yamahand Noriyuki under the pen name Hanako
Artist: Yamahand Noriyuki under the pen name Hanako
Publication: Media Factory, Shueisha
Start Date: 1994
End Date: ~1997
Number of chapters at review: 143 - Complete
Number of chapters read by reviewer: 143
How could a not-so-good-looking loser get a woman or in this matter a pretty woman? The answer is persistence and a gentlemanly conduct. Okay, maybe luck played a part in it. Practically never ever having any real experience with the opposite sex, Fuguno Masou desperately sought advice from a fortune teller but received an ill omen instead. Determine to disprove such ill omen, Fuguno Masou attended a marriage interview pub to steer his fate.
Category Ratings: (1-10 scale)
The style was unique in it's own way. One could tell from reading some of Yamahana Noriyuki's latest work is that her style has really evolved. One thing I do love is the rendering of Fuguno Masou when he's full of himself. I just can't get enough of it!
Even though the style is straight forward and simple, the line art makes the scenes look tedious to look at. It's a bit harsh on the eyes. Sometimes, the layout seems to make a page look too cluttered.
The plot is simple to follow. It's set up in a way that when one sub-plot ends, another one starts. This way, not a lot of story plots are introduced at one time making it less confusing to the reader and especially the author. Though at times, I felt that the story dragged on too long. The introduction was probably one of the most memorable ones ever though.
At times, I felt that this manga was also presented from a woman's perspective also. She was presented with more love interest than the male protagonist.
The cast members were introduced in succession. It's what really helped moved the plot along. So in Yume de Aetara, the characters served a really important role. Each one came with his or her own story (usually her). Basically this story was character driven.
The overall character designs were also simplistic in that they possibly appeared child-like? Don't know if that's the right word for it. Each one were straight forward. Of course there were many characters and this method might have been a very good to keep the complexity down.
There is a difference between winners and losers and that usually is perseverance. I think that Yume de Aetara presented this well. There were often times when Fuguno could've just waved a white flag of defeat because his competitors were socially better off or physically better off. Yet, in the face of adversity, Fuguno kept chugging on.
Lastly, there is always someone for everyone.
For the most part, it was a predictable story. At times, the story dragged on. It did have it's own ups and downs. For an older manga, Yume de Aetara certainly was enjoyable. For those looking to read more romance manga, this one is worth reading. Fuguno Masou is practically an underdog and the manga details his struggles as he tries to persevere an capture the heart of his love interest. It's heart warming tale.
Last edited by segua; February 24, 2010 at 02:26 PM.