Bitter Virgin (Seinen) by Kusunoki Kei Rating: 7.5/10
Synopsis: Bitter Virgin is a lugubrious tale of woe, love, fear and trust that surrounds the lives of two young high school students. Daisuke Suwa, the male protagonist, is quite the philanderer at his high school and enjoys making passes at the girls except for one. Aikawa Hinako is a timorous and soft spoken girl who comes across as someone who feigns innocence much to Suwa’s annoyance. One afternoon, Suwa decides to take refuge in a church that is known for being haunted in order to get away from two troublesome girls… He hears a door opening behind him and thinking that one of the girls had come to find him, he hides in the priest’s confessional. To his horror, someone who believes that he is a priest, begins to confess. Suwa recognizes the individual but he has no choice but to listen to a disturbing confession that changes him and haunts him for the rest of his life.
What will Suwa do in light of this new revelation? Will the shocking secret be revealed? Read it to find out!
Mood/Artwork: Wow. That was the first thing that came to mind after I read the first chapter. After reading a few more chapters I mentally prepared a short list of people in this manga that I wanted to murder. I appreciated the fact that the mangaka did not go overboard with too much drama/details concerning the plot or with her drawings (You might be inclined to disagree but in my opinion, worse things happen). It is a seinen that will have you demanding man’s judgement right away. Also, the fact that situations like these are so common in today’s society makes it all the more realistic and heart wrenching. I really loved the artwork for some unfathomable reason. It’s just so…Bitter Virgin. Not much detail goes into backgrounds and the characters are drawn rather simply (Aiwaka’s hair and eyes are just too adorable though) This is a manga that every teenager should read. It is a paradigm of humility and morality which are essential attributes that are lacking in many of today’s youth. Do not give this one a miss.
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mu§e: 6.5/10 “Not a bad manga to read at all. It’s interesting, a bit dark, has a lot of drama (though sometimes it gets to be too much) I do like how it’s not all the prancy-dancy shoujo though. It’ll wake up some of those brats off of their Twilight crap. I recommend that you read it.”
Status: Complete (4 Volumes/32 Chapters)
Genres: Tragedy, Slice of Life, Romance, Mature, Drama
Age Rating: 13+
Year of Release: 2006
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