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Manga Review: Butterflies, Flowers Chapters 11-20

Alternate Names: Chou yo Hana yo (Japanese name), O Butterfly O Flower
Year: 2005-2009
Author/Artist: Yuki Yoshihara
Genre: Josei, Romance, Slice of Life, Comedy

Reviewers Note: Chapters 11-20 of this manga covers the third and fourth volumes of this series. My review also reflects the Serenus-Dreamers English fan translation version.

Warning: Spoilers and stuff…

In chapters 11-20, a wild prince appears! Masayuki’s also discusses Chouko’s period and their previous attempts to get jiggy with it. We also learn more about why Masayuki dislikes “the prince” so much. Chouko’s brother is his usual bizarro self (seriously, why does he take such an interest in his sister’s underwear?) whilst the resident “prince” from childhood and Masayuki help out at the restaurant. Also, we see an important discussion on the subject of suppositories. We are then introduced to the boss of the company…

Chapters 11-20 shall be henceforth be known as “Dafuq did I just read?” It deviated from the previous ten chapters by upping their use of humor relating to body functions and body parts. It was a little weird coming off of what I had read of the story already.
Whilst I don’t mind humor, it felt like the author changed their focus for the series. Perhaps Yoshihara’s editor suggested the changes or maybe a small dog decided to give its expert advice on the subject of Josei rom-coms. Either way, it felt like promises made earlier in the series for more serious material were cast by the wayside. That being said, I want to see how far the series plummet before I cast it aside completely. Perhaps it is that little part of us that finds train wrecks fascinating. Don’t tell me that you don’t, you liar! 😀

So yes, chapters 11-20 were weird AF but I guess that I will be reading more of this series. I guess that I must be a masochist or something. But hey, at least I have some other manga to cleanse my pallet. Keiko really needs this! *tear*

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Manga Review: Butterflies, Flowers Chapters 1-10

Alternate Names: Chou yo Hana yo (Japanese name), O Butterfly O Flower
Year: 2005-2009
Author/Artist: Yuki Yoshihara
Genre: Josei, Romance, Slice of Life, Comedy

Reviewers Note: Chapters 1-10 of this manga covers the first two volumes of this series. My review also reflects the Serenus-Dreamers English fan translation version.

Butterflies, Flowers is another random romance series that I decided to start reading recently. Whilst I did read the first chapter of the series a few years ago, I never really took the time to read further. I guess I was distracted with several other series that I was reading at that time.

Years after her clan lost its real estate fortune, Chouka Kuze learns that the task master of a manager at the office that she works at is none other than Masayuki Doumoto, the older servant boy that she befriended as a child.

This is a somewhat innocent josei romance. Whilst I did enjoy it, the lack of conflict made it a little boring. The artwork was a bit dated as well, and there was a tendency for some of the characters to look fairly similar. I’d put this series as above average, but still worthy enough to continue reading because I liked most of the characters in this story.