"Suashi ni Kiss shite!"
(Kiss My Bare Foot)
by IISAKA Yukako
Ciao Comics, 2004
Iisaka Yukako is one of my favorite mangaka ^_^ I have summarized several of her books here, and I am always happy to add another one ^_^ I really like her sense of humor, and the expressions on the faces of her characters when they are shocked
or can't believe something just happened. It's just so silly! Her art style is cute with clean lines, and a decent amount of detail. Her stories usually
have some sort of supernatural element, but in this collection of short stories she actually plays it straight for the most part. Sure the little high school
romances here are silly and unbelievable, but there are no vampires or time travelling demons in them this time (darn ^_^;)
Like I mentioned above, this is a book of very cute romantic short stories. The first is a sort of brother-sister romance ^^ Nao and Reo have grown up together and brother and sister. Nao can't stand the fact that Reo is a popular ladies man at their school. He is always in his room making out with
some girl in his room. Nao is even more surprised when he reveals who he really wants to be making out with ^_-
Another story in this is way out there in the believability scale (well, I guess it has a little magic in it), but I can't help but enjoy it. High school girl Yura-chan has a great boyfriend, Shinohara-kun. He is handsome, popular, and very smart. In fact he is ranked #1 in their school! Yura
just loves him, and is somewhat amzed that he isn't a pervert like other guys her age. Well, poor Yura-chan discovers one day that this isn't quite true. He is home sick from school, and Yura goes over to nurse him. She makes the mistake of
removing his glasses, and is shocked when his personality makes a huge shift! HEesuddenly lunges at her and pins her down! It seems that without his glasses on, Shinohara is a total lecher who can't keep his hands off of Yura. However when his glasses are put on, it's like hitting an OFF switch. How will Yura deal with this new side of
her boyfriend's personality?!
Story 4 is my personal favorite! 2nd year high school girl Noeru is just walking down the street, minding her own business, reading a part-time job listing magazine, when a really rich, handsome guy asks her out! He wants to pay her her to be his date for a very fancy Christmas Party. He goes to a private school, and all his classmates nearby are shocked to see him asking this strange girl
out! Noeru is a funny girl. She is always working to earn money, and she eagerly accepts the job invitation. But why would such a rich and handsome guy need to pay for his date? And why did he choose Noeru of all people?
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