"S + M"
By Amu SUMOTO
Flower Comics, 2001
I have no shame. I admit it! Yes, I purchased this tankoubon because the title was "S+M" and the girl on the cover was unzipping this cute guy's jacket with her teeth ^_^ What can I say, I like smutty shoujo manga! Besides, this series ran in CHEESE magazine! I love cheese titles, hehehe! Well, this one didn't turn out to be quite as smutty as the title would imply. Sneaky mangaka! Luring me with a title like that! But I did really enjoy this series. It is 2 volumes long total. I really wish the author would continue the story because I'd like to see what happens after the end... but anyway, on with the plot:
Ryo-chan is a cute, normal girl, but she has a problem- she has an unusually large chest. (Unusual for Japan I guess). Her chest is the first thing anyone ever looks at when they meet her, and when she was little she would be teased about it. Ryo has become so self-conscious about her chest that she has a complex over it, and it has affected her self-esteem a little bit. To make matters worse, one day when walking home with her friends, she is attacked by a stranger who gropes her chest. Fortunately, the attacker is stopped and pulled away by a cute guy Ryo-chan's age. She doesn't a very good look at him, but he saved her, and she is thankful. Ryo-chan is about to start taking the entrance exams to a school she really wants to get into. To help her with her studies, Ryo-chan's mother has enlisted the aid of the son of one of her friends. And wouldn't you guess it! Yes, the son is none other than the guy who rescued Ryo-chan from her attacker.
His name is Masaki Sanou, and he is the top student at one of the best schools in their area. Ryo-chan is impressed! Even better, he doesn't stare at her chest like all the other guys do. Masaki is a quiet, serious type who helps her study, and is not interested in oogling Ryo-chan. Lucky! Ryo-chan finds herself falling for Masak-sensei right away! But the plot thickens! This is a shoujo manga, so there has to be a love triangle! The third member of the love triangle is none other than Shingo Sanou, Masaki's identical twin brother! What?? There is a case of confused identities and mixed emotions as Ryo-chan finds herself caught in a tug of war in love with a set of twin brothers! What fun! Who will Ryo-chan really fall in love with? Masaki-sensei, the quiet, studious boy who saved her from her attacker- OR Shingo-kun, Masaki's identical twin who is just as cute as Masaki, but is more outgoing and friendly, but has a secretly sensitive side as well? Read and find out! I was very amused at the ending :)
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