Title:Itazura na 24ji
(Mischievous 24 hours)
Flower Comics, 1999
Heheh, here is another manga that was just so cute it had me saying “awwwwww” all the way through it ^_^ I bought it for the cute cover, no doubt there. It seemed like it would be a cute romance, and yep, it was ^_^ This one has many of the Random Shoujo Manga Common Plot characteristics that I list in that section, and yes, the plot is very very predictable, but I still liked it ^^ I’m a sucker for shoujo manga love triangles involving teen idols and high school big-shots 😛 Wakana is a 16 year old high school girl who likes two guys, but she considers both of them to be way beyond her world; there is no way she could ever meet or be with either of them. The first guy is one of the most popular guys at school, the handsome star of the school archery team Yuki MAKINO. The other guy is even more out of her realm, the handsome and popular teen idol-actor Takuto SAWAKI. Wakana-chan seems pretty much resigned to admiring them both from afar.
Meanwhile at home, Wakana lives with her older sister. Her parents are away on business. I am not sure about her father, but her mother is living in Hokkaido. However Wakana’s sister is about to get married and move out, leaving Wakana all by herself. Wakana’s mother is not too keen on this idea, and wants Wakana to come to Hokkaido to live with her. But Wakana doesn’t want to go, all her friends are right here. So after much convincing, Wakana’s mom agrees to let Wakana stay by herself for a little while, however if ANYTHING goes wrong, she is to call her mother immediately and go to Hokkaido. Whew, Wakana is happy about this, but things almost immediately turn strange when she has an encounter with the building’s manager, a guy in a hat and concealing glasses. He behaves inappropriately, but stops and then warns Wakana that for a girl living alone it can be dangerous, and she should be more careful. Wakana has learned her lesson, but things continue to go wrong when the faucet in her bathroom breaks and her apartment ends up flooded. Oh no! The place is a mess! She will have to go back to Hokkaido with her mom! Wakana runs to the apartment manager for help, and catches him without his hat or glasses on. SHOCK! The apartment manager is none other but Takuto, the famous teen idol! What is he doing as an apartment manager? Anyway, Takuto sees the state of her apartment and actually invites her to come live with him until her place is repaired! Wow, Wakana-chan actually LIVING with one of her two idols? Amazing! Things get even more complicated when the handsome Yuki MAKINO at school actually shows interest in Wakana-chan too! WOW, Both the unattainable guys are now in her life! But who will she choose?? Hehehe classic love triangle!