Title: Wagamama na Junai (Selfish Passion)
Author: IKEDA Yukio
Kodansha Comics Betsufure, 2003
Hooray for total randomness! Yet another title purchased because of the cute cover! I also liked the title. This is the first series by this author that I have bought (at least af far as I know. Hmm.) and I enjoyed it very much. I need to check and see what else she has done. While the art style here is not my favorite (It can get a little cluttered/messy, and have really weird body proportions sometimes) the story is a lot of fun. This is a one-shot volume, but all 4 chapters in it are about the same couple. I am a bit disappointed that this seems to have ended at one volume. I liked the characters enough that I think it should have gone on for another volume or two or three…
Our heroine is a cute girl named Miyo-chan. The story begins at a train station, where Miyo has just gathered up all her courage and is about to confess her love to her long-time crush Honda-kun. However, things don’t go quite like how Miyo planned. In a strange mishap, Miyo ends up confessing her love, but not to Honda (who has boarded the train and is now behind doors that are sliding shut)! Instead, when she opens her eyes to peek at her love interest to see what his reaction to her declaration is, she is shocked to see another guy standing in front of her. A very… large… guy. A very… intimidating and mean looking guy…
Oops! Miyo has confessed to the wrong guy! Even worse, the guy she did confess to is a well-known guy at her school. His name is Kuratarou, and he is SCARY. Everyone at school is afraid of him because he is tall, mean-looking, and speaks in a rude and menacing way to them all. Kuratarou is definitely NOT school prince material. He is pretty much the opposite of the school prince type of guy. Even worse, he seems to be a friend of Honda-kun!
To Miyo’s surprise, Kuratarou, while surprised to have a girl confessing to him, thinks Miyo is an interesting and funny girl, and decides to accept her love declaration! But hey, she didn’t mean to confess to HIM, he can’t accept the declaration! But sure enough, a few moments later he is claiming Miyo as his property!
Miyo doesn’t know what to do when Kuratarou starts claiming to everyone (including Honda-kun) that she is his girlfriend. He ignores her protests and yells at anyone who looks at them funny. This Kuratarou guy is just awful. He is loude, rude, and lacks manners. He is totally unpolished and crude. He doesn’t think of Miyo’s feelings at all. He yells at her and orders her around. How can she be stuck with a guy like this!
Her friends suggest that she just go with the flow and stay with Kuratarou because he is good friends with Honda-kun. This way, she will get closer to Honda. But Miyo doesn’t know if she can last for very long around this rude guy.
But wait… there are moments when he has a softer expression, and he is always smiling when he laughs with his friends. There are some time when Miyo can see Kuratarou’s uncomfortable and awkward side, and she slowly starts to understand him more…
All 4 chapters in this book follows the adventures of Miyo as she tries to deal with Kuratarou and Honda-kun. There are many unexpected obstacles they encounter, and they must work hard to understand each other. But it’s very cute, and I wish it could have gone on longer!