Renai Shinjuu

Name: Renai Shinjuu
Manga-ka: Sasaki, Yuna

Volumes: 4 (Complete)
Licensed: No
Scanlations: V.02 Ch.03 (Hiatus)
Scanlator: Sound of Jewels and Otome Cafe
Type: Manga
Genre: Drama/Psychological
Age Group: Teen

Summary: When they were 12 years old, Runa and Ren were very much in love, but Runa’s mother was against it – they were far too young. Ren did the unthinkable, tried to have the two of them commit suicide together rather than be apart. The suicide was a failure but both kids were hospitalized with serious injuries. It didn’t break them apart but eventually Runa’s parents were able to separate them.

Several years pass and Runa has moved on with a new boyfriend named Shou when Ren suddenly shows up attending the same high school, very sexy and still in love with her, and suddenly her life is very complicated…


Graphics Rating: 4/5
Plot Rating: 2/5

Opinion: Gorgeous graphics. Very detailed. Very shoujo. Main redeeming quality.

I’ll just copy my comment on Mangaupdates:
The plot is just one dramatic twist after another with cookie cutter characters without any dimension. It often goes off onto weird tangents where side characters make decisions that make no sense and the story just kind of hobbles through. Lack of direction has left this manga a mess.

Someone commented afterwards as well and gave it a ten out of ten and disagreed with all my points. I’m sorry. But I lose all respect for a manga when OUT OF NO WHERE the best friend of the protagonist stumbles upon some random side character in a satan circle trying to curse the protagonist while wearing a black robe. I just. Cannot. I can’t. NO. IT DOESN’T HAVE ANYTHING TO DO WITH ANYTHING. LOOK AT YOUR LIFE. LOOK AT YOUR CHOICES.

Overall not believable at all. Want to read a good dramatic psyhcological manga? Read “Watashi no Megane-kun” read “Flowers of Evil” read “Deep Love” (I’ve reviewed them all look it up!). All of these are super intense psychological manga with messed up characters, but make it believable. Even “Peach Girl” is better then this.

Final Rating: 2/5

Extra: None

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