Title: Wild Ones
Author/Artist: Kiyo Fujiwara
Format: Paperback (reads right to left)
Publisher: VIZ media
Published: December 11th 2007
I've actually had this one sitting on my shelf for well over 2 years. I remember checking out this comic book store (which was so exciting- yes, I am a totally geek!) and picking this one up. I just remember loving the synopsis, and boy was I right for loving this. Manga's are exciting and fun, and completely unrealistic, but that's what makes them so fun to read. And plus, they have pictures! It's like a movie/book all in one!Sachie Wakamura just lost her mother, and her estranged grandfather has shown up to take care of her. The only problem is that grandpa is the head of a yakuza gang! Too scared to join her new family, Sachie tries to continue living her normal life. She can't run far though, since one of the most popular guys in school is part of her grandfather's gang and her new protector. No one at school knows about Rakuto's hidden life, and soon Sachie finds herself falling for her bodyguard. But she's the granddaughter of Rakuto's boss, and he can never show his feelings for her. Can Sachie find a way to fit into her new family and grab her chance at love?
Wild Ones was a fun and entertaining read. The main character, Sachie, was so lovable and fun. She was cute, funny, kind, and totally kick-ass (she lives in a house full of men, so a girls got to be). Lucky Sachie is a "princess" in the eyes of her grandpa's employers or "gang members." But really, she's just a highschooler totally and completely in love with Rakuto, her protector. First off, let me just say I wish I could have a protector as hot and charming as Rakuto *Okay, I can move on now... * We soon learn that Sachie is falling head over heels for Rakuto, even if she doesn't truly realise it. However, we don't really know Rakuto's true feelings for Sachie. I mean, it would seem he loves her, but he can be an ass.
Anyways, the silly puppy love between Rakuto and Sachie is adorable and laughable. As a reader you just know they love each other and they should shut up and just get on with it, but you also know there wouldn't be a great story to tell without this. Their not-so-public feelings for eachother is what gives this manga fun and entertainment. We can't forget about those gang members though. They were rather funny to read at times. Obsessed with dragons and weird nick-nacks, who wouldn't have fun in this house of men?
So if you're in to manga, love a good romance story, I think this is the manga for you. It's no Bleach or Soul Eater, but definitely something worth a look at.
5 "wild ones"
Because it was just that good
*There are 10 books in this series, all of which I hope to get and read. So watch out for future reviews for this series!