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Author: Tanaka Meca
Alternate Titles: Faster Than A Kiss , Tsuki to Himawari ,
Genres: Comedy, Drama, Romance, School, Shoujo
After losing their parents, Fumino and her brother have been hopping from from one relative to another. Getting tired from moving around all the time, Fumino decides to quit school and work to support her brother on her own. However, before the plan can even come into action, her teacher appears in front of her and agrees to marry her, as well as support both her and her brother! Is he being serious, or siimply fooling around?
Left: Kaji Fumino; Right: Ojiro Kazuma
I was introduced to this anime by my good friend in high school. At that time she kept fangirling, saying “sensei is soooo cutee!!” I had to hear this sentence at least 20 times a day. I guess I was curious about why she was so crazy, that I finally decided to read the manga myself.
Faster than a Kiss has the forbidden love theme between a teacher and a student. At first I was quite disgusted by this fact as I don’t like forbidden love themes such as yuri/yaoi, and especially incest; unless it is a master/servant relationship. However, as I read this manga, my view started to change. Don’t get me wrong, I still disliked the forbidden love theme but this manga is so innocently cute that it was almost a contrast of the theme.
Though the art isn’t fantastic, as it is quite the same as all the shoujo mangas, but the eyes were not as big as Watashi ni xx Shinasai!, Kyou Koi wa Hajimemasu and etc. which is a definite plus point for me. Also, the art is not sketchy, it is clean and nice too.
One thing about the story of a student being the wife of a teacher has been used before, so the story is quite ‘recycled’. Also, the fact that the teacher has a dark past has been used in many other shoujo mangas. Still, even though it was a typical shoujo manga, I enjoyed it. I enjoyed how the characters’ feelings for each other grow and they slowly mature throughout the series; and since this is a typical shoujo manga, you can expect love triangles, jealousy, and the works.
Even though the plot, story line and cliches were all there, I still enjoyed this series a lot. There is just something that attracted and made me addicted to this series. I enjoyed it more than I usually do for this kind of manga. The heroine and her brother (teppei), has to welcome Kazuma (Hero) home cosplay style. It sounds really inappropriate but trust me, it is not. In fact, it is funny and at the same time cute to see the heroine embarrassed. But on the other hand, this manga is not too ecchi (just a little), which may be because this manga is targeted for girls. The ending feels rushed but overall the story was a nice read.
However, one major thing I didn’t quite like about this manga is how the heroine has to be continuously rescued like a damsel in distress. I wished that heroine, though as strong as she is, wouldn’t have to depend on the main Hero so much. I like manga with strong heroine that can stand on their own two feet and don’t need to be rescued. Instead, she becomes her own rescuer; though this depends on individual taste too.
In a nutshell, Faster Than a Kiss is your typical shoujo manga with a little plot twist. It is a nice read for those who wants some nice teacher/student romance. It is not too perverted and it is romance comedy so you will have times that you will go “awww” and also times that you will laugh.