Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Desire Climax Review

Summary From ShoujoMagic:

Omori Mio is 17 years old. To help out her desperately poor family, she takes on a part-time job. Then, one night, a boy snatches a kiss from her and offers her money, saying, "I'll buy you." Who is the boy who stole Mio's first kiss...!?

Artwork: 9/10
The artwork truly is very lovely. It's really cute in a lot of places, and makes certain male characters appropriately attractive haha. I do love how she does distinguish between several different characters well. (I will get into that later). There are no weird confusing bits where characters look too similar. It is not overly cutesy at all (no flowers all over the place), but it was a little inconsistent in the beginning.

Plot: 4/10
I don't want to spoil anything too much, but the plot was all over the place. I read in a forum that someone thought that it was cool that this had so many plot twists. In my opinion, it had too many. It was really inconsistent, and this series changed so much within such a short span of time that by the end, it was not the manga I had started reading. It was almost about an entirely different subject matter entirely. The family conflict in the end was so cliche, and though you can see the mangaka did foreshadow it, you could see it coming obviously coming a million miles away. I was really disappointed with how many weird plot twists were thrown in such a short time. I wish it had stayed true to its original feel, because it seemed to turn in a completely different direction afterwards.

Characters: 6/10
Overall, characters were likeable, but so dramatic all of the time! And it was really obvious on the mangaka's part for many of the plot twists. I felt that a lot of the arcs were such stretches, and overly dramatic. While this does mean that the characters are vivid, I think that they are too exaggerated most of the time. In addition, it does bother me a little about their relationship--it is somewhat abusive, and rather disturbing.

Overall Appeal: 7/10
The reason I give this overall score so high is that I really like the series and the entire original premise. However, the rest of the series was very disappointing because I really did not expect many of the things the mangaka did. I wish it had not been so disappointing, but otherwise, I did really enjoy reading it. I must warn that it does have some sex in it, so if you don't want to read that, you are forewarned. Also, the title is super awkward haha, but you at least get the idea.

So a few other things I wanted to say.
1. I received notice that someone was having virus problems with the site. If you are too, please let me know in the poll to the right.
2. Are you interested in reading more of these reviews? I read less manga than I used to, but I think I could try to write a few more manga reviews.


  1. I totally agree with you kat-sempai, and yes i would like to see more of your manga reviews..

  2. I read this manga some years ago and I love the artwork! Like you said the relationship is sometimes strange and abusive but not too much
    All the characters have some dark part, it's enjoyable in a shoujo
    Thanks for your review (and sorry if there is language mistake)

  3. I like your reviews!

  4. I enjoy reading other peoples views on books and mangas, so please review others.

  5. Thanks for you review, I've read it last night and I couldn't get to sleep as it was traumatising. The artwork was good but *no spoilers* the love triangle was F***ed and the main male character is horrible. He's in the beginning stages of becoming an abusive husband/ wife beater. The power distance relationship is unhealthy and the main girl has seriously self esteem issues if that the kind of guy she wants to love.

    But that's my opinion. It was an educational experience and I couldnt put it it was like watching a car crash

  6. Desire Climax was one of the first mangas that I read and your review was dead on. I love the story line and the characters although they seem to be harsh, violent, and submissive. It's an enjoyable, yet hard read. I'm glad that this was scanslated.