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Butterflies, Flowers, Vol. 5 Kindle Edition
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Choko came from a well-to-do family and Masayuki was the son of one of the servants. He used to take care of Choko when she was a little girl, back before her family filed for bankruptcy and the servants had to be let go. Years passed, and Choko became an adult and got herself a job...where Masayuki was her boss. Past feelings and mutual attraction have now led them to become lovers. Masayuki may have the upper hand at work, but he still calls Choko "Milady" and considers himself her servant.
The two move in together, and this leads to a new arena of problems (and humor). Masayuki wants to buy them a twin bed so they can sleep together extra close; Choko is less than enthused by this idea. Troubles in the bedroom arise, and while they're not shown, they're alluded to with jokes and wit. Jokes like these--and brief nudity and sensuality--give Butterflies, Flowers a Mature rating.
Butterflies, Flowers manages to be both realistic and way out there, depending on the page. It also has outrageous moments for comic effect (like when Masayuki gets upset and pulls out a gun, even though there really isn't a gun there; it's just to show how he's feeling). Some of what the two go through are typical things in any serious relationship. But other things, like Masayuki being a devoted servant, aren't seen in your average duo. Masayuki is also the more over-the-top of the two characters, because while at times he's a total straight man, he can also be prone to flights of hysterics, especially when his abilities as a man are questioned.
Yuki Yoshihara really knows what she's doing and brings together a hilarious, sensual, offbeat comedy in this series. It's aimed for adult women, and it'd be nice if more manga like it were translated into English. The art isn't overly detailed, though it remains very pretty. Yoshihara does a good job of having humor be apparent not only in words and situations, but also in her drawings. Altogether, Butterflies, Flowers continues to be a very fun read.
-- Danica Davidson
[Manga contains Explicit Content.]
I don't think I like this series. I didn't really mind it at first, but now it's just bothering me.
It's not really my type of humor, which is a bit disappointing. It's a little to exaggerated for me, and there are perverted jokes, that normally I would like, but don't. And some of the jokes that Masayuki makes, and the jokes done to Choko aren't all that funny to me. Some of it is alright, but other parts are too dramatic for me.
Masayuki annoys me a bit. He's protective of Choko a bit too much, and too dramatic, and maybe it's the servant part of him that bothers me most. The way he's so cruel to her, and then acts so sweet. The sweet part of him just isn't as good as it could be, and the cruel parts of him aren't all that entertaining and don't seem to have as much hidden sweetness to them that I would like.
And Choko really bothers me. I don't like much at all. She's not very smart and she's a bit whiny and cries too easily... She's the typical weak heroine, and I don't like that. Weak main characters bother me, a lot, and especially when they're female. And she is very much that.
I want to like this series, for many reasons. It's Josei, meaning that the characters are older, out of high school, and it's more for older women. And the smut scenes! There were, like, three of them in this one book! Those are the types of things that I especially like in a book, of any type really. And they could be so much better, if Masayuki wasn't demanding in a way that bothered me, and if Choko wasn't so weak. I really want to like it for those reasons.
I've talked more about what I thought on this series than this actual volume. Most of the books actually kind of a blur for me. So, Choko was going to move in with Masayuki, and they go furniture shopping, but he has some conflicts about her moving in. And then Choko's family home burned down, and they're all very upset about this, and Choko cries. And then Masayuki has some sex-related problems, which is interesting. This isn't really something that happens in most manga, or books in general, and it's neat to see it happen for once. And then the manga ends with Masayuki and Choko having an intimate moment, and they talk some about him not calling her milady anymore.
I don't know if I'm going to continue the series or not. I might, because there are only a couple books left, but I don't know if I like it enough. And I don't have much hope that it'll get any better. I don't see Masayuki getting any better, nor do I see Choko getting any smarter. I hope they do, and I would only read more in hope of them getting better. (And, you know, maybe for the smut scenes.)