Speaking of old shoujo manga, Tokimeki Tonight is really fun manga that was done before the current/80's-2000's cliches that plagued shoujo mangas. The fantasy elements embedded in the regular world and little to none focus on school life is so refreshing and best part is that the manga plot progress into unexpected directions. To sum up, think of universal monsters and others
meet shoujo manga. >>85965
Oh, I read Mars in the 2000's. I agree, it's truly underrated classic. I wouldn't personally go as far as saying as it my favorite shoujo manga in particular or even manga in general >The issues it deals with are A Lot, All the Time, yet it doesn't feel like they are handled badly at all
To nitpick I thought it was stupid and jerk-like how the guy talked that he cannot relate/understand her horrible experience with rape. I mean c'mon.
and There was also the forced drama of her mother getting back with her rapist step-father because of financial issues which seems ridiculous no matter how hard the mangaka tried to make it look reasonable. >>86265>feMC still having the personality of a shut in despite having a large social circle (characters begging her to hang out)and not being interesting in anyway
tbf you don't turn into an extrovert in a night, but I do agree that the author could've play out the shy-popular gap way better and in a much more interesting way.
>when an author can write a better connection between the main character and a side character than her actual intend love interest
Well that's what naturally happens when you barely focus on the main relationship