Suki is in some ways a typical CLAMP offering. The protagonist is a cute, slightly androgynous girl who is somehow unknowingly involved in a mysterious conspiracy. Also typical of CLAMP, the main character's love interest is a much older man, her teacher. While some may like the series' cutesy feel, the main character's extreme innocence makes her come off as borderline mentally challenged, and her relationship with her much older teacher comes off as more "creepy pedophile fodder" than anything else. Still, the art clean and simple, and some CLAMP fans may like this odd little series.
This book creeped me out. The high school aged protagonist has serious father issues, and the first half of the book is basically her stalking and fantasizing about her 32 year old teacher. The drama increases when she meets a friend of his, and with it the creepiness of this manga also increases.
Suki is so sweet, at times I felt in danger of getting cavities from it. At the same time however as you go through the series you find typical of clamp darker issues working in the background that take the edge off the sweetness so prevalent in the series that make it palatable for the more jaded readers.
Wow. In reading some of the other reviews for this first volume, I have to admit that I was hesitant as to whether I would actually enjoy reading it. (or to be able to stomach it, for that matter)
Though, with all the uproar in the reviews and outcries of it being creepy, I have to say that it did manage to also arouse my curiousity. Being that I've read so many manga, doushin and watched tons of truly bizarre animes... I braced myself.
What a laugh!
I really crack up at the reviews this got.
First of all, the main female character Suki.... is beyond annoying. If she were three years old, I would find her cute. But casting a highschooler as emotionally deep and aware as said three year old.... is flat out stupid and short sided. If they continued on that and played her out as mentally retarded but functionally, I could accept that. But oh no, they then show her as intellectually (when it comes to school)intelligent as a young Einstein. Please spare me!
But what's a hoot is all this outcry of the whole story being super creepy. I mean, first off, anyone who reads manga regularly would know that the theme of a young girl falling into an affair with her teacher to be a common theme. They really have a fetish with that over there. I don't remember being attracted to any of my teachers, but whatever floats their boat. It's fun to read anyways.
And beyond that, they simply 'actually' allow the male teacher to act like the 32 year old man that he is in the story and not some emotionally stunted or prince charming type of guy. Therefore, it's hard to find him attractive to you as the reader, and therefore acceptable.
On top of that, the author was TRYING to creep her readers out. She wanted a reaction and then obviously decided to lighten the theme by throwing in pathetically obvious clues that the male teacher could have other motives then what you think they are.
It doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure it out. Just someone with an open mind. And if you're getting into reading manga that from an entirely different culture on the other side of the planet, and OPEN MIND is absolutely essential.
I wouldn't say this is the best beginning book to a series I've ever read. Frankly, it's ok and nothing more. But, it's still fun to read, just because the author was open enough to not care about ruffling feathers.
If you're a light weight with an iron barred mind, DON'T READ THIS!!!
You have been warned. :P
Cutesy, girly manga. Light romance.