Gimai Seikatsu

Gimai Seikatsu

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From classmates to brother and sister, living under the same roof.

After his fathers remarriage, Asamura Yuuta ends up getting a new stepsister, coincidentally the number one beauty of the school year, Ayase Saki. Having learned important values when it comes to man-woman relationships through the previous ones of their parents, they promise each other not to be too close, not to be too opposing, and to merely keep a vague and comfortable distance.

On one hand, Saki, who has worked in solitude for the sake of her family, doesnt know how to properly rely on others, whereas Yuta is unsure of how to really treat her. Standing on fairly equal ground, these two slowly learn the comfortable sensation of living together.

Their relationship slowly evolves from being strangers the more the days pass. Eventually, this could end up in a story about love for all we know.

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The personalities of the characters are all enjoyable to read about, character development was present, and I really enjoyed the drama arcs. Vol. 4s philosophy really hit home for me as well, and Id recommend this book for anyone who comes across it. While Im not an avid fan of incest, I dont mind as long as the story is good, plus, the MC and fMC arent blood-related, and you know how the saying goes.

For the first 3 volumes I greatly enjoyed it. The slow burn romance and overall pacing and events was great and based off those 3 my rating would be high 4 or even 5 stars. However with volume 4 it felt like all the charm and individuality dried up and we are left with a bland I shouldnt like them but I do internal debate for as much of V4 as I could bring myself to read. Highly disappointing turn around. Ive left it on my reading list in hopes


I dredge up the willpower to slog through and see if it ever picks back up.

As of volume 2, I think its upheld most of my initial impressions and overall improved upon itself. Previously, I anticipated that it would head in the direction of other slice of life romance novels and focus only on the romance aspect, but Im happily surprised that it didnt. Characters, outside of the pairing, instead received additional, special 1-on-1 moments with each other in such a way that they felt a lot more realistic. I think the author has a talent for keeping things real while still incorporating beloved JP


media aspects. Since were still only in the introduction-ish part of the story, there isnt much more to say other than that theres still a lot more room for improvement, but Im confident that the author will improve by leaps and bounds as we go along.

Honestly, Gimai Seikatsu has got to be one of the best stories Ive ever read, and the only one to make me connect with a character in no more than a paragraph or two. It has a perfect balance of writing, plot, and setting that you just dont see in but the most skilled authors. Too many stories lose sight of what they promised and end up going through a hundred different side-quests, keeping you waiting for the content that you originally signed up for.* As is said in the book, I think you got lost in your search for originality, dear author.

Keep in mind this is only Volume 1, however, things may change.

I would also like to applaud CClaw Translations for their excellent writing, its not easy to translate concepts between two different languages while still sounding natural. Ive seen worse from people whove been writing for years! Again, thank you.

* If youre interested in a deeper exploration into this topic, I would recommend watching Brandon Sandersons lectures on writing (YouTube). And yes, he isthatBrandon Sanderson, the famous fantasy writer.

Theres many romcoms where the FMC hates the MC or vice versa at first, but this story is different. They both do not hate each other, that made it piqued my interest

But if you think volume 1 is quite bad, let me tell you what I think. The first volume is made to introduce characters, story foundation to make the MC and FMCs relationship become more close, like when....... spoilers....

Asamura helps Ayase from getting hit by a car, or when Asamura almost gets assaulted by Ayase and Asamura stops it and listening to her problems]

Of course, , theres some downsides to it. Like theres just nothing interesting happens. I get it that this is slice of life, and theres one or two interesting stuff happen.6/5

Its a story of two strangers becoming half-siblings and adapting to each other. This story is a more realistic take on this concept. Theres no overuse of cliches and its not overly sweet. Both parties are reasonable humans. Comfy would be the best word I can use to describe it right now. Kept me glued to the story from the beginning to the end. Looking forward to volume 2!

This novel is just perfect. After getting bombarded with all those isekai LNs and Fake harm rom coms all these years, we finally have something that is grounded to reality... at least a little. This isnt some isekai fantasy tr*sh where all the characters go joking around while the MC is surrounded by a bunch of girls who try to get his attention. Instead this novel tried really hard on building the relationships between MC and other characters, and they did not disappoint.

The latest volume (V4) really managed to make


this novel even better. I really hope there will be many novels similar to this in the future, and I also cant wait to see how the story of this novel will go on from now.

Definetly a novel that you should read since the story is fairly decent and its well paced, and no its not a tr*shy loser AF MC we get from tr*sh stories with the same genres

The story progression has a very stable pacing, 1 chapter for an entire days story, then a timeskip of a month from the 1st volume towards the 2nd volume.

The story is on the perspective of the MC while at the epilogue, we get a diary on the FLs perspective, which is a good way to show


us a glimpse of how things are developing in both their lives, not just in the MCs view.

The story and immersion is for people who would like to enjoy a steady pace of how things are progressing. Overall its definetly a must read especially if there would be more volumes release since Vol2 is better than if not as good as Vol1, so Im really expecting Vol3+ to decent as well.

At the end of Volume 1, FL is starting to get conscious towards the MC. By the end of Volume 2, FL is able to identify a feeling she has towards the MCs workmate (which is honestly a great character) which she identifies as Jealousy. The MC is also conscious about the FL but not really leaning towards a romantic interest because he is still considering the happiness of his Dads relationship with the FLs Mom, so if things go sour towards the MCs relationship and the FLs, then it would affect the relationship of their parents, thus he tries to avoid concsiouly, but unconsciously he does have an inkling towards her as shown in how he acts in the novel, especially in Volume 2

Now, now, the title itself seems something that I wouldnt like. At first I thought this will be similar to those other LN that I have read and dropped. I thought this would be like those ecchi sis-con or bro-con life story seeing each other in embarrassing or lewd moments but good thing it wasnt. I had a second thought before reading this, finally I got bored and got nothing to read so I give it a chance. And wow this is just wonderful. I will not talk anything about


the LN itself but simply from the emotion I felt from reading this. Its very good to the point that I cant stop reading, somehow the author try to keep it realistic which is a good one. I love how their relationship build up. I read up to the third volume and Im dying for the fourth volume.

This novel is a more realistic take on the step-sister genre of romance. Its a story about day-to-day life of 2 teenagers with broken homes that abruptly became siblings. The story focused on the awkwardness of their relationship and their efforts on being considerate not only to each others, but to their parents as well. Its a pleasant read and I highly recommend it.

Well honestly, I dont really like writing a review on an uncompleted series, so, I figured Ill just list my impression of this novel so far instead,


Character portrayals are great, each characters have certain amount of depths to their personality and the author slowly explored those depth and made each and every one of them unique, it feels like they are written based on an actual human being rather than following popular tropes.

The premise might seems generic and you are right, it IS a generic premise, BUT, the authors take on this premise is a breath of fresh air. The execution is pretty much well done, the progression is realistic and believable and the author wrote on details really well, though in regards of details, sometimes its a bit

detailed, but I think that just shows how much efforts the author put in writing the novels and I honestly appreciate that.

The pacing is relaxing and slow, the author didnt throw everything at you all at once and instead took a more systematic approach to solve and introduce more problems into the story, though this gave birth to a problem which is the relationship progression between the characters is slow, while I personally like it this way, it might turn off some of you, so please keep that in mind if you dislike slow progression.

Overall, I really like this novel, Im excited for whatever the author has in stock for us readers. Volume 3 ended in a good note and I really want to see how the relationship between the characters go.

Now, some might think its just the usual incest filled with events and developments that only happens in novels. But thats not the case for Gimai Seikatsu (Days with my step-sister), this gives you a realistic view into the conflicts happening between the two siblings heart and mind.

With every volume came growth, and as you read about their daily lifes, you will come to know how the two came to be, how they


adapted to each other, how they felt the uncertainty in their hearts, how they dealt with their conflict, and how they accepted each other.

this might look like typical I fell in love with my stepsis, but I assure you, this is different. This is more realistic than the most of the light novel/ manga/ anime that I read, author has pretty deep knowledge about psychology, author always does his research when he wants to write something that he doesnt know that deep, conversations are brilliant and lively, interactions are very carefully written, characters has unique and special personalities and author knows how to show it to us, no character is extra and relevant


to the story, character development is really nice, art is not bad, content of dialogues are both engaging and informing (both about characters and real life)

This is the first time I actually ever written a public review of any literary work of any languages, so if my points were up to no good, then I beg for your pardon.

From my perspective, this book started off by giving a glimpse of the current human conditions shaped by its surrounding environment. How we label other people based on stereotypes, with the premise of prejudice and simple minded conclusion, forcing us, member of society to become conformist with no general idea of what they meant, in other words,


hypocrisy, for the sake of pleasing of other people. But the topics were more than that. It explore how ones past effect their views and expectations in their growth to maturity and how fixated they are in maintaining it. The books also showed the intricacy of human relationship with its established environment, the desire to keep the status quo but also an equal, if not more of a desire of change and uncertainty that lingers with every ponder.

In conclusion, after binging trough all 4 volumes in a day, I shall give my highest admiration to the translation team for giving us such a remarkable translations of this masterpiece of literary. This book indeed leave a deep impression on myself, and leaving me pondering in my lonely nights accompanied with my thoughts.

Now as for the novel, the one thing that appeases to me the most is the realistic take on the relationship of our two leads, as many other reviews have pointed out the same. There are no forced feelings b/w them which would make it look shallow.

This novel plot is where the MC dad and female lead mom remarry and they become step siblings that kind of plot however unlike the other novels this novel is realistic there are no step sister hates the MC because he is disgusting or step sister loves the MC at first sight etc, no not that kind of stuff. The relationship at first are only that of step siblings no hate no love just like real step siblings though there probably will be love in the future but who knows

To be frank, Im surprised people like this novel that much, but I suppose it stays true to its title. Be warned, Gimai Seikatsu, or directly translated, Life with my stepsister, is not really a romance novel. There is little to no romantic action until the fourth volume (where it just begins, youre going to need to wait for another volume for actual romance). The content largely revolves around the protagonist adapting


That aside, the series is definitely more mature than you would expect for a light novel. It spends some time developing the characters lifestyles and worldviews, as well as their circumstances. In that sense, its realistic.

Theres just two problems with the writing: the pace is too slow, and the characters feel unrealistic. Yes, its in the slice of life genre. Yes, we have two very cautious characters. Yes, they are suddenly thrown into the same household together. But even then, early interactions dont have much depth to them. Its not interesting to read about two characters being considerate and awkwardly hand-shaking away any interaction. The conflict is developed so incredibly slowly that it feels like watching grass grow at times. Being perfectly honest, Hitens illustrations are the most interesting things about the early parts of the story.

Moving on to the other problem: the characters feel weird. I feel like people have this strange tendency to think that if characters discuss their philosophies, theyre automatically realistic, but this is really not the case. In Gimai Seikatsu, their philosophies define all their interactions; they come off feeling flat. A persons worldview is not that superficial. Your worldview shapes your motives, but it doesnt define them. Admittedly this becomes less of an issue later on when we have actual character development, but I felt like it was significant enough to mention.

I think the novel becomes much more enjoyable when Sakis perspective starts being included (in volume 4) so theres that to look forward to. Overall, I think this novel is overrated, and I wouldnt say this is a series that everyone can enjoy, but its not bad.

A story about step siblings falling in love with each other, but with a very realistic approach. The reason for remarriage is properly explained, back story is reasonable too.

I really recommend reading this. One of the best slow paced romance/slice of life modern light novel ive ever read, paired with a very awesome translator. As long as author doesnt drag the slow romance for like 3-4 volumes, this will be a constant 5 star for me.

I actually am not romcom reader. The reason I read it because I want something that tell me about how human relationship is through story (well Im like a naive person for that matters)

Yes, I know, wanting to learn about human relationship from light novel moreover romcom feels a bit off from reality, but I want something that I can enjoy.

Volume 1 is special about first encounter I guess, so basically someone can call this session dry, but for me its a gentle first impression about how yuuta and saki start to live together as family in the same roof and school. While in the near end of the volume 1, the problem blown up and yuuta can prevent it.

The frustration saki of quick money and the fear of indebtedness because of her dependent traumatic with her father.

Volume 2 is something fresh up with the appearance of seed of romance and unconscious jealousy of saki. And this is a volume where the real romance comedy of this story begins, and also with a gentle plot and interesting leak of saki diary like in volume 1 as a way of us the readers to know what actually the stoic saki really think and do in the past few days that yuuta curious about.

As with slice of life novels sometimes beginning are pretty boring, but hey its a slice of life so its fine. It starts out normally Mcs dad marries another woman and coincedentally her daughter is one of the most beautiful students in school. Its starts out pretty awkward and they become more familiar as time passes by and find out that they have more things in common than they thought. The plot is pretty typical but so far the execution has been pretty good and im looking forward to


Honestly, this was an amazing read, the pacing is great and I cant hope but wish there was more. Unlike other novels, I feel like none of the characters are annoying but contribute to the story very well.

Ive always loved slow romance as these type of novels are wonderful and doesnt give the feeling that their relationships might collapse if a bad situation were to arise, this was lovely, Ive been captivated by their bittersweet relationship!

I love this series. The characters are considerate and conscious for one another in order to not overstep any boundaries. Both are trying to get used to living with each other. I have high hopes for this series. MC has a brain and FMC aint annoying in any way. I also recommend watching the Visual Novel ver. On YouTube, though its not subbed buf with enough weab knowledge you may understand a thing or two.

I really like the characters in this novel. Their interactions are not something you cant imagine but it still isnt chich in any way. Really looking forward to the continuation.

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