The ending for the series was also very different from the final version.
Ginta and Arimi were not going to be a couple in the original version, nor was Meiko going to be reunited with Namura.
Yoshizumi notes several reasons behind the changes.
Part of the reason was that it was a request from the Ribon publishers, who wanted a female as the central character as the story was going to be included in a "Mother's Day" set with magnets featuring the characters.
Although the relationship between these two protagonists is the primary focus of the series, many of the supporting characters are also well-developed.At first, Yuu appears to be a complete jerk who takes every opportunity to make fun of and tease Miki, but he actually turns out to be fun and attractive, and Miki finds herself falling in love with him.Little by little, she accepts her new family arrangement and opens up to Yuu as they become best friends.The series was also adapted as a 30-episode live-action television series that was broadcast in Taiwan in 2002.The manga was published in English by Tokyopop, which also licensed the anime series.