Okay, let’s just dive right in with this one.
So this manga is about a high school girl named Ito, who is in theater and dreams of becoming a famous actress someday.
In the beginning of the story, Ito’s character is an extreme tomboy—she grew up with only brothers in her family’s martial arts dojo and she lost her mother at a very young age. She’s a bit brash and outspoken, quite tall (she’s about 5’8”), and cuts her hair short like a boy. (She’s actually the more boyish looking one in the image.)
Soon the character Makoto enters the story—and she’s a long haired, soft spoken, gentle, oh-so-feminine character who just transferred to Ito’s school (and also happens to be an actress).
Well, Ito quickly (and accidentally) discovers Makoto is actually a boy, who is cross dressing like a girl to prove to his father that he’s a great actor and should pursue his dreams of becoming an actor.
Makoto’s father wants Makoto to take over the family business cough cough CLICHE cough but promises Makoto that if he can go through his remaining two years of high school convincing everyone that he is a female student—his father would accept that Makoto was a brilliant actor and support his career choice. But if ANYONE finds out, the deal is off and Makoto MUST take over the family business. So, Ito promises to keep Makoto’s secret and they become fast friends. (And even faster lovers, honestly. :/)
Okay, okay, so that whole idea is pretty far-fetched, I know. Don’t judge me for being interested. :P
I think what the author of this manga really wanted to do was write a story about a girl who looks like a boy and have her fall in love with a boy who looks like a girl.
Anyway, I picked up this manga because the premise of the story sounded interesting. I like stories about opposites and lead female characters who don’t take no crap from nobody! XD
Unfortunately, this manga falls into the same horrible, redundant plot turns that most shojo-manga fall into. The main girl is desired by EVERY male character and the main guy is desired by EVERY female character—and every side character that crosses their path actively pursues them and/or causes ridiculous, meddlesome amounts of drama… ugh. Seriously. There’s always some guy trying to force himself on Ito and then Makoto has to come save the day! And then a few pages away you’ll have some fuckin’ girl that’s lying and scheming her way into getting “closer” to Makoto and Ito has to step in and tell a bitch to step off.
It makes for an exhausting read, full of so many “what was the author thinking?” moments. So sadly, while the artwork is pretty decent and the basic idea of the story is interesting, it’s just not well written or very creative. At all. And while there’s a few parts that were different, funny and/or intriguing at one point, it’s so short-lived! Because for some crazy reason, the author’s terrible plot will somehow lead into a possible interesting situation with so many options of where to take the story—but then she immediately makes a u turn and heads right back to the same cliché plot and proceeds to reuse the same situation over and over again!
That has to be one of the biggest downfalls in ANY story for me—movies, tv shows, books, manga… It doesn’t matter. There’s only a select few stories that can really pull off doing more of the same and keep me interested enough to keep watching/reading. (a huge example being Sailor Moon! XD)
I mean, of course I understand that the author has to create some friction and drama to make it even sort of worth your time—but, get creative! I mean, the plot itself is already wacky, so get wacky! You can’t have a wacky plot full of clichés. It makes it incredibly irritating to read and IMPOSSIBLE to relate to.
In my opinion, a manga reads the best when there’s ONE main problem that they have to work through. It takes a lot to work through it, but they eventually conquer it (or they don’t) and the story ends. But instead, this mangaka resuses the same plot, the same solution and has the same situations arise time and time again.
Also! I should mention a HUGE pet peeve I have with manga is when they bring in a character out of NO WHERE that one of the main characters are supposedly “betrothed” to.
(Well, except for in Ranma 1/2.. because that shit is hilarious.)
It happens surprisingly often and it’s soooo obnoxious! I can’t stand it. And, I mean, it’s manga, it’s not real, I get it—but that’s gotta be one of the more unrealistic, over used story lines out there. And I fucking hate it. (Well, unless the time period is right, of course.)
But in modern day Japan, I just can’t see arranged marriages really happening as often as it seems to happen in manga. But.. yeah. Whether it really happens a lot or not in modern times, this plot “twist” literally kills a manga for me.
The moment the story brings in a random so and so who’s engaged to the main so and so—I toss the manga into the toilet and I’m done.
Soooo… who wants to muster up a guess as to what happened with THIS manga?
Let’s break this WHOLE manga down into one paragraph. The two main characters start out as tomboy and girly man. Throughout the manga they go through “struggles” together (i.e. constantly fighting off each other’s suitors/parents/family duties/meddlesome “friends”) ... And eventually, toward the end of the manga, Ito and Makoto begin to switch places as far as characters. Ito becomes more feminine, Makoto wants to become more of a man again so he can properly be with Ito—they keep the secret from Makoto’s dad well enough, their relationship grows stronger and stronger and then BAM! Enter random bitch who’s betrothed to Makoto, throwing the ultimate wrench into their plans. :T
NO. I’M DONE. Bad mangaka! I mean.. Just.. seriously. No. It’s a terrible plot twist and I hate that the mangaka waited until the end to bring this character into the story. How obnoxious.
Don’t read this manga. Just.. don’t. There are no saving graces. Eventually every. single. character. gets on your nerves. Which is never good.
(To anyone who might have read this series: Sorry if I’m not being terribly accurate, it’s been awhile since I’ve read this manga. I have the first 3 volumes, but beyond that, I’m going off of my memory. Since it already started to go downhill after volume 3—I never purchased the series and was one of those cheap asses who read the whole series in the local bookstore.)18 months ago