English: Here Comes Miss Modern
Synonyms: Smart-san, Mademoiselle Anne, There Goes the Modern Girl, Here Comes Miss Modern, Here Comes a Dandy, Haikara-san ga Tōru
Published: 1975 to 1977
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SynopsisBenio Hanamura is a 17-year-old schoolgirl in Tokyo during the Taisho era. Benio lost her mother when she was very young and has been raised by her father, a high-ranking official in the Japanese army. As a result, she has grown into a tomboy - contrary to traditional Japanese notions of femininity, she studies kendo, drinks sake, dresses in often outlandish-looking Western fashions, and isn't as interested in housewife duties as she is in literature. She also rejects the idea of arranged marriages and believes in a woman's right to a career and to marry for love. Benio's best friends are the beautiful Tamaki, who is much more feminine than Benio but equally interested in women's rights, and Ranmaru, a young man who was raised to play female roles in the kabuki theater and as a result has acquired very effeminate mannerisms.
BackgroundHaikara-san ga Tooru won the first Kodansha Manga Award for shoujo in 1977.
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Although Haikara-san is lighter in feeling overall, they both deal with similar themes and weave tales of enormous growth of character through tragedy. They also have a similar artwork style for those who appreciate the older look. I would definitely give both a try!
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