Maki-kun goes to look at the results of his high school entrance exam and meets a beautiful girl. Could this be a fated encounter? He's thrilled to find out that the same girl, Aikawa Kizuna, not only ends up going to his school, but is in his class. However, he's not so thrilled to find out that Aikawa is really a guy!
Story - 8 - A very simple story. Male protagonist Maki sees pretty girl on his way to checking his exam scores (thinks it's fate). The first day of school, the "girl" Aikawa is in the same class as him, and she clearly announces in front of everyone that she is a "guy" and everything moves on from then (I'm just going to specify him/her as a female to make it easier on me).
Pretty original for a Gender-Bender genre, since in most of them their gender is supposed to be a secret, while in this manga series her gender is declared, yet still a mystery. If you read this manga, eventually you'll be within the debate on whether she is a guy or girl.
Art - 8 - Decent Art quality for manga of this time. Everything's proportional, the character's form don't change as it progresses. The facial expressions are also funny, as it goes from scrunched up eyes >_< to cat faces ¯ω¯ which makes it more enjoyable to read.
Character - 9 - I guess its a decent number of characters for a manga that only has 16 chapters out so far, but aside from a few characters that get rarely get the spotlight, this series is concentrated on the two main protagonist the majority of the time. Maki is the generic "laid back" male as he's always lazing around not caring much about anything. Aikawa is a very versatile character(not just by gender). Her looks says shes a girl, her capabilities says shes a guy, her actions says shes a girl, but she validates herself as a guy. Everyone knows this but they consider her not as a guy or girl, but as Aikawa herself.
Aside from the two main characters, the other characters are pretty much unique themselves: The friend of Maki, who is the supposed to be the idiotic and perverted on of the series (he always wants to see Aikawa in an erotic manner such as in swim suit, or when her uniform is wet) is actually one of the smartest people in the class in terms of academics (while Maki and Aikawa get low scores).
There is also girl who transfers to their school and announces she is only interested in females, another girl who has a brother complex, a dude that stalks Aikawa, denying the fact she is a dude.
Enjoyment - 9 - What makes this manga enjoyable is the comedy and the anxiety of knowing what gender Aikawa really is. Just about all the chapters were satisfying. The sequence of chapters is pretty episodic in that in one chapter Aikawa is learning to cook, in another she is playing water gun tag. As much as i don't want to see homosexual love between dudes, if Aikawa turns out to be a girl, it may change to manga to become less exciting. You will need to read for yourself to understand lol.
Overall - 8 - The manga is still ongoing. Only 16 chapter are out so far and it randomly gets updated @_@ I'm still itching to know what might happen next. Its funny and it also gets you thinking: is gender the only factor that determines love, or gender does not make the person who he or she is(I'm straight for the record, i just have an open mind). Regardless of sexual orientation, this is definitely a series you should give a go.read more
An amazingly written Rom/com, Gender bender series.
If you haven't read this yet and you're a fan of said genres,
Give this one a shot, you won't be disappointed.
Story - 8
Heartwarming, entertaining, and funny. The plot itself is similar to other Rom/Com manga. However, the heartwarming randomness within the plot along with a feeling of progression in time is what brings out the "story".
Art - 9
The art is fantastic. Each character is extremely appealing to look at. Sometimes, you'll question if Aikawa is really a girl or not. ;)
The art also gradually changes as you go farther into the story.
You'll notice, and it's amazing. Props to Matsumoto Tomoki. 11/10
Characters - 9
All characters are lively, outgoing, interesting. and have unique personalities. Each one of them are extremely lovable and uplifting with their randomness and uplifting moods.
(MC's aren't Dense. Thankfully.)
Enjoyment/Overall - 9
The entire manga is beautifully written and drawn. The events/plot along with the cast of characters that are extremely entertaining and interesting creates an calming atmosphere that allows one to get somewhat attached the story and each character. read more
Prunus trees commonly bear stone fruit such as cherries. This is reminiscent of the first chapter where Maki met Aikawa amongst the falling cherry blossom, but other than how they met, I can't see how the title has any significance to the rest of the manga.
Prunus Girl is a weird gender bender in which we are told that Aikawa is male, but there is still the mystery about whether he really is or not. The manga focuses on the school life of Aikawa and Maki. Aikawa is very playful in everything he does and just wants to have fun. He takes potential situations with Maki and makes them sexual because it's more fun that way. Maki on the other hand is more relaxed and seems to just go along with Aikawa because they became friends.
Overall the art stays strong as each chapter passes and where it counts, it is really amazing, then simplifying the style when it is no longer necessary. My only problem is when the art is showing a character's disgust as it's simply ugly in comparison to the rest of the art. It's not something that would deter me from continuing to read it or recommending it to others, mainly because it's short term and quickly returns to the better style.
Aikawa stating that he is male and still managing to achieve a strong bond with Maki shows that gender doesn't matter. They might not take their relationship further, but throughout the manga, they continue to stay friends. His actual gender is unknown and I hope it's not revealed as it will probably ruin the mystery aspect and how Maki accepts him.