The general plot of the story is that a boy (yes, "he" is a boy) saved a man from outer space and the man turned the boy into a girl by using some kind of alien technology and force "her" to be his wife. Who's the boy? He's a normal high school student who looks like a girl and is liked by his brother. Who's the man? He's the prince of several kingdoms of the universe.
I'm usually not into this type of gender bender manga. First off, I usually like it if it's (guy-->girl) x girl. So then the reason why I liked this may lie with the presentation more than anything else. It also has to do with the character. He is always doing the chores of other. (Usually stereotypical women's work the men don't want to do.) He is tread on and the girls have no interest in him from the beginning. Also as much as the main character doesn't want to get married to a man, she (Now she at this point.) never says anything against intimate interactions as a woman with a man. Making me believe Ryouka wasn't really aware of her sexual desires at the beginning and believes in a man/woman relationship. Although she wants to change back, she never says anything against actual intimacy in her body with men, giving a ray of hope to the guy character.
The pacing is good and the jokes are funny at least to me. The reluctance of marrying the guy is just at the level to make it show that she can be won over with time, so long as the guy starts to get his act together and treats her with respect. The first few chapters are a little rough and used to show the guy's initial bad character. It picks up after that.
Many people have said that the main character has the thoughts of a man, making it unappealing, but it is shown she admits to thinking like a woman after the potion and states it out loud later after first trying to assert she's still a man.
I stumbled across this manga on one of the sites and it quickly became a fave.
What makes this so good ,is its masterful story telling and pacing.Its not by any means, the most unique or original story , far from it. However its strength lies in what it does right, it does very very well.
The artwork , is excellent as is the attention to detail.The right amount of echiness is also appreciated using it as a means to spin the tale not an excuse to draw panties.
So this really is a great read , and i am surprised , that none has reviewed it first.read more
This one took me by surprise. I was originally drawn in by the art but stayed for the story. I will admit that the comedy drives me crazy, as it's focused around Ryoma's denial and aggression towards Prince, however, I just love the slow building romance, the drama around selfless sacrifice, the characters, the art, and just everything else!
Even though the comedy annoys me, it IS the main focus of the manga. Most events are based around Ryouma fighting with the Prince or some ecchi-filled-nonsense. The ecchi is fuel for the comedy but Ryouma irked me. She is so stubborn and annoying as she rejects and pushes the Prince away again and again. I don't like the round-about shenanigans but I love everything else about this manga, so I tolerate it.
I won't repeat the plot but I will tell you that it's not all silly fan service. Okay okay, so maybe about 70% of it is panty-shots and the rest is story but it does have those heart warming scenes and it was those scenes that kept me reading and kept me waiting for chapters. However, those moments are few and far between and I find that just as the story picks up, a side story slips in and steers you off course. I get that it draws out the series but it frustrates me just the same. Just when you think their relationship is advancing...something drives a wedge between the two. Still, I felt that the build-up towards the romantic ending was worth it and even though the ending was summed upon one chapter, I was satisfied and happy with the out come.
I like how everyone likes Ryoma and instantly falls for her. Yes yes, this is not a new trait. The whole 'everyone wants to be me, be with me and be my friend' character is old news, although, it's done in a way that Ryoma wasn't popular to begin with and when he was changed to a she, Ryoma became a instead hit with everyone around her. I also like how she is fought after by people from Prince's land because of her genuine attitude, honesty and love--which is considered rare and forgotten over the struggle for leadership by Prince's successors.
This has a depth that is not expected and if you can brush the comedy aside, the story can be quiet dark at times. The quote "kill or be killed" comes to mind.
I would suggest enjoying this for the silly moments, the loud characters, the amazing art, the randomness, the political drama and slow building romance (and not only between Ryoma and Prince but with other characters as well). Sure, there are heaps of stupid scenes and pointless moments but I found the drama over powered those moments giving this a 9/10 from me.
This manga was much, much better than I thought it was going to be. First off, I'm not one for gender bender stories so I almost passed this one over, but I read the one-shot story and got intrigued by it so started reading the series properly. The comedy in the early chapters is pretty good, but also somewhat predictable considering the setting - however somewhere along the line the tone of the series changes from a regular gag manga into a much more serious and interesting manga due to a variety of sub-plots that get introduced.
To me, this is where "Sekai No Hate de Aimashou" really shines - there is a wide assortment of side characters and sub-plots that are truly interesting that keep you engaged with the story as it moves from chapter to chapter. In fact, I would almost say that the relationship between Ryouma and Emillio becomes intertwined with these subplots in a way that makes them the actual driving force in the "romance" part of the manga. In fact, the final long story arc was easily one of the most enthralling things I've read in a while and I was more interested in how it was going to be resolved than I was in relationship statuses or anything like that.
The only complaints I have about the manga is that characters tend to be drawn inconsistently (particularly Ryouma, which I don't understand) and that the denouement ends with a timeskip that while satisfactory in it's attempt to conclude the story, leaves out some important bits of relationship progress that we assume happen off-screen. I don't usually complain about manga's feeling "rushed" when they finish, but this is one time where I will definitely join in on that opinion.
Still, over all, I would recommend this manga to people who want to enjoy a good story of this sort and who aren't bothered by the sex change themes. read more