English: No Longer Heroine
Synonyms: Thank You Last Samurai, Souri de Sorry
Published: Mar 13, 2010 to Mar 13, 2013
Authors: Koda, Momoko (Story & Art)
Serialization: Bessatsu Margaret
Score: 7.481 (scored by 2663 users)
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Feb 19, 2012
But what if a manga chose to be told from the perspective of the…rival?
Welcome to Heroine Shikkaku! A cliché manga told in a non cliché way with a unique heroine.
So for the first time ever, we have the rival as the heroine of a shoujo. She is bitchy? Yeah. She is pretty? Yeah. She goes for looks? Yeah. She hates the goody girl and has a complex of superiority? Yeah.
Hatori is the typical girl that shoujo readers love to hate, that always gets on the middle of the main couple. The main couple is obviously in love and the main boy obviously does not love Hatori. But since the main guy is the male protagonist, he, of course, would have to possess typical male shoujo characteristics, like for instance the popular “ I don’t love you, but I do care about you, because iam a really nice guy”. But here, there´s not even a faint sparkle between them.
He does not feel jealous for her even if she is with other guy. Even after she tries to make him fall in love with her, he only has eyes for the goody girl. Even when she confesses and cries, he keeps his attitude unchangeable like any other shoujo leading guy rejecting the supporting character (aka, the rival of the heroine). And his relationship with the goody girl carries on filled with love and romance.
Now in most of shoujo, we love to see that happening. We always keep hope the rival will get lost and disappear. Because we hate her. And happiness fills us when we see the goody girl and the guy getting together after all the misunderstandings the rival created.
But what to do when you start to see “the other side”? The mangaka does an amazing job (at least until now) in portraying and conveying Hatori´s feelings, emotions and personality. Its so well done that its impossible for you not to like her, but you cant help to love her. She is more realistic than any heroine (she is not perfect!), and she is adorable in her own way, even being bitchy and selfish. You cant stop feeling terrible when you watch the main hero and his goody girlfriend in their own private dreamy world which the “villain” cannot break apart, and for the first time, you wish she would. The goody girl, Adachi, suddenly starts to annoy you (although you cant hate her because she is so kind). The main hero, Rita, starts to annoy you even more, because he is still the protagonist. And you start wishing he was replaced by another guy. But at the same time you secretly keep hope that someday somehow he will look at Hatori.
A manga filled with cliché situations? Yes. But all told from the perspective of the “looser” which makes it a breath of fresh air, truly refreshing I must say.
This manga made me certainly change my perspective of the “rival”. Perhaps next time I read another shoujo, I will look differently at the “villain”.
Im always looking forward to read new chapters of this manga. It is great comedy and plus romance. Who said a “villain” cannot be funny?! How said they don’t have feelings?! Hatori is a solid proof that even the “rival” deserves to be happy and to have her chance with the protagonist!
Overall this is great. I hope it keeps this quality. It would be such a waste if it doesn’t. It also has a cute art. I expect a good ending to this manga, and although it does not have hints that it might happen, iam still rooting for the rival to steal the protagonist´s heart and have her deserved happy end;D
Jan 14, 2012
Instead, we have a heroine who is unafraid to show her meanest. She is no wimpy girl who will cry by the sideline while watching her prince get whisked away by the ‘Wicked Witch of the West’. No. This girl is bratty, bitchy, spoiled, self-centered, blunt and just plain selfish. Sure, she carries the water works with her throughout more than half the story but with the pressure and pain she goes through, who won’t? And so, the main question still lies: why will anyone enjoy a story with a girl like this?
This story does not sugarcoat anything unlike most mangas I’ve read. Strobe Edge is one that pops up in my mind. It was a wonderful read but it lacks the selfishness and bitterness people have when it comes to unrequited love which is, perhaps, Heroine Shikkaku’s strongest points. Hatori, the main heroine, does not back down from what she believes in throughout the story. People may find her antics annoying and repetitive choices tiring but really, when you think about it, when you’re in love do you really have the sanity to think right? I think not and this is heavily displayed throughout the story. Other characters such as Rita, Hatori’s childhood friend and crush, are memorable as well…for their flaws that is. For example, Rita has his lack of understanding and communication that drives our heroine in confusion and circles. He is arguably the most annoying character but if you are in his shoes, you may find his decisions…agreeable.
This is also another thing to love about this manga and that is that it gives you the ability to think over a character’s actions. The story isn’t that deep for it to be hard to picture yourself in the character’s shoes. Hatori is already said but think over in Rita’s shoes. Being friends with a person for so long kind of obscures thinking romantically for that person. You know the person like the back of your hand that it’s impossible to date them which is one aspect I love about this unrequited love story. So his replies to the main heroine’s advances are understandable even if some of his actions are contradictory.
The art is subjective. It is certainly not the most displeasing to the eye but certainly not the best. Despite this, I like it a lot especially how the mangka manages to manipulate the character’s facial expressions to express certain feelings. Hatori’s expressions are the best from her crying to her being bitchy; it’s never a bore to see how she is feeling next.
I think this manga will be a breath of fresh air for most. The entire cast of the manga has near to no redeeming qualities but that doesn’t make them unlikable. It’s charming and that is what kept me reading the eight chapters that have been released. And believe me, reading manga on your phone takes a lot more time that it sounds...especially when you have finals next week. Ops. x)
(This is my first review to MAL. Any feedback on how to get better is appreciated! ^^)
Nov 6, 2014
Nov 12, 2012
Hatori is a confident, clever girl who believes that she and her childhood friend, Rita, belong with each other. But what happens when Rita falls in love with the quiet, unpopular girl Adachi?
Heroine Shikkaku is a unique story shown in the point of view by the girl who would be the antagonist in a typical shoujo manga. Throughout the story, Adachi, who would normally be the heroine, seems like a mere supporting character with no personality. What is especially unique about this manga is that the author lets her readers sympathize with Hatori. Her love Rita has chosen another girl, but she refuses to give up. In the beginning, she seems unsympathetic and ruthless, but the author gradually adds qualities to her that make her character more complete.
What is also great about this manga is that there are twists everywhere that are difficult to find in other manga. The heroine meets new people, as well as develops her relationship with them, but also finds herself and her former love constantly drifting together again. Without completing the series, it is almost impossible to be sure what the fate of everyone will be, just as the author intends.
Overall, there is never a moments when the story fails to surprise and anyone looking for something unique and/or a thrilling romance story should give this manga a try read more
Feb 19, 2013
what i hate about this manga, is RITA... he think he can both keep Adachi and Hatori, so when he chose Adachi and Hatori has finally had enough, i sighed with relief, I thoroughly wish Hatori happiness. read more
Jul 5, 2014
Who should read this: People that love unrequited love mangas .
Who should avoid this: People that hate unrequited love stories, especially ones that get nowhere.
Story: Honestly, I've been seeing this manga everywhere for sometime now, and I was deciding on whether to read it or not. It's a shoujo manga and comedic, which makes it all the more better. But after reading about a few chapters, the plot really start to drag out. Just how long can this girl like her childhood friend for? Then shabam, an addition of a new hottie into the plot. Ok...starting to get somewhere, but nope, the girl is still thinking about her unrequited love. Honestly, at this point, I can't even tell who she's going to end up with (I don't know about you guys but I think with stories where you can tell who ends up with who makes the characters more 3 dimensional). So, since the plot got draggy and basically going nowhere, at many times just plunging the story back to square one, I've decided to drop it.
Art: I love the art. Yes, I had many bad things to say about the plot, but the art is so pretty (although at times, it can be scary? and maybe even disturbing? You will know what I mean when you read it)
Character: I dislike the heroine. She definitely has a snappy mouth and can stand up for herself when cornered by other girls but honestly she cannot stand up for herself when against, well, herself. She has so many conflicting feelings and has to very often rely on her best friend for help (like in every chapter...) Even though she's the main character, she's just so flat and 2D as a heroine, and that's part of the reason why I dropped this manga.
Her childhood friend is more 3 dimensional than her; he actually has a past that we the readers might actually relate to; so sometimes, I think, ahh so that's why he's doing this or that.
The secondary guy character that pops up in the heroine's life is another hottie that is liked by many girls in their school (what's new?). I honestly can't tell his true motives. Is he just playing around( then that makes him 2D as well) or does he actually like her (if he does, I can't tell).
Ok, this might've turned into a rant. But this is what I thought. If you hate a story that gets nowhere even after 9 chapters, then I suggest not reading this one. Good luck and happy reading! read more
Jun 7, 2014
I discovered this manga via the other manga that I am currently reading which I am not sure if it was Hirunaka no Ryuusei or Kinkyori Renai (any from those two) and since these two manga are really great, I thought of giving this a try.
I was first attracted to the art. It's not that different to a lot of manga, it was also beautiful so I said to myself "this might be good as well" but, boy I was wrong.
Okay, one of the elements I was looking for in a manga (or any stories for that matter) is the Character. I want a character that progresses as the story goes on. I want a character who gives you a period for an impression only to give you an exclamation point at the end. I want a character, even for a villain to be likeable as much as possible, something that makes you want to decide if you would like it or not and when you decided not to like it, it does something that makes you go "awww." Heroine Shikkaku only gave me annoying characters.
Enjoyment 3/10 (this will be explained further in the story part)
A girl who longs to be a heroine for her childhood friend Rita but only acts as a side character.
She wants him to notice her. he notices and fell in love with another girl (almost. or Rita is just an egoistical jerk)
I have read this manga up to the 30th chapter because from chapter 2 when I realized the story was going nowhere, I was still hoping for it to pass my standards. It was just a simple shoujo manga and yet it fails to deliver the whole point of the story. I dislike how the main heroine keeps going on and on and on about being the heroine and yet does nothing. and when she did, it was almost too late, the guy had already a girlfriend.
I dislike how the guy keeps leading on the main heroine and yet won't break up with the girlfriend. And I dislike the girlfriend for being too nice. No person could be that nice.
I never knew what happened at the end since I dropped the manga. There might be some cool revelations at the end (though I doubt it) but over all,I dislike this manga. I might probably try and drag myself to finish the remaining chapters of this manga. 'til then, this will remain a 3/10 rating. read more
Jun 5, 2014
Hatori is in love with Rita for almost five years. And since Rita treats her special because they are childhood friends, Hatori believes that she is the perfect match for him. But now, for the first time, Rita is having a serious relationship with his girlfriend. Should Hatori be supportive and try her best to move on? Or she would keep on loving Rita and make him fall in love with her instead?
"Heroine Shikkaku", by Koda Momoko, reveals a heartbreaking experience of a long term unrequited love.
Hatori is a wimpy girl who will cry in the background while watching her prince getting all lovey-dovey with his girlfriend. This girl is bratty, spoiled, self-centered, mean, and just stupidly selfish. Hatori, the main heroine, stands from what she believes in throughout the story. People may find her annoying, rebellious and some kind of a bitch. But who cares? She's in love and she's experiencing the pain of a lifetime!
The thing about the manga is that it's not covered with sugar-coating, but shows the bitterness of being left out-- of finding your long term crush happy with someone else. You'll witness the wasted efforts of every characters and feel sad like they were. Also, another thing that you'll love is that the story isn't that deep for it to be hard to picture yourself in the characters' shoes. It gives you the ability to think over the character’s actions and think about it like if you were them.
Rita lacks of understanding and communication and that drives our heroine in confusion and circles. It might be annoying that he's not being straightforward, but if you were in his shoes, you may find his actions a little bit reasonable. Isn't it hard to gamble your friendship over romantic love? He has been friends with Hatori for so long and maybe he just can't afford to lose her.
The art was neutral. It's not displeasing to the eyes yet not that good either. But I love how the artist tends to make funny facial expressions of the heroine. Hatori's reactions are always the best and I find myself looking for more funny faces of her.
Finishing the manga was like breath of fresh air-- it is unlike any other. And after reading this, you may change your perspective about being a "rival". The casts were all charming and you'll hope to read for more of them. The manga might be full of cliches, but Koda Momoko had found a way to make it more exciting and thrilling.
"Heroine Shikkaku" by Koda Momoko, a heartwarming, heartbreaking, laugh-triggering story that you'll ever read. read more
Feb 28, 2014
And what a story it is.
Fans of this genre may be all too familiar (and tired) of the tropes that pop up in shoujo manga. To begin, here it's the new character who just so happens to have known the love interest since childhood, who fights to gain his affections. This is the story we follow in Heroine Shikkaku, with our hilarious, over-the-top protagonist, Hatori. As you might expect, she is the definition of the shoujo antagonist - merciless, manipulative and persistent.
Things don't turn out to be as she expects from a shoujo love story. (And when this happens, her reactions are absolutely outrageous and hilarious). At this point, the plot elements that are present in almost every romance story pop up - love triangles, ex-girlfriends, stupid misunderstandings, you name it. However, Heroine Shikkaku does a great job at revisiting and reinventing these tired tropes, and I credit all that to the excellent cast of characters.
Characters. That's one thing I always find myself bored by in the shoujo manga I've read in the past. For the most part, characters would suffer from no character development at all, making them seem like props to some bland theatrical work. This is not the case with Heroine Shikkaku. Each of the characters that become involved in Hatori's love story have their own chances to shine and really develop. You get to see everyone's side in whatever situation happens to be plaguing them. As such, the reader can understand their motives and empathize with them. Hatori's unrequited love in particular really spoke out to me. Despite it, she remains a strong person who seeks to move on from the past - and that's the kind of character I admire.
The art is your standard fare for shoujo manga. The girls are cute, the boys are gorgeous - but it's never difficult to tell each character apart; they're all unique in appearance. The expressions during the sadder/tender/fluffier moments are really well drawn and can tug at your heartstrings, too. But what really got me was the hilarious expressions from the protagonist, Hatori. Her various mopey, shocked, or "WTF" faces had me laughing out loud with the weirdness!
Heroine Shikkaku is a surprisingly deep story of unrequited love and learning to move on from the past, though initially disguised as a parody of a typical shoujo manga. It will surprise you with the refreshing characterization, have you laughing out loud from Hatori's hilarious reactions and antics, and aww'ing at the tender moments! All in all, it's an enjoyable read that has kept me hooked despite my growing disinterest in the genre. read more
Oct 20, 2013
I like the story very well, plus the characters were not bad.
The enjoyment i get from reading this manga is priceless.
the flow of the story can be predictable at times, but will still keep u from reading.
i dont particularly hate a character, and the heroine is quite unique and funny. the concept of the story is pretty realistic too since every girl has always been wanting to be the heroine of their own love story.