If the boy you have been crushing on for five years has suddenly started to date a girl seriously for the first time in his life, how will you react? Will you be supportive and try your best to move on? Well, in the world of shoujo, that is what we presume the heroine of Heroine Shikkaku by Koda Momoko, the mangka, will turn out to be.
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! ^^) read more
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
hmm so I started and completed this manga because I wanted to read Heroine no Ryuusei (Hirunaka no Ryuusei Crossover one-shot with Heroine Shikkaku).
Before i start i'd like to say the main reason i disliked this manga was because i found both the main characters annoying. So if annoying characters are bearable for you or if you find them funny, go ahead you'll most probably enjoy this manga :)
The main chara's idiotic moves were meant to be comical but leaned more toward irritating for me.
The art was pretty good. Funny even. No problem with the art.
I did not like Hatori, the heroine. She was indeed a failure. She was stuck over the same guy the whole time. I can't quite explain it but she definitely falls into the annoying-type heroines category. She just assumes that she is the hero, Rita's, heroine and when he gets a girlfriend she's determined to break them up and she'll do ANYTHING to do that. I understand how she's hurt because she's been in love with him for 5 years but her tactics are unsightly. You can't just decide to break a couple up. She didn't even consider Rita could be happy with another girl because she was so sure she's his heroine and was just hell bent on getting him back. Is this really love when you don't even think whether the other person is happy or not?
The hero himself isn't much of a man. He keeps leading Hatori on even though he has a girlfriend: Adachi. He's the type of guy who doesn't realize his "true" feelings until he hurts well everyone.
Adachi was an annoying nice girl. I dont even have anything against nice types but what her character developed to by the end was ridiculous. Terrible message. Life has many bad turns, get up and face them.
Hiromitsu Kousuke was the obligatory rival and honestly the only character I liked, or at least didn't find annoying. His was the only reason i could keep reading.
Girl falls in love with guy who doesn't like her and tries her best to get him back. Rival shows up, he's a playboy and doesn't believe in love. Of course he falls for the annoying "different" Hatori.
People get hurt because the hero and heroine are both terrible characters.
It was funny, I only liked parts with hiromitsu, and the only reason this even got a 5.
Not sure if it was worth it but after I finished the manga, i read the little extra crossover i wanted to read. The crossover discussed whether Suzume or Hatori is a better heroine. i don't know they're both weird and ummm unshoujy(?) but i LOVE Suzume. and i hate Hatori so TeamSuzume all the way.
First and foremost, there is one thing you should know: my score is a 5 for this manga.
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
The typical shoujo manga: the heroine falls in love with the hero and he falls in love with her, right?
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 tryread more
Like any other shoujo manga, the story is about the love story of the heroine, Hatori, and her unrequited love for her childhood friend, Rita. Hatori believes that Rita is the perfect hero.. so she has to be the perfect heroine for him!
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
Heroine Shikkaku - a teenage romance story that dares to be different by being told from the point of view of a character archetype that we love to hate: the antagonist / love rival.
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
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.
I kinda love this manga, cause unlike other shoujo mangas, you get to see the perspective of the villain. The manga really showed the realistic truth about unrequited love. I honestly cried for the heroine. She was really pitiful, she really did love sincerely, she accepted their relationship no matter how hurt she was and tried her best to at least appeal to her childhood friend. She stayed by his side as she promised. She really was a good girl even though there are parts were she is bitchy, spoiled, and cruel that's because people do crazy things when their in love. Although you'll get annoyed as to why she remained by his side even after he got a serious girlfriend, you'd kinda understand that, that is how unrequited love works, she just couldn't give up without a fight.
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
Heroine Shikkaku tells the story of Hatori ,who appears as smart girl, who has a crush on her childhood friend. Well,the appereances couldn't be more wrong.
Despite being rejected for over 10,000 thousand times,she never gives up! I had to overcome the urge to yell at the screen : "GET A FUCKING CLUE HATORI!!". Obviously she doesn't.
I thought that I couldn't find someone worse than this,then I saw Rita,the crush. Just leave the poor girl alone okay? You gave her trust issues man! He rejects her in one second and in the next second he's all over her.
The mangaka clearly has no idea what character development is ,I truly hate her, but I hate myself more because I thought this manga will eventually turn out okay.
The only things I loved about this manga were the art and of course,that it ended.read more
This manga was suggested by a friend of mine since she can't stop rattling about this manga. As I read it at first I thought how stupid the girl was for thinking of people as side characters and main characters but as i read the story more I kind of pitied the girl since the guy rita totally rejected her. There were good and bad parts of the story. But if there is one thing that ticked me off about this manga are the characters two of the four main characters are complete dumb asses especially that girl adachi -______________-.
Anyways i rate it's art 9 for the characters 5 for the enjoyment probably 8 because hatori's expressions are seriously a hit =]] and for the overall it would be an 8. read more
Without spoiling anything (I hope), I think this was a great manga with a LOT of potential - but was wasted away on a typical ending.
Contrary to other reviewers, I think the heroine's personality is a breath of fresh air. She is extremely painfully embarrassing at times, giving severe second hand embarrassment to the readers that might make you cringe but also laugh at the same time (her meeting with Hiromitsu, for example, is one of my favourite events in the manga.) She's not your typical, meek "I'll be happy as long as the one I love is happy too!" type in shoujo manga that I can admire but not sympathise with. Instead, she pushes for her goal over and over. However the mangaka's main fault is that Hatori never really grows from this. She pushes and pushes and she comes to an understanding, but does she mature? Does she develop, along with her love? No, she doesn't!
Additionally, I believe that a certain side character's sudden personality change and a certain character's interest in the heroine (or more than one) should have been developed a bit more. It all seemed very rushed and shelved in. I like Hatori's character, truly, but others' needed more work.
The art style is fairly cute. It's very shoujo-like, and while not my style, it portrays emotions well.
Story wise, it's the rushed last ten or so chapters that are really disappointing. I would much rather the mangaka had taken MORE time to develop the story and perhaps allow Hatori the chance to properly grow than to take the "safe route". As for the ending, I was sorely disappointed, but the last few pages where at least Hatori learns something, was nice.
Other than that, I think this is a manga worth experiencing - I've been told the live action is better if you wish to invest as little time as possible - purely because the premise is very different to your typical shoujo. Yet sadly, the manga eventually returns to the road oft-travelled. read more
I have kind of a love-hate relationship with Heroine Shikkaku, and that's why I have decided to write a review.
The concept of the story is what really hooked me and forced me to read all 36 chapters of this manga. To give a brief introductory summary:
Rita has never been a serious relationship with any of the girls he has dated, which makes Hatori, his childhood friend and the main character, believe that she is his heroine when it comes down to it, and brushes all his girlfriends off as supporting characters. In the scheme of things, she neglects heeding to her friend's warning and asking him out when she has the chance, and he actually finds a nice and kind girlfriend, Adachi, who he starts to become serious about. As a result, Hatori starts her relentless battle for his love.
And things just get even more complicated from there...
I guess the thing that really only bothered me about the story was the oh-so-convenient timing between people realizing their feelings but figuring out it's too late and another cycle of drama begins. It was seriously agonizing to see one character have a revelation about someone, and the next scene you see is that exact someone changing their feelings. It got kind of annoying.
I do like the unique take on an unrequited love story though. It seems to be the main underlying theme of the story, and I like it because of that.
I know that some scene's were meant for comedy, but I found it kind of gross. The facial expressions Hatori makes pains me, and I might've actually would've sympathized with her a bit more. Rather it being a charm, it just seems like the mangaka was being lazy at those times. (Plus, I got sick after seeing her runny nose several times)
But the art in general was pretty mediocre to begin with. I guess the character's looked fine, nothing special but not so terrible that would make me drop it right off the bat.
The development of the characters is why I gave this a pretty high score, but how these characters start out as is pretty bland.
Hatori is a heroine you don't exactly want to look up to or follow her footsteps. She's stubborn, annoying, and seems to never make the right choices. I wouldn't say that she was a breathe of fresh air, but more like the stench of cheap perfume. Her feelings seem to be easily shifted and she says stuff that seem unnecessary or just make her look obssessive. I guess I just don't understand some parts of her character that well.
Rita is the hero that gets lonely easy, but ironically is quite a loner. He seems to be shown as weak, possessive, and is unsure of his feelings a lot of the time. I could clearly see why this is such a mess, since all he seems to do is send mixed messages to her, and claiming his worry for her as just the fact of them being childhood friends over many chapters.
Adachi is that stereotypical heroine that you would usually cheer on, yet of course is put in a villain role in Hatori's eyes. She is kind, as I have mentioned before, but over time, her words start to contradict her actions as she starts to realize the severity of losing the one she loves.
I didn't really like her that much either.
Then there's Hiromitsu, who started off as a playboy but changes his ways after a certain someone came into his life (not telling who!) I felt he was the one that I felt was the most sincere and really had touched me. He was the only one, and was actually acknowledged by the idiots who know they're idiots, as being the only smart one there. He was a sweet and tender character, even though he was made into somewhat of an obstacle.
And finally there's Nakajima, who is an incredibly realistic and sensible person who wishes she wasn't there dealing with everyone's trash at all. (Automatic fave~!)
I guess I enjoyed it.
If there is one thing I learned, it is not to be like the majority of these characters. Just kidding. If you have like, hours to spare reading this stretched out love story, or just skim it, go ahead. It really depends if you can look past the sort of stuff called drama, unrequited love, and even more idiocy, you'll find a really motivating underlying message. But that depends if you want to go on the long road to get to it.