Haruhiko Kanna is just an ordinary man with an ordinary life. One day he meets 3 witches in a small room in the old clock tower, and that's when his ordinary life became not so ordinary at all.
With the curse, or gift, he was granted that he'll change to a girl once the clock strikes 12 Noon, and will return to his male self at 12 Midnight. He then asks himself, "What on earth will happen if this goes on? Can I survive like this? Most of all will I turn back to normal again?!"
None of the summaries I've read of "Fukigen Cinderella" have really done it any justice. Despite it's short length as a series, it's a very well done psychological drama. The thing that really stands out to me is that the pacing right up until the end feels very tight and key components of the plot are revealed with key precision. To give you an example of what I mean, initially the reader will likely detest the main character Haruhiko because of his behavior, but just as when you're about to entirely give up on him, something about his backstory is revealed that makes him more sympathetic. This is really good writing because most mangas that play with the "jerk ass" stereotype of main leads really tend to get this timing wrong.
If I have any complaints it's that the ending was obviously rushed because the series got canceled (at least it got an ending). That being said, the ending isn't "bad" but it's obvious that the mangaka created a really rich story and that there was a lot of content that didn't get explored. This is a hallmark of a good manga to me - You're happy you read it, but you wish there was more.
I definitely give "Fukigen Cinderella" a thumbs up. It's short enough that most people should be able to read it in an hour or so and it's an hour well spent. read more
First, I would like to say that I liked the plot and characters. It is a good psychological drama.
The ending is just not well done. I image that the series got cancelled, so the author needed to finish it right away.
The only thing that we receive an answer at the end actually open 10 more questions.
I would love to see more of Fukigen Cinderella. If there were more chapters, I would definitely give a higher score. However, the way that is... I can't recommend it. I loved it and I want more, but I can't recommend it to a friend. Damn it. read more
Fukigen Cinderella is the story of a man named ‘Haruhiko Kanna’. Haruhiko suffers from a disease, you see. It’s a disease that makes women want to kick his ass and he’s been suffering from it for a very long time.
Our anti-hero, Haruhiko, appears to have a lot of trouble with the fairer sex. When he was a kid, he had been bullied by the girls in his school. He also discovered that his mom was disappointed he had been born a boy instead of a girl. He discovered this from his female babysitter, who apparently also abuses him.
In all seriousness, Haruhiko’s life is filled with such women and it led him to having a rather repulsive personality wherein he is immediately nasty and rude to every woman. He also has a tendency to sexually assault them. The story doesn’t say it, but this personality is likely how he got cursed by the three witches he met. Presumably, he’s been turned into a woman so he can experience the other side and come to understand them better.
Unfortunately, Fukigen Cinderella is an ecchi manga. One of the rare ones that have a half decent story. But as is typical in such cases, the ecchi ends up being the downfall of this manga.
The need to show off T&A as much as possible ends up interfering with the story and, unfortunately, the author seems to have problems integrating ecchi scenes well. Most scenes come off as bizarre and unreasonable making the MC look idiotic.
Still, I think the manga is actually pretty good for what it is. The story is mildly complex and presented in a good way. The author really does well to input interesting plot points that could grow into something more.
Well, perhaps that should be phrased as ‘could’ have grew into something more as the series ended after a very short (and seemingly rushed) run. It is a bit of an advantage, though, as it makes the story a very quick read.
Ultimately, would I recommend it? On a cautious note, yes. If you can’t stand ecchi manga, don’t bother with this, but if you find you can tolerate it, I would recommend a try.read more