English: The Wallflower - Yamatonadeshiko Shichihenge; The Seven Metamorphoses of Yamato Nadeshiko
Synonyms: My Fair Lady, Sunako of Many Forms, Perfect Girl Evolution, Sunako of Many Forms, Yamato Nadeshiko Shichihenge, PGE, YamaNade, Yama Nade
Published: 2000 to ?
Authors: Hayakawa, Tomoko (Story & Art)
Serialization: Bessatsu Friend
Score: 8.181 (scored by 6432 users)
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2 based on the top manga page.
Popular Tagscomedy romance shoujo
Apr 5, 2009
The premise and overall theme are great. It's a quite different take on the whole ugly-duckling-becomes-a-swan storyline that should be familiar from things like "My Fair Lady", "Pretty Woman", and all the other stories that have a man turn a girl into a lady. Here, even four highly motivated pretty-boys have a heck of a time with just one very difficult young woman. She doesn't want to change, not in the least, and while the boys can often find a way to persuade her to play the part of a lady for a particular reason, she pretty soon snaps back into her reclusive, horror-movie-loving, not-taking-care-of-herself nature.
It's these snap-backs that make it a little hard, sometimes. Quite often, they're used as a method of hitting the reset button so that the next episode can start from the exact same place the previous one started with, like your average saturday morning cartoon. Real character development is agonizingly slow, and all too often an episode is "Let's have the boys cart Sunako off to some other place where nobody knows her, so that she can freak out, scare everyone around, and totally ruin the boys' plans before it's all resolved at the end with a heartwarming moment."
It feels to me that the creator is dragging out the story much more than it really should be. On the other hand, Sunako does manage quite a bit of character development over time, as do the boys - especially main interest Kyohei. I like that acceptance of Sunako's weirdness becomes as much the theme as her changing; she grows and evolves, but doesn't simply get remade into something different.
The art is mixed. When the artist could be bothered to actually draw the characters properly, which tends to be in more dramatic scenes, especially fights or contests, or opportunities for the boys to look hot, it's excellent. However, Sunako especially spends much too much time being rendered as a chibi (perhaps because this is supposed to be Sunako's own self-image) which gets a bit tiresome.
Overall, a flawed execution, but for me the good episodes were good enough to recommend it strongly but with caveats. read more
Nov 3, 2010
One asspect of the story that I personally like but many people hate is that the plot and developement is slow. This is not a manga to read if you're just looking for a quick fix and I can honestly say I don't see it coming to an end very soon. I for one like the slow flow; it's easier to digest the manga and it feels like I'm growing alongside the characters. I find that with the slower pace, Sunako's character developements seem more realistic.
The art is decent and gets better throughout the story(in the beginning I couldn't tell the difference between Kyohei and Ranmaru). One thing that grows boring after awhile though is the fact that Sunako is almost always drawn in chibi form. The purpose of this is to emphesize her true beauty when she is drawn normally, but seeing simple chibi after simple chibi can get boring as you read. Overall, the art is beautiful, but could use work.
Lastly, the characters. There is such a variety of unique characters throughout the story and I've fallen in love with them all. While the main focus is Sunako's developement, all of the main characters subtly change along with her.
If you have the patience, I highly suggest reading this manga. It's funny, romantic, and like nothing you have ever read before. read more
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Sep 6, 2012
There isn't really a story behind this manga other then that they are trying to transform Sunako into a lady. The chapters are more about having fun and what weird shenanigans the 4 boys and Sunako are up to.
The art work in this manga is amazing although the maker does switch between chibi forms and 'normal' forms many times, she does that mostly with Sunako (as you know Sunako doesn't view herself pretty because her first crush called her ugly) Although the chibi's add a comic effect you would wish you could see Sunako more in her 'normal' form. The boys lips are also rather.. feminine. But other then that it looks gorgeous to say the least.
There isn't a lot of character development throughout the manga other then Sunako growing a bit more fond of the 4 guys, especially Kyohei. Speaking of Kyohei, he does slightly change a bit throughout the manga. Sunako's and Kyohei's relationship is rather.. peculiar, you can clearly see there is something between them but they don't even know it themselves. They fight many times, They squabble a lot but they do have these moments where you can obviously see that there is something going on between those two and I mean VERY obviously.
But overall I enjoy this manga very much and I am patiently waiting untill Evil Flowers translates more of this cute manga! I cannot wait on the upcomming chapters of volume 30 (yes they already got 30 volumes!)
I hope I have given you guys a helpful review about this manga and I hope you will all check it out! :) read more
Jan 9, 2012
Aug 12, 2012
It's like the author didn't really plan the story out so it just keeps randomly going off on little side stories and nothing ever gets done. Because of this the story feels very repetitive and irritating, but the story is okay enough over all for me to keep wanting to know the conclusion of the story.
Tl;dr good story but the author dragged it out too much.
I also hate how Sunako the main character is drawn as a chibi basically the entire time, but towards the later volumes this somewhat becomes less and less which is enjoyable and less nerve grating about typical bad art in manga. read more
Jun 2, 2010
I recommend this manga for people who are looking for something to read for laughs because the plot doesn't really develop. There is no sense of time for example there could be 4 Christmases but it would still be 1 year. It really drags on and i don't expect the mangka to end it anytime.
The art is not really attractive in the beginning but it does improve or either i got used to it. Some people might get annoyed because the mangaka tends to draw the boys really skinny. Sometimes the art is really good and sometimes its not.
The main characters: Kyohei and Sunako do develop but really slow. So don't expect much from them because they are really oblivious/dense to the point you get angry XD
Overall: It is a really funny manga but it's really for people who are reading for laughs :D
Apr 25, 2010
I like this manga because of it's very different characters (especially Sunako), it's funny plot, and it's unexpected twists and turns. However, it can be kind of perverted (not too much but enough for me to say so) and sometimes I don't understand what's happening. All the same, I'm looking forward to reading the rest of the manga whenever I get around to it.
-kemmec read more