Welcome to Momoko's waking nightmare. Things were settled. They were! She was SUPPOSED to have gone to a normal school, made normal friends, and led a blissfully normal life. But the universe is just cruelly, irredeemably, monstrously unfair, so instead she found herself thrown out of home, stuck in an all-boys boarding school with a roommate she hates, cursed with a hideous haircut and wearing clothes which, to be frank, she wouldn't be seen dead in.
And the only thing worse than her current situation is the one that she'll be in if anyone ever realizes that she is, in fact, a girl. Everything is wrong! Everything! Particularly the fact that, even though she's surrounded by amazingly gorgeous guys, her chances of romance are less than zero. But with life this complicated, something is bound to give. In fact, it just did. Damn.
(Source: Storm in Heaven)
Volume 2: Nopan Musume. (A Girl Without Panties)
Volume 3: Aah! Ijuin-sama
Volume 5: Kimochi Henkousen), Massugu na Kanojo
Boku ni Natta Watashi is funny and well drawn but that's about as far as it goes. Momoke is naive and very stupid, to the point of being embarrassing. She has no backbone but is very stubborn and of course is too nice for her own good. Itou is the perfect man(that's right, not one single flaw), which of course makes him actually boring and gives you a tooth ache after a while.
The whole series makes you roll your eyes and shake your head. Nothing about this series is really possible and it's mostly just ridiculous. I'd never read this manga again because I barely got through it the first time. Just don't expect too much from this short series.
FYI: there is some mature content.read more
The story line is original, and well thought out. While there has been other story's about Girls trapped in an all boys boarding school, I do not believe the cause of that has ever been done before. To be honest the couple is just a little too perfect, and the author could have added a bit more conflict on Kunio's part. All the conflict in the story seems to be Solly focused around Momoko.
The characters have great depth to them. Momoko is your average girlie-girl, who loves shopping, hanging out with her friends, and talking about boys, but by the end of the Manga she is forced to change all that, or be expelled. Her brother is self centered, and doesn't seem to care what his family think of him. Although it's not like his mother has ever really given him the chance to do anything he wanted before. Kunio worries to much, and doesn't like to be bothered by anyone, but doesn't like to show any of it. Although when it come to those close to him he doesn't waist any time.
All in all I loved the manga, flaws included. And I recommend it to anyone looking for love, or just looking for a Good love story. Boku ni Natta Watashi is one of my favorite shojo manga, and I hope it will be one of yours too.read more
Frankly, when I get to reading a shoujo manga I don't really expect depth of story and/or character, and those low expectations are rarely wrong. It's the same with this particular manga. The plot of a girl entering an all-boys school pretending to be a boy is nothing new. The fact that she is a rather complacent, passive character opposed to a strong, protective male lead is also nothing new. Basically, Boku ni Natta Watashi offers nothing new. There are hints of examining the established gender roles, but the mangaka does not go into it deeper - she keeps it superficial - as if all there is in being a girl is wearing frilly dresses and showing off your tits (if you have anything to show). The major resentment I normally have with gender bender is that, so far, I have not found a manga that offers a deeper psychological insight into what it means to be a boy or a girl, and I was somewhat disappointed that Shimaki Ako opened these questions but did not pursue the answer.
All of that being said, I absolutely adore Shimaki Ako's art. It's beautiful, simple, yet expressive, and despite being far from original both her stories and her characters are amusing and they offer a reasonable amount of fun. On that superficial level, I truly enjoyed this manga, and if you're fine with a superficial, cute love story, you should just go for it and read Boku ni Natta Watashi. However, if you are easily annoyed by an author taking the easy way out, you should just forget about reading this one.read more
I'm not probably the right person to write a review as I read only three chapters, but at the same time I do not intend to read any further. Why only three chapters? I almost stopped reading after the second chapter after a comment "can I be your sex slave" but my curiosity got the better of me and continued on reading.
I love benging genders, shojo, harem etc. and my inner fan girl squels in pleasure when I can find all these themes in the same story. But this one? Don't bother. Yes, the art is nice and I like everything else except the plot. Because of the art I gave it a 4, othwerwise it would have been a 3. I know that 16 chapters is not a lot and things need to happen at a pace but still to pledge eternal love(well, almost) right at the beginning is way too fast. What ever happened to wooing? I was disappointed that I had to drop this one as it had potential but I'll go find another similar manga to fill up this void in my heart.read more