Megumi Amatsuka, a rough and tumble nine-year-old boy, always dreamt of becoming the "manliest man on earth." Upon receiving a book of magic from a sorcerer whom he saved from a group of local thugs, Megumi summons a genie in order to make a wish. But due to a sick twist of fate, the genie turns out to be an evil one, and Megumi winds up being the "womanliest woman on earth"! Six years later... Megumi is the most desirable girl in school, but deep within her hot-mama facade is the same trash-talkin,' punk-stompin' boy.
Tenshi na Konamaiki was published in English as Cheeky Angel by VIZ Media from July 7, 2004 to January 8, 2008. The series has been republished digitally under the VIZ Select imprint since May 12, 2015.
The story of a boy's mind stuck in the body of a girl and a spell transformed him from an energetic little boy to the most wonderful woman in the world. He has but one dream, to become the most manly man that ever lived, even if he has to live out this dream as a woman. In his/her search for the book that might return her manhood she goes to a normal high school and makes an entourage of male friends of all shapes sizes and... colorful personalities. In the countless battles and other experiences she has with her new friends she begins to
better understand what it means to be a great man and a great woman.
At first I wasn't that impressed, there are plenty of other "gender bending" plots out there that have been better done (ranma comes to mind). The "message" behind the story is too repetitive for 20 volumes and not all that impressive, and the conclusion of the story was a bit of a let down... BUT it is a plot that grows on you. Some of the arcs are pretty well done and emotional or intense, but almost every arc ends with pointless brawls, the protagonist looking cool, and the protagonist's love interest boasting his own "way of the man." Probably would have been a more effective story if it was a few less volumes.
I almost dropped this manga at the first chapter because I was petrified by the horrible quality of the art. After the first few volumes though the artist shapes up and it is acceptable, at least not painful on the eyes. The battle art isn't all that original though which is kind of a shame since they fight so much in this series.
The characters, while not too deep, original, or developed, were interesting enough. The main character Megumi, does undergo alot of changes in the series (though I don't want to give away too much.) Personally I felt that Genzou (The stupid love struck punk) and Hitomonji (the serious Samurai) were the jewel characters of the series. There is a large cast of side characters that are relatively memorable as well, so where the story fails the characters make up for a little bit.
While not the best comedy, or best romance, or fantasy, this series had its good points and was a decent read to cure the summer boredom blues, but don't read it with very high expectations.
When I read the description, I was thinking that this is some kind of "gender bender" type manga, but then I read into it, i was happily surprised that it is not like that. Most "Gender Bender" manga focusing on the idea that main character transforming from boy to girl or from girl to boy, in most awkward moments for comedy sake. And later on, those moments become very repetitive and boring. But this manga is different.
This manga is about girl named Megumi who wants to be boy because she was a boy long ago but evil spirit turn her into girl, so years
after her transformation she still wants to become a male again. Even if she act like girl she still likes all boyish stuff(like fishing) and so she has no interest in opposite sex, but problem is that she became very beautiful and attractive. And so she starts to getting attention from all sorts of fellows.
I would describe it as "harem manga in reverse". So it is not about one worthless guy and many cute girls, its about one cute girl and many worthless guys. Megumi herself is very interesting character, so you cant clearly say is she really a man in female form, or she just a girl which trying to be a guy. The story is very good, but i have a couple of complaints. First of all it is still technically a comedy manga, and i found most of jokes and humor in general kinda weak. I also love Nishimori Hiroyuki art, he got his own unique style, but i found it a little bit lack in detail, so that some characters may looks very similar to others.