Kuji Akira and Ninomiya Makoto have been neighbors and friends from childhood. Akira-kun is handsome and Makoto-chan is pretty but Akira's a girl and Makoto's a boy... Their feelings for each other are growing more complex just as they are finding themselves the focus of romantic interest of their friends and acquaintances.
[Spoilers ahead] Okay, I started reading this manga because the idea seemed interesting and I thought it could be fun to read something like this. I'm not gonna lie though, I did enjoy half of it. I liked it at the start, the designs were quite nice and the concept seemed to flow smoothly. I gotta point out that the manga kept pointing at how Akira was fine how she was, how she didn't need to change. You see, even Makoto kept telling her - and it is something he had been saying since forever.
This manga took off well but the moment I saw
Akira get her attention caught by a pair of really feminine shoes I started having this uneasy feeling. I thought maybe it was a plot device that would give some development to Akira for her insecurities over her looks. Oh boy, was I wrong.
In the end, Akira and Makoto both fall into cliches and lose all they had going for them, speaking in terms of personality and charisma. Instead of getting over her fears due to her looks and constant judgement of people, Akira finally gives up and dresses up in feminine clothes. Betraying all he had been saying from the start, Makoto sees her like that (even acts possesive, great cliche) and seems pleased, he also praises her. Honestly, this felt so wrong after how he had acted about Akira's appeareance and personality till now. I though he would encourage her to keep being herself even if they went out but, sadly, it didn't happen.
If only that had been different. It's such a shame, the concept seemed really fun and cool, it's such a waste to fall into cliches and see how the characters lose what defined them slowly (because Makoto also stopped cross-dressing at some point).
As for the art, i think it was pretty okay. I loved the character designs of the protagonists and all panels felt rlly smooth overall. The rest of the characters felt quite cliche and I don't think they had anything special going for them.
In the end it kind of felt like a waste of my time because it had potential, it kind of makes me sad.
I've only read up to chapter 14 and I can say I really like it so far. The story is really funny, light and cute. I didn't read the summary when I read it so I had no idea what it was about. From the cover, I thought it's about a shy boy and an aggressive girl love story but I read the inner cover pages first and from there, I was able to tell that, "Ah, the one who looks like a guy is probably the girl and the one who looks like a girl is probably the guy" and I was right!
the idea is not that original, it still feels kind of unique and refreshing if I compare it to other shoujo manga so I really enjoyed it a lot.
The art is really beautiful too and the characters are likable (not that they've shown a lot of characters yet) but the main characters are really likable!!! The girl is just tomboyish and the guy likes to cross-dress as a hobby (it will be explained why he started to cross-dress in an extra chapter).
If you're up for a childhood friend and gender bender love story, then you should definitely try this out!