The twins Maria and Noeru (Noel) have always lived together and are very closely linked. When Maria decides to enter Morinomiya School because of the beautiful eyes of its basketball coach, Noeru, who refuses to be separated from his sister, decides to enter the same establishment. Unfortunately, there are no places left for boys. He thus decides to pass himself off as a girl! But school life is not easy when one must constantly play in a comedy! Especially when Noeru rapidly falls in love with Miyu, a fellow classmate, while he himself is courted by another student.
Well first of all, i think this manga a boring story, well a shoujo manga and gender bender is not my type after all, but after reading it for a couple of chapter, suddenly i felt in love with this manga.
The story evolves around Noel a boy that has a Siscom(Sister Complex) and trying to protect her at all cost, including disguising himself to become a girl, just to take Maria, Noel's sister back to his school, that was the first story, but the story having more development later in the chapter, that makes this story not Siscom anymore, more like Light Love Romance, i
must admit, the romance is not really complicated, yet it's very refreshing.
The art on this manga, well when you see the year this manga published you already know it, not really good but not really matter, as long i can differentiated who is who.
None of the character is amusing for me, i just love Noel and how development he had, not mention Maria, but all of the character i love Ryuuji Sasa the most, at first you probably not noticing him, because he didn't stand out too much, but later in the manga this guy become most of the important role in this manga, trust me the plot for Maria's love affection is really great.
I really enjoy this manga, the gags really stand out, and as i said before this manga is a light romance, so don't expect too much about complexity, every i finished one chapter i'm always smiling, not grining or amusing, so a nice manga if you like light romance, and don't expect much of Ecchi scene just cause Noel lives in Girl's dormitory. You perverted.
Overall this light romance is really suitable for you who wants to take a different pace from a complex romance, the joke not lame, not much character that make me angry, nice pace development, and the ending just hillarious, i tell you this don't keep an embarasing photosticker in your photo album, if your girlfriend going to see it. ^^
Mint na Bokura is a short, but surprisingly sweet and light-hearted romance manga by Wataru Yoshizumi, who is best known for Marmalade Boy, the quintessential shoujo love dodecahedron. And aside from the obvious similarities in art style, it's not difficult to find parallels between the two series.
Both series involve teenagers who get caught up in absurd, implausible circumstances that ultimately cause them to mature and become better people. And both series revolve around tumultuous romances filled to the brim with scheming rivals and comic misunderstandings. But, there are a number of important differences as well.
For one thing, Mint na Bokura is predominantly told from a
male perspective. Not only is this a refreshing change of pace in what could have easily been a very stale, cliche story, but it works exceedingly well because Noel is such an instantly likable character. He's reckless and naive, to be sure, but he's equally boyish and charming in a way that makes it easy for the reader to become immediately absorbed in his adventure.
The series is also quite a bit less melodramatic than Marmalade Boy, and this certainly works in its favor. Now don't get me wrong, there's some drama to be had. There's at least enough to make sure you're rooting for the right couples at the end. But Yoshizumi paints these dramatic scenes with a light touch, and balances them with enough humor to prevent Mint na Bokura from becoming as emotionally burdensome as these types of stories tend to be.
But in the end, Mint na Bokura's true strength lies in its outstanding characterization. In a mere six volumes, we watch the main characters grow and change in ways that are both thoughtful and realistic. In the beginning, Noel is boisterous, controlling, and totally ignorant of his sister's emotions. Likewise, Maria is selfish, impulsive, and unaware of her ability to break hearts. But throughout Noel's misadventure, the two develop a new respect and understanding for one another that eventually extends to their relationships with their friends and love interests. And best of all, their growth feels organic; Yoshizumi chooses to show us rather than tell us.
Of course, I'd be lying if I said the story was perfect. It takes a few small missteps here and there. There's an incredibly convoluted and preposterous plot point dropped on us about halfway through regarding a connection between two of the supporting characters. In fact, in a clever moment of self-parody, Yoshizumi even breaks the fourth wall at this point to cheekily admit the absurdity of this particular revelation. Also, there are a few too many love rivals dropped in at the 11th hour, and their arrival feels too contrived to be sincere. But in a story like this that refuses to ever take itself too seriously, these are minor complaints, and none of them detract from the manga's airy, infectious charm.
At only thirty chapters, Mint na Bokura is a perfect quick read for a rainy day. And despite the fact that its target audience is pre-teen girls, it can and will easily appeal to any age or gender.
Mint na Bokura was a thoroughly enjoyable manga for me. I'm often disappointed by the lack of good characterisation and a strong storyline in manga and anime, but this hidden gem caught my eye after a single chapter.
While the art style is not particularly outstanding, it works well with the story and the humorous moments within the manga. The chibi drawings highlight the points where the characters look like absolute idiots, and thus I found these to be some of the funniest moments. I gave the art 8/10.
The plot was not heavy with drama, but nonetheless the mangaka constantly kept me guessing as a
whirlwind of relationships and rivalries kept popping up between characters. It seems to me to be a very realistic representation of high school life, while being entertaining and comedic. 9/10.
The characters were exceedingly well designed. On the surface they seem simple and cutesy, but the truth is that they seem very real in their interactions with one another. It brought me right back to age 14 with such compelling characters that broke from convention by having unique interests and perspectives on life, and that made such human mistakes. I gave the characterisation 10/10.
I enjoyed this manga very much - it was fast paced, funny and kept me coming back for more. I gave it a 9/10 for enjoyment. Overall I gave it 9/10 because I found it entertaining and I would definitely read it again and recommend it to others.