15 year-old schoolgirl Sara has a big secret. She is the "Sala" that is the new top singer! Noone knows whether "Sala" is a boy or a girl. She is a huge fan of the No. 1 group "The Rise" who's lead singer, Hayase Shidou, attends Toua High a Special entertainment school along with Sara.
When Sara finds that her boyfriend is cheating on her, and to add insult to injury, she is dumped! He was only attracted to her by her likeness to "Sala". Hayase gets revenge for her in an unusual way which seems to bring them closer together ...but will this be allowed by Sara's mother who is "Sala"'s producer and Co-President of Star Studios? It's a fact that the true identity of "Sala" cannot be revealed, especially not to the lead singer of her main rival "The Rise".
This is my first review and, honestly, I feel this is a manga worth reviewing. What I really liked about this manga was that even though it is a very typical shoujo story-wise it is a little different. While most other shoujo become very dramatic and angst ridden in the end, this one wasn't. I'm not gonna give any spoilers, but it is very consistent in feeling all the way through.
Now the art, I don't know what it was about it, but I just really liked it. It was definitely shoujo, but not TOO much. The eyes were fine in proportion to the faces, clothes were fine etc. And I loved the faces Sara would make. I guess it was her expressions that made the art enjoyable. ;P
Now, the characters are what made this manga standout amongst the myriad of other shoujos. Instead of being a carpet Sara is strongwilled and stands up for herself and her friends. She is a genuinely good person with a good heart. Hayase is also a nice guy who isn't afraid to say what's on his mind and, unlike most other shoujo guys, is actually NICE to Sara from the get-go. Sara and Hayase's friends Ryuusei and Makoto are good characters, but with the length of only two volumes they didn't get a chance to develop.
Overall, while the story isn't particularly original, the way it's carried is more unique than the bulk of other comedic/romantic/showbiz type manga. It's really a lot of fluff, but it doesn't make you gag. The comedy is really good and even when the very occasional cliche pops up you are easily able to forgive the mangaka. This is a very quick, light read and while not perfect, I highly suggest you to read.
Charisma Doll, written by Kurahashi Erika is a nine chapter manga with one special chapter.
Storywise, the story focuses more on the love story of the main characters. it's sad that it didn't give more attention on the struggle of Sara to be famous just by herself, not as Sala. As for the characters, some doesn't have much personality development throughout the story. The character of Sara was, of course, clearly established.
The drawing is nice and clearly drawn. Every character in the story is either a bishoujo or bishounen. It is also detailed in drawing since the mangaka drew the characters big enough to see.
Though it is a short manga, it didn't fail to give the readers a lesson in life. That also adds to the cuteness and depth of the story.
All in all, this manga is good. This is appealing especially to the readers who likes idol stories. Well, even if you are not, you'll surely love this shoujo manga.read more