Unknown to her classmates, Yukina Himuro is secretly the popular cell phone novelist Yupina. What they do know, however, is her cold demeanor and icy glare—earning her the nickname "Absolute Zero Snow Woman"—so they tend to avoid her.
But as of late, Yukina has run into a bit of a snag with her writing: her ratings have gone down, so she wants to incorporate romance to bring them back up. And since Yukina has no experience with love, she cannot properly convey it in her writing. While seeking to change this, she runs into popular and charming student council president Shigure Kitami. During said encounter, he drops his notebook, and, to Yukina's surprise, she finds the names of the girls who have confessed to Shigure inside. She discovers that he uses his charm to manipulate girls into confessing their love for him just so he can reject them, and that his real personality is nothing like the one he shows to the world. Confronting Shigure with this information, she develops a plan: to blackmail him into teaching her about love. But when Yukina's cousin and only friend, Akira Shimotsuki, becomes jealous and confesses his love to her, Yukina may find herself with more help for these "missions of love" than she asked for.
Watashi ni xx Shinasai! won the 36th Kodansha Manga Award for best children's manga in 2012 and was listed in the New York Times best seller list twice for two different volumes. In 2011, the manga's circulation was reported to reach 2 million.
The series has been published in English as Missions of Love by Kodansha Comics USA since November 6, 2012.
Desperate times call for desperate measures, and sometimes you're so desperate for a distraction that you'll read an entire shoujo series despite knowing that it's not even good (nay, even bad).
Welcome to Watashi ni xx Shinasai!
Normally, when I write these reviews I try to throw in some analysis of shoujo tropes and then the unique aspects of the stories. Instead, I want to take this opportunity to explain why you should NOT waste time reading this manga, and then leave it up to you to judge your own desperation.
The most bothersome part of this manga was the out-of-place sexiness of it. Meet Yukina,
the world's curviest middle schooler and most romantically-challenged female. The sexualization of her appearance really turned me off to the series, especially in light of her age. The content of her romance novel was pure enough, but the manga was littered with disgusting innuendo simply by the artistry. It would have been perfectly suitable to cast the characters as high schoolers, and the only cost would be that it would make Yukina's naivete more pathetic (and it is already so pathetic).
The male characters are also insultingly desperate. They drag themselves across the floor to get the attention of the female characters, occasionally feign disinterest, and then return to groveling. The culmination of this absurdity comes when two suitors are literally biting Yukina's ears and "whispering sweet nothings" to her...AT THE SAME TIME. What kind of dignity is that?! The manga could benefit from a few more punches or sullen silence from its male characters, but they're so emasculated by their obsession that it's probably beyond hope. Also, where did these "middle school" kids learn such creepy, seductive behavior? When I was in middle school, kissing was supposed to be thrilling enough without pushing each other down on a bed/a bench/THE GROUND. And what kind of middle schooler thinks biting is romantic? If you're reading this and don't think such behavior is bizarre for kids that are 12 - 14 years old (and experiencing their FIRST RELATIONSHIPS), I am so sorry that you grew up in that kind of world.
The last thing I want to say is this...the climax of the series makes no sense in the context of the series beginning. The novel that has been referenced throughout the series is suddenly supposed to be a secret from Yukina's love interest...but that wasn't a concern whatsoever when it all started! It's the mark of poor planning, since by all accounts the question should have naturally arisen dozens of times before she even fell in love, and she would have answered with ease. Furthermore, everyone seems convinced that the love interest will despise her for writing this novel...but without any reason! It's just a last-minute plot device used to extend the series. And if it wasn't, then again I will just say that it was poorly laid out.
If you have something else to read, I advise you to take that option. But alas, maybe you are as desperate as I was.
TLDR; My thoughts on this manga can be summed up in two quotes directly taken from the manga itself:
"I've really had enough of love triangles already..."
"Hisame, I honestly don't give a shit about you."
Oh man, where to start? The story follows the standard shoujo romance formula: The not so popular girl begins a romantic rendezvous with most popular guy in school. Oh, and not only is he super hot, he's also super rich! But don't let that fool you, since he's a poor, misunderstood soul by everyone except our heroine! Soooo original, right?!
Cliches aside, I still LOVED the beginning of this manga. It was
super funny and had all of those classic "OMG SO CUTE" moments. It was all extremely enjoyable from the start and I could not put it down because I loved it so much.
But then the story does a complete turn midway through and suddenly wants to start castrating itself over and over again. Likeable characters suddenly become annoying and OC. Everything starts to go in circles and we're stuck in an agonizing limbo of "OMG WILL THEY RESOLVE THIS ISSUE ALREADY THERE'S BEEN LIKE 20 CHAPTERS OF NOTHING BEING DONE". Wayy too many love confessions, love triangles, and NTRing.
The manga manages to redeem itself in the end but it still wasn't enough to make me give the story a 9 like I originally wanted to.
I also found it disturbing that all of these characters are actually just a bunch a middle schoolers acting dumb and horny af. Now I see why they were being so melodramatic...
Art is always subjective but I thought everything was drawn beautifully. The background details, the character designs... all so perfect. And as someone who reads a lot of shoujo, I had no problems with the gratuitous amount of sparkles and flowers scattered throughout the panels.
This category still doesn't get a 10 though, because sometimes the art made me feel like I was reading an ecchi manga. There were so many fanservice-like ass and boob shots of Yukina that I was like -_-
This score is an accumulated average based on the individual scores I have given each character.
Yukina starts off as a great heroine! She's confident and cool, but has weaknesses that ground her. She isn't quick to give up and cry when things get tough. She knows what she wants and isn't afraid to get it, and does whatever it takes to achieve her goals. A breath of fresh air compared to the many generic shoujo heroines I've seen!
But midway through the story, her character does a COMPLETE 180. All of a sudden she becomes your stereotypical shoujo romance heroine: self-pitying, whiny, and a huge crybaby. The plot goes in circles because of her indecisiveness! I was disgusted.
Thankfully, she returns back to her usual self near the end of the story.
THE SAVING GRACE OF THIS MANGA! Shigure reminds me a lot of Arima from Kare Kano, although he's a lot less dark. He's got this really nice, kind outward appearance which makes everyone think he's a model student and son, but in reality he's actually quite mischievous and sly. He feels a pressure to be perfect, especially in front of his father. So when he's around Yukina, he's able to relax and be himself.
Shigure really is the star of this manga. He's adorable (yet totalllly sexy), charming, and actually acts like a human being. Part of the reason why the manga drags midway through is because Shigure isn't there for most of it!
Sigh. I initially really liked Akira. He was the sweet, pure-hearted cinnamon roll that had to be protected. I felt so bad for him because of his past and for the fact that it was obvious he would never get with Yukina over Shigure. But then he starts to acting like an annoying NTRing brat and I soon just wanted to skip over the pages that had him in it. Dude, you're Yukina's cousin. Stop trying to feel her up.
A realistic character that has flaws like a normal human. If you've read/watched Kimi ni Todoke, she reminded me of Kurumi... a more annoying, whiny, bratty version of her, that is. But I still liked her and felt bad for the various things she had to go through. The REAL cinnamon roll that we all must protect.
Ugh. Just... ugh. He NTRs more than anyone else in this story. A lot of the story's conflicts surround this guy, and he continues to make more and more each time! Seriously, the manga could have ended a long time ago, but Akira keeps creating more and more issues for the sole purpose of dragging out the story! He's suppose to be a dark person on the outside but sweet on the inside, but he's impossible to like when he doesn't seem to learn a single freaking lesson from every issue resolved.
Mannn, I was so in love with this manga at the beginning. Yukina and Shigure made an amazing duo, with neither of them taking each other's crap and constantly having those "OMG SO CUTE" moments. But again, that was the beginning of the manga. Midway through everything crashes and burns, and I felt so irritated with how the amazing Yukina turned into an annoying brat. Conflicts constantly running in circles, a stupid student-teacher arc... ugh.
The manga saves itself in the end, but man oh man did it take its time.
Like I said before, this is a really funny and amazing shoujo that takes a disappointing drop midway through. All of the issues really shouldn't have dragged on like they did. The story redeems itself in the last few chapters, but then the whole manga ends shortly after and left me feeling like :/
If it wasn't for the amazing first half, I would have probably rated this lower. I would recommend this manga to shoujo romance lovers who are patient enough to get through frustrating story arcs and wanting to see better shoujo protagonists. Yukina is pretty likeable despite her OC moments and still a lot better than many of the shoujo heroines we see today (talkin' bout you Erika Shinohara)
The art is good, and the story begins with a fun blackmail situation, it's also fun to see how the Yukina uses her experience to write her cell phone novel. But the enojyment stops there.
The development is horrendus, and the love triangle (square, pentagon) is forced beyond believe, and the shoujo tropes are exhausted. The story takes a turn after the 15 first chapters or so, and it's just bland. So so so bland. The characters have no consistency, and their developments are just weird.
I think Mami, Yupinas love rival, and Shigures younger brother, are the only two that actually keep in character and
have a thourough and believeable character development over the course of the story.
I guess the reason this manga has such a high score, is mostly due to reviews and scores based on the first few volumes from 2009-2010.
I changed my mind multiple times about this manga, infact, if it wasnt for my inability to put down a story half way then i doubt i would have finished it.
But im glad i did.
The art was nice, it wasnt amazing but i dont really have any complaints. The story on the other hand is where i had issues. It started off well, however part way through it got a little weird. I understand the need for character developement and distinguishing the difference between new and old relationships, but there are moments where the characters dont frel quite right. There becomes a point where it
feels like the drama is well..... overly dramatic. Bring in new people, bring in the drama, but there needs to be a limit to how many love triangles and fake relationships and fake feelings for people there are. Towards the end of the manga it gets better and i enjoy the conflict between the two writers and the resolution between the mc and her lover was spot on. I had a bad feeling that the author was give an unrealistic "i accept everything about you immediately" ending, but instead it was close enough to realistic with just enough love story ending to satisfy readers (or at least me).
In conclusion, the manga is worth a read if you can put up with an insane amount of drama and wont give up half way through. However i would not go out of my way to recommend this manga to anyone.