Maki-kun goes to look at the results of his high school entrance exam and meets a beautiful girl. Could this be a fated encounter? He's thrilled to find out that the same girl, Aikawa Kizuna, not only ends up going to his school, but is in his class. However, he's not so thrilled to find out that Aikawa is really a guy!
An amazingly written Rom/com, Gender bender series.
If you haven't read this yet and you're a fan of said genres,
Give this one a shot, you won't be disappointed.
Story - 8
Heartwarming, entertaining, and funny. The plot itself is similar to other Rom/Com manga. However, the heartwarming randomness within the plot along with a feeling of progression in time is what brings out the "story".
Art - 9
The art is fantastic. Each character is extremely appealing to look at. Sometimes, you'll question if Aikawa is really a girl or not. ;)
The art also gradually changes as you go farther into the story.
You'll notice, and
it's amazing. Props to Matsumoto Tomoki. 11/10
Characters - 9
All characters are lively, outgoing, interesting. and have unique personalities. Each one of them are extremely lovable and uplifting with their randomness and uplifting moods.
(MC's aren't Dense. Thankfully.)
Enjoyment/Overall - 9
The entire manga is beautifully written and drawn. The events/plot along with the cast of characters that are extremely entertaining and interesting creates an calming atmosphere that allows one to get somewhat attached the story and each character.
This manga is such a wasted potential.The first few chapters are really good,but after that ,the whole plot ,until the end is just a massive filler and teasing.
There isn't any progression in the relationship between the main characters here and there.Instead everything is rushed in the last 2 chapters,which made the ending felt super rushed.The last chapter itself was kinda cool and the end was rewarding.The overall humor was good the first few times,but soon became repetitive and annoying teasing.We got that the trap is super cute the first time.We got that the main character is conflicted about his sexuality(which is quite interesting main conflict,but
it's not explored enough)
So yeah the story was really weak and i wanted more substance
The characters were meh.The personality of the trap is that he is a cute trap.The personality of the main character is that he is the perfect guy.That's it.
The secondary characters are really boring and unimportant ,with the exception of the lesbian couple,but they got little screen time.
The art is great,no complaints here.All characters look great.
Well overall the manga was super mediocre at best.I wouldn't recommend it
Prunus Girl was the first ever cross dressing yaoi manga I have ever read, and I have to say: I was surprised to end up enjoying the whole story.
The story starts of with our protagonist, Maki, checking out his scores on the entrance exams before he suddenly stumbles across Aikawa, whom he later finds out to be a boy. As the story continues, the relationship between these two start to develop. This is done through the various interactions the characters have with their friends and the clubs of the school in addition to the times the characters choose to spend with each other. First,
it starts off a strong friendship as Maki continuously reminds himself Aikawa's a boy and that he should feel nothing, and then slowly a realisation that he does, in fact, view Aikawa in a romantic way.
What I really like about Prunus Girl's plot is how Maki is always questioned about his preference of Aikawa's gender and sexual preference. In addition, Aikawa's openness towards Maki, whether it be letting him look under his skirt or asking him decide which gender he would prefer to him to be, was always refreshing and added a slight bit of tension to the story.
I really wish they did more with the magic candy idea, though.
The art was mediocre. Some bits of art was not formatted the same as the rest of the manga, however it was all still clear who exactly was who. Some scenes were drawn pretty well, as well. Rather, the bit to point out were just the character designs. All were different and the clothes each character wears were all unique.
THERE WAS SO MUCH POTENTIAL IN THIS ASPECT OF THE STORY. I would say that the side couples were more developed in terms of background than the main couple. We do not really learn much about Aikawa's past nor do we learn about the different experiences Maki has had. While their feelings for each other was developed quite well, it seemed a bit too fast near the end, although its speed could be justified by the fact that Maki is already exposed to many either illicit relationships and an existing lesbian couple.
Side characters also lack some development and it is quite sad to see majority of the original side characters to not get the people they want.
I laughed at just about every chapter and I waited very eagerly for all the couples to just get together already. The epilogue was also a great addition, which only added to my enjoyment. Why? Because of this quote:
"But after we graduate, we're gonna be going at it like rabbits."
Final verdict: 7
Prunus Girl has so much potential to be much more if only it was made much longer or if it had reduced the amount of characters that were introduced throughout the story. It is a great read for when you are bored. I would fully recommend it to anyone who has yet to question sexual orientations or those who just want an insanely hilarious and romantic story to read :)
Story - 8 - A very simple story. Male protagonist Maki sees pretty girl on his way to checking his exam scores (thinks it's fate). The first day of school, the "girl" Aikawa is in the same class as him, and she clearly announces in front of everyone that she is a "guy" and everything moves on from then (I'm just going to specify him/her as a female to make it easier on me).
Pretty original for a Gender-Bender genre, since in most of them their gender is supposed to be a secret, while in this manga series her gender is declared, yet
still a mystery. If you read this manga, eventually you'll be within the debate on whether she is a guy or girl.
Art - 8 - Decent Art quality for manga of this time. Everything's proportional, the character's form don't change as it progresses. The facial expressions are also funny, as it goes from scrunched up eyes >_< to cat faces ¯ω¯ which makes it more enjoyable to read.
Character - 9 - I guess its a decent number of characters for a manga that only has 16 chapters out so far, but aside from a few characters that get rarely get the spotlight, this series is concentrated on the two main protagonist the majority of the time. Maki is the generic "laid back" male as he's always lazing around not caring much about anything. Aikawa is a very versatile character(not just by gender). Her looks says shes a girl, her capabilities says shes a guy, her actions says shes a girl, but she validates herself as a guy. Everyone knows this but they consider her not as a guy or girl, but as Aikawa herself.
Aside from the two main characters, the other characters are pretty much unique themselves: The friend of Maki, who is the supposed to be the idiotic and perverted on of the series (he always wants to see Aikawa in an erotic manner such as in swim suit, or when her uniform is wet) is actually one of the smartest people in the class in terms of academics (while Maki and Aikawa get low scores).
There is also girl who transfers to their school and announces she is only interested in females, another girl who has a brother complex, a dude that stalks Aikawa, denying the fact she is a dude.
Enjoyment - 9 - What makes this manga enjoyable is the comedy and the anxiety of knowing what gender Aikawa really is. Just about all the chapters were satisfying. The sequence of chapters is pretty episodic in that in one chapter Aikawa is learning to cook, in another she is playing water gun tag. As much as i don't want to see homosexual love between dudes, if Aikawa turns out to be a girl, it may change to manga to become less exciting. You will need to read for yourself to understand lol.
Overall - 8 - The manga is still ongoing. Only 16 chapter are out so far and it randomly gets updated @_@ I'm still itching to know what might happen next. Its funny and it also gets you thinking: is gender the only factor that determines love, or gender does not make the person who he or she is(I'm straight for the record, i just have an open mind). Regardless of sexual orientation, this is definitely a series you should give a go.