The general plot of the story is that a boy (yes, "he" is a boy) saved a man from outer space and the man turned the boy into a girl by using some kind of alien technology and force "her" to be his wife. Who's the boy? He's a normal high school student who looks like a girl and is liked by his brother. Who's the man? He's the prince of several kingdoms of the universe.
This manga was much, much better than I thought it was going to be. First off, I'm not one for gender bender stories so I almost passed this one over, but I read the one-shot story and got intrigued by it so started reading the series properly. The comedy in the early chapters is pretty good, but also somewhat predictable considering the setting - however somewhere along the line the tone of the series changes from a regular gag manga into a much more serious and interesting manga due to a variety of sub-plots that get introduced.
To me, this is where "Sekai No Hate de
Aimashou" really shines - there is a wide assortment of side characters and sub-plots that are truly interesting that keep you engaged with the story as it moves from chapter to chapter. In fact, I would almost say that the relationship between Ryouma and Emillio becomes intertwined with these subplots in a way that makes them the actual driving force in the "romance" part of the manga. In fact, the final long story arc was easily one of the most enthralling things I've read in a while and I was more interested in how it was going to be resolved than I was in relationship statuses or anything like that.
The only complaints I have about the manga is that characters tend to be drawn inconsistently (particularly Ryouma, which I don't understand) and that the denouement ends with a timeskip that while satisfactory in it's attempt to conclude the story, leaves out some important bits of relationship progress that we assume happen off-screen. I don't usually complain about manga's feeling "rushed" when they finish, but this is one time where I will definitely join in on that opinion.
Still, over all, I would recommend this manga to people who want to enjoy a good story of this sort and who aren't bothered by the sex change themes.
I'm usually not into this type of gender bender manga. First off, I usually like it if it's (guy-->girl) x girl. So then the reason why I liked this may lie with the presentation more than anything else. It also has to do with the character. He is always doing the chores of other. (Usually stereotypical women's work the men don't want to do.) He is tread on and the girls have no interest in him from the beginning. Also as much as the main character doesn't want to get married to a man, she (Now she at this point.) never says anything
against intimate interactions as a woman with a man. Making me believe Ryouka wasn't really aware of her sexual desires at the beginning and believes in a man/woman relationship. Although she wants to change back, she never says anything against actual intimacy in her body with men, giving a ray of hope to the guy character.
The pacing is good and the jokes are funny at least to me. The reluctance of marrying the guy is just at the level to make it show that she can be won over with time, so long as the guy starts to get his act together and treats her with respect. The first few chapters are a little rough and used to show the guy's initial bad character. It picks up after that.
Many people have said that the main character has the thoughts of a man, making it unappealing, but it is shown she admits to thinking like a woman after the potion and states it out loud later after first trying to assert she's still a man.
I stumbled across this manga on one of the sites and it quickly became a fave.
What makes this so good ,is its masterful story telling and pacing.Its not by any means, the most unique or original story , far from it. However its strength lies in what it does right, it does very very well.
The artwork , is excellent as is the attention to detail.The right amount of echiness is also appreciated using it as a means to spin the tale not an excuse to
So this really is a great read , and i am surprised , that none has reviewed it first.