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 thought that this would just be a echi manga with a bare minimum of what you could call a story. But i was pleasantly surprised. I hadn't read a manga that made me laugh as much as this in awhile.
There are issues i take with it though.
. The MC's appearance isn't really changed besides getting boobs. The MC's face is unchanged and the hair isn't even longer so for most of the story i kept seeing her as a boy unless it showed the full body.
. The MC'S personality is weird. At first we are believed that the MC is a nice and
caring person. But after his gender is changed he is just a total asshole to the other MC. You would think it be normal to be upset after getting your gender changed for awhile but it is like this to the very end.
. How over protective the characters tend to be is kind of absurd. Except the Prince ( Male love interest) Him being protective isn't that unreasonable and makes some sense. But it gets annoying at certain points.
. A couple dumb plots happen. Give you an example of one. Some alien chick comes to earth cause she wants the Prince's D. Finds out he is after Ryouka ( Other Main Character ) Love. She goes and buys 90% of the worlds stock economy. Not only is this a kind of dumb plot. But it's also one of the most unrealistic things in this.
. Within a couple episodes the entire school finds out that the Prince is an Alien and that Ryouka is now a girl. I feel like this could have happened much later around chapter 20 or so.
. Near the end we get a duel that is between the Prince and the Prince's brother. We don't get any fights the dude just attacks when the Prince isn't ready. Very anti climactic and also annoying to the audience. This dude is the Ruler of multiple worlds and is insanely powerful. Yet one strike from a standard sword takes him out.
. After the events after the last described it turns out the brother is alive. No one seems to care that the brother has done awful things to the people including torturing and stuffing human being to put them on display. They just act like he is another regular character that has a weird and funny personality.
. Ryouka's Brother is the most annoying character in the series. He has this weird crush on his brother. He even has a girl going after him that is showing affection and trying to be nice and live on his level cause she is a princess of a planet. She was willing to risk her title of Princess for this guy;s affection but the entire time he is going after his sister and is being weird and creepy. Near the end of the story he gets for no real reason these god like super powers. First thing he does is go and try to beat up Prince. He is the most annoying by far.
. The chick i mentioned going after his love is named Alicia. She at first is the stories mandatory bitch. But she has this nice story ark that is fun to watch unfold. She goes from getting everything she wants to risking her title just so she can try to get her first true loves affection. She also started her own inn and was willing to get down and dirty to help run the Inn.
. I kind of wished that when the MC turned into a female that he had the appearance of Alicia. She is really nice looking and when she is blushing or shy she is really cute. Again MC appearance doesn't change much at all. Kind of annoying .
. This may be me but while i admit the ending isn't as bad as most manga's are. I feel it could've been better. It has Ryouka and Prince married. They have a family of two kids ( May be one kid ) I feel the ending would have been more satisfying if it ended up the Prince and Ryouka's wedding night. Near the end of the chapter have the Prince be caring into a Bedroom after the wedding. Feel it may have been more enjoyable at least.
. The last 4 maybe 3 chapter felt so rushed it was kind of crazy. We just get Ryouka finally admitting her love for Prince and next chapter they are married and have kids.
. I feel like it should have been Ryouka and the Prince getting engaged and the buildup to the wedding. Have Ryouka finally get in touch with his female side and not be so afraid of doing stuff of the gender she is now. Than have her realize that not only is she getting married. But she is getting married as a female to a man. To top it off have her realize that she is about to become queen of multiple universes and have her realize that little girls are gonna look up to her now as a role model.
~~ Spoilers over ~~~
The last two points i brought up in the spoiler sections i feel if they were put into the story than this would easily be a 9 rating for me. I honestly think the story could have been a ton better with this ending.
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.