Naka is an aspiring young model with a problem: her face tenses up into a terrifying spectacle whenever she gets nervous on photo shoots! Naka's rival is Umi, the hottest model at their agency. But Naka soon discovers Umi's secret—and hilarity ensues behind the cameras!
I recently finished reading this manga and it got me really hooked up.
- The story is funny and romantic with the right amount of drama and seriousness. Although it's not like one of those type that you can say as "superb"romance manga, it is still very enjoyable to read. I like how the mangaka does not focus on the main characters only but instead gives everyone their own moment and a chance for character development as the story progressed.
- The art is great. I like how everyone is drawn especially Naka, her "criminal face" is super funny; (there was even a time when
I laughed really loud because of her face expression practice) I also find her really beautiful during her photoshoots.
- Each characters personality are cute and unique. Considering their age as teenagers I find their personality pretty realistic especially in dealing about love and teenage life issues. All of the characters has their own strength and weaknesses. There is no character that really got in my nerves...well...except Umi maybe as I have a love/hate relationship with him, one moment I find him very charming and sweet and then next moment, I'm getting annoyed at him ( It really irritates me how he freaked out about body changes he might experience as a teenage boy and then became depressed in the next chapters bcoz his body is "not" changing like all other teenage boys... It got me saying "seriously! Umi, what do you really want?!")...My favorite character is Chihiro because he is funny and observant to everyone around him and treasure his friends :)
- Overall, if you want something refreshing to read, this manga is a must read ^^,
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Please read the synopsis first. Let's be clear, this manga is a shoujo manga and this type of conflict with our protagonist is not a first in anime/manga history. However, the story is still good. It separates itself from all the shoujo cliches that usually make up this type of story. The story had me HOOKED up until about halfway. After that, my binge reading had stopped because I felt like many of the same issues were repeated, and
the story felt drawn out. Despite this, it was still a very enjoyable read. I feel as though this story is more of a coming-of-age or "life journey" type of story for many lovable characters, and that is why it is still enjoyable.
The art itself is nothing impressive. It is much better than I could ever do, and it certainly is not the worst; the art is good. If you were to see the arts compared to many other manga or anime though, the art style would not necessarily stand out. That is why I rated it a 7.
I feel like the characters is the part of this manga that truly stand out more than anything. We follow many characters, not just our main ones (Umi and Naka). I found myself relating to a lot of the problems, despite the fact they were in the modeling, artsy, and photography world. I cried with them, laughed with them, and followed the journey to them finding themselves. They are the most memorable part of this read.
I quite enjoyed this manga. Is it something I would want to read again? Probably not. However, it was a good read and I do not regret reading it at all. I would recommend this manga to anyone who enjoys shoujo manga that follows the characters closely, and has more than a few characters it follows.
This is a very good manga. The characters make this manga what it is. The story and art aren't bad, they just aren't that memorable. However, I believe this manga deserves the 8 I have given it, because despite the cliche story, it is not a manga full of cliches. Very well done!
For a first serialization, this is impressive. I first read this a couple of years back, when the complete scanlation was not yet available. I enjoyed it, and when everything was translated read the rest feeling left satisfied. Charming Junkie is a shoujo manga first and foremost, and happens to be one with many shoujo tropes. That being said, the story handles them well, and the cliches are minimal. The story is basically Naka and Umi's journey and growth as models and eventual romance, with many more characters to help or harm them along the way. It's slightly like a coming of age manga in
It's simple yet effective, especially when you see how much the art improved over serialization. The art wasn't so bad in the beginning, aside from a few oddly drawn panels and proportions. One thing this mangaka does best is her reaction shots, which are hilarious. During the big reveal moments of Umi and Naka modelling, I was treated to truly lovely illustrations that really grasped how far the two had gone.
Naturally, this manga is not for everyone. Some people may be offput by how Naka and Umi's feelings develop for each other. At first, their relationship is one full of bickering and teasing, and its a wonder that the two even ended up together in the first place. The whole thing reads as a romcom in a way. However, I enjoyed their relationship so much because despite it's foundation, it grew into so much more. The way the two supported and encouraged each other, starting as the most unlikely of friends into something more, was great.
Currently re-reading this, and it's a series that I feel like is great to read once and then revisit in the future because of how enjoyable it is. Cliches it may have, but the way they're dealt with, and the many characters in the plot are ones that I feel like any fan of shoujo can grow to love. I don't mention the other characters so much, but they are also very notable for why thy contribute to the plot in their own right.
9/10 for me overall. Old but gold read. Check it out!
i love how this story go. it's so simple yet exciting. i wondered how can this manga isnt populer. indeed, this is kind of cliche manga, but this manga is so lovely! once you start read it, no wonder if you dont want to stop. me too. when i read it i really really really dont want to stop. but, unfortunately, i need to go to school, so i stop read it for a few hours.
this manga is about a girl who cant smile, want to have a shining smile like the cute model umi, who is actually a boy! but the way author conveyed
the story is so amazing. i even carried away, and, as i told you, dont want to stop.
the character too, i love it! umi is so cute and so cool and so handsome. i love how thick headed naka is. i love how tsundere umi is. i love how umi confessed and how naka react to it. i love how ikue provoked umi. i love everything about this manga.
maybe my review is subjective, but i dont have any problem with this manga. because this is my very favorite manga!!
i recommended you all to read this adorable manga!! you must! because this is one of the best manga ever!