Ageha and her sister Hana are twins. At birth, their parents left Ageha in the care of their grandmother in the countryside. Hana was raised in the big city with her parents. However, when the girls were in first grade, their grandmother became ill and so, Ageha was sent to live with her parents and her twin sister in the city.
The two girls are in high school now, and are complete opposites. Growing up in the countryside has made Ageha a bit of a tomboy; she's a quiet, reserved girl who doesn't look anything special. Hana, on the other hand, is outgoing, gorgeous and popular at school. Regardless, the two girls appear to have a stable, good relationship with one another.
One day when all of Ageha's classmates leave to attend a concert, Ageha finds herself alone to maintain the booth at school during the school fair. Ageha feels as if she's Cinderella who didn't get invited to go to the ball. Just when she was thinking those thoughts, a boy wearing a horse mask on his head runs into the classroom and hides underneath a table. His name is Kyuu. It turns out he's being chased by some girls. After the girls leave, Ageha is startled by Kyuu who demands that she serve him coffee. As she does so, Kyuu flips through her agenda booklet and discovers a photograph of Ageha and the boy she has a crush on, Ryuusei, who she has known from childhood but since they moved away, they have forgotten each other. Kyuu asks if she likes Ryuusei, and if she wants to be Ryuusei's girlfriend in a teasing sort of way, causing much embarrassment to the girl. Kyuu then tells her that if she believes in her heart that it is possible, it could come true. Kyuu tells her to shout out that she's Ryuusei's girlfriend and that they are going out and her life is very good, which Ageha does so. As soon as she speaks the words, Ryuusei appears at the classroom door, and recognizes Ageha as the girl from his childhood that he used to play with. Ageha secretly thinks of Kyuu as Cinderella's fairy godmother and cannot believe that it happened.
However, as Ageha and Ryuusei rekindle a friendship from long ago, Hana becomes suspicious or jealous of Ageha's relationship with Ryuusei. She becomes especially annoyed when she finds out that Ryuusei prefers Ageha to her. Hana then begins to formulate a plan to steal Ryuusei away from Ageha.
Papillon: Hana to Chou was partially published in English as Papillon by Del Rey, who published the first six volumes from October 14, 2008 to November 23, 2010, before becoming defunct. Volumes 5 and 6 were combined into a single volume. The series has also been published in French by Pika, and Italian by Star Comics.
The beginning is kinda weird. And I definitely don't like that a 24 year old goes out with a high school student. But their relationship never goes into "dark territories" so to speak.
If you don't like the start either, stick with the story for a bit. The character development is really good, and the last few chapters are perfect. This is definitely not one of those manga's that start of really good and have a bad ending - leaving you with things to be desired. It leaves you feeling satisfied, happy (and if you are cheesy enough, tingly all over :) ).
this review will contain spoilers, so read at your own risk- ALSO THE CHARACTER IS NOT A TOMBOY SO IF IT'S WHAT YOU'RE LOOKING FOR, DON'T BOTHER READING THE MANGA FURTHER.
I started reading this manga based on the number of positive reviews and recommendations on certain forums for shoujo manga involving a tomboy protagonist. As I continued to read, i sympathized and related with the main character for the unwarranted sister rivalry and i was hooked in. The story starts with the main character (Ageha) having a crush on her childhood friend Ryuusei and fantasizing about being in a relationship with him, however due
to her low self-esteem and low sense of self-worth, she doesn't confess to him nor make any move but simply stares from afar... that is until she meets this mysterious man at a festival who advises her to go after what she wants and convinces her to act ( it was weird that she listened but it was good advice).
Ryuusei, finding out that Ageha's grandmother is in hospital, asks her to accompany him so he may visit Ageha's grandma. She puts in the effort to dress up and make herself decent and is surprisingly helped by her twin sister Hana. At this point, you do wonder why Hana is so eager to help but you do not doubt her motives. Ryuusei and Ageha seem to have solid chemistry and the story tries to hint that perhaps Ageha's wish may come true after all, that is, until Hana shows up dressed almost exactly as Ageha but looking prettier. She tags along to their little hangout and flirts with Ryuusei the entire time and even pretends to be someone she isnt to seem more agreeable. She then goes ahead and steals Ryuusei from Ageha even though she knew of Ageha's feelings for Ryuusei and starts dating him.
Ageha's friend finding out of Ageha's crush on Ryuusei, betrays her and tells as many students as possible. They all laugh at her and mock her and since they know that Ryuusei now dates her hotter sister Hana, they emphasize that she has no chance. Ryuusei do stand up for her but confesses that there is nothing he can do as he is now with Hana.
Ageha is devastated and tries to commit suicide, only to be stopped by the same mysterious man who encouraged her at the festival. Again, his advice was pretty damn good and she takes it on board. she improves herself and goes ahead and stands up for herself amidst the mockery. After witnessing her bravery, she gains support and makes friends. These friends completely support her desire of being with Ryuusei and they create situations where the two will have to interact. Eventually, she makes a move and asks Ryuusei to go with her to visit her grandmother in hospital and he agrees. On the appointed day, Ageha with the help of her friends, gets her hair done and puts some makeup on and heads out to meet Ryuusei. However, she was not aware that Hana knew what was happening. Hana calls Ryuusei and forces him to come to her acting as if something bad had happened to her. Ryuusei runs to Hana's location only to find out that Hana is absolutely fine, all she wants is to hang out. He tries to explain, he made a promise to Ageha, but Hana acts all cute and insecure making Ryuusei kiss her. Ageha witnesses this and runs away.
Ageha bumps into the mysterious man again who is actually her school counsellor. he tries to cheer her up and gets her talking about her family relationship and there you understand the depth of her despair and sadness. she always felt unwanted by her family and as if she was never good enough in comparison to her sister (so far so good). She hangs out with her sensei for most of the night and did not realise that her parents would actually be worried about her. For some reason, the sensei attempts to take her into a karaoke/love hotel and is stopped by Ageha's mother. Ageha thought her mother didnt care at all and was just pretending so she stupidly decides to run without looking into incoming traffic. her mom saves her by jumping in front of her and taking the brunt of the impact. Ageha is now terrified that her mother will die and urged on by her teacher, she confesses all her pent up anger and sadness to her unconscious mother in hospital. Ageha's mother wasn't actually unconscious and heard everything and the two work things out. Their relationship improve significantly and she suddenly realises she is no longer sad nor envious of the fact that her sister has stolen Ryuusei from her.
Her main focus becomes 'sensei' who seem to have given her a new start at life. And pretty much, this is where the story goes a little downhill. In terms of character development, she sheds her previous look and becomes easier on the eye. she also spends time with her family and seems to have cheered up. However, here starts the petty jealousies regarding the school counsellor Kyuu. He seems to be quite popular with the ladies and is himself quite flirty. Don't get me wrong, he is a very likeable and funny character but he probably doesn't act decently enough to be a school counsellor. The main character goes from suddenly understanding her need to grow and change herself to become childlike, a cry baby and jealous.
She goes through a few experiences which you'd think would help her be more grounded and mature but it's almost like these have the reverse effect.
The way Kyuu behaves is misleading and would lead any young girls to think that he has feelings for her, and would encourage girls to nurture hope. At least, in this case, he reciprocated and accepted her. Hana is not happy to learn of Ageha's new love and tries to sabotage Ageha's new relationship with Kyuu by going on a date with Kyuu and acting like an absolute b&^%h.
There were many signs that this was not Ageha, so i was a little annoyed at the fact that he could not even recognise this was not the girl he liked. he almost breaks up with Ageha until things finally do come to light. but once their relationship starts, it's just filled with Ageha's constant insecurities, non-stop complaints, tears, jealousies and did i mention tears? my god, all she does is cry all the time. Anyway, to this guy's credit, he is pretty freaking patient. You'd think though that after one incident, she'd learn something but no, this goes on and on and on.
By the way Ryuusei does disappear from the story after a while and it suddenly becomes all about Kyuu. The story delves deeper into Kyuu's past and his past love. Did i mention this also annoys and scares Ageha as well. Man, this girl has no trust whatsoever. But, when she gets a part-time job and starts working with a former crush who had confessed to her and realises that he wasnt joking at the time but was serious, she feels happy and has heart palpitations and even tells Kyuu about it without thinking that he may get hurt. also this very same guy happens to be her sister's ex. So Ageha who is supposed to be developing and growing in character is actually getting dumber and more annoying. I dont care if she is still in Highschool, you want an older man, grow the f@#k up!
Dont get me wrong, there are many good aspects to Ageha and as a female, i can understand her need to know that she will not be betrayed nor abandoned, but her behaviour would lead any man...in fact, anybody, to madness. However, Kyuu and her do go through quite a few experiences that would test many relationships and in the end they successfully work it out. Ageha's relationship with her vicious, vindictive and poisonous twin does change but it was something that occurred more out of nowhere rather than from being a gradual change of heart. it leads you to think that perhaps Hana was abducted by aliens, brainwashed and then brought back.
So although, there are many things about this manga that i didnt like, there were many enjoyable things and many lessons to be learnt. so all in all, i rate this a 6/10
I usually feel the student/teacher type of manga is overdone and usually boring. However, the depth of the main character's stories were impressive compared to the many other manga I've read. They are flawed and damaged character's, which is rare to find in a manga (especially shoujo).
The artwork is well done compared to some of the manga out there. There isn't anything spectacular, but the artwork is smooth and not distracting other than the very attractive rival male characters (Teacher and Mamura).
While I did cheer for my OTP I knew it would never be, but it was still enjoyable to cheer for
them. I won't go into detail due to possible spoilers.
Overall, it was enjoyable and a nice kind of different from most student/teacher manga.
First I’d just like to say the synopsis given of this manga does absolutely no justice. It’s literally a summary of chapter one which doesn’t even cover the basic plot.
I’ve only read up to chapter 37. I’ll continue to read it as more chapters are released and I will update my review when I’m finished.
The story circulates around Ageha and Hana, twin sisters who have just started high school. Hana is the popular girl. She does her best to stand out and be better than everyone else, especially her sister. Ageha on the other hand, does her best to go unnoticed. She feels inferior
in comparison to her sister and wish’s for nothing more than to switch places. The sisters are a bit of a paradox, they want what the other one has and they want to be their own person. I don’t want to spoil anything so I'll just go over the basic's...the majority of the story is about Ageha’s relationship and Hana coming to terms with her sister’s happiness. Ageha’s relationship is touchy. I don’t find it unrealistic or impossible but more taboo?... Basically there’s a big age gap and because of their positions they shouldn’t really be dating. I didn't get to hung up on this, the characters benefit from each other so well you kind of just accept it.
I totally love the character development all around. Ageha changes from shy, quiet, and invisible to strong, decisive, and beautiful. You’ll like and dislike her character at times but you see her maturing and what progress she is making towards her character. Hana’s development I actually liked the best. The majority of the time you’ll hate her character and she’s a little over the top…As time goes on she learns she doesn’t always need to compete with Ageha, they can both have their happiness. Kyuu’s character also goes through some things too. It has him dealing with loss and regret that he repressed for years from a previous relationship. This is where I stopped but I liked where it was going. There is interaction from family/friends as well that encourages and shapes the main characters.
I recommend reading this one, I found it really entertaining. Just reading the synopsis I would have passed it up. I put it on my list only because the sisters reminded me of another manga I enjoyed reading. I’m glad I gave it a chance.