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.
I said I wouldn't give it a higher rating until after I finished it and well here it goes..
This manga will make you want to, smile one second and want to throw it out the window the next (at the beginning anyway). But that is the unstable emotions that these characters evoke.
The story centers around two girls, sisters, twins. Ageha and Hana. Like everything in the universe, it needs balance, so we have sweet bookworm Ageha and mischievous (for lack of a better word) and popular Hana.
The way the manga starts you'll find yourself picking sides and choosing. Anyone would. Ageha is the regular manga girl. She transforms from her geeky self into a pretty butterfly (which makes her name fitting). Her sister is always used to being in the spot light and dislikes her for that. Not to mention that the interesting and unpredictable past tells the story as to why Hana dislikes Ageha.
The summary above is very detailed so I won't give you another one. Well...maybe a shorter version.
Ageha has been in love with Koike since childhood and finally gets the courage
to confess to him (it's never that simple). She was happy that it went her way and when the date finally arrives she couldn't be any happier, even after her style oriented sister helped her pick out the clothes. When the date arrives she realizes (all to late) that her sister was just subtly sabotaging her date and stealing Koike.
Heartbroken and jaded she seeks refuge in the school counselor who without knowing she's already met. Hayato is a flirt and is known for it, but treats Ageha differently. What starts out as a counselor giving advice, turns into something more. But can Hayato and Ageha survive the scheming who's name is Hana?
The art was very pretty/beautiful. You can tell just by the cover the attention that Miwa gives to her art. She rarely disappoints. You never confuse the twins be it because they have different hair style or because of the evil glint in Hana's eyes,I swear that ass has one.
I'll tell you this now, even after learning about Hana, I dislike her. She's evil, manipulative and mean. But I think evil covered those other things. Out of all the characters I think she covered the most basic human emotions in the shortest time. I always give it to those characters because if you dislike or hate them, that means they were portrayed really well or not good at all. Hana grew on me though. Towards the end I sometimes liked her better than Ageha, I just didn't trust her so our relationship wouldn't have worked out anyway :(
This manga was good. It gets more interesting as it goes, and complicated.
I always find it amusing when things could end way before they actually do but the mangaka wants to give us more details. More space for us to like characters that are otherwise hanging by a thread. Or in some cases just to tie everything in a neat bow and not leave any loose ends.
You have to give it up for Papillon:
A manga which will make you question ever wanting to have/be a twin (me anyway).
I really loved this Manga! You can really see how Ageha changes throughout the manga and you'll also develop a liking towards her. The love story was so very cute! And it was really fun to read! It had some tears, some joys and some hatred towards characters and I'm sure you can really enjoy it!
The storyline was quite good, it is a big 'messy' at times but overall, I thought it was good. The art was amazing, and the characters had such amazing personalities. I really enjoyed it as well.
Although, a big problem is.. There is literally no english translation after 21, so it is very difficult to find some and read on!!read more
This is my 1st review so I'm gonna try to be as best about it as possible. So I found this story in my school library.
Art: I loved the art to the story it was beautiful and I think if this became an anime it would look even more amazing.
I found the story to be pretty well developed; it was also really nice to see both Hana and Ageha have an amazing transformation into someone they could feel proud of. Hayato had some good development too; he was a funny character and was probably one of the most considerate characters in this story.
Though I would've liked to have seen more depth to some the other characters it was a wonderful story overall.
I found the book to be very entertaining. In fact it was so entertaining that I finished it in 2 days.read more
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.read more