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 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
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.
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.