Papillon: Hana to Chou
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Papillon: Hana to Chou

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English: Papillon
Synonyms: Chrysalis: Flower & Butterfly
Japanese: パピヨン -花と蝶-


Type: Manga
Volumes: 8
Chapters: 40
Status: Finished
Published: Jul 13, 2007 to Nov 13, 2009
Genres: DramaDrama, RomanceRomance, SchoolSchool, ShoujoShoujo, PsychologicalPsychological
Authors: Ueda, Miwa (Story & Art)
Serialization: Bessatsu Friend


Score: 7.521 (scored by 35993,599 users)
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Ranked: #24032
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Popularity: #1834
Members: 7,216
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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.


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Apr 16, 2012
charlieseilrahc (All reviews)

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 :) ).
Feb 27, 2016
unbalanc3dchem5t (All reviews)

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 read more
Jun 28, 2014
ragesugar (All reviews)
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 read more
Mar 14, 2021
moraldisorder (All reviews)
What a disaster, a downright sloppy mess with an awful plot and annoying characters. Papillon is a drama filled teen romance manga about competing twins that tries to dig into some touchy subjects like insecurity, childhood abandonment, post-partum depression, and traumatic loss.

Ageha is a quiet and shy country girl that feels that she is undesirable next to her beautiful and popular city girl twin sister, Hana. The first few volumes of the manga deal with the twins butting heads over boys. Hana feels left out if she doesn’t receive the same love and affection that her sister does. She reminded me of a toned-down version read more

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