I normally don't write reviews but after suffering through just two chapters of Eniro Cinderella, I felt I had to take whatever steps I can to prevent others from reading it.
What is it that makes Eniro Cinderella so especially bad? To be honest, it has all the typical makings of a mediocre manga- nothing in it is original, the art is sub-par, and the dialogue is poorly conceived. The thing that takes it from crappy manga to utter shit for me, though? The blatant rape and abuse that we, the reader, are supposed to romanticize. But we'll get to that shortly.
Firstly, let me just say that this story seems like it was throw together by the author tacking up tropes on a wall and tossing darts to see which they would use. Without going into a summary, let's see if we can count them. Naturally, the heroine is a really Plain Jane type girl. Who, as we can all guess, is really hot when you take off her glasses and slap some makeup on her face. And what a surprise- she has raw, natural singing ability. As if this weren't enough, she's the sole provider for her sweet younger brother who has a terrible illness and desperately requires life-saving surgery. Cue the Lifetime movie music.
This is where our rapist enters the scene. And yikes, he is not much to look at. Actually, everyone in this manga seems to suffer from anatomy issues every couple of pages. Typical rookie manga art mistakes abound- proportions, backgrounds, etc. It's not on an altogether unforgivable level, though.
What is unforgivable is the grotesque rape scene we're expected to view as "sexy" (probably one of many, I couldn't read any further). Now, romance manga of this sort (usually Josei manga with emotionally damaged leading men) tend to tiptoe along the line of "abusive" A LOT. Eniro Cinderella is on another level. The lead female (whose name I've already forgotten, none of these characters are at all memorable) agrees to sleep with this hotshot record company guy or whatever in exchange for the money needed for her sick brother's operation. While this alone feels really gross and coercive, it gets a lot worse. She actively tells him things like, "No", "Stop", "It hurts" and he KEEPS GOING, even so far as to tell her that he will physically prevent her from sleeping unless she complies. Like...that's not skirting around abusive behavior, it's smack dab on top of it. Depriving someone of sleep is an interrogation tactic. This is in no way romantic. It's sick. But more than that, it's highly disturbing how obvious it is that the author wants us to see this as sexy.
It's this that takes this manga from forgettable crap to inexcusable for me. If you think you'd be into the plot, I say keep searching, this probably isn't the thrilling romance you were hoping for. read more