Dec 15, 2015
For some reason, no matter how long it has been, I still find myself thinking about this manga from time to time. I wasn't sure if I even liked it when I first began reading it, but, now, after ruminating on it a while, I'm tempted to add it to my favorites.
This wasn't the first manga that I read that portrayed a female character in a traditionally masculine light. It was, on the other hand, the first one that did so unapologetically. This manga knew that there was nothing wrong with her position and her mannerisms. She didn't look like a girl trying to
look like a boy. She looked like a boy. The story didn't change her over time to fit more fully into gender stereotypes or make her seem weak in little ways to undermine her image. It didn't reduce her to some caricature based off of her sex or even the sex she was meant to portray. She could still fall in love and maintain her wits. She could still feel but control her emotions. She could be both masculine and genuine. She could be both feminine and strong and there was nothing wrong with that. And I really loved that about this manga.
Aside from that, I think the characters as a whole were ones that I admired. If anything... this is one manga that I can't seem to forget.
Reviewer’s Rating: 9
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