I love trap manga, and this has to be one of the best I've read in a long time. Ladies and gentlemen, Reversible! BTW, this manga contains hints of Shounen Ai (depends on who you are), so if you are easily offended by this content, turn back now. Otherwise, keep reading!
I had been looking at this for a while online, but I hadn't decided to read it until just recently, so the review is really fresh. There might be spoilers, I don't know yet.
STORY: 9/10 - GREAT
The story was really good, especially for a trap manga. The story is about a boy from a rich family who gets sent of to an all-male boarding school as punishment for something he did at his old school. However, at this new school, half the guys have to crossdress on and off. The characters themselves are really integrated into the story. Somebody else might dismiss the manga because of the weird story that makes you go WTF all the time, but I still think it makes for a great story. The way the crossdressing dilemma was also very well presented. I'm not giving it a 10 because the ending was crap, but otherwise, everything else was perfect!
ART: 8/10 - VERY GOOD
Come on, its a trap manga, its going to have some good art. Not that many bulge scenes, but every time there is a panty shot, its going to be a bulge. If you love traps, THIS IS the manga for you. The story is all about traps. The art is very well done in the style of anime like drawing, which is a plus. And also, very cute character designs for all the characters in general, especially the traps.
CHARACTER: 10/10 - OUTSTANDING
From point A to point Z, all the characters were unique in their own special way, even though I consistently made parallels between the characters of Reversible and Nisekoi, which makes it better. The characters were all very unique in their own special way, and I love how the characters help the story develop. Without the characters that are in the manga, the plot would be nothing but a pile of ash.
ENJOYMENT: 8/10 - VERY GOOD
If you're a female, you probably either have a higher or lower score than I do. Contrary to popular belief, no matter what it says on my MAL profile, I am a male. Now, that did impact the manga, but it was still very good. The "romance" was very well executed and everything it general was amazing. The manga itself is very thought provoking to me, as I am a male. This manga really hit that when the main character actually started to love crossdressing in the first place.
Overall, it was a great manga and I would read it again anytime. It took me about 4 hours to finish all 15 chapters, so its pretty short. Thanks again for reading my review! Look forward to more!read more
This was a rather interesting manga, in all seriousness. I read it after seeing a page on 4chan which made me go "ooooh traps" but after reading it, I liked it not as a trap manga but as an actually interesting story.
The story is quite simple, the usual lead-up to a harem, you plop him in a school with people and everybody loves him and he's kinda awkward, yadda yadda, he gets all the babes. But turns out the babes are actually dudes in this one. Awesome. Who doesn't love a good trap?
I can't say the art is anything to marvel at. Backgrounds are rather lacking, but considering the mangaka probably doesn't have 30 assistants, I think it's pretty good. The characters are absolutely ADORABLE. Seriously, I've never seen a manga where I wanted to cuddle every character before.
Oh my God, the characters. The harem is filled with such adorable traps that by the end (assuming you like traps, if not what are you doing here?) you will wish you were the main character. I know I'd kill to wake up to find Touma laying in bed next to me. But, more importantly than them all being extremely cute, they have depth. The mangaka has given the characters incredible depth, considering this is a fan service manga. Each character comes from a rocky background (it is alternative education, that's sorta how things work) and there's interesting little links between them. Even Touma, that adorably cuddly little thing, has a dark backstory. It's incredible, and it's what's kept me reading this far.
I'll openly admit, I love traps. I adore them. And that definitely adds to the enjoyment. But even more than that, I love this manga for the way they touch upon the characters' histories. They may come from rich families, the streets, or any of many other places, but here they're just a bunch of men in skirts. Nothing tears a man down like wearing women's clothes. Unless you're Touma.
I wish this would release more often; it's at a rate of once every 3 months I believe, so 4 chapters a year. The chapters are rather meaty, and have a good amount of content, but I still keep wanting more. It's cruel, and I think I'm addicted to this series.read more
I was looking for some trap manga to read, and the idea to re-read this one popped into my head, and after re-reading, I thought I'd check some reviews out and write one.
Story: The story was very well laid out with quite a, what I'd say, deep meaning behind it. As you go along through to the middle of the series, I found it tended to get a little difficult to understand and follow the direction the story was taking, but it quite effectively got the concept and message across. I read it expecting to be trap romance, but it did take quite a different turn, with less focus on the trap and (subtle) shounen ai aspect and more on the "friendship and respect" area of "love". However, the story is still enjoyable for most people I'd say.
Art: I personally love the art for this manga, it suits the story quite well. Very simplistic and not overly filled with effects like most shoujo or any manga that would seemingly focus on romance. It tends to get a bit more cartoony at comedic scenes, which fits well with the weight of the manga. And of course, trap manga, the mandatory panty shots. And Bulge.
Character: Great development of the characters and their personalities. Easy to grasp the type of character each of them are as well as relatively light background story development, with more focus on developing their current character with only necessary background and flashbacks for the two main-main characters.
Enjoyment: The manga is enjoyable, not just as a trap manga, I'd say less enjoyable as a trap manga and more so as a manga about friendship and platonic feelings, it deserves some respectful enjoyment for conveying that aspect so well. Generally enjoyable for almost any manga reader (or even non-manga readers) unless any bit of trap or shounen ai irks them to the point that they can't read it. As I've said, slightly hard to follow as it climaxes, but the concept it conveys is very light and enjoyable, a manga for some light heartstring pulling without a serious plot twist or problem.
To tell the truth, I only started reading this manga because one of my friends read the first chapter looking for a good comedy, backed out because of the homosexual undertones between traps then told me how bad it was. Oh, how wrong he was. As someone who's not a fan of traps (although, to tell the truth, not repulsed by them either), I went into the series looking for whatever good I could get from it. And that good was... a surprising amount.
Story - 8/10
Okay, so if you're going into this expecting the most gripping story in the world, you're not going to find it here. But if you're going in expecting very little, you'll be surprised - at every turn, you'll actually feel attached to the characters and what they're going through. It's not the most revolutionary plot in the world, sure, but it's surprisingly enjoyable for what it is, especially considering the setting. The ending is a little lacklustre and open, but that same openness really lets the reader play with what happens afterwards. This helps with its appeal outside of people looking for traps and/or shounen-ai, too.
Art - 6/10
Not really much to say here. The characters look pretty cute and there's nothing that really looks that awful. On the other hand, there's nothing that really stands out at you as particularly amazing, which is why I put it down to a 6. Nothing against the mangaka, though. I do give them kudos for the full colour pages, since they were pretty nice to see, if only because I thought Tsubaki's hair was blonde and it was actually pink (yes I know I don't pay attention to the pictures on MAL pages and such). A degree of this is taken off because of the occasional fanservice (as myself and my friends discussed, a lot of the "face ball" isn't really necessary), but if you're into that sort of thing I can see it working quite well.
Character - 9/10
This is where Reversible! really shines. The story is only as good as it is because of the character designs. Every single character has something to them which makes them really interesting - their backgrounds all have a degree of darkness to them, and finding all of that out is really gripping. While this potential presents itself in many other such anime and manga, what really makes it shine is how it pulls that concept through. Not only do the characters have great designs behind them, they also progress through the 15 chapters of the manga, which I was not expecting at all. One incident where this is really made apparent takes place within Chapter 14 - but I won't spoil that for you.
Enjoyment - 9/10
This mostly comes from a biased point of view, since I went into it with low expectations. However, that's what really gives this a fair judgement - anyone that wants to see traps will be quite satisfied with this manga regardless of anything. Despite this, it holds appeal stretching far beyond its target audience, and anyone that just wants to see a boy develop in an unfamiliar environment (read: crossdressing, but not necessarily looking for that) will really take appeal from it. Personally, I was surprised by the amount of times I was genuinely feeling for the characters, and I almost felt sad when I turned that last page. Throughout, I genuinely felt connected, and for that I give it a 9/10.
Overall - 8/10
This conclusion isn't based on any particular mathematical reasoning, unlike some reviews, just my own personal view on everything the manga presents - the story is solid, along with incredibly well designed characters, which really carry it along. It's let down a little by the lack of any particularly outstanding art, as well as its subject matter carrying a degree of "ick factor" to it for anyone not already accustomed to the medium or open-minded enough to accept it. However, if you go past that and do accept it, you're in for a treat, a real hidden gem. Who knows, you could even go from it having learnt something new, with your horizons opened to new things.read more