This could be any girl. Imagine being a heroine of a love story. Hatori also believed that one day she would get married to her childhood friend, Rita. But that's not how the world works! This is a hilarious comedy that honestly paints a painful unrequited love story of this young girl!
Volume 7: Thank You☆Last Samurai (Thank You For the Last Samurai)
Volume 10: Souri de Sorry
If the boy you have been crushing on for five years has suddenly started to date a girl seriously for the first time in his life, how will you react? Will you be supportive and try your best to move on? Well, in the world of shoujo, that is what we presume the heroine of Heroine Shikkaku by Koda Momoko, the mangka, will turn out to be.
Instead, we have a heroine who is unafraid to show her meanest. She is no wimpy girl who will cry by the sideline while watching her prince get whisked away by the ‘Wicked Witch of the West’. No. This girl is bratty, bitchy, spoiled, self-centered, blunt and just plain selfish. Sure, she carries the water works with her throughout more than half the story but with the pressure and pain she goes through, who won’t? And so, the main question still lies: why will anyone enjoy a story with a girl like this?
This story does not sugarcoat anything unlike most mangas I’ve read. Strobe Edge is one that pops up in my mind. It was a wonderful read but it lacks the selfishness and bitterness people have when it comes to unrequited love which is, perhaps, Heroine Shikkaku’s strongest points. Hatori, the main heroine, does not back down from what she believes in throughout the story. People may find her antics annoying and repetitive choices tiring but really, when you think about it, when you’re in love do you really have the sanity to think right? I think not and this is heavily displayed throughout the story. Other characters such as Rita, Hatori’s childhood friend and crush, are memorable as well…for their flaws that is. For example, Rita has his lack of understanding and communication that drives our heroine in confusion and circles. He is arguably the most annoying character but if you are in his shoes, you may find his decisions…agreeable.
This is also another thing to love about this manga and that is that it gives you the ability to think over a character’s actions. The story isn’t that deep for it to be hard to picture yourself in the character’s shoes. Hatori is already said but think over in Rita’s shoes. Being friends with a person for so long kind of obscures thinking romantically for that person. You know the person like the back of your hand that it’s impossible to date them which is one aspect I love about this unrequited love story. So his replies to the main heroine’s advances are understandable even if some of his actions are contradictory.
The art is subjective. It is certainly not the most displeasing to the eye but certainly not the best. Despite this, I like it a lot especially how the mangka manages to manipulate the character’s facial expressions to express certain feelings. Hatori’s expressions are the best from her crying to her being bitchy; it’s never a bore to see how she is feeling next.
I think this manga will be a breath of fresh air for most. The entire cast of the manga has near to no redeeming qualities but that doesn’t make them unlikable. It’s charming and that is what kept me reading the eight chapters that have been released. And believe me, reading manga on your phone takes a lot more time that it sounds...especially when you have finals next week. Ops. x)
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I discovered this manga via the other manga that I am currently reading which I am not sure if it was Hirunaka no Ryuusei or Kinkyori Renai (any from those two) and since these two manga are really great, I thought of giving this a try.
I was first attracted to the art. It's not that different to a lot of manga, it was also beautiful so I said to myself "this might be good as well" but, boy I was wrong.
Okay, one of the elements I was looking for in a manga (or any stories for that matter) is the Character. I want a character that progresses as the story goes on. I want a character who gives you a period for an impression only to give you an exclamation point at the end. I want a character, even for a villain to be likeable as much as possible, something that makes you want to decide if you would like it or not and when you decided not to like it, it does something that makes you go "awww." Heroine Shikkaku only gave me annoying characters.
Enjoyment 3/10 (this will be explained further in the story part)
A girl who longs to be a heroine for her childhood friend Rita but only acts as a side character.
She wants him to notice her. he notices and fell in love with another girl (almost. or Rita is just an egoistical jerk)
I have read this manga up to the 30th chapter because from chapter 2 when I realized the story was going nowhere, I was still hoping for it to pass my standards. It was just a simple shoujo manga and yet it fails to deliver the whole point of the story. I dislike how the main heroine keeps going on and on and on about being the heroine and yet does nothing. and when she did, it was almost too late, the guy had already a girlfriend.
I dislike how the guy keeps leading on the main heroine and yet won't break up with the girlfriend. And I dislike the girlfriend for being too nice. No person could be that nice.
I never knew what happened at the end since I dropped the manga. There might be some cool revelations at the end (though I doubt it) but over all,I dislike this manga. I might probably try and drag myself to finish the remaining chapters of this manga. 'til then, this will remain a 3/10 rating.read more
hmm so I started and completed this manga because I wanted to read Heroine no Ryuusei (Hirunaka no Ryuusei Crossover one-shot with Heroine Shikkaku).
Before i start i'd like to say the main reason i disliked this manga was because i found both the main characters annoying. So if annoying characters are bearable for you or if you find them funny, go ahead you'll most probably enjoy this manga :)
The main chara's idiotic moves were meant to be comical but leaned more toward irritating for me.
The art was pretty good. Funny even. No problem with the art.
I did not like Hatori, the heroine. She was indeed a failure. She was stuck over the same guy the whole time. I can't quite explain it but she definitely falls into the annoying-type heroines category. She just assumes that she is the hero, Rita's, heroine and when he gets a girlfriend she's determined to break them up and she'll do ANYTHING to do that. I understand how she's hurt because she's been in love with him for 5 years but her tactics are unsightly. You can't just decide to break a couple up. She didn't even consider Rita could be happy with another girl because she was so sure she's his heroine and was just hell bent on getting him back. Is this really love when you don't even think whether the other person is happy or not?
The hero himself isn't much of a man. He keeps leading Hatori on even though he has a girlfriend: Adachi. He's the type of guy who doesn't realize his "true" feelings until he hurts well everyone.
Adachi was an annoying nice girl. I dont even have anything against nice types but what her character developed to by the end was ridiculous. Terrible message. Life has many bad turns, get up and face them.
Hiromitsu Kousuke was the obligatory rival and honestly the only character I liked, or at least didn't find annoying. His was the only reason i could keep reading.
Girl falls in love with guy who doesn't like her and tries her best to get him back. Rival shows up, he's a playboy and doesn't believe in love. Of course he falls for the annoying "different" Hatori.
People get hurt because the hero and heroine are both terrible characters.
It was funny, I only liked parts with hiromitsu, and the only reason this even got a 5.
Not sure if it was worth it but after I finished the manga, i read the little extra crossover i wanted to read. The crossover discussed whether Suzume or Hatori is a better heroine. i don't know they're both weird and ummm unshoujy(?) but i LOVE Suzume. and i hate Hatori so TeamSuzume all the way.
First and foremost, there is one thing you should know: my score is a 5 for this manga.
Who should read this: People that love unrequited love mangas .
Who should avoid this: People that hate unrequited love stories, especially ones that get nowhere.
Story: Honestly, I've been seeing this manga everywhere for sometime now, and I was deciding on whether to read it or not. It's a shoujo manga and comedic, which makes it all the more better. But after reading about a few chapters, the plot really start to drag out. Just how long can this girl like her childhood friend for? Then shabam, an addition of a new hottie into the plot. Ok...starting to get somewhere, but nope, the girl is still thinking about her unrequited love. Honestly, at this point, I can't even tell who she's going to end up with (I don't know about you guys but I think with stories where you can tell who ends up with who makes the characters more 3 dimensional). So, since the plot got draggy and basically going nowhere, at many times just plunging the story back to square one, I've decided to drop it.
Art: I love the art. Yes, I had many bad things to say about the plot, but the art is so pretty (although at times, it can be scary? and maybe even disturbing? You will know what I mean when you read it)
Character: I dislike the heroine. She definitely has a snappy mouth and can stand up for herself when cornered by other girls but honestly she cannot stand up for herself when against, well, herself. She has so many conflicting feelings and has to very often rely on her best friend for help (like in every chapter...) Even though she's the main character, she's just so flat and 2D as a heroine, and that's part of the reason why I dropped this manga.
Her childhood friend is more 3 dimensional than her; he actually has a past that we the readers might actually relate to; so sometimes, I think, ahh so that's why he's doing this or that.
The secondary guy character that pops up in the heroine's life is another hottie that is liked by many girls in their school (what's new?). I honestly can't tell his true motives. Is he just playing around( then that makes him 2D as well) or does he actually like her (if he does, I can't tell).
Ok, this might've turned into a rant. But this is what I thought. If you hate a story that gets nowhere even after 9 chapters, then I suggest not reading this one. Good luck and happy reading!read more