Kinoshita Mairu has a cute name and she's apologetic for it, because she's ugly. In fact, she's apologetic for her very existence because she's not cute. Classmates call her "Poison Mushroom" behind her back and even her own brother treats her with disdain. However, all of that is about to change with the help of her transvestite mentor/neighbor, Fuwari-chan, and the "school king," Kumada Tenyuu!
Volume 2: Nazuna ga Ireba Daijoubu!!
Before I begin this rant-filled review, I have one more thing to address. Why in the world does this manga have so many "Eh~?!"s and "Haa?!"s?! Okay, let's begin the review.
Mairunovich is your typical shoujo. It's about a girl with low self-esteem who undergoes a great transformation. She learns how to love and let go.
I found myself feeling frustrated one too many times. All the manga ever talks about is love, relationships, boyfriends, breakups, and LOVE. LOVE. LOVE. It can get boring after a while but it's difficult to stop reading in the middle. It's not that the story's captivating or anything,
but it just irritates the reader to the point where he/she HAS to continue.
There was nothing spectacular about the art, but it's nicer than that of many manga. The style isn't particularly memorable...but the guys are well drawn *wink wink*
The relationships were, to an extent, realistic. A lot of these characters had real problems, such as falling in love that's taboo, having low self-esteem, making tough decisions, learning how to let go, etc.
However, I was incredibly frustrated with Mairu. 92% of the manga consists of her crying for no damn reason. I get that in shoujo love is the center of everything, but seriously? This girl is way too obsessed with having boyfriends. Does she really not have any other purpose than to meet boys? What about her future? Her family? Usually in other manga other aspects of the characters are developed. Family, finance, childhood issues are addressed, but this seems to have nothing else than love.
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*Sigh* This manga did give me quite a lot of feels and sent me on a roller coaster of emotions. Though it wasn't as good as I hoped it was, this manga was worth reading.
Story: It was interesting, but definitely didn't go the way as expected in most shojo manga. You follow the main girl Mairu as she dates various people, with Tenyuu by her side. The morals of this manga are questionable, as it heavily implies that Mairu is only worth something if she puts on makeup and gets pretty. In fact it seems that the moral of the story is "If you don't wear makeup or be fashionable you are trash and will never get a boyfriend." The whole time I expected her to get with Tenyuu, but after about 75 chapters we've only got to the
point when she realizes they are friends. Her brother's short story arc was also engaging as well.
Art: The art is adorable, and they way the uglier men are portrayed are humorous. Tenyuu looks remarkably similar to Sensei in Hirunaka no Ryuusei, which is all good as they both have fabulous art styles.
Characters: Ah characters. Maori is quite a sorry excuse for a main character. Although slightly interesting at first with becoming pretty for revenge, she becomes quite shallow and uses Tenyuu to make her pretty to get other men. Her sole purpose is to get a boyfriend and her whole universe revolves around this aspect, even if it means tossing away her only friend Tenyuu at the boyfriend's request. She is the shining example of "that friend" whom completely ditches you once they have a bf/gf even when you helped them get them in the first place, and then expects you to help/comfort when they inevitably get into a fight or get dumped. Tenyuu is a good character, but his backstory is never talked about and he only appears occasionally to save Maori's ass after a makeup disaster. He is quite a generic character though, with the whole "mysterious and beautiful boy uninterested in girls living by himself in an apartment but always comes to the main girl's rescue in a badass fashion."
Enjoyment: The whole time I was expecting Maori and Tenyuu to get together, but I was obviously let down as she dates guys in story arcs I skipped. Although she is a weak crybaby and annoying as hell, it was still interesting enough to read all of it.
Overall: Still worth the read, just expect a more realistic (?) take on romantic life.
This ended up being one of my favorites. It is completely frustrating, there are many times I wish someone would slap the MC, I thought she was quite lame multiple times, but that is why I enjoyed it. It was focused on love as these types usually are, but it's different from those I've read so far. There were times where I wanted to drop it because I wasn't sure I liked where things were going, but I kept reading because I needed to see if things would change. In other words, you might get impatient, but it is worth it.
Overall, my favorite part
about this manga is that it managed to surprise me and I found it pleasing that it represented the struggles of the different types of relationships that exist.
If you're looking for something where you follow an irritating yet charming girl as she learns about love and what it's supposed to be, and follow her through her trial and errors as she figures it out, this is a good read.
Mairu isn't cute in any shape or form, but all this changed when she meets Tenyuu.
The story is good, after reading hundreds of shoujo manga the beginning of the manga isn't anything special, however as the story progresses you see different sides of each character. There is another thing about this manga I really enjoy, there is a distinct element of surprise. Generally in shoujo manga it is pretty obvious who the girl will end up with, yet every time this manga leaves you wondering, because of the progression of relationships, and the struggles the main character
faces. Another good point is that the whole story is focused solely on the aspect of romance. There isn't alot of stupid comedic effect, and lots of filler not progressing the story, but instead iin Mairunovich even the slightest things end up coming back in later chapters without the reader knowing it
The personality the characters had were truly enjoyable. I am tired of seeing the "bad" guys getting the girl. There are a variety of personalities in the love prospects presented including a guy who is very nice, tsundere etc.
Art: I like the art alot, it isn't anything spectacular but it is by no means bad