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Synonyms: Strange Love
Japanese: HEN


Type: Manga
Volumes: 8
Chapters: 94
Status: Finished
Published: 1988 to 1997
Authors: Oku, Hiroya (Story & Art)
Serialization: Young Jump


Score: 6.461 (scored by 1237 users)
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Ranked: N/A2
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Volumes: /8
Chapters: /94


Despite the title, Hen is NOT Hentai. It does have sex, strong language, yuri, and other elements that might make you think "Hentai."

Chizuru Yoshida is not your typical high schooler and she's all too aware of it! She has a talent with getting what she wants from her male lovers and often comes across as cold and manipulative...

In truth, despite her experiences with guys, she has never been in love. That's until the fateful arrival of newly-transferred student, Azumi Yamada, at her school. It was love at first sight for Chizuru—indeed an unexpected turn of events for the story's vixen!

Not only was she in love but with all things another girl. Chizuru goes through a brief stage of anger and denial and tries to convince herself that she couldn't possibly be attracted to such a simple-looking, shy, and naive girl! To her despair she finds herself constantly thinking of Azumi, so she finally resolves to become friends with her, but it's not too long when she starts to push things along with Azumi...

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Feb 10, 2008
This is such a difficult series to review because there are so many things that make it unappealing, and yet I still like it. On the one hand, I know its trashy reading, and on the other, it's just too damn fun to completely ignore the value of sheer enjoyment. I like to think it's a parody or something. But this is the author of Gantz we're talking about. It's not especially deep.


I have read up to the beginnings of volume five, and damn does this story just take it's sweet time getting anywhere. Though the whole point of the story is the Big Gay read more
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Dec 14, 2010
The strong point of Hen is the surprise that the main character has when she falls in love with another girl. You get a sense for how her mind works and the stops and starts it goes through as her instincts act on their own, which is something that not every mangaka can capture successfully. It tells you that the mangaka knows a thing or two about the human brain and it makes you wonder how much personal exposure he might have to gay culture.

I like that many of the panels are dedicated to simple changes in facial expression, or reactions to a strange comment read more
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Jul 12, 2012
As much as I like the artwork, the story and characters are nothing special. At the beginning, it all makes sense but progressively,the situation with Chizuru becomes more unrealistic. There is suspense, but only a very small amount. So personally, reading this was only enjoyable because of the artwork. It is more of a shoujo-ai than a yuri, but there are some sex scenes, both heterosexual and lesbian.
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Feb 7, 2013
The first half of Hen is superb. The other half makes me want to throw up.

Chapter 1 to chapter 56 deserves an 8 or maybe even a 9.
Chapter 57 to 60 is a 1.
Remaining chapters are a 4 or 3.

Overall, despite how much I hated the almost forty chapters, I loved the first half of the manga enough that I couldn't lower the score below a 7.

If you read a few chapters and want to keep reading for whatever the slightest reason, I'd suggest reading up to chapter 56 and stop there.
You will want to keep going but trust me, don't. Don't ruin its read more
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