Haruhiko Kanna is just an ordinary man with an ordinary life. One day he meets 3 witches in a small room in the old clock tower, and that's when his ordinary life became not so ordinary at all.
With the curse, or gift, he was granted that he'll change to a girl once the clock strikes 12 Noon, and will return to his male self at 12 Midnight. He then asks himself, "What on earth will happen if this goes on? Can I survive like this? Most of all will I turn back to normal again?!"
None of the summaries I've read of "Fukigen Cinderella" have really done it any justice. Despite it's short length as a series, it's a very well done psychological drama. The thing that really stands out to me is that the pacing right up until the end feels very tight and key components of the plot are revealed with key precision. To give you an example of what I mean, initially the reader will likely detest the main character Haruhiko because of his behavior, but just as when you're about to entirely give up on him, something about his backstory is revealed that makes him more
sympathetic. This is really good writing because most mangas that play with the "jerk ass" stereotype of main leads really tend to get this timing wrong.
If I have any complaints it's that the ending was obviously rushed because the series got canceled (at least it got an ending). That being said, the ending isn't "bad" but it's obvious that the mangaka created a really rich story and that there was a lot of content that didn't get explored. This is a hallmark of a good manga to me - You're happy you read it, but you wish there was more.
I definitely give "Fukigen Cinderella" a thumbs up. It's short enough that most people should be able to read it in an hour or so and it's an hour well spent.
ONCE UPON A TIME… there was this stereotypical shounen protagonist that found himself in a great situation that happens after meeting three witches. What is this “great” situation, you may ask? Well, he has to become this one thing that he absolutely loves.. Every midnight, he’s back to himself from it. But every noon, he becomes the very being he absolutely adores: a WOMAN.
I bet you probably were expecting this manga to be something like this.
Sorry, I told a lie. Here’s the truth:
1) This manga is NOT a romantic comedy. It will always be a psychological.
2) The sypnosis here on myanimelist has a TEENY-tiny mistake in
word usage. Don’t expect an “ordinary” male character that comes from a harem shounen manga to appear in this one.
3) The main character absolutely, utterly despises the whole opposite sex. Why?
It’s for a reason which you can read in the manga in order to find out if you’re interested.
But I could say that you should NOT bring your hopes up too high for this one.
Now, here’s where we get to our cast members! I’ll just do this from the top of my head!
-The three witches.. who we only ever see for one page
-Homeless man who just so happened to be a rapist
-First girl that seems significant appears.. who we hardly ever see again after the first chapter
-The former childhood female friend who lowkey wants Grumpy Cinderella to die
-The current male best friend who hardly has any chemistry with the main
character.. How on earth did they become friends?
-Psychopath in a frilly dress who wants Grumpy Cinderella’s D
-Queer girl that should’ve had more screen time than she ever got
-Babysitter/Maid to kill
OK, so notice how none of these characters have names. That’s because I forgot ALL of their names. I will forget every single one of these characters even existed after one month at most. Let me explain.
One of the weaknesses of this manga is that we hardly learn much about each of these characters except our Cinderella in here. I wanted to know more about the psychopath in the frilly dress. How did she come to be one? I wanted to know what all the other characters been through. Unfortunately, I never received that.
Also, I wanted to know more about the witches. They were the ones that started the whole story. But no, they don’t go beyond the first page. We never even learn their names or why they did all this to the main character. We only ever see them ONCE.
There were just a lot of pieces of the puzzle that were just missing, especially in the area of character development for the supporting characters. And some of the scenes in the manga didn’t even make any sense at all. That’s why my score is a 6/10.
Though, I gave such a score, I would be lying if I said that I didn’t enjoy it at all and that it was unoriginal.
One of the good things that you can expect from this manga is a main character that is actually quite well done. You’ll see why he acts in some ways as you read along, and he is not the usual main character goody-two-shoes. He is an MC that I would never expect to find in a gender bender.
Speaking of gender bender, I never expected a psychological to accompany it. With gender bender, I typically associate it with something more light-hearted and fun (like “Ranma 1/2” or “Ouran Highschool Host Club”). “Fukigen Cinderella” gave a bunch of surprises throughout!
So, I wouldn’t guarantee that you will like this manga at all, but go ahead and give it a shot if you want a very different story from other gender benders!
First, I would like to say that I liked the plot and characters. It is a good psychological drama.
The ending is just not well done. I image that the series got cancelled, so the author needed to finish it right away.
The only thing that we receive an answer at the end actually open 10 more questions.
I would love to see more of Fukigen Cinderella. If there were more chapters, I would definitely give a higher score. However, the way that is... I can't recommend it. I loved it and I want more, but I can't recommend it
to a friend. Damn it.
Fukigen Cinderella is the story of a man named ‘Haruhiko Kanna’. Haruhiko suffers from a disease, you see. It’s a disease that makes women want to kick his ass and he’s been suffering from it for a very long time.
Our anti-hero, Haruhiko, appears to have a lot of trouble with the fairer sex. When he was a kid, he had been bullied by the girls in his school. He also discovered that his mom was disappointed he had been born a boy instead of a girl. He discovered this from his female babysitter, who apparently also abuses him.
In all seriousness, Haruhiko’s life is filled with
such women and it led him to having a rather repulsive personality wherein he is immediately nasty and rude to every woman. He also has a tendency to sexually assault them. The story doesn’t say it, but this personality is likely how he got cursed by the three witches he met. Presumably, he’s been turned into a woman so he can experience the other side and come to understand them better.
Unfortunately, Fukigen Cinderella is an ecchi manga. One of the rare ones that have a half decent story. But as is typical in such cases, the ecchi ends up being the downfall of this manga.
The need to show off T&A as much as possible ends up interfering with the story and, unfortunately, the author seems to have problems integrating ecchi scenes well. Most scenes come off as bizarre and unreasonable making the MC look idiotic.
Still, I think the manga is actually pretty good for what it is. The story is mildly complex and presented in a good way. The author really does well to input interesting plot points that could grow into something more.
Well, perhaps that should be phrased as ‘could’ have grew into something more as the series ended after a very short (and seemingly rushed) run. It is a bit of an advantage, though, as it makes the story a very quick read.
Ultimately, would I recommend it? On a cautious note, yes. If you can’t stand ecchi manga, don’t bother with this, but if you find you can tolerate it, I would recommend a try.