The heroine is highschooler Yura, whose mother is one of Japan's most famous and beautiful actress; and father is a World famous Musician. Yura is quiet, and gets nervous in front of crowds. People around often compare her to her famous parents. Yura's world gets rocked with the sudden return of her actress mother, coldly announcing her divorce to Yura's father, who got caught having an affair and Yura's mom has no intention of taking care of their high school daughter. But this just isn't enough, Yura later on finds her mother having sex with her neighbor/best friend/ first love!! Yura then wants to destroy her mother's beautiful actress image and decides to become an actress herself and beat her mother. There starts the fun! Yura's troubles and success' in trying to become an actress, her meeting lots of beautiful actors and singers and idols. A love triangle is in the air.
So far I've only read up to ch 16 and honestly, it's annoying. It's the typical shoujo of 3 hot bishies going after the stupid heroine that only thinks "what should I do?".
Some people say that Yura acts that way because she's in her teens and has no self-confidence, so of course she would be confused..Well, I've never ever met a teenager like that. They might do or say stupid things, I agree with that, but there's a limit to how much of an idiot you can be.
As for the story and art..Story is waaay far from being original, while art is ok..not my favorite
art though, but still somewhat enjoyable.
All this being said, I still won't drop the manga..I'll wait until the end of volume 4 in hopes that it will get better somehow..I might be editing this review once I get there to give a better opinion on the series.
I was recommended to read this as I’m a Skip Beat! fan and this manga also focuses on becoming a star, proving oneself and mingling with romance. But Honey Hunt also has its own unique charming points without the need of demons!
This manga is one of my favourites out there. Although the story at first glance is about a girl and 2 guys and the entertainment world there are many other deeper aspects involved which can appeal to a wider audience than the typical romantics. Yura is a normal girl born from superstar parents but her life is anything but amazing as people think.
As she enters the entertainment world we get to witness her journey and emotions she goes through, from trivial matters of being nervous in public speaking, dealing with parental pressures, expectations of people, how much can you actually trust someone?, can deception be justified? to developing first crushes but told to distance yourself- ah! So many things, all just to become a superstar!
Each main character is well developed in what they are there for and help Yuri learn and grow as an artist. However, what a character will say and do seems to be a surprising element in the manga as everything isn’t as it seems or as Yura thinks it is- helping in the suspense for us readers as even we don’t know everyone’s true thoughts and intentions- it all quite questionable really!
The entertainment business is tricky affair with many people involved. It is definitely an enjoyable manga to read.
Yaru was living proof that the grass isn’t always greener on the other side. Living in the shadow of famous composer father and top actress mother is never easy. Being alone most of the time due to her parents fame and abandonment left her feeling isolated. Even in school she‘s just known by her parents reputation- she just doesn’t fit in. Things take a turn for the worst when Yaru’s mom announces her divorce from her dad and asks Yaru to move out on her own. Her already cloudy and lonely world just got worse when she witnesses something that will set
chains in motion in Yaru’s life into becoming her own person.
Yaru felt betrayed by her mother and abandoned by her father ands she just wants to escape from them. Just as she was thinking that, Mizorogizan saw a spark in her and offered a chance of a lifetime. Beat them in their own game sort of thing. The story follows her through auditions and jobs, the ups and downs of being in the spotlight and falling in love.
Quiet and plain, Yaru, will show her parents that she doesn’t need them, like they never needed her. She will surpass them by becoming famous. I always find it inspiring what a great motivator the “bad” emotion/feelings are. Had Yaru been a little depressed or as people call it, “emo,” she would have never succeeded as far as she did. Having the right people in her life didn’t hurt the cause too.
I have to add that some people shouldn’t be parents. What I mean is that in regards to Yaru’s mom she is one of the few exceptions where her mom should have just swallowed. I know that sounds mean I’ll take it back since had that woman swallowed Honey Hunt wouldn’t have come to be.
To say that there’s a love triangle would be putting something completely obvious like a purple rhino in a room and telling you to pretend it’s not there. Why the need for a rhino, I mean a love triangle? I’m not sure but it’s everywhere these days so why not would be a better question. Though to be fair it starts off as a unreturned love, turns into a love triangle, then it morphs into a love rectangle. Because triangles are so last year.
The main set of characters are interesting and you can tell by the amount of page time where the story is heading. What saves it’s cliché-ness are interesting side characters and their sense of humor and individualism. Which is a mild exaggeration since I have yet to finish the manga and it’s just wishful thinking at this point in time.
Yaru is a simple girl, easy to like and understand. As the story progresses she starts growing more as an actress more so than as a person I think. Not necessarily a bad thing seeing as she just acts her age and sometimes is selfish. Being that it’s told from her point of view we get a close an personal look at how she thinks and feels during various points in her life. I would have actually liked for the story to stay in it’s original course of ; “A heartbroken girl, set against showing the world what she’s made of.” However certain things happen and deviate a little from the story in a romance way. Which is ok depending on how it plays out at the end.
Keiichi Mizorogizan, first go introduced in the beginning. He is exactly as out first impression shows us, stoic and businesslike. Underneath the work attitude is a sweet person and he shows it multiple times to the readers, even if other characters never know about. Mizorogizan’s role wasn’t one you’d think would be so steady throughout but it is. His character was like the curves and hills on railroad tracks, it gives the train some new hurdles and makes it different. Of course the “train” in this weird metaphor is Yaru-chan’s life. He was by far one of the best characters because he has so much potential to change and be anything and you won’t be surprised if he turns out to be an agent undercover. He’s a good looking Jiminy Cricket or maybe fairy god mother…
The art was vivid and being that it was a manga about the idol world in show business the style was great. From the clothing to the grace in the characters. In a way it reminds me of Skip Beat, although Skip Beat was different with their characters. To say it plainly, where Skip Beat was tall (drawing style for male leads), humorous, and peculiar in characters. This one was subtle, calm and swift. Everything just goes well. Like well synchronized instruments in a song. At times the details were a little off like with the eyes not being shaded in giving of an empty feel to the characters, maybe it had to do with light casting or whatnot but overall an 8 in art.
Is it worth a read? Sure. I still prefer Skip Beat, though that one has yet to develop romantically. I’m still only halfway through Honey Hunt but it keeps you interested the characters are cute and it’s a given the ending will be a happy one. How can it not, the heroine has three guys to choose from?
This is an annoying story. I can't stand the main characters, very cliche, very unrealistic. Not that I really mind unrealistic stories... but the story seems like it's supposed to be a slice-of-life type, but it's really too far fetched. The plot really doesn't seem to go anywhere.
I stopped reading this story for now. I might go back to it when in a couple months when more has been scanlated. I hope it gets better, it seemed like it had potential at first. For now it's too much of a chore to read.