Beauty; an apt name for such a strange shoujo tale.
Beauty is not a manga tale to fantasize about, but rather one to have fun with and smile at some of the more innapropriate moment. To enjoy this manga I'd say you just have to take it for what it is, a girl throwing up on boys.
Now, I won't say that I'm truly familiar with the manga as it's been just under two years since I read this manga (sometime in January of 2008), but I do remember it fondly as I was the one that first added Beauty to MyAnimeList and I was rather surprised that no-one had realised such a sweet manga earlier, I am glad to see that it has earnt such a following.
If you were to tell me to read a manga about beautiful boys and regurgiated undigested food, then I would probably ignore you and read something violent, but when I stumbled upon Beauty I was rather amused which later developed into something sweeter.
The plot in itself was strange, a rather pretty girl who vomits whenever seeing something beautiful, though not something cut out to become a legendary tale or even an anime adaption. Though it was still fun to read and the story flowed nicely accross a manga format and yet never slowed down in a way that would bore you. In many cases, this alone is enough to make the manga worthwhile, though it continued to deliver in terms of plot. It keeps you interested and curious about her condition and the man she would eventually choose in a rather effortless fashion.
The Art, though nothing innovative, was very nice. The style was traditional of any shoujo; large eyed girls, angular pretty boys and of course never short on beautiful clothing. The art itself held a kind of wispy, vagueness to it, which gave the images a dreamlike quality, though still recognisable.
I felt that this was a very nice effect which gave this very dreamlike shoujo manga what it needed.
Though each character had his or her twist, the girls seemed to be rather average as the unsuspecting, baby faced girl with a rather timid personality and the humourous pretty boys that gave the manga its dose of humour. These are stereotypes that are common in a shoujo manga that i felt could have been a little more innovative with.
Though, I would have to say, the characters had very nice responses to one another, their reactions to each of their personalities were well done and practically made the manga what it was.
I really did have fun as I read this manga, the story was fun and intriguing and the characters had their own charms and the jokes were very fun and light hearted.
Though I wouldn't say that this is a great manga, it's still a fun one and to truly enjoy it you just have to take it for what it is. read more