It's a gorgeous, spacious mansion, and four handsome, fifteen-year-old friends are allowed to live in it for free! There's only one condition—that within three years the guys must transform the owner's wallflower niece into a lady befitting the palace in which they all live! How hard can it be?
Enter Sunako Nakahara, the agoraphobic, horror-movie-loving, pockmark-faced, frizzy-haired, fashion-illiterate recluse who tends to break into explosive nosebleeds whenever she sees anyone attractive. This project is going to take more than our four heroes ever expected: it needs a miracle!
Yamato Nadeshiko Shichihenge♥ had twenty-four volumes published in English as The Wallflower: Yamatonadeshiko Shichihenge by Del Rey from October 12, 2004 to October 26, 2010. Volumes 22, 23 and 24 were collected into a single book. Kodansha Comics USA picked up the license and published the remaining volumes from June 21, 2011 to April 26, 2016, and republished the previous ones on August 21, 2012.
Hilarious premise -- Sunako, the \"wallflower\" of the title, is not just shy but a certifiably insane horror movie maniac -- but eight volumes later this manga STILL shows absolutely no movement towards any kind of resolution, either of the main plot or of the romantic subplot. I love the characters, but I can only take so many gag chapters. Recommended if you\'re a Japanese horror movie fan or love parodies, but you have to accept that humor takes precedence over the plot.
This is a hard one to review, because it's so variable in quality. The best bits are really good, while the worse bits are really annoying.
The premise and overall theme are great. It's a quite different take on the whole ugly-duckling-becomes-a-swan storyline that should be familiar from things like "My Fair Lady", "Pretty Woman", and all the other stories that have a man turn a girl into a lady. Here, even four highly motivated pretty-boys have a heck of a time with just one very difficult young woman. She doesn't want to change, not in the least, and while the boys
can often find a way to persuade her to play the part of a lady for a particular reason, she pretty soon snaps back into her reclusive, horror-movie-loving, not-taking-care-of-herself nature.
It's these snap-backs that make it a little hard, sometimes. Quite often, they're used as a method of hitting the reset button so that the next episode can start from the exact same place the previous one started with, like your average saturday morning cartoon. Real character development is agonizingly slow, and all too often an episode is "Let's have the boys cart Sunako off to some other place where nobody knows her, so that she can freak out, scare everyone around, and totally ruin the boys' plans before it's all resolved at the end with a heartwarming moment."
It feels to me that the creator is dragging out the story much more than it really should be. On the other hand, Sunako does manage quite a bit of character development over time, as do the boys - especially main interest Kyohei. I like that acceptance of Sunako's weirdness becomes as much the theme as her changing; she grows and evolves, but doesn't simply get remade into something different.
The art is mixed. When the artist could be bothered to actually draw the characters properly, which tends to be in more dramatic scenes, especially fights or contests, or opportunities for the boys to look hot, it's excellent. However, Sunako especially spends much too much time being rendered as a chibi (perhaps because this is supposed to be Sunako's own self-image) which gets a bit tiresome.
Overall, a flawed execution, but for me the good episodes were good enough to recommend it strongly but with caveats.
When I first started reading Wallflower, I had made the assumtion that it would just be one of those mangas where they turn the girl into a perfect lady, all of the guys fall in love with her along the way, and she picks one of them at the end to make your average shoujo manga. A few chapters in, I realized this would not be the case. While it starts off with the simple plot of the boys having to turn the girl into a perfect lady, it slowly evolves into an even greater message that I think can be simply put by a
line said by Kyohei, "You're okay just the way you are." I like this manga because it isn't typical or simple. Though overexagerated and completely illogical at times, the message stays true throughout the series.
One asspect of the story that I personally like but many people hate is that the plot and developement is slow. This is not a manga to read if you're just looking for a quick fix and I can honestly say I don't see it coming to an end very soon. I for one like the slow flow; it's easier to digest the manga and it feels like I'm growing alongside the characters. I find that with the slower pace, Sunako's character developements seem more realistic.
The art is decent and gets better throughout the story(in the beginning I couldn't tell the difference between Kyohei and Ranmaru). One thing that grows boring after awhile though is the fact that Sunako is almost always drawn in chibi form. The purpose of this is to emphesize her true beauty when she is drawn normally, but seeing simple chibi after simple chibi can get boring as you read. Overall, the art is beautiful, but could use work.
Lastly, the characters. There is such a variety of unique characters throughout the story and I've fallen in love with them all. While the main focus is Sunako's developement, all of the main characters subtly change along with her.
If you have the patience, I highly suggest reading this manga. It's funny, romantic, and like nothing you have ever read before.
This is my first time reviewing a Manga, and one of the few I've read.
Now when I started reading The Wallflower, it was after I saw all the episodes and wanted to know more and what happened next. I found out that there were much more in the manga than in the Anime.
Honestly the manga is 1000000000 x better. The story is filled with comedy and more romance scence.
So why did I give it a 7? Because at some parts, I was like wait what just happen. I don't know if it was because of poor transilation but I really couldn't understand
anything. One character would say this then the next box would not even correlate. It just didn't make sense, and that reallly irritated me.
I absolutely loved the art no matter what anyone says. Sure, at a few points it was off. and they are extremly skinny. But it seemed so beautiful how could I not give it a 10?
Perfect in there own way. Each of them were funny sexy and amazing.
I really did enjoy most of the chapters, aside from the messed up ones. (Maybe it was the translator) but I loved all the sunako and kyohei moments.
Over all 9/10
As long as you can get over those chapters that don't really make sense, the rest of it is outstanding. I recomed the manga over the anime.