This is a story of a group of college-age people who struggle with gender and sexual identity.
Yuki (nicknamed Yoshiki) is a girl, but she is terrible at 'being feminine.' She mostly dresses like a boy and is often mistaken as one. However, she has to wear a skirt and imagine being dominated by a guy in order to masturbate.
Nagao Mikako seems young and innocent, and she uses that apparent innocence to sell her body as a fake 15-year-old. She knows her youthfulness can't last forever, but she enjoys tricking the men. Her friends have no idea of her sexual habits and believe her to be sweet and sheltered.
Aiba Kaito is a pretty good-looking guy, but he wants to be Nagao Mikako. He often dresses as a girl, picking out clothes that mimic Mikako's style. Though he's into cross-dressing, he is still attracted to women.
Will these young adults and their friends be able to handle their 'guilty secrets' and muddle their way through this confusing period of their lives?
Himegoto is a dark/psychological seinen manga, with heavy gender bender and some yuri elements.
After reading the synopsis, I had good expectations for that manga, the thematics are right up in my alley. But with a rating of 3, my expectations were utterly crushed. I dropped the manga after the volume 6 (on 8 total volumes).
I'll go right into the main issue of that manga: the characters.
To put it bluntly, the 3 MCs are manipulative jerks, egotistical, superficial, they think mostly about sex, are over-possessive and lie at everyone.
The only "positive" adjective I can find for them is for Yuki: she's naive, so she may appears as less bad than the other two, but still.
It is very hard to care about such unlikable characters, in the contrary, the more I read that manga, the more I hated those MCs.
Beside the characters, the manga has two main aspects:
1. Sex and lust.
2. Love-triangle melodrama.
Now entering into details:
1. I was somewhat surprised by how much sex scenes there is in that manga. I'd say that something like 80% of the chapters has a sex scene, and if a chapter hasn't a sex scene, then there is a high chance that it still has ecchi situations, like boobs-grabbing, panty-shots, the guy who fells over a girl by accident, soaked girls…
But like I said, it is a "dark/psychological manga". Meaning that those sex scenes are usually with a gloomy atmosphere and dark background, the characters are doing some morbid faces, and they have "dark" inner monologues.
I usually have little interest into sex scenes, but I particularly don't like that kind of sex scenes, I'm under the impression that the manga try to tell us "See how mature I am?" while in the end the characters can have their inner monologues in different situations and the sex is just here for the fan-service. How mature indeed.
2. As for the love-triangle melodrama.
First I have to say: I don't use the word "melodrama" as a derogatory one. Some of my fav' manga and anime are melodramatic. By "melodrama" I mean complex relationships, over-emotional characters, and more or less exaggerated/improbable situations.
Melodrama is a very "hit or miss" thing. And between the melodrama of that manga and me, it was a total miss.
The reasons are obvious: bad characters + sex everywhere = bad.
So yeah, you'll see 3 jerks trying to manipulate and lie to each others because of "love" or "friendship"… or more exactly because of jealousy, possessiveness and egoism. Seriously, they see each other as a mean into an end, some kind of toys.
Obviously like you can guess, the MCs are such a jerks because they had a sad past, poor them. I don't like that excuse; "You had a sad life? Then don't worry, you'll become a jerk, enjoy!".
Do this manga have a redeeming quality for me?
Yup, the gender bender part is pretty decent. Both Kaito and Yuki are somewhat believable in their inner conflicts, up to a certain point still, but I saw far worse, it's pretty decent.
Though there is better gender bender manga with the same "dark/psychological" approach out there (and with less sex).read more
Himegoto: Juukyuusai no Seifuku is a relatively unknown manga that talks about issues such as gender identity,psychological issues, and sexual fetishes. If I had to compare this manga to something already out there, then I'd say it's quite similar to the British tv show Skins, only difference being is that there are no drugs or alcohol in Himegoto.
Himegoto follows mainly three characters in college who for some reason or another are not happy in their lives. Whether it be because one likes to dress in girl clothes while having sex even though hes straight or one of the girls wanting to be a "little girl" They all have their sort of complexes that keep them from being happy. This manga follows these three characters as they live their everyday lives and their failures with forming relationships.
I really would not recommend this if you are turned off by "gayish" vibes or if you are looking for something with a lot of chapters. Himegoto does not have a lot of chapters and the releases are not that fast so if you can't stand not knowing what's going to happen next then I suggest you not read this.
Overall Himegoto is interesting. It's a unique story of people with different complexes that I feel isn't shown enough in manga. It breaks away from the social norms and I can appreciate that. It's a breath of fresh air.read more