It's not easy being beautiful. The envy, the jealousy, the vicious rumors spread by your best friend. That's life for young Momo. While everyone thinks that Momo is a wild party girl, the reality is that she is shy and lonely. Can Momo confess her love to her classmate, Toji, or will her best friend Sae steal him away. It's a bittersweet drama of growing up and fitting in that will charm readers everywhere.
Peach Girl was published in English by Tokyopop, who split the series into two series, with volumes 1-8 printed under the title Peach Girl, and volumes 9-18 under the title Peach Girl: Change of Heart. The first part was published from January 1, 2000 to January 1, 2003, and later re-published in the original right-to-left format, the second part from March 11, 2003 to November 9, 2004. Two boxsets were also published in 2004, one for each part.
Back in April, I had went to the library to look at their manga selection. I ended up getting the first volume of "Peach Girl" to see if I'd like it. The premise of a girl with blonde hair and tan skin didn't seem that interesting to me. I was pleasantly surprised, and hooked ever since then.
Story: Rather than having a really thick plot, "Peach Girl" mostly follows the complications in the love life of the main character, Momo. And believe me, there are LOTS of complications. It can be overdramatic at times though, and a bit unrealistic too. However, the story is quite addicting.
Art: As I mentioned in my review for "Peach Girl: Sae's Story", I really like the art. I think it's because it's more realistic than the art of some of the other mangas I read. I particularly like the shading of the lips. The cover images are nice too, although some of them make Momo look kind of slutty.
Character: This manga has some great characters. Momo makes a good lead character, although her love drama can be wearing, especially in the later volumes where she has to choose between Kiley and Toji. Speaking of them, Kiley is definitely one of my favorite characters. I have found myself laughing out loud at some of his comments numerous times. Sae is an EXCELLENT antagonist, and easily a hatable character, although, she becomes more sympathetic in the later volumes.
Enjoyment/Overall: I loved this manga. It was the first manga that I ever completed because it was so addicting. If you're looking for a good romance drama, you might want to check this out. But if you don't like drama then you might want to stay away from this because this has quite a bit. read more
This manga is a must read for all romance lovers! This manga has a fantastic story line and it is very compelling. You'll fall in love with the characters, and hate the others making it an amazing manga. You'll laugh, you'll cry, and you'll want to punch Sae over and over again. The only thing I don't like about this manga is how the mouths are drawn, but that is no reason to not read this manga. So what are you waiting for go read this!
I remember the first time I read this manga, I was about 10 years old. I thought it was brilliant and hilarious, and loved every panel of it. But after reading it now, I can see so many flaws in not only the storyline, but also the characters.
The story itself is a unique idea, but is poorly executed. Most of the chapters consist of Momo complaining about how people view her as a slut and isolate her because of her tan skin. Not only is this highly unrealistic, but brought to the utmost extreme. Let me explain what I mean.
Most people might think of her that way at first glance, but they most likely wouldn't isolate her as much as the characters in this manga did. It was as if every single character in this manga was a complete idiot. Not to mention, all of the characters always fell for Sae's tricks. Who is Sae? Sae is the conniving little bitch who makes it her top priority to make Momo's life a living hell. Basically the plot consists of her doing everything possible to Momo. Even going as far as to have someone rape her.
Which brings me back to the plot being unrealistic, with millions of plot holes. Not only is the extent that Sae goes to unrealistic, but how the characters react to it are unrealistic too. The whole entire time Momo acts like a complete idiot. She continues to do nothing about what Sae, even when Sae was blackmailing her. The whole entire time, she could have reported Sae. Yeah, it wouldn't be as "exciting", but it would be the smarter thing to do. But no, instead, Momo continues to complain about how much her life sucks.
They also never explain why Sae would go such extremes just to ruin Momo's life. What does she have against Momo? Instead of answering these questions, the writer decides to just throw more unrealistic dilemmas at us to keep the story going.
Then there's Kairi. The only interesting character in this show, who shows the most character development. Not to mention, he gives the manga some comedy. The comedy is probably the manga's best point. You can't help but laugh at many of the scenes.
While all of the characters in this manga seem to be idiots who lack common sense, by far the most boring and painful character to see....is Kazuya. He has absolutely no personality. It was honestly just plain painful reading his dialogue. He makes everything needlessly dramatic, instead of taking the smart way out.
To be honest, it is an interesting read, I admit that I somewhat enjoyed it for some of the chapters. But the whole series of basically just Momo switching back and forth from Kazuya and Kairi. Sae going to ridiculous lengths to ruin Momo's social life. It not only lacks common sense, but also any real development.
As for the art, it was nothing special. Wasn't bad, but wasn't really good either.
My reviews are horrible, so don't hold anything to me. I just want to point out my final thoughts on a manga when I review it.
This was a good story, had good art, and decent characters. But while I rate it high, I really didn't enjoy it too much. But that's because it's pretty dramatic the entire time, and when things are depressing, I feel depressed too. And the depressing portions of the story really outweigh the light-hearted moments.
Though overall, based on the ending, you can call this Manga a Happy story. At least in the same way that the Little Mermaid is a happy story, lol. It ends in a somewhat depressing manner, but still leaves you feeling happily satisfied, because not all is bad.
So have fun reading this. I finished it in 2 days, but since I spent so much time on it, it felt like it would never end, lol. I'm glad it's over, cause now I can move on to other manga.
I give this Great overall rating. And I would recommend to people who enjoy good drama.read more