Momoko is not your average high school girl. In order to support her family (her younger brother and her hospitalized mother), she works as a popular author! But she doesn't write just any books, she pens erotic novels! It's quite an exciting job, but for Momoko, it is one of high stress because, you see... she is a virgin! Fortunately she has a great imagination, and does very well for herself and her family. However, because of the nature of her work she must keep it a secret.
Momoko's troubles begin when Inui Ranmaru, a popular super model and new transfer student at her school discovers her secret! In order to keep him from telling, Momoko is his slave!?
This is a pretty cute story. It is simple and fun. I think the overall concept of a Virgin High school student writing popular erotica novels in secret makes for a pretty interesting story.
The characters are pretty typical for the most part. The most unique aspect is what the girl does in secret but overall she follows a pretty typical female shouja character of being the shy , virgin high school girl that meets the handsome and popular standoff male lead. The guy is also pretty typical in being the misunderstood hot "bad boy" who gradually falls for the female but even though they
do follow traditional characters, the story is still a fun read.
Overall i think this manga is for peple who want a pretty simple and fun romance story. It is not boring so if you are looking for something easy going and kawaii, this will do it.
So... I can't figure out exactly why I'm addicted to this little manga. There are at least 3 other mangas that have this exact same set up (girl is cute virgin student by day, expert erotica writer by night!)
So why am I giving this story a "10" overall? It's simply the best of it's /kind/. If you are ever going to try a smutty, simple, predictable plot shoujo based girl meets boy, boy secretly likes girl, misunderstandings and cute moments abound, few decoy characters thrown in, but eventually they get together in the chapter everyone has been waiting for... Well, this story is simply
the best at this stereotype.
Maybe it's because the storyline is just... nice. The plot MOVES. When subplots are brought in, they are given some space, and then resolved and it furthers the plot, not holds it back just to expand the series length and aggravate the readers. The manga remembers why you are reading it in the first place and keeps to that story, which is honestly really refreshing.
Or maybe it's because the characters are stereotyped yet in so many ways realistic enough that you can't help but fall into the story and want to actually READ what you predict will happen. The lead girl is doing what she is doing to help out her little brother, to keep her mother calm while she recovers in the hospital. All around, she is a very selfless character... A "tough" female heroine? Not quite, but as close as we might ever see in this genre.
I've only read 5 chapters scanlated, and read ahead on a few of the raws, but this story seems to be staying true to it's beginning= a good, fun, romantic comedy. Did I mention that this manga hits the "comedy" part SO much better than the others in it's genre as well. Momoko will be in a situation that would be dull and boring in so many similar mangas, but in this one, she'll start to imagine how the scene could be used in the plot for her next novel, and the following panels play out the imagery in her head.
The art is good... the lead male is all you would expect from a shoujo, but I give kudos to the author for presenting a female lead that is NOT exceptionally cute... just average and pretty on occasion. But overall, the art isn't what you will keep reading this for.
If you are looking for an enjoyable, light, smutty, short(ish) read, this is a great series to give a chance. :-D
Momoiro Heaven was, though short, a blast to read through. The characters were a change from:
Girl meets guy-----> Girl falls for guy
This ones a bit vague but it's more or less:
Girl meets guy -----> GUY falls for girl
But with twists that'll keep you reeling, honestly, I was like 'shoot. I didn't expect that to happen' which is a rare phrase for me to say.
The characters were something else, something else entirely. Their personalities were as different as salt from black pepper, and an entertaining combination at any rate. But as the story gets going we start to have glimpses of the characters and (I
have to say) some NOT ALL (some were actually quite decent) were cheesy but (hopefully) DIGESTIBLE kind of cheesy.
The art wasn't great nor was it too disproportionate which many artists have failed to accomplish but it skillfully reflects the characters personality, for example: they don't have lake-sized, alien-like eyes and are supposed to be human.
The illustrations pushed the reader to explore the characters personalities BY their looks and by doing so the writer has the ability to tackle everyday happenings and prejudices which has rarely been done before.
So I give the writer a pat on the back and the illustrator a high-five because both of them did a good job on creating this success of a story. However a warning to future readers: even through the Manga has a nice little front cover, it isn't as shoujo as shoujo readers expect, get it?
This wasn’t a terrible read. It just wasn’t very interesting either. It has been done many times before and done better. The biggest problem with this manga is that it’s just bland. I saw that this manga had some pretty good reviews with many people commenting on how original and un-cliché it is. I don’t think they read the manga that I did.
It doesn’t help matters that I really, really hated Ranmaru. Whenever I see characters like him I can’t help but think of Tamaki Suoh from Ouran High School Host Club. Ranmaru might as well be a clone of him but without any
likability. I don’t have a problem with a hero that sleeps around but his attitude towards women and Momoko is still pretty terrible. He seems to have a split personality where he is only marginally nice when it involved Momoko. I know that this is meant to show that she is someone special to him but it just comes across as being incredibly contrived and forced. Whether a character is good or bad they should at least be consistent.
The rest of my review can be seen here: http://nikkimanga.com/momoiro-heaven-volumes-1-3-review/