A 31-year-old woman dreams of returning to her high school days. She was the class president and the idol of the school. However, she did not have the courage to reply to the boy she loved back in high school. After a high school reunion, she decides to commit suicide upon finding out that the boy she loved back then is with another woman now. She was saved by her class mate and given a medicine that can revert her back to how she was when she was 15... Now she's a 15-year-old idol?!
I've started reading this with no expectations whatsoever, I just thought the cover looked cute, so i got into it. Though i didn't know that the Mangaka was pretty well known. That's what my friend told me later on.
I love the idea of a "magical girl" kind of plot mainly for grown up woman. I never knew it could be this interesting!
This story got me wondering how it could end for days, heck, I'm still hoping for another volume of this. I wouldn't say that it ended in a cliffhanger either, wich is really nice, because i personally HATE cliffhangers.
Let me start off with saying, I had picked up the two available volumes of this manga and another manga. I had high expectations for the other and medium to high expectations for this one, as I do love my idol shoujo genre but this had a older aged woman in business clothing on one of the covers so I pre-judged it. Boy, was I blown out of the water! I hadn't really been reading manga recently at all, so reading every page was like a fresh and crisp page- oh, it was glorious.
This manga is about a 31-year-old woman, and hence the title which
I find pretty witty although slightly peculiar. "31, I dream," Haha! Get it? Chikage was the class president and a beautiful girl.
This woman feels unsatisfied with her life after graduating from high school and having a job in a workplace, she thinks that she has missed her chance to be something greater. After she meets her now successful, good looking high school crush (Haru, who vice-versa once loved her) at a reunion, she spills these confessions of lost opportunities to a previously introverted classmate friend of hers from years back. This friend gives her a way to turn back her body into that of her previous 15-year-old body by a mysterious medicine, BAM! Chikage enters the idol industry by chance after filling in as a substitute for the role in a advertisement, meeting a 15-year-old aged boy who looks just like Haru did.
Art: 9, I sincerely love Arina Tanemura's art style for sure. One of my favorites. It's so jampacked with glittery, cute backgrounds and it's always consistent that way I know how to easily tell off the bat that it's her work. The big eyes may scare people off, there's also the fact that many of her characters appear similar or a splitting image to her other characters in different mangas.
Character: 8, now the reason I am giving it a 8 is because this seems like there's not enough characters to play around with and it's a bit of a closed dimension as of now. You have three potential love interests, the two younger ones and the older friend who gave her the medicine. Chikage is easily likable, honest, and refreshing.
Enjoyment: 9, I was... basically your bundle of giggling happiness as I read this. I was glued to it, taking time to fully appreciate and rewind over the moments where I wanted to swoon from the amount of "just-how-perfect-everything-was-going" feels. Needless to say, I was deeply distraught when I realized I had sped through the two volumes and even without any translation for the third volume I was this close to buying a raw copy of it just to find out what happens. *shakes head pitifully* This would be well on my way to my favorite manga list (heck, I think I might even add it right now) if only it had more volumes.
Story: 9, unique somewhat, the concept for a older woman turning into a younger girl that is. But if you're a bit experienced in reading or watching shoujo (specifically idol) then you will find that some of the situations that are happening in this manga aren't exactly new and have been done before. If you don't mind that and simply let go and enjoy, that's no problem.
Overall: 8, even I find it weird that I'm giving rather high rankings for this barely known and only three chaptered (as far as scanlations go) manga. I don't even know what I'm doing right now. I do however, know that I loved it immensely for two hours of short bursted adrenaline.