Rather than a prince and a princess living happily ever after together, it is much more appealing to see a prince and a prince fall in love.
Believing in this wholeheartedly, Kae Serinuma is an overweight second-year high school girl who spends her days obsessing over fictional boys and fantasizing about men being in love with each other. In particular, she ships her male classmates Nozomu Nanashima and Yuusuke Igarashi—in her mind, every interaction they have hints at their romance. However, Kae's entire world is turned upside down when her favorite anime character dies. Heartbroken, she locks herself in her room and cuts off all contact from society. When she finally emerges a week later, she has slimmed down to have become a radiant beauty!
Now, all the boys that Kae was content with watching from afar are suddenly pursuing her—the only problem is, Kae wants no part in it! She would much rather they kiss each other, not her. In the battle for her heart, Kae ensnares the boys in her wild fantasies and exposes them to the true nature of a fujoshi's world.
I think this manga balanced romance, and drama really well. Characters were generally well developed, with a light touch. The cast mostly focuses on our protagonist Serinuma Kae, and her suitors. Each of them had interesting backstories, hobbies, and approaches to romance.
It read like a standard shoujo romance, and asked why characters love, or appreciate each other. Is it appearance, or something else? This manga takes the time to explore it. The use of an otaku leading character was also useful, as the author made use of her hobbies and Kae's obsession with her favourite character to explore the dynamics between fiction, and reality.
was good, and it was an overall fun read. It was 60 full-length shoujo manga chapters, but flew by very quickly. The story arcs were well paced and minor characters stayed as minor characters, being developed without taking the spotlight from the main cast.
BL author Junko tries out shoujo. As of now only 2 english chapters are out (3rd is in chinese), so there's not much, but I still want to review it.
Story (6) - The story is about an overweight fujoshi (BL lover) who one day loses all her weight by not eating while grieving over her favorite character's death. Not very realistic, but hey it's shoujo. Now that she's pretty every hot boy in school comes out of the woodwork to try and get in her pants; except for one, who is my favorite, and was her friend from the start. Ensue reverse harem with BL
undertones. The message that only skinny girls are attractive kind of pisses me off; it's not a very positive message for young girls, which shoujo often targets, other than that I have no problems. It's sort of like Fujoshi Rumi except more shoujo geared and less mature.
Art (9) - Adorable!! Everything about the art is so wonderful and fluffy. All the guys and girls are cute. However, you don't really see any backgrounds it's mainly the characters faces.
Characters (6) - All the characters are feeling like shoujo archetypes so far. Hopefully they will get a little more development, but I doubt it.
Enjoyment (8) - I really like the story other than the whole she's only worth any attention when she's skinny thing. I also really like Junko so maybe I'm a little biased.
Overall (7) - Better than normal shoujo, but you know it's still shoujo so don't expect too much. It's fun and if you're into BL you'll get a kick out of it. The story is kind of like soda it's not beneficial in any way, but it's bubbly, light and fun.
Ok so this is a review so there's gonna be some good and bad and its one of my first so.. you know go easy on me plus this is only based off the first two chapters which says a lot as a whole
well Im mostly summarizing since I noticed there aren't any reviews and I usually hate when there aren't any because I want to hear how the story is from another viewpoint before I waste my time with something I don't really like so Im not going into great detail.
So the story is and isn't a cliche and I'll explain why. Our mc
(main character) in the very beginning was over weight and not all that attractive although she still had a lot of guy friends, but miraculously she sheds all her weight within one week of depression over one of her favorite characters dying in a manga that she loves (oh and did I forget to mention she's an otaku). The whole becoming more beautiful thing isn't at all unique in its aspect, but the fact that she did it in one week is and along with being different its really unrealistic so if you're looking into a nonshoujo characteristic manga you're at loss. Anyways so of course as expected every male that had been presented previously falls for her new beautiful look and there was really only one who feels the same whether Shes fat or skinny, so undoubtedly its who pull want to root for. So that's the beginning of the harem aspect and superficial aspect as well which is something that I do not enjoy whatsoever because all the guys but one only liked her after she became beautiful and it really makes you hope for some odd twist where she gains weight again just to see what happens.
Anyways the art is really beautiful and I think it's what I like the most out of it all. It's used often I must say but I still really like it and I think it fits its story well.
The characters are nothing special but your usual cliche characters to be honest with no three dimensional aspects. The main character is your usual dense, hard working, common senseless, kind hearted otaku with no real depth while the males are trundere, normal, nonchalant, etc characters and one word is really all you need to explain them and there's three characters in itself that I just named.
I think the enjoyment is based on the reader to be honest so I don't have much to say. It passed time for me and that's good enough.
overall I give it a 7 or a 6.5 for you pessimistic ones. It's something that passes your time and if you keep a good outlook you'll enjoy yourself and hopefully the story will get more interesting from here on.
Only two or three chapters have been out at the time of this writing, so keep in mind that opinions on the story and the characters may not be accurate in the future.
This author normally writes shounen-ai manga. This is both a departure from that and a sort of riffing on the idea of BL in general.
The MC is a fujoshi (aka the mangaka's fanbase) who suddenly finds herself quite beautiful, and attracts the attention of four of her male classmates. There aren't many reverse-harems in circulation, and those that are around usually don't reach for new heights. This premise does. The males who
surround her all have distinct personalities--as does she and her female friend. The thing is, though, that they all respected her before she became beautiful. It makes their attention after her sudden transformation both more believable and less disrespectful. All in all, the treatment and presentation of her relationship with the other characters is very, very promising.
More than that, though, is the riffing off of BL trends and tropes. The mangaka will set up panel frameworks which are commonly used in shounen-ai, then use them as the backdrop for a joke. For those who have read BL in the past, it's very amusing to see this happen.
I read her past BL stories for the art. The mangaka can draw people splendidly; she also wonderfully avoids the trap so many BL artists make when they try to draw women and end up with boys in wigs. All her people look unique, and the art is crisp and clear. Backgrounds are limited, and tend to be forgotten when people are talking; however, in general, this plays back into the BL-riffing theme--usually there's no space for backgrounds because everything is filled up with sparkles by the boys' faces.
The characters, as mentioned before, are excellent. They all have their own unique personalities, and avoid falling into any real stereotypes. They all feel like real people. It's really very nice to see.
This manga is enjoyed more deeply if you have read BL in the past. However, even without that basis, it can be enjoyed by anyone for its fresh, appealing take on how people get along with each other.
This manga holds promise, and will enamor those who are inclined to it. It is novel in premise, and smart in character presentation. It lacks in background, but really, that's a small detraction in an otherwise solid shoujo manga.