Beautiful people are loved and revered. They have everything they desire right at their fingertips... Even if that beauty is a complete illusion.
Before Kasane's mother died, she was given a special tube of lipstick from her mother. She was told that if times ever got really really hard, she should wear the lipstick and kiss whatever she really desires.
After reading the other reviews I have to throw my two cents in; Kasane is amazing. If anyone's dealt with low confidence and lack of good relationships they know how hard life is and how hard it is to build yourself up. So if you got the chance to easily make your dreams come true, would you take it?
Kasane dives really deep into both taboo topics, and topics that are rarely talked about. These are for example "Is changing your looks to fit the standard society has set a good way of living? A worthy way of living?"
Also, the topic that is never talked
about; changing looks won't change what you feel on the inside. If you've felt hideous your whole life, a make-over won't make the pain from all those years of suffering go away.
Although grotesque, the manga really portrays realistic human relations and coping mechanisms of a person who suffered many years of abuse, namely Kasane.
Personally I think the manga is extremely entertaining, and a good walk through memory lane of high-school trauma. Because although Kasane is exaggerated
to get the point accross, it is still relatable if you have ever been bullied for your looks.
The plot itself was interesting and original, well, I never read anything like that before. At first, I thought the whole thing would be just the same thing over and over again (Her looking for a beauty to kiss with her magical lipstick to faceswap with that person). But it finally got interesting after 6 chapters.
Kasane is really gloomy and ugly. She is SO ugly that her face is almost caricatural and always shadowed. She even wears medic mask to hide her face. I really wished to see her 'normal' face, maybe by curiosity. The art in general was okay. The pretty people
were really well designed and the face swaps weren't too confusing.
Being ugly really is difficult for Kasane and she is so tired of it that she turns a bit insane sometimes. It's a part of her that really made me feel uncomfortable while reading. You never know when she is going to back off or if she will just go full insane. Her personality is really complexed and I think I like her.
I really wish the other characters would appear more than just few chapters. They don't have much development and I feel like they are just there to be there and make Kasane feel rejected even more. But I guess it's just the beginning.
At first I was really curious about this manga, the cover is stunning. The first chapters really surprised me. I really have compassion for Kasane but I'm also very troubled by her, it's really hard to explain...The first chapters are really unstable. I feel like the author didn't exactly know where to go with the plot. But later, it finally gets interesting, going in a way I didn't expect it to go. So, I will read the next chapters.
If you are looking for a manga psychological and you feel like you want to pity someone, well, just read this manga. The whole story wants to make you believe that beauty is the only thing that can make people like you, or make you achieve something. Which i strongly disagree. But somehow, I like to see this point of view about the beauty. In a world where beauty is a pre-required, what can you do to reach the stars? (*puts magical lipstick and kisses Angelina Jolie to face swap*)
It is essentially the struggle of an unlikable grotesque female and the opposition of beauty with her own inherent ugliness. Kasane is a sad character full of bitterness and an abyss of ugliness. Maybe you have lusted after the Beaty of others, or felt the burden of self criticism and obsession. This story is about that.
I like the art it’s clean and smooth, but that’s pretty subjective.
I also personally like unlikable characters who are simply just complex and interesting. Our main female is awful in a very interesting way, she cowards, averts her eyes, and covers her face and body
from the eyes of the world. It is only when she is masked in a charade of someone else’s beauty that her personality flips to this beacon of grace and beauty or whatever. In order to protect that charade she is willing manipulate others and kill those who find out her secret.
Most of the side characters are quite forgettable, but there are those that stand out particularly Kasane’s sister. It kind of escalates into this psychological war with contradicting desires between the two. Sure this has its melodrama, but it’s still kind of beautiful at least right now. It’s like some reverse where the prince kisses the princess and wakes her from death or the princess kisses the prince and turns Him from a toad or something idk
It originally sounded unappealing to me, but if you have the interest for stories about inner hatred and abuse this will be quite interesting and it takes a lot of turns. This does have incest and rape, but it feels almost theatrical.
First time writing a review so have mercy on my grammar and such
Story 9 = Kasane from the word itself googling it up (source: wordhippo.com) means : layer, pile, suit since our character is just wearing another persons face. I really like the development of the story showing the early chapters of what her school life have been then leading to her maturity. I gave it a nine because there are chapters that are a bit cliche but overall it was done well.
Art 10 = I dont judge much mangas about art aslong as it doesn't confuse me still the art was beautiful for
me especially the volume covers.
Character 7 =good but nothing much was very worth praising here. mc just being amazing, struggles, etc.
Enjoyment 10 = I did enjoy reading this even if there are questions that are boggling me, like: "Why doesn't she just take plastic surgery?", "Does N***'s parent's no longer bother visiting her even after that incident?", "Where are the police". Still I enjoy this manga has brought me suspense and surprises .
Overall 9= It was refreshing manga to read amidst in a pool of isekai I've been reading lately, I would recommend this to readers who like suspense/thriller mangas.