Haruna Nagashima gave her all to softball in middle school, and now that she's made her high school debut she's decided to give her all for a new goal. Getting a boyfriend and falling in love!
However, she has one small problem. Since she never paid any attention to fashion or trend in middle school she has no idea how to go about attracting her yet-to-be-found love. But a chance encounter with with Yoh Komiyama provides her with the opportunity she needs. If he coaches her in how to become attractive, surely she can find herself a boyfriend!
Koukou Debut was published in English by VIZ Media under the Shojo Beat imprint in 13 volumes between January 31, 2008 and February 2, 2010; and again in 5 3-in-1 editions between February 4, 2014 and February 3, 2015.
The series was also adapted into a drama CD on June 10, 2005; a novel written by Kuramoto Yuu; and a Japanese live-action film adaptation on April 1, 2011.
The manga was a best-selling series during its publication in Japan and was well-received by critics in North America.
This is such an enjoyable manga in every way possible. The story is lighthearted, but not superficial nor dumb; it is a typical shoujo manga that should satisfy any fan of the genre, yet there's still a freshness to it that won't make you feel like you've already read this a thousand times before.
The story's premise is fairly simple. Haruna is a tomboyish girl who spent most of her junior high school involved in sports, and now that she's in high school, she wants to get a boyfriend and learn how to act and dress like a girl. The problem is, she has no idea
how to do it. Even though she tries her best to follow magazine's advices and her own misguided intuition, it all ends in disaster.
By chance she meets Yoh Komiyama, an attractive guy who knows how to improve a girl's appearence to boost. Fortunately for Haruna, Yoh goes to her school, and after she begs a bit, he gives in and accepts to be her "coach" in the whole dressing-up/ dating deal.
I think that one of the most attractive aspects of this manga are the characters. They are all so interesting and well developed! Haruna is not the stereotypical shoujo heroine, even if by description she might sound like it. She's so naive, pure-hearted and clumsy, and yet so strong, determined and brave that you can't help but love her. Yoh seems like the typical cool, reluctantly popular hero, but he's endearingly honest, sharp and full of issues regarding relationships. The supporting characters are equally complex and charming and not just faces to help move the plot along.
The way the relationship between Haruna and Yoh develops and make them evolve and overcome their flaws is done with care and love for the characters, which is a bonus for this mangaka. She definitely knows her characters and never betrays their true nature.
As a conclusion, I can say that this story will make you laugh, get involved with it and leave you with a warm feeling when you've done reading each chapter.
At first, I did not think I would like this manga, but I held on because I love the Mangaka's other work. I am so happy that I continued, because this series is incredibly enjoyable!
The story is very sweet, simple and funny. After having spent all of middle school on the softball team, Haruna Nagishima decides that this year she would really like to have a boyfriend and become more popular. She bumps into this guy that seems to understand fashion and love, so she asks him to coach her. Fortunately he agrees and their relationship blooms from there. They have challanges and misunderstandings,
but they make it through. To many, they may appear to have a typical shoujo relationship, but is actually like that on purpose, which makes it very atypical. Haruna and Yoh both learn how to be romantic through shoujo manga, funny enough. It makes me laugh so hard when Haruna whips out a manga before a date to see how she should act. Every chapter in this series felt important, no pointless-filler pages I should say.
The artwork is very cute and pleasent to look at. The faces and little chibi characters never fail to make me smile.
The manga's high point. The characters in this series are great. There is a good variety and they are all multi-faceted. Some you'll adore , others you will hate (Miyabi Jouhou!). Our main couple is very likable and you will fall in love with them. Haruna is kind-hearted, silly, but can somtimes be a little naive. Yoh can seem a bit harsh, but he's actually super sweet, he's just a bit embarrassed about his feelings.
This manga is a super fun, and moderately fast read. There is so much to like about the story as a whole. Really funny, sweet, and well-told.
The heroine is diffrent from the usual. She's strong, protective and yet happy natured. She just sneaks into your heart before you'll know it.
The relationship between the two slowly evolves, but its worth the wait.
I also like the fact that they are always sticking together and theres no annoying love triangle.
The more you read the more you get stuck into and you can feel the love blossoming page by page.
A must read for fans of the genre. The story doenst feel dumb nor transparent at any time, which is very refreshing.
Its just funny, cute, touching.... just
This manga is about a careless girl who just graduated from middle school going into high school. During her years of middle school, she focused on baseball resulting in her poor sense of style. Haruna is hardworking and buff.
She reads tons of magazines in search of a boyfriend, using the style from the magazines but after days she still fails. After realising the best way to beautify herself was to get a coach who knew how to impress male. Remembering she bumped into someone who had the perfect requirements, she found him in her school realising he was her senpai.
Hopefully I didn't
spoil much, but Haruna falls in love, is tricked and finds love.
After finding her mutual love, it goes into the future of her relationships.
I love this manga a lot, with a rating of 10/10.
The art is pretty realistic looking but still has that manga feel which is what I love about it.
I've enjoyed reading this manga so much because the characters are absolutely adorable. Plus this manga is seriously hilarious as you watch Haruna struggle. I seriously recommend it to everyone as you should at least try it once
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