Welcome to Momoko's waking nightmare. Things were settled. They were! She was SUPPOSED to have gone to a normal school, made normal friends, and led a blissfully normal life. But the universe is just cruelly, irredeemably, monstrously unfair, so instead she found herself thrown out of home, stuck in an all-boys boarding school with a roommate she hates, cursed with a hideous haircut and wearing clothes which, to be frank, she wouldn't be seen dead in.
And the only thing worse than her current situation is the one that she'll be in if anyone ever realizes that she is, in fact, a girl. Everything is wrong! Everything! Particularly the fact that, even though she's surrounded by amazingly gorgeous guys, her chances of romance are less than zero. But with life this complicated, something is bound to give. In fact, it just did. Damn.
(Source: Storm in Heaven)
Volume 2: Nopan Musume. (A Girl Without Panties)
Volume 3: Aah! Ijuin-sama
Volume 5: Kimochi Henkousen), Massugu na Kanojo
Boku ni Natta Watashi is funny and well drawn but that's about as far as it goes. Momoke is naive and very stupid, to the point of being embarrassing. She has no backbone but is very stubborn and of course is too nice for her own good. Itou is the perfect man(that's right, not one single flaw), which of course makes him actually boring and gives you a tooth ache after a while.
The whole series makes you roll your eyes and shake your head. Nothing about this series is really possible and it's mostly just ridiculous. I'd never read this manga again
because I barely got through it the first time. Just don't expect too much from this short series.
FYI: there is some mature content.
The story line is original, and well thought out. While there has been other story's about Girls trapped in an all boys boarding school, I do not believe the cause of that has ever been done before. To be honest the couple is just a little too perfect, and the author could have added a bit more conflict on Kunio's part. All the conflict in the story seems to be Solly focused around Momoko.
The characters have great depth to them. Momoko is your average girlie-girl, who loves shopping, hanging out with her friends, and talking about boys, but by the end of the Manga
she is forced to change all that, or be expelled. Her brother is self centered, and doesn't seem to care what his family think of him. Although it's not like his mother has ever really given him the chance to do anything he wanted before. Kunio worries to much, and doesn't like to be bothered by anyone, but doesn't like to show any of it. Although when it come to those close to him he doesn't waist any time.
All in all I loved the manga, flaws included. And I recommend it to anyone looking for love, or just looking for a Good love story. Boku ni Natta Watashi is one of my favorite shojo manga, and I hope it will be one of yours too.
Frankly, when I get to reading a shoujo manga I don't really expect depth of story and/or character, and those low expectations are rarely wrong. It's the same with this particular manga. The plot of a girl entering an all-boys school pretending to be a boy is nothing new. The fact that she is a rather complacent, passive character opposed to a strong, protective male lead is also nothing new. Basically, Boku ni Natta Watashi offers nothing new. There are hints of examining the established gender roles, but the mangaka does not go into it deeper - she keeps it superficial - as if all
there is in being a girl is wearing frilly dresses and showing off your tits (if you have anything to show). The major resentment I normally have with gender bender is that, so far, I have not found a manga that offers a deeper psychological insight into what it means to be a boy or a girl, and I was somewhat disappointed that Shimaki Ako opened these questions but did not pursue the answer.
All of that being said, I absolutely adore Shimaki Ako's art. It's beautiful, simple, yet expressive, and despite being far from original both her stories and her characters are amusing and they offer a reasonable amount of fun. On that superficial level, I truly enjoyed this manga, and if you're fine with a superficial, cute love story, you should just go for it and read Boku ni Natta Watashi. However, if you are easily annoyed by an author taking the easy way out, you should just forget about reading this one.
Saving your brother's acceptance into a prestigious all-boy's school by pretending to be a boy and binding your chest everyday is what Momoko Takanashi intended to do, or so what her mother forced her to... only to meet the handsome and elite Itou Kunio.
Boku ni Natta Watashi (I Became a Boy) is all about Momoko Takanashi's adventures inside the all-boy's school and dormitory as she struggles to live a life as a boy without getting caught and trying to find love in the form of her roommate, Itou Kunio.
This happened all because Momoko's twin brother ran away to pursue his dream of becoming a
photographer and leaving them nothing but a note. Momoko is your average girl, with marks not above average and is rather pretty clumsy, or to put it densely, stupid. Rooming with the popular and gorgeous Itou Kaunio, Momoko lives up to be the boy who passed the exams and stop herself from falling inlove.
The story is pretty simple and the art is very well done. The setting is paced just right, with the proper humour and the proper get-to-know the characters which is quite important in any story. It's not your usual falling in love out of the blue kind of shoujo manga, but it will not make you wonder how they managed to fall in love, have conflicts, solve them, and fall more in love.
Overall, I give this a 9/10 having caught my attention with the art and how the main characters are pretty much how they should really be.