Everyone thinks 16-year-old Ryouko has weird taste in guys because she can't stop drooling over Ryuu, the strong silent type who sits next to her in class. When she discovers he works for a host club—where women actually pay men to date them—will she finally wise up? Or will he leave his job to be with her? Or will she take a job at the club so he can quit so she can be with him so...? Only one thing's for sure in B.O.D.Y.—you can't put a price on love!
(Source: VIZ Media)
Volume 2: Saa Kyou mo Gakkou da
B.O.D.Y. was partially published in English by VIZ Media under Shojo Beat imprint from May 6, 2008 to November 2, 2010 with only the first 11 volumes. Tong Li Publishing Co., Ltd. has published the series in Chinese from November 28, 2007 to May 18, 2009.
The story sounded good enough in the summary so i picked it up. A girl who falls for a boy who is at first seems like a good shy boy but actually it's all for appearance and he's working as a host after school.
But this is all. Just an interesting concept. After this is all used in the first volumes your left with a very typical boring to death story. About all kinds of love rivals and exams and typical things. Nothing really new. This manga even not trying to refresh something. And no, to take the typical settings for shoujo and put
there a host club isn't really refreshing.
Maybe the problem was with how the story was told. he just felt so unrealistic and i couldn't relate to it at all.
One of my biggest problems was the characters, they was so flat ,stupid, and childish. I wanted to bang my head against the wall every 5 seconds while reading it. The main character was like "oh i seen a nice guy im in love with him" and 5 seconds later "oh here is another nice guy i guess im in love with him now".
And then she goes and pokes her nose into business that not related to her. Why? because of her nosy nature? or maybe because the mangaka couldn't come up with something better?
Also the art isn't that good especially in the first 2 volumes. It's not that bad. Just very simple and all the characters look almost the same but with slightly another hair.
Really tried to read it but i guess its an age issue.
Maybe if you are in the fifth grade you'll enjoy it.
B.O.D.Y I got a long time ago and the first 3 or 5 books were awesome ! It's pretty cool about a girl who ends up with a savvy boy name Ryu but she is never sure if he is acting or actually loves her because he is a host ! The drawings are great and the book has a great story. But the one prob I have with it is after the 4th book or something it seemed repetitive and boring. Though I kept buying book after book to see if maybe something big will happen. So far no :P I'm not sure if
the artist decided to quit B.O.D.Y or she's really slow at making books ( totally understandable ) but I've been waiting for like 2 1/2 years to see what will happen in the next book because something big finally happened and now I don't know what will happen next !!! ALL CAPS RAGE!!!
I really like Ryu!! ^^ at first you think he is a big jerk just trying to get some booty but you realize he really has it rough and he deals with a lot of crap from the hosting business and having her as a girlfriend. And she seems kinda .. eh like Bella in Twilight in a annoying way lol TEAM JACOB !
I really like studying psychology and the dynamics of host and the buyer is very complicated O.o I don't think many psychologist have studied it thoroughly but if not I will !!
It's complicated because when you a host it's like a classy prostitute. The business is very secretive and they make sure they make people think that nothing dirty is going on that people are just paying to drink and hang out with someone or "escort " them somewhere. But most host ( not generalizing) will do more if they get more money. It's really sad because in the hosting business its really hard to get out and it is like a pimp and prostitute but a official business . It gets worse when you think about how people's mind sometimes get in this situation. Pretend that a girl got a boy host and she is a nice ,successful woman who could get any guy she wants , but instead hires a host . The host is designed exactly to please and knows what to say and charm. She might start thinking that all of is real and fall heads over heels in love. The host doesn't really respect the girl and in a way she doesn't respect her self either. Though the host doesn't respect himself either if he feels that he can just be bought out to do anything and that he isn't worth anything more than that. Sometimes it's the opposite the host my go gaga for the buyer and the buyer thinks of them as a toy.
The public can either see it as oh that person is rich and cool because they have a host or that they are desperate and pathetic. The Host club is happy because they are getting money but yet have to hide the ways they are getting money
This is just a theory and I don't know every detail of host clubs but ehhh it's worth a try to figure it out.
B.O.D.Y. wasn't what I was expecting from the synopsis. Not at all. The story was put together really well. Every thing flowed together as one, there were no choppy points where one was left going "hmm.. what did I miss here." Which is wonderful. It has growth, complication, laughter, tears, a twist here and there and a well done ending, which to me can make or break a manga.
The characters were great with a good depth to them. They weren't super deep to the point were you had to take notes, and they weren't shallow. They were kids learning about life, love and heart break.
The female lead is smart and stands her ground pretty well. The male lead is a little dark and closed off (just waiting to be opened up), the supporting characters are a lot of fun as well. While reading this you were growing up with the characters, you felt for them and cheered for them.
This manga was a great one to me. It was real and a true romance. I felt the happiness, the unease, pain and confidence of all the characters. It did not disappoint me in any ways. I strongly recommend this manga to any one who likes a little romance, some laughs and a well written story.
First of all, B.O.D.Y. was one of those mangas that I was never planning on reading. But one of my friends shoved it in my face and told me to at least try it. And once I started reading it I just could not put it down.
STORY: At first the story started out like all the others. Girl falls in love with boy. Boy likes girl but there are problems with their relationship. But then, this story took off and became very interesting. More characters were introduced and surprising things happened that you would not expect. Cheating, lying, laughing, crying... the characters made the story
perfect. Because of the personalities of the characters, the story was interesting. I don't wanna spoil anything, so that's all that I can say. I mean, host clubs are interesting anyway :)
ART: First I must say, I am sooooo jealous of these characters' clothes. They always dress sooooo amazingly! The only thing I must say I did not like about the art is that there didn't seem to be amazing drawings in the smaller boxes. When the art took up a whole page, it looked AMAZING. And don't get me wrong, the art was good all the way through, I just think that some of it could have been worked on a little harder. I also noticed that often the main character Ryoko is drawn with this stupid expression on her face, even when it shouldn't be like that.
CHARACTER: This is where B.O.D.Y. excells in my opinion. The main character is very well-rounded. Ryoko is naive but yet she will not let herself be walked all over. Her lover, Ryu, is my favorite character. He is that shy kid that no one is friends with, but he turns out to be someone very different, someone every girl falls for at the host club. He is HOT! Three other characters are later introduced that are VERY important to the story, and they really are also well-rounded characters. That whole "I have a tortured past and I'm trying to be better than that." idea.
ENJOYMENT: I laughed while reading this manga. I mean, it really isn't meant to be that humorous I don't think. But at some points I did laugh. Near the end of the story I did cry. Yes, I cried... I don't usually cry while reading a manga, but it was sad. And this story is something I can totally relate to.
Overall, I have to give this a perfect 10. They should make it into an anime :)