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.
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 :)read more
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. read more
well, this manga "B.O.D.Y" is about a highschool girl named Sakura and how she has a relationship with a host.The host is also in Sakura's class ,and apparently sits next to he. She has a crush on the boy whose name is Ryu who the has a view of a very obeident boy but man was she wrong. She finds out his real personility and starts going out with him due to his strong will of wanting her to be his girlfriend...They have to go through many obstcles to be together.
Over all i found this book very realistic compared to other shoujo mangas.So i recommend it :P read more
I found this manga on MAL and it seemed interesting. I've been reading manga for years and just recently I've turned to MAL to find new ones.
I really wanted to like this story to be honest, but I hate Fuji. I straight up hate his character. I'm a fan of the whole scarred past, and the bad boy thing still I can't make myself like him.
He's immature, both characters fall in love way to quickly to be realistic and it seems from the very beginning that she is wrapped around his finger and will just blindly follow him anywhere. (think Naruto to Sakura, and why I hate her too.) He doesn't do a thing for her, he doesn't try to understand her.
He puts her in situations knowing she'll be insecure, and then he gets mad and leaves her. Seriously! Screw him.
Now I didn't just drop this manga, because I can't stand Fuji it is also because I want to root for Kura. I can't continue reading this knowing that in regular manga fashion she will end up with Fuji. I won't stand for it and in such I won't support this manga, because Kura is awesome and Fuji sucks! I have no idea why the artist made Fuji so detestable and Kura so sweet and supporting, but I won't read to the end and will satisfied with the image of Kura getting the girl that I delusion myself into creating.