Suzushiro Mizuki is a 1st year high school student who has the difficulty of constantly being mistaken for a girl. It's so bad that he's endlessly rebuffing the confessions of many men. Even the girl he has a crush on seems to think of him more as one of the girls rather than as a potential love interest.
Meanwhile, the trickster god Loki has grown bored with playing her tricks on her fellow gods. Turning her attention to the mortal world, she targets Mizuki for her next round of fun. The result: Mizuki wakes up with budding breasts and a missing part of his anatomy.
What else is in store for Mizuki and how will he deal with it?
[TW: Transphobia, gender dysphoria, sexual situations, and pedophilia/child sexual abuse (possibly) in this series]
I can't believe I read this manga but I did and I might as well write a review about it so here we go.
Boku Girl's protagonist is an effeminate first year high school student by the name of Suzushiro Mizuki, who is constantly at odds with his feminine appearance. His life has always been overshadowed by men confessing to him, others not taking him seriously as a boy, and even his crush confessing that she only sees him as a she. Matters are worsened when the trickster god Loki decides Mizuki to turn Mizuki's body into that of a girl's. Thus our protagonist sets off in an attempt to revert their body back to what it once was, while simultaneously traversing his personal relationships as a girl in hiding.
Story [6/10] I really can't decide if I liked the basic plot of this story or not. I am leaning toward the not end, mostly because I side-eye the author's constant writing in of needless sexual situations and boring filler that detracts from the main focus of the story, which is Mizuki's relationship with his crush and childhood friend. I think the manga would be a lot more tasteful as well if they removed even a smidgen of the needless fanservice. Which, is literally every chapter.
Art [4/10] This may not bothers as much as I but holy shit the anatomy in this series is somewhat frightening. This is most obvious with the female characters, as they are constantly depicted in spine breaking poses in order to show off their boobs and butt. It's one thing if it was the odd, silly cover art but it is so constant that it is honestly distracting from the plot of the story. These girls either need to join a professional aerobics team or go to the hospital immediately, I am very concerned for their health.
That aside the artist excels in expressions and faces, and the art style reminds me of the art in the World God Only Knows personally, though it's mostly in the eyes.
Character [3/10] I like Mizuki and his crush, they're pretty unique as characters and don't abide to boring anime archetypes that plague so many other series. Aside from them and Mizuki's childhood friend though, I find all of the other characters annoying and boring. I honestly have no idea why some of them are written in other than for poor comedic relief.
Enjoyment [4/10] As mentioned previously I found the characters that are intentionally written in for comedic relief to be bland and annoying, and as a result a lot of the humor isn't funny. That said there are a couple of interactions that did insight a chuckle from me, so it wasn't a completely laughless experience. The sexual situations that plague this series are gross male pandering and I really wish they would tone it down. I know it's an ecchi, I don't care. The point is the fanservice degrades the overall series in terms of quality and tastefulness. Are anime tiddies really that important.
That said I do like the main plot, it reads kinda like a shoujo except less idealized and with less cliches. Which is the main reason I am sticking around to read it.
Overall [3/10] I really can't give this series anything higher than a 3 while still in good faith. I can't. There were too many distracting qualities that detracted from the overall work and it resulted in me enjoying one VERY SPECIFIC thing about the manga but not the manga itself. Would I recommend this series to a friend? Not unless I want to still look them in the eye. Will I read it again? Probably not. Overall kind of a let down, but I can't really expect something too great from an ecchi manga I guess.read more
This review was written after reading chapter 17, although opinions might change overtime, it's very unlikely that that will happen considering the consistensy of this manga.
On the surface Boku Girl seems like your ordinary, generic, everyday genderbender manga and, well... That's kind of what it is. However, this is an extremely well written, fun to read and entertaining one at that. Apparently this is Sugito Akira's first manga, in which case I have to congratulate him on making something so fun on his first effort. Remember that word, "Fun", because that's what Boku Girl is about. It's not about a deep, intigruing story. It's not about heart-wrenching drama. It's not about shakespearean dialogue. It's about fun. In all it's simplicity, the manga delivers that fun incredibly well.
Story - 6
As I mentioned earlier, the story isn't anything out of the ordinary. Guy turns into girl and hijinx ensue. The story is very obviously not the focus and thus is incredibly simple, but it carries the manga fairly decently and gives way to what really matters -- the characters and the comedy.
Art - 9
The art in Boku Girl is consistent, detailed and well drawn. Just go to any thread on your local anime forum about Boku Girl (if there are any) and look around. You'll most likely find a few people talking about how cute and beautiful our protagonist, Mizuki, is. In almost every panel he is drawn in, he is drawn incredibly well and beautifully with juicy lips and a warm blush.
Character - 10
This is where Boku Girl truly shines -- the characters. Although all characters fall into some sort of manga archetype, be it friendly, innocent protagonist, reliable childhood friend or ditzy, cute airhead, all of the characters are written with care and it really shows. All characters are very likable and their interactions with eachother are an absolute blast, especially Takeru and Mizuki's and their relationship as best friends that has become awkward and unpredictable with Mizuki's transformation. There is not a single bad character in this manga or one that i dislike or hate, whereas there's always at least one character i dislike in most mangas.
Enjoyment - 10
If this scale could go any higher, I would without a doubt give enjoyment an 11. The comedy is wonderful, the characters lovable and the romance captivatingly interesting. It's an absolute blast to read and I can, without a shred of doubt, say that this is the most fun I've had reading a manga. Everything is just so fun.
Overall, I'm giving this manga a 10. It's far from perfect and mostly people would disagree with me on this rating, but it's just too damn entertaining that I can't give it anything less than a full 10. The story is generic, but it was never the focus in the first place, so it doesn't change the overall rating at all for me.
This manga is definitely worth a look at for everyone even slightly interested. read more
THIS REVIEW MAY CONTAIN SOME SPOILERS.
As of this review, I've only made it up to Chapter 38, so keep that in mind if you're reading in the far future.
Gender benders are a sub genre that I don't really care for. They all suffer predictable cliches such as the gender bent protagonist adjusts to their new gender, with unfunny comedy, ecchiness, lack of a proper ending etc.
That's where Boku Girl comes in. Never before since Ranma ½ had there been a gender bender as funny as this. I was pleasantly surprised how well written and funny the story and characters are.
Story-7: Boku Girl is a gender bender, guy turns into a girl story. It's simple, but its done so well because it's funny and interesting. Mizuki is a first year high school student. He trains in akido and wants to prove to his father that he is a strong man. Why does this matter? Mizuki may be a man, but looks very feminine. He wants to prove to others that he is a manly guy, but with such a feminine face and body... it's hard to pull off. In fact, he has been asked out by other men! One day, after failing to propose to his would be girlfriend, he ends up getting stung by a weird looking wasp! It turns out this wasp was sent out by the goddess Loki, who wants to pull a prank on Mizuki for fun. The next morning, after a weird nightmare, mizuki wakes up....as a girl.
The story may sound like another gender bender, but it's told in such a fun way its hard to put down! It maybe simple, but I've founded it harder to predict as the story goes on. It dodges the standard cliches of most gender benders or puts a better twist on them. The characters are relatable to anyone who has been in high school in one way or the other even Mizuki!
Characters-8: What Boku Girl excels in is how naturally characters react to the situation. When Mizuki turns into a girl, he doesn't like it and still pretends to be a boy at school, to the best of his ability. Takeru, obliviously doubts at first the girl Mizuki was originally boy mizuki.. I thought this was a very strong point because its how a real person would react.
There are four main characters for this series:
The main protagonist, Mizuki, is probably the most relatable main lead in a gender bender. He suffers from looking too feminine at the beginning of the story, and often gets asked out by other guys! Whats worse, the love of his life Fujiwara thinks of him as a girl as well! Mizuki wants to get closer to her, but is too shy to admit it. This is hard on him because he wants to prove to be manly for Fujiwara and be her boyfriend. If that’s not enough,when Mizuki turns into a girl, that’s when things get even more complicated!
Mizuki's best friend Takeru have been friends with each other since childhood. Takeru unlike mizuki, is strong, athletic, and actually looks like a guy. He cares for mizuki as a friend, and after the transformation, he helps anyway he can to help him/her out, even though he's starting to fall for mizukis feminine side....
Mizukis love interest Fujiwara is abit of an air head,who is class rep, and is assumed that she has a crush on takeru. She is somewhat of a secret tomboy despite her looks. When she was younger, she acted like a boy. Will Mizuki have courage to tell her his big secret?
The one who cursed mizuki into a girl is Loki. She is a mysterious goddess of tricks who used to play pranks on other gods, until she found Mizuki in the human world. Later, she disguises herself as a human and is now mizuki's classmate! Mizuki does not realize that loki turned him into a girl...yet.
Art/Design-9: Boku Girl is a very beautiful,soft drawn manga. The designs perfectly match the characters personalities. Mizuki as a boy looks feminine, but “boy” enough to look like a guy. His soft skin and face understandably is mistakable for a girls'. It fits that he likes soft things like stuff animals. Takeru may look a little mean at first, but he really is a nice guy and good friend to mizuki. Loki looks exactly like a prankster, with slanted yellow eyes and bizarre black clothing. Fujiwara looks like a curious airhead with her big wide open eyes, and innocent expressions. (Well, most of the time)
Enjoyment-8: Boku Girl when beyond my expectations as not only a gender bender but as a manga. If you don't like gender benders then this may change you're mind. Its so fun to read and well written that its hard not to enjoy it. If you do like gender benders then you'll go crazy over this one. This isn't some quick gags manga. It takes a tired concept and makes it seem new. Despite not having an official English release, I wouldn't mind owning a copy of each volume to support the author. I believe this series is great enough to deserve an anime adaption. There may be some censorship in an adaption, but I think many comedy anime fans will really enjoy this series if it had a wider release regardless.
In the end, I highly recommend Boku Girl! It's funny, has great characters, good plot twists, and most of all fun and entertaining. I hope you found this review helpful!read more
An amazing lewd story of how a trap gets turned into a girl. He starts to question his own sexuality and feelings for his best friend as the story progresses.
I don't like this story but I absolutely LOVE it I know I'm being over dramatic but its a solid 10/10 if you are into traps/reverse traps
The art is on point in every chapter I have read so far so don't worry of none the less
Expect lots of lewdness, love triangles ,trickery, some what magic but not too much and prepare your sides to be dying because the amount of laughter from Boku girl is inevitable, it will get you out of no where
Seriously why has this not been turned into an Anime yet. I mean there so much potential for it to be one.