Hina has just moved back to her old hometown, and transfers to the local school, North High. Little does she know about the rivalry between the gangs of North High and its opponent South High (the high school which her childhood friend, Kanata, attends). During her first week there, she is captured by gang leader Shuugo and finds out about the "Princess Game," in which she will play a key role.
This manga is… something. It was passed around as a “so stupid it’s hilarious” thing but I don’t think it’s even that. And to be quite honest, it’s really hard not to give an equally shitty review for it but I’m going to try to be as professional as possible.
The premise is that the girl moves back into town after 5 years to her old house and transfers to North School because she wants to get a boyfriend. Her best friend, Kanata, is the designated childhood friend and tries to stop her but she’s an Independent Woman, until she gets to class.
Naturally, she meets the
guy in her class and he’s an asshole. In the middle of class, the guy punches her in the stomach after learning her name is Hina.
When she wakes up, there’s these guys who wants to rape her and it’s revealed that her childhood friend is in a gang named Hina (go on, guess what the gang is named after) and he tells her that he missed her so much that he named his gang after her.
More upset that he’s a delinquent, she avoids him until she meets the guy that punched her in the stomach. She actually gets in the car with him just to defy Kanata because, she’s still mad about him being a delinquent.
Only to find out that she was set up to get raped again. The guy who led her there decides to defend her and she almost gives it up to protect him (I don’t get it either).
Then Kanata manages to save them all because it’s a mess anyway. Kanata reveals he loves her and the two try to have a date with each other. In the end, though, she goes back to Shugo, who tries to force himself upon her next.
And that’s when I clocked out. There’s something else about fake amnesia and something about how uncool it is for friends to fight among each other but really, don’t waste your time with this. The characters are so paper thin and the heroine learns nothing.
Not to say the continuous attempted rape was her fault by any means. The first time was because she was punched in the stomach and the second time is because the guy tricked her into believing that he means well. And the third, well, I guess that was him being jealous and because let’s add some forced drama that’s going to be ignored anyway.
Shuugo is what happens when a shitty shoujo male lead goes completely unchecked and does whatever he wants, consequence free (oh, did I mention he’s also rich?). Hina is what happens when a shitty shoujo female lead does whatever she wants with only one person saying to stop to her (and being stopped by her using “comical” means) and her doing what she wants, consequence free.
The saddest part of it is that while Kanata does do something rather shitty to her, he actually does apologize for it later and tries to make it up to her. Then again it happened at the end of the manga so I can’t really commend him for that. It’s a paper thin story line that’s barely held together.
One part in particular that really made me go, “Really?” is when Kanata was in an accident while Hina and Shuugo were having (consensual) sex. When Hina gets the call, she runs out of there and heads straight to the hospital to deal with the fake amnesia subplot. After she comes out of the room, she overhears Shuugo saying that Kanata is in the hospital.
Alright. Let me first go by saying that, once again, this plot is paper thin at best. The whole reason why Shuugo even bothered with Hina was to get back at Kanata’s gang. They never explained why they were rivals in the first place other than the location factor (North & South). They kept making it seem that Shuugo is going to be nice, for real this time I swear, only for him to use her as another ploy to get back at Kanata.
Kanata does his damenest to protect Hina from Shuugo but Hina actually punishes him when he does do the sensible thing. Please don’t think that I think Hina “owes” Kanata something for saving her (although it comes as no surprise that he actually wants her and makes no objections to people making the claim that Hina’s is “his”) – far from it. There have been more than enough times that Shuugo is clearly up to no good and clearly has no good intentions despite him saying the contrary the very next page.
So when questioned on his intentions (gang relations), Shuugo pulls out the jealousy card and actually says that Hina cares more about Kanata than him. And it’s really random considering Kanata’s in the hospital because of him and his gang.
There’s another questionable scene where the gang bangers (after Shuugo decides to let Hina escape and they turn on him), Hina tries to stop them by saying, “Friends fighting each other is totally uncool!” Does she realize what sort of position she’s in?
Normally, I don’t like saying saying that shoujo heroines are dumb because there’s usually some kind of mitigating factor that lands her in the situation (for example, being punched in the stomach in the middle of class) and usually it’s due to bad writing and forced conflicts.
Not only is this manga clearly guilty for bad writing and forced conflicts, but the heroine is really dumb. Seriously. If you know someone’s out to hurt you and do you wrong because of an unexplained rivalry between two schools and one gang leader is your childhood friend, then yeah, it’s probably the best idea not to mess with him or believe a word he says – even if you’re hot for him.
I wish I could pass this off as something stupid to pass around and make fun of but because of attempted rape, I don’t think it’s that funny anymore. If it didn’t have that, then yeah, I would definitely chose this to those who need a good laugh after a hard day.
It moved way too fast for anything to really get developed, like the romance or characters etc etc. It was also just a bunch of cliche things rolled into a book. I mean, there's a typical high school girl who is super dense and has no common sense when falling in love, the super bad play boy who is a delinquent and is interested in the girl, the long-time-no-see childhood buddy that has feelings for the main character who is also a delinquent etc etc. There's also some sexually themed chapters in this series, although they haven't really shown anything in the seven chapters
that I read, which is why I would not even recommend starting to read this series in the first place.
The art is okay. Like any typical shoujo manga, it casts two hot boys and one pretty girl I guess.
There is a serious need of character development in here. As I said, all these characters are typical typical in a shoujo manga, and it's even worse that the whole story is predictable. It takes away from the readers thrill. The characters are really hard to connect to. They have no pasts, the have no distinct uniqueness to them and they were (to me) unloveable. The only thing that I felt while reading this manga is that Kanata is one poor kid.
I think you can tell by reading the rest of this how I fell about this manga.
This manga was not worth my time. It left me with a bad taste in my mouth after reading it and it left me with a bad mood. I do warn people away with this review, but I don't discourage you to see if I know what I'm talking about. I do think that the author was trying to make this manga exciting and dramatic but she went overboard and made something that I would like to not look at again. I am sorry to the fans if I sound critical about this manga, but keep in mind that this is just one amateur reviewer out of a billion amateurs' opinion.
TL;DR: This manga is pure bullshiz.
*Warning; Might contain minor spoilers.*
While I truly enjoy shoujo manga, I also truly despise them. First things first, STAY AWAY FROM THIS SHIZ. The story was all good from the very first pages (not chapters but PAGES). The heroine transferring to another school and her best childhood friend whom she got to meet again after 5 years or so. It was all good until she said "I will definitely have a boyfriend in my new school." That's not how she exactly said it, but the fact that she'll hunt a boyfriend in her new school sounds friggin' stupid and nonsense.
I mean... does she not plan to study at all or something? Also, the romance here is definitely not gonna deserve any audience. I'm so tired of this love triangle of a childhood friend who already likes the heroine since before her mother even give birth to her or whatnot and the heroine who falls in love with a literal fckboi. Aside from being over-cliche and far fetched, this manga is way more than what I can call atrocious. Just by reading the first chapter, you could already guess the rest of the story. It's definitely wildly unreasonable and ridiculous in so many levels.
The art is the only decent in this manga. The characters are truly portrayed on how they should look. From sassy to trashy.
The characters are all utterly absurd. The heroine is the most hateful among all the characters. She has no common sense and you could actually find all the signs that she's a scatterbrained. Her childhood friend is also stupid it's getting actually hilarious. Also the other bad boy delinquent who loves to sweet talk to catch b*ches. Every typical shoujo manga will never miss adding playboys, playboy delinquents, rich playboys and other sort of playboys on the line.
Enjoyment... I didn't actually enjoy it, seriously. You could imagine me glaring at my computer screen while enduring to finish at least the first chapter just by scrolling and not reading it at all.
Lastly, I wouldn't rate it at all, but I really need to voice out my opinion. I won't say that someone should read this manga so that I could prove myself right. NO, MATE. Don't read it all. Well, if you really want, good luck. Thanks for reading my review!