Mei Sengoku is the captain of the kendo club at her school, and is known as a very strong person, physically and mentally. Her friend, Shirou Fuji, is a boy who acts like a girl, but says that he loves her. Mei is focused only on becoming stronger, but she is beginning to question what is most important after all.
underneath the facade of a simple and adorable storyline lies a hidden message tactfully concealed by well-developed characters and a good sense of humour. This manga, under the disguise of a normal shoujo, subtly tackles the taboo subject of social norm and sexual individuality.
A feminine boy and masculine girl.
It's not typical for a shoujo manga to use these as their plot device, yet the author skillfully executes such a delicate subject in a fashionable and subtle manner.
It's also risk to touch such topic in the realm of shoujo, for its appeal on the target audience is less popular than your stereotypical setting.
Traditionally (and mostly supported by fairy tales), the knight in shining armour is supposed to be brave and strong to save the damsel in distress. A knight, a prince, a king, you name it. The roles of men have always been the saviour, the protector, the shield. Even with your typical character twists in this modern generation, men are the "devils", the "most popular guy in school", "the strongest delinquent", "the athlete" who eventually falls for the heroine and protects her from danger, like bees and thirsty bitches.
Mizutama Honey Boy shows you the exact opposite. A weak, physically-challenged hero who's extremely talented at sewing, cooking, and all the activities that "girls are supposed to be good at" is in love with our strong, six-packed, and stoic heroine.
The obvious clash of personalities makes a good comedy, but in reality, this comic relief hides the cunning true nature of the message behind it.
The main characters play a huge role in conveying a controversial issue in the real world, and they do so in a way that it's very hard to criticize, because they make really good points you can't easily shrug off.
All the other supporting characters play a significant role in bringing out the best in our protagonists, making them stand out among the rest of shoujo heroes and heroines.
Unlike other series on the same category *coughs*otomen*coughs*, this one doesn't have any direct antagonists who clearly opposes the protagonist's nature. Instead, there's the father, who obviously mourns for his son, but deep down it is shown that he has accepted his fate and the only thing he could do was cry about it. (Literally, every time you see him, he's crying)
The thing is, this will make you question the real world, 'what is wrong with defying societal standards? What is wrong with being a girly boy or a boyish girl? Just what is wrong with being yourself?' And the answer is right under our noses, and perhaps in this series.
What makes this story so unique is its compelling way of storytelling, like a children's picture book capable of educating people about intricate political and social issues, but in an ingenious way where children can still innocently enjoy and perhaps subconsciously learn from. It is devastating to see how underrated this series is, with so much potential in its daring material. It's definitely one of the hidden gems in shoujo manga.
All in all, Mizutama Honey Boy is not your typical fluffy mushy romance manga, yet it's capable of making you think it is.read more
Mizutama honey boy is so cuteeee~! *waiting patiently for updates* ARRGHHH can't take this anymore! haiyakuuu translator-san ; ~ ;! This manga has literally got me begging for more.
The story is about a girly guy and a warrior-like girl. I like their personalities because it's unique, I haven't seen any other manga like this. And omfg the chemistry progression *gets rabies*.
I felt like I was dying in their cuteness! Sengoku is a girl who I actually admire, because I most of the manga I read are about these girly types of girls, it's rare to find 10% manliness in them but Sengoku is like 90% manly! Plus, she's really independant, which I admire. Fuji is also more girlish than the girls in the manga i've read XD (IMO).
I wish their chemistry progressed a lot faster though, like sure theres cute moments but I also feel like it needs to be progressed a lot faster. And that's pretty much all, I'd want for it to become a better manga.read more