Hina's new high school is strange to say the least. She moves back to her old home town only to find that the high school is run by two opposing factors, and students identify themselves based on the color of their school uniforms: Black for the followers of the loud, violent Nishizaki, and white for the followers of quiet, clean-freak Isshiki. And then there are the "grays," who wear street clothes. Hina finds herself stuck between the leaders of the two factions, and it seems to be turning violent.
As one might guess from the girly art and the Ribon publisher, the plot develops a romance element pretty early on in the series. There's a love triangle involved among two of the group leaders. Who will Hina choose?
I give this a 10 straight across, it has finally given me a title I can call my favorite Shoujo manga. And I love Shoujo in all its girlishness.
FYI FYI FYI!!!!
The desciption on here says there is a love SQUARE when in reality there is NO evidence at all that Nishizaki liked Hina at all. NONE. ZERO. There is a very HUGE love triangle, but thats about it. No Love square. Just wanted to get that out there.
Hina's new high school is strange to say the least. She moves back to her old home town only to find that the high school
is run by two opposing factors, and students identify themselves based on the color of their school uniforms: Black for the followers of the loud, violent Nishizaki, and white for the followers of quiet, clean-freak Isshiki. And then there are the "grays," who wear street clothes. Hina finds herself stuck between the leaders of the two factions, and it seems to be turning violent.
The story was very original! Ive read a LOT(No seriously, I own over 200 shoujo manga...) of shoujo manga and this is the first time Ive read something like this. There was just enough drama and romance. Just be prepared for it to turn a tad bit dark near the end, including some violence. There is violence with Nishizaki hitting girls, but it doesnt get too bad. The story line got me to read this all in one night. I couldnt put it down! The only thing I didnt like was the ending. It feels like there should be a lot more too it...
I find the art to be the typical Shoujo-Manga-Art, which I love! The expressions and movements where drawn so well, there wasnt any awkwardness either. Even the outfits were amazing. :D
My favorite things about this manga were the character development. Especially how much Nishizaki changes. It shows you how much influence one rebellious girl came give!
Like I said before, I read this all in one sitting, and reviewed it RIGHT after I finished it. The story line kept me wanting more, so I even skipped sleeping to read it! If you like Shoujo, Drama and Romance Read this. You wont regret a thing!
Story - girl comes to new school, where there are "teams". The whites and blacks, who appear to hate eachother. She vows to change this, and in this task wins over a whole range of characters. It is a common story line, but one which never fails to please me!
Art - the art was fine. I did have trouble telling a few of the blonde boys apart, which was a shame. Other than that it was clear, the expressions were great.
characters - for such a short series (5 volumes) I thought that the characters were well developed. There are
4 main characters, and a whole suite (well, at least 5) minor characters, who are clearly drawn. Character wise, art wise see above ;_; I did want to know more about the uncle!
I really like this story! It is sweet and funny in turns. It has drama, and a few twists which I didn't see coming. It has high re-read potential, as it is totally a feel good. I wish that there could have been romantic resolution at the end BUT the ending does suit the story.
10/10 without a doubt. Not only is it original, the catch [being the different colored uniforms] is unbelievably...catchy! Once you start, you're like a fish on a hook who can't get away unless you hurt yourself. If you stop the series half-way to go to sleep, for example, you will crave it once you wake up.
Another thing is that this shoujo manga is about the guys falling for the girl and not vice-versa.
It's very "shoujo". How big the eyes were and how wide the face can get pretty annoying but it's nothing to fret over. The mini characters that appeared every once in a
while were soo cute. ^^ Can't say much about the art.
Here's a shoujo manga where the main female character doesn't want a boyfriend. That's rare... "Piyoko" was a hard-headed girl who was determined to turn the whole school into greys while unraveling the contents of Isshiki's heart. She doesn't do it because she likes him as a possible boyfriend, but out of curiosity.
Isshiki is a germaphobe who is fairly detestable. Even after explaining himself, i found him annoying and selfish.
Nishizaki is just Nishizaki. The typical bully who is good-looking and strong.
As for Tetsuta, he's very happy and brought life to the manga. He stole Hina's first kiss, gave her a nickname and fell in love with her. He's an original character that kept things moving.
A very funny, unique, addicting manga that is a must read by shoujo lovers.
I gave it a 8 as it is very enjoyable and emotional that I cried a lot when I read this, but I can't give it a 10 because it has everything that any other shoujo manga has. A girl who's lucky enough to get so many guys to like her because she's strong and is willing to make a difference. I still personally think that this manga is very underrated because it's one of the darker shoujo mangas that deserve more attention from the public.