Nov 10, 2015
Malhavok (All reviews)
None of the summaries I've read of "Fukigen Cinderella" have really done it any justice. Despite it's short length as a series, it's a very well done psychological drama. The thing that really stands out to me is that the pacing right up until the end feels very tight and key components of the plot are revealed with key precision. To give you an example of what I mean, initially the reader will likely detest the main character Haruhiko because of his behavior, but just as when you're about to entirely give up on him, something about his backstory is revealed that makes him more sympathetic. This is really good writing because most mangas that play with the "jerk ass" stereotype of main leads really tend to get this timing wrong.

If I have any complaints it's that the ending was obviously rushed because the series got canceled (at least it got an ending). That being said, the ending isn't "bad" but it's obvious that the mangaka created a really rich story and that there was a lot of content that didn't get explored. This is a hallmark of a good manga to me - You're happy you read it, but you wish there was more.

I definitely give "Fukigen Cinderella" a thumbs up. It's short enough that most people should be able to read it in an hour or so and it's an hour well spent.