Bishounen no Oheya, or The Beautiful Boys’ Room by Kurumatani Haruko.
Coming from a very poor family, Sakurano Koyuki attends a high school for the wealthy with the hopes of marrying a rich man. As long as she obtains the top grade in the school all of her tuition expenses are paid leaving her to strive for her dream. So far she has had no problems making the top marks… that is until Jinguu Itsuki transfers into the school and steals her throne at the top. Immediately after their stormy first meeting Koyuki is called home to find her father has fled leaving her family in debt and her as the only one they can rely on. With things looking bleak for Koyuki, it seems almost too good to be true when Jinguu swoops in and saves the day paying her family’s debt and covering all her school expenses… only to find out that it is! In exchange for saving her family and her dream Koyuki must become the live-in maid for Jingu, his cousin Ooguro Ryou, and their childhood friend Ayase Kanae.
In the beginning this manga is not off to the best start. For one, the pacing of the story is way too fast to really feel any impact on what is happening to the main character. If this was a one-shot perhaps the pacing wouldn’t seem quite as terrible, yet even then I have read many a one-shots with significantly better pacing than this manga.
‘Hajimete’ Ageru!, or Giving “The First Time”, by Yukimo Hoshimori.
School girl Sayu is suddenly confessed to by the popular Yano-senpai out of the blue. Agreeing to go out with him, Sayu learns why the mysterious Yano-senpai chose her out of all the other girls.
Definitely not one of the best one-shots I’ve read, but it’s not terrible. The art isn’t bad and the story is sweet. A little bit cheesy, but hey, if you’re in the mood for a bit of innocent fluff this may just be a nice short fix. Overall, the art can use a little bit of work but it’s not bad in some parts.
Bishounen Look: Leaning more on the strong silent type, Yano-senpai does break away from it in a slight ‘moe’ scene in the middle that adds a cuteness factor. Not bad for a one-shot bishounen but pretty generic in my opinion.
Mokona Modoki from Tsubasa Resvoir Chronicles
My name is Tokyo. I’ve started this blog as a way to bring shoujo manga to others. Most people who read manga will tend to go for shounen, most likely drawn to the action that is ever-present in its pages. I, however, have always been drawn to the more emotional and relationship heavy manga of shoujo. And yes, it is normally categorized as the “girls” manga but I believe there is more to shoujo manga than just being for “girls”.
Anyway, since my first days in middle school of coming across the wonderful world of manga and anime, I have read a countless number of manga, most of which are in the category of shoujo. I have also noticed, sadly, how a lot of great shoujo titles are much, much lesser known than their shounen counter parts. Why shouldn’t these wonderful shoujo stories be as popular as all of the shounen manga, I’ve thought. Perhaps if people were made aware of all these great titles they would be encouraged to read. Or perhaps it might encourage some new readers, those who aren’t partial to shounen but are interested in the beautiful art of manga.
Thus, the Shoujo Review has come to be! I will be using this blog to review as many shoujo manga as possible with a new one every week. I will also highlight a new shoujo mangaka every month starting in August! Occasionally I might have a random anime and manga piece of news or trivia that I will post in addition to the weekly manga, or maybe just a slice-of-life. Nevertheless, this marks the start of a journey into the beautiful, illustrated World of Shoujo!
Ja Matta Ne~