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Ai has been a jimmies (slang: girl who is plain and behind in fashion) all her life, and she's never had a boy as a friend, and much less a boyfriend. She's always lived in the shadows, and blamed others for her misfortune.
One day she becomes the laughing stock in front of her whole class, including the boy that she likes, because of her Cutey Bunny panties. That is the turning point for Ai, and she decides to become a fine woman and start over in a high school where no one knows her.
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it's not that bad...
the story is not that bad, nice but a bitsy more mature shojo. the thing i resent in this manga is the main characther - not the main asshole one, but the girl who is letting him be the asshole. i didn't particulary not like her, i frickin cheered for her as well but it made me feel bad about myself. it's really sad to see her trying so hard for him after she won him over, after he really really started to love her. the things he did, which she forgave, he practically shoved her away from him several times and she still came back and everyone forced her to fight for him - cause well apparently it's in her personality to be strong and never give him up. :\ in my eyes she was made desperate, she was humiliating herself. i didn't mind any of it in the begining, but at the end, the last few chps. those were the chps that made me feel this way, that made me see her like i do now, that made me pity her. i don't resent the main guy, i don't mind that he was an asshole, i don't mind the things he did, i just wish that we could have seen at least one story/chp where he is the one trying to fight for her.
1st vol until 4vol were very funny...i dont really expect much of romantic plot for this manga actually..im satisfied by the comedy plot that the female lead created..as i was reading this i kept on thinking 'man i really hate 'so' as ai bf',she got bad taste..how i wish she could fall in love with yuu,coz i really hate 'so' character .
I do really admired ai strong character,at first i thought when she was in love polygon or what ever it called,i bet she goin to acted weak,vulnerable and cry..but it turned out im so wrong,she really is strong..what i hate about her character is she is such a fool n blind over such guy...OMEEE...
Maekawa ai u fool...anyway overall this manga is worth readin..it really funny.....give it a try if u want a good laugh but if u dont like stupid fool character just forget it...k bye..
... Last updated on May 12th, 2013, 3:34am
Everything was welll done but...
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Everything was pretty good, actually, the heroine was strong, but funny and I didn't hate her at all, the art was good, and the whole makeover thing was interesting to me. The humor was a nice touch. Seriously though, the heroine was refreshing and I didn't dislike anything about her except for the fact that she liked a f*cking ASSHOLE! I can't begin to express my discontentment with him! I ended up trembling with anger near the end where he chose another girl over the heroine TWICE. He could have at least made it up somehow but.... Ugh seriously though fuck him. Good manga otherwise..
Give it a try
It was the same for me as well, I once avoided this manga due to the low rating, but you know what, I actually think it's pretty good. Typical shoujo? No, it isn't. The heroine is no doubt worth reading it until the end. The mangaka, as all of her works which I have read, keep the plot really realistic, real school-life situations that you just have to laugh following because you can easily relate them to your own. Seriously, in some certain parts I remember laughing myself my head off.
I know far worse manga that has much higher ratings, which they obviously not deserve. This one is another case of those from the opposite sides, fine stories which are underrated.
Don't let the negative comments put you down. Read it for yourself. I actually ended up fairly liking this manga.
As many others have mentioned, yes, it's filled with shoujo clichés, and the story is pretty much predictable. Sô can be a jerk (but his jerkiness can often be justified because of various reasons, including being rich ( = missing realistic view of the world) and a troubled childhood which can pretty much f*ck up every child), but I've encountered much worse male characters in other shoujo mangas.
What really kept me going through all the volumes was Ai. Ai is pretty much amazing, strong and admirable. She's headstrong, and pursues her goals like a mad man. But what was really interesting was the view upon beauty, and how beauty is actually just as much about tidiness and sense of style as actually being naturally beautiful. That is actually very true, and it makes a pretty realistic picture about beauty in nowadays society. The manga is also very harsh towards people who blame their misfortune upon them being fat, out of shape or ugly. Actually quite a life lesson and eye-opener, even though some aspects of the manga can be a bit morally twisted. One of these morally twisted aspects is about virginity. Ai doesn't want to be a virgin until the age of 30. Pretty much everyone in the manga looks down upon virginity among people their age (and older). But actually this aspect is realistic too. I can't know if this occurs all over the world, but in my society virginity past the twenties is often seen as uncommon and therefore a bit embarrassing. So even though it is morally wrong of these young people in the manga to be talking about virginity like that, it's pretty much the truth anyway.
The serious topics put aside, I actually like this shoujo manga. Of course it is targeted toward younger females, and therefore it is best suited for females (as others have mentioned), but it wasn't bad. The art was good, the plot was (though cliché) cute enough and the manga itself held some truth about real life. There was some humour, and Ai definitely lifted up the worth of the story, since she isn't completely your typical shoujo heroine. She is not stupid (though a bit naive at times, since this is her first romance), and she deals with the problems well.
On a side note, I have read a lot of shoujo, and I've often been forced to take breaks from mangas since the characters irritated me so much, but I had no need for breaks while reading this one. That must count for something.
At least worth a read for shoujo fans.
... Last updated on April 29th, 2011, 12:59am
male lead is a jerk
I ignored the low ratings for this manga and actually gave this manga try since the same mangaka had written men's kou which was absolutely brilliant but this is far from even "average". This is one of the worst shoujo mangas I have ever had the misfotune of reading. Why? Because of the male lead who is basically a jerk and as strong as Ai is, the fact that her love interest is someone like that asshole just makes me not like her either. She ignores the nice guy who treats her good and instead chooses a jerk who only likes her because of the appearance. Typical player who i found didn't even have some of the redeeming qualities that other players in mangas tend to have. Check out stroke material and you will know what those redeeming qualities are. basically i hated the male lead and i disliked ai for choosing such an asshole. The art was good, Ai was an ok character but her love interest just ruined it for me and I am a dude.
I liked it. Good plot, strong female protagonist, very witty humor, and even realistic on some issues about "beauty". Though the guy was an ass, don't let him get you from appreciating Ai (main protagonist), in fact, if you think about it, So (the guy) was the reason Ai was portrayed as a strong woman. If the guy wasn't such a jerk, she'd just be a normal teen age girl in love.
Oh and it's hilarious, I love both Ai and Mina's humor.
The whole 'women need to hand over their virginity to a male otherwise they're not worth anything' idea threw me off in the first chapter. The main character seems to have no redeeming qualities besides the fact that she's serious...and even that is only because she wants her love interest to pay attention to her. Maybe it gets better...who know. I sure don't care to find out.
I like it. Despite it being very superficial and rather cliché it's entertaining at times, and did keep me going through all its volumes. The art is very nice.
I wouldn't really recommend it unless you're rather into shoujo though...
... Last updated on November 26th, 2009, 2:50pm
I actually enjoyed this manga very much. Despite it being superficial and such, its humor kept me laughing throughout this whole manga. I've already read it twice and I haven't gotten tired of it. The jokes are funny, and the heroine is annoying at times, but you end up cheering her on anyways because she's strong. Well...I can't say much for the guy character though...wish he had more of a character...other than this playboy. Despite the bad comments, I don't think this was a bad manga. It seems superficial on the outside, but it has some truth. (Cold hard truth...) Especially about how people think and feel about their outer selves and how other people look at you.