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Meet Hanabi Marui, our heroine who hates boys more than anything in the world!! When she has to decide which high school to apply to, she does it without giving it any thought – it’s going to be an all-girls school! However, life’s not always as easy. Due to a sudden fever she misses the entrance exam and ends up going to a school that consists of mostly boys! How will Hanabi deal with this situation…?
コイバナ! 恋せよ花火 恋爱吧,花火! 코이바나 Koibana! Koiseyo Hanabi KOIBANA!戀愛吧花火 Love Story! Fall in Love, Hanabi
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From Good to Bad
I originally thought this was a good manga. I read the first few chapters and really enjoyed a guy hating girl. I assumed we'd eventually find out the reason for this phobia, and perhaps see her eventually overcome it. However the story develops in such a way, that her phobia becomes a joke. Her dislike of guys is cured by 1 guy, who she falls in love with. But the way it works the message seems to be, treat a girl like crap, and she'll like you. Because thats precisely what happens. The guy is a dirtbag, constantly belittling her, and of course, this makes her fall in love with him. This kind of storytelling is just too irritating. Once it becomes obvious which way the story is going, its was longer worth bothering with. Once the main character loses her guy phobia, theres nothing left to the story. You might read the first few chapters, but after about chapter 6, I'd say just drop it. Its no longer worth your time.
Supremely Annoying Heroine
I am the type of person that believes love can happen to anyone, but I also refuse to believe people have no control over their emotions.
Chikai has no other redeeming qualities that interest Hanabi besides lemony breath. I cannot accept that she has no ability to control her own actions and that her feelings escalate despite her hatred and being constantly mistreated.
I found the teacher mysterious and could ignore her blatant sexual harassment because it made for unique circumstances. But Hanabi acts in a way that I find completely devoid of reason, emotion or logic. Using a type of androphobia as a plot device is useless if she falls for the first guy that stalks her. I stopped by chapter 9 because she is an idiot.
... Last updated on December 6th, 2009, 9:20am
Lack of sensible/likable characters
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This whole manga..honestly is just a bunch of nonsense. First of all. She OBVIOUSLY doesn't have a guy phobia if she keeps blushing every time she's around Chikai. Then, she get's rid of her hate for men so easily after realizing she's in love with Chikai. A guy with such an unlikeable personality. I mean, he's such a narcissist! So conceited. He didn't even think that it was wrong of him to make someone else fall for him while he already had a girl friend. He was just so full of himself that he couldn't bear to see a girl who couldn't fall for him. And then when the girl fell for him he kept saying that he had a girl friend. Oh yea, because telling her now will do any good. And even when he breaks up with his girl for Hanabi..uggh! Hanabi and chikai..their whole relationship to me...is just SO unnatural. like they starting hanging out right after yukine and him broke up. I really don't think they have any chemistry. and I also think that Hanabi just jumped at the opportunity to date him. Maybe her personality really is like a puppy. anyway it wasn't terrible to read. I just..don't really like the characters I guess. And the whole flirting even though he's already in a relationship. and Hanabi being the cause of the break up. And how their whole thing is just so unnatural. well to me anyways. ick.
Plot and Character reactions is unbelievable
I think I would have liked this series if there was a MORE valid reason as to why the heroine hates guys. Unfortunately, the reason turns out to be so shallow and vapid, the character's actions are so unbelievable. I just don't understand where all this hatred is coming from. I mean hatred is a big word, and from what I've read so far, the main girl doesn't really 'hate' guys, she just dislike certain attributes of guys which surprise surprise is not present in the main lead, hence why she feels attracted to him. The girl in my opinion is not a strong heroine; her obstinate character is annoying instead of what it should be in manga such as this, endearing in a quirky sort of way. Well, anyway, this is just manga after all, I can just stop reading if I don't like what I'm seeing and that is actually what I'm doing with this manga. Not recommended.
... Last updated on October 30th, 2009, 7:18am
just a comment from me
wellllll at first i think this manga is kinda funny. the way Chikai trying so hard to make hanabi charmed by his handsomeness. but then when hanabi start to fall in love with chikai, chikai friend revealed that chikai already have this beautiful and nice girlfriend. To add it up Chikai seems to be very affectionate to this girl. What i am saying is.. why the hell is he trying so hard to make hanabi fall in love with him but in the end he was just gonna go and reject her too? He treats her like crap and it is not cool at all!!! well i know and i thinks everybody knows since this is a shoujo manga, that in the end the guy n girl MC will end up together but still doesnt this guy kinda pissed u off? i was like DUDE just dont go near her anymore. What makes me more annoyed that this girl is saying 'falling in love is like riding a bicycle? without a break' GO FIX THAT BICYCLE!!!! i think stupidity is not cute and is need to be cured. what was it with this girl knowing this boy already have a girlfriend but still feeling above the clouds and very accepting to her pain. i mean does she even realize that she is a third wheel? duh!!! well maybe later on we'll find out the guy MC girlfriend is a jerk or maybe she is sick. but still she is a third whell and will be kicked by a horse later on by meddling in someone else love!!!!
character killing event
I liked the guy hating phobia girl and her problems. I did not even mind the main guy. It started out good and then at one event you end up killing all of the constancy of the characters. He taunts her saying that he sees that she is prejudice by gender and she denies it. She should have boldly said "YES, I HATE GUYS." This one event killed the consistency of her character, opening the easy path for Chikai to win her over. A phobia or strong hatred is not going to be that easy to overcome. I find it very distasteful that her character was remodeled midstream.
Additionally the whole thing with the teacher was plain stupid. In her case she should have just ignored the assignment and taken a failing grade and then gone to the principle and complained.
... Last updated on February 15th, 2011, 9:52pm
the beginning is interesting, but lately it's really get on my nerve.. It's start with the love match-making class, (It's silly). And the teacher it's awfully trying to make her students fall in love and have a match. With deadline 1 week What a miserable story, it's totally wrong. It's up to each person who where when they will fall in love, or if they need a help... Gosh, and she's spying too. Then directly involved to the student's "love" problem. If i were to put into that class, i wanna quit ASAP (note: but she doesn't let anyone who didn't want to participate to quit). I don't wanna get involved to that kind of teacher. Basically step into human rights.... horrible2... And what does the subject she teach? How to xxxxx a guy on Christmas?? Where in the world there will be a school to teach their students about that topic... I know it's just a manga, but this one is a mess. because it's not fantasy manga, nor comedy manga. But the story is really weird... I don't think this story would get serious... or at least (that i can hope), dramatic.... With such idea that was really horrible, I imagine if that love teacher exist in real life. To write the guy's name I like on a paper to submit it to the teacher OMG. And what will happen next?? Call my parents? OMG OMG It's a nightmare! I don't think this would include to my reading lists.
... Last updated on August 16th, 2009, 7:34am
The transition from man-hater to girl-in-love was not smoothly done. Hanabi isn't well-developed enough to carry the weight of a phobia and all we see of the male lead is his jerky side. Any good in him is assumed. He treats her badly; she falls into her emotions and discards rational thought.
Emotional diarrhea seems like a pothole a lot of shoujo manga falls into. Shame.
I like it
I see where the people that say that the guy is being a jerk and her falling in love with him anyway are coming from but I dont think thats whats going on. From what I saw, he fell in love with her too and hasn't realized it yet and uses the excuse of teasing her to be around her more. I've enjoyed the series so far and look forward to more chapters. Also the artwork is really good.
Stuck on chapter 11
After chapter 10, it felt like it was missing a couple of chapters.. I don't know if that's a mistake or if it was on purpose, but I didn't want to continue reading it like that. I tried to, but it bothered me too much.
Two things I did not like about the manga:
1. Their classes are like club activity classes..? I don't know how to explain, but it felt like they don't have any core classes (math, science, etc.) Like their main classes are cooking, construction, business and whatever. It felt like they're already taking college programs. And seriously..what is up with the love class? -_____-"
2. The cause/reason for her phobia is pretty weak. I can understand why she hates it, but to react so extremely towards their voice, hair, and other things is a bit too much.
It felt so unrealistic. I also don't like how the mangaka developed the relationship between Hanabi and Chikai. Story is alright from what I read so far.