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A scientist finds a brain in an alley and implants it into the body of his beloved, Nina. It turns out the brain belonged to a boy, Misumi Yutaka, and he is none too happy to find himself in a female body. What happened to Yutaka's body and why was his brain in the middle of an alley? What will happen to "Nina" when the female parts of "her" body start to have an effect on "his" mind? You'll have to read to find out.
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A previous reviewer pointed out many "problems" and plotholes, but he just, flat out, had it wrong. This reviewer mentions that, and I quote:
"the mystery plot involving Yutaka's original body? Solved almost immediately with no real investigative effort on Yutaka/Nina's part. The doctor just so happens to have taken pictures of someone who looks exactly like the real Yutaka! (And how the doctor knew what the real Yutaka looked like, when he'd never actually seen him before, is conveniently never explained.)"
Wow. He didn't read it did he? After the doctor shows Yutaka the pictures this is what he says, word for word:
"There's a society called 'MSC' that a lot of alchemical and magical researchers belong to. A lot of its' members are connected to that school. And most of the students at that school are around your age. I showed them your photo and they were able to locate someone who looked like you."
"Conveniently never explained", huh? Next the reviewer goes on to say this:
"Yutaka befriends and confronts the fake Yutaka, falls in love with a girl who gives him candy, and realizes that he may have also fallen in love with the doctor (because "Nina's heart" loves the doctor.)"
First off, Yutaka never "befriends" fake Yutaka. Ever. Not even for a second. When Yutaka is transferred to the school, fake Yutaka offers to show Yutaka (I'll just say Nina from now on) to the music room. Something happens and Nina notices a scar on fake Yutaka's head. This is another quote directly from the manga:
Fake Yutaka: "Oh? This scar on my forehead? It's left over from surgery." Nina: "Like transplanting your brain into another person's body?" Fake Yutaka: "HAHAHA! You say the funniest things!" Nina: "Are you trying to deny it!?"
Nina is then stopped by fake Yutaka's friend who tells her that fake Yutaka hurt his head in an accident.
Next I wouldn't say that Nina fell in love with the "girl who gives him candy" but rather, thought something along the lines of, "Wow she's not bad maybe I like her." Nina also ends up seeing Nakahara-san (the girl who gave her candy) and thinks, "Thank god! I'm still excited by seeing a girl!" So Nina's attraction to Nakahara-san could just be some attempt at retaining what little amount of masculinity he had left. That's off the point though.
Next Nina doesn't just suddenly go, "Hmm I guess I love the doctor." It takes Nina a while (a couple chapters, but seeing as there are 12 and she starts to wonder if he/she is in love with doctor in chapter 7 that doesn't leave much time to come to terms) before he/she realizes this fully.
The reviewer then goes on to mention that "the villain never becomes more than a cardboard caricature of a mad scientist" and I slightly agree with them at this point. The villain is explained with some backstory and motivation to their evil deeds though. They're not just thrown in there just for the sake of needing a villain.
The reviewer then says:
"the doctor remains a mystery from beginning to end (both in terms of personality and his background)"
Once again I sorta agree. All that is explained about the doctor is his relationship with the original Nina and that only spans a few pages. That part could have been better. But, about knowing the doctor's background? That would have been unnecessary. All you need to know about the story is revealed. And when it comes to his personality the point is that other than Nina his life is without anyone and anything. Nina is his world and all he cares about. Why would we need to know anything else like, "Oh he is a masochistic, @$$hole who likes ponies and tv!"? That wouldn't really add anything to the story if it were true.
And last, but not least the reviewer says this:
"Besides character development, the rushed way that the manga was written also leads to plot inconsistencies as (for instance) the doctor initially claims that the real Nina was dismembered in a car accident, but during his later flashback on the life of Nina, we discover that she in fact died by falling off a cliff. (If the mangaka didn't care enough about the plot to keep basic facts straight, you can imagine what a mess the larger plot must be...)"
READ THE FREAKIN' MANGA BEFORE YOU SAY STUPID THINGS!!! GET YOUR FREAKIN' FACTS STRAIGHT BEFORE PUTTING STUFF DOWN!!! The doctor never says that "the reall Nina was dismembered in a car accident". He says this in the first chapter:
"Her body was torn apart in an accident."
He never mentions a car accident.
Now people may think I'm just nitpicking this reviewer's post, but I just don't want people to pass this manga up because they read this person's half-@$$ed review. I personally enjoyed this manga VERY MUCH. I thought it was a wonderful quick read. Nina and the doctor's relationship is the strongest point in it. It is a tragic relationship that may only last one volume, but it is expertly written. Is this manga the best I've ever read? No. On a scale of 1 to 10 how much did I enjoy it? 10. All a ten rating means when I rate is that I was completely satisfied with the story. I highly recommend this to anyone with a few hours to spare and who has room in their life for a wonderful story.
This had so much frickin potential, it pisses me off. I love genderbenders, romance and scientific engineering, but dislike horror, monsters, ecchi (nudity) and action. This had BOTH; but in a rather good balanced way.
HOWEVER, in the middle of volume 2 up to the end, feels like the the mangaka went, "screw this I wanna finish this up NOW." And the realistic believable characters and relationships go right out the window and what substitutes it instead is a crappy rushed ending that was not really an ending.
... Last updated on November 18th, 2008, 8:09pm
Always did like the eccentric types, even if they were sociopathic bastards. Decent art and the story is pretty kickass. It would be perfect except the ending felt rushed and incomplete.
... Last updated on October 6th, 2008, 5:02pm
*sighs* Yet another title which had so much potential at first but which was ruined by a poorly thought-out 2nd volume. It seemed so much of a rush job, I wonder if the series had been cancelled after the 1st volume and they were forced to wrap it up as much as possible.
... Last updated on December 22nd, 2008, 3:47pm
It was getting really good with volume 1. Aaaaaaand the author butchered everything in volume 2. I think the author didn't now how to continue with the story so he threw in a random plot just to end it. Not going into details, so you can read the other reader's comments below. Personally, this left a bad taste in my mouth, so I'm going to move on and read another manga to clean it out.
... Last updated on August 24th, 2014, 9:34pm
Haha nice manga
pretty much as the guy said under my comment, the story is nice, the author did try to make the story longer than it should have been( though it would have been nice, but again t might not have ended well if he did). Anyway, if you like gender bender then read this manga, it is definitely worth it.
PS: the manga category is not really for mature as the category says it to be, which is good
Began with a bang, ended with a whimper
The first couple chapters of this series were quite cool: The art is certainly nice enough--had the series become popular, Otakus everywhere would be carrying around Meaton plushies and keychains, the thing is so darn cute. The atmosphere was appropriately creepy, what with the mad scientist, the flying demon-cat, the mummy butler, and the isolated castle-setting (readers are even treated to a lightning-filled ressurection scene ripped straight out of the pages of Frankenstein, which was clearly the manga's inspiration). There's even a semi-interesting mystery-based plot (what happened to Yutaka's original body?) But somewhere along the way, the manga takes a very bad turn.
As other reviewers have suggested, the manga may have been cancelled early, thus the extremely poor plot and character development, but I can't shake the feeling that Jinzou Shoujo was infact written as intended, and it's not really the magazine's fault for the way this manga turned out, but rather the mangaka's. You see, even prior to the second volume, the plot and character development are so rushed it'll give you whiplash. For example: the mystery plot involving Yutaka's original body? Solved almost immediately with no real investigative effort on Yutaka/Nina's part. The doctor just so happens to have taken pictures of someone who looks exactly like the real Yutaka! (And how the doctor knew what the real Yutaka looked like, when he'd never actually seen him before, is conveniently never explained.)
After seeing the pictures, Yutaka immediately transfers to the "fake" Yutaka's school in an effort to confront the guy running around in his body, and all in the space of a couple chapters: Yutaka befriends and confronts the fake Yutaka, falls in love with a girl who gives him candy, and realizes that he may have also fallen in love with the doctor (because "Nina's heart" loves the doctor.) Every plot event after that occurs at breakneck speed including the revelation of the villain and the resolution of the love triangle that never got off the ground between Yutaka, the candy girl, and the doctor.
In the end, so much is left unexplained that the entire manga feels more like a oneshot rather than 300+ pages of a 2 volume manga. The villain never becomes more than a carboard caricature of an evil mad scientist, the doctor remains a mystery from begining to end (both in terms of his personality and his background), and Yutaka's adjustment to being in Nina's body is never actually developed the way you would expect in a gender-bender (except for the first chapter, he never truly seems to be wierded out by it.) Besides character development, the rushed way that the manga was written also leads to plot inconsistencies as (for instance) the doctor initially claims that the real Nina was dismembered in a car accident, but during his later flashback on the life of Nina, we discover that she in fact died by falling off a cliff. (If the mangaka didn't care enough about the plot to keep basic facts straight, you can imagine what a mess the larger plot must be...)
All in all, the manga is initially cute and promising, but ends in a very silly and pointless way. Neither the plot or the characters ever become very interesting or memorable either. I would say, read this if you've got absolutely nothing better to do, otherwise, skip it.
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