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From Impossibility: Morisawa Kai and Sato Tatsuki are best friends. However, unlike Kai, Tatsuki is completely unreliable, lazy, and ill-tempered. One day Tatsuki takes Kai out driving in his new motocycle only to get into a bad accident that leaves Kai dead. However, Kai's spirit ends up in a body of a girl named Fujii Marika. After seeing how cold and unaffected Tatsuki as well as everyone else was after his death, Kai transfers to his previous school in which he starts noticing flaws to Tatsuki's cool mask...
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Very nicely done.
The setup feels fairly cliche but the execution is done with class on this story. The gender bender character actually has half a brain so I don't feel like wiping my face every other page like in other gender benders. Sadly no active group is translating this series at this moment in time. Here's hoping someone picks this one up.
... Last updated on January 26th, 2008, 7:30pm
As a veteran of the genre of genderbenders, I wasn't really expecting anything at all. I was very surprised. The mangaka ventured into the whole monthly period ladies have and how Kai had to undergo feminine moments. Although there was a cliched gag part of Kai running to the MEN'S bathroom and noticing that he had no man organ, this was only one page and was not overly dramatized at all. Plus, the relationship between Kai and his childhood friend is very complex and sincere with a little bit of sweetness at times.
The art on the other hand was at first a bit... Primitive, but it grew onto me and I felt that the art really moved the story along. My heartstrings were played gracefully by the mangaka. I shall eagerly wait for more.
my title says it all, this manga is a hidden gem in a bunch of gender bender mangas. The artwork is very old school, there's no fan service, no explicit sex, artwork is average at best... but the story is the first one I have read that is soo deep and sensual.
Talks deeply about the conflict between the soul vs body, if you were borned into a male/female body, are you neccessarily assigned the gender's stereotypical "mindset"? Does a soul have a gender? Should we express our soul, or our gender?
The main theme of the story is the bonding of souls. The two main characters' deep and unusual bonding (for two "males"). Is it love? Is it friendship? or neither? how do you distinguish them?
Very good ending, don't want to spoil anything, but the ending is among the best manga endings.
I was able to feel how the characters felt at times, I felt sad and happy for them. Some funny parts, but they did not disturb the overall story at all.
It was a very good story of bitter sweetness, well aren't all love stories like that?
I initially read it half-heartedly. Awful drawing, bleh! But as the stoy progresses, I was engrossed into it. I can't really imagine two boys liking each other, it mortifies me, being a conservative type of reader, but this really changed my perspective. A soul really has no gender to begin with, anyway. And its true. I think that this story deserves my review. And that says a lot for me, being the lazy writer that I am. I only review really good ones and really awful ones. Middle storylines deserved to be forgotten, is what I think. So, the story is fresh. Its a bit freakish to think two male friends liking each other but the deepness of the story opened up into a lot of possibilities. Its actually two love stories joined into one (if you will include that of Marika). But anyway, I should focus on the main characters. The dialogue are light and funny and shows how close two souls can be, although completely opposite in character. I can't even describe the feeling of loneliness. Its there. The story is deep, enchanting and terrific. Yet, its also light, comedic and unusually captivating. You have to read it. Its a keeper!
I was interested at first, but halfway through it fizzled away. The core conflict of the story was taken over by a less interesting one and the characters become less interesting the more we get to know them. The ending wanders around without a climax or a point, and all the relationship conflicts resolve insipidly. I know I'm not the target audience for this and perhaps the target audience likes that kind of thing, but - eh. Overall, fairly disappointing.
It seems that the other reviewers got nothing but praise for this manga, which I must confess, I cannot relate to. It is true that the manga tries to awaken and angle some interesting themes about gender of the soul, affections and the norms about gender that's been dragged down on us by society, but the manga fails and ends up just poking halfheartedly at the themes.
I don't mind the artwork, actually I like it. This is just a failed attempt at trying to create a manga combining romance, comedy and angst. The characters are actually very superficial, and I can't help but feel disgusted with the very unrealistic character of Marika and her so-called feelings for her step-brother.
I can't comprehend why everyone's praising this. I ask you to read Double House instead (even though it is flawed), if you're looking for a manga that deals with the themes this manga so greatly fails at expressing.
... Last updated on July 27th, 2012, 2:42pm
So good...too bad no one is scanlating it. Yah the art is really rough, yah the idea is a bit cliche', yah this and yah that. But despite all of that, the story is still really interesting, and it's a shame that it's not as popular as some of the more notable titles in manga, because it really deserves more attention.
I had given this a 10, but now that I've finished it, I'm giving it an 8.
This manga is definitely one of the better ones out there: unique plot, in-depth character development, good pacing. It definitely kept me interested throughout, and the first few volumes were really cute. I gave it an 8 though because I didn't particularly like the ending (I definitely agree with the poster below me). I mean, as a whole, it's a very good and realistic ending (although I personally was rooting for a happily ever after type of thing), but the very very end (as in, the last few panels), seemed like... she didn't finish. I wish she wrapped it up more smoothly. Overall though, definitely worth reading.
... Last updated on July 3rd, 2011, 10:53pm
It started out really well, and the ending was actually very realistic; way more so than the usual happily ever after sort. I even cried at a couple bits.
That said.. it was sort of a strange ending. It was probably partly the scanlation, which is rather rough and hard to read, but it whole thing felt a trifle disjointed to me. Although I usually prefer long drawn out endings, in this case I think a shorter one would have sufficed.
The ending unlike most Manga of this Genre, and indeed of others as well, is pretty well done. I found it almost as good as the gender bending of the story, which is well done.
The art isn't as amazing as others manga, but it doesn't detract from the manga, in fact, the fact that it isn't so good, means that the story must make up for it, and it does.
All I can say is read it, if you don't start to like it by the second book, then there isn't much that will, but if you do like, it won't let you down, and it stays good till and after the end.