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Ai no Shintairiku  
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Description
Nikotama Souhei is transferring to a new school and vows to enjoy a new life, living a lifestyle true to himself. Adopting the name Sara, he, a transgender girl, heads to school in a girls' uniform, ready to grab life by the nads and twist. Sara's no pushover: bright, hyper and kind. He is like nothing anyone at the school has ever encountered, and faces hardships regarding his gender identity. But he also finds the sweet, upstanding classmate Naruse Kaito who finds himself knee-deep in Sara's "Brave New World".

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Associated Names
愛の新大陸
Brave New world
Brave New World of Love
New Continent's Love (YAMADA Nari)
No Ordinary Brave New World

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Latest Release(s)
c.6 (final) by DokiDoki (3031d ago)
c.5 by DokiDoki (3052d ago)
v.1 c.4 by DokiDoki (3066d ago)
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Status in Country of Origin
1 Volume (Complete)

Completely Scanlated?
Yes

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Average: 7 / 10.0 (154 votes)
Bayesian Average: 7.01 / 10.0
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January 20th 2014, 5:43pm PST

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Year
2004

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I don't really understand this, but...   
Rating: 5.0 / 10.0
by starish6
May 29th, 2013, 12:40pm
...I guess it wasn't that bad.
It's totally different from what I expected, though, 'cause I was looking for a gender-bender where
a guy would fall in love with a cross-dressing guy, fall in love with his non-cross-dressing side...and then they'd be lovers as two guys. Not a guy and a 'girl'.
'Sara' actually annoyed me a bit because of 'her' wild eccentric-ness...and the way 'she' wouldn't listen to 'her' mother just added to it.
Now, the main problem with this manga is that:
Spoiler (mouse over to view)
'Sara' decided to keep being a girl in the end. There's nothing wrong with that, but I really thought 'she' would become a proper boy again, because, first: Naruse said it didn't matter whether 'she' was a girl or boy.
Secondly: this is a boys' love manga, not a shoujo romance, and what made me really sad is that it felt exactly like a generic shoujo romance.

I recommend this to anyone who wants to read a very weird and unique shounen-ai, gender-bender.

... Last updated on November 30th, 2013, 8:19am
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Confusing   
Rating: 5.0 / 10.0
by sending
November 26th, 2012, 5:54pm
Although the idea is interesting, the narrative structure made it almost unreadable. There was little to no lead-up or explanation to random events happening, and it would jump forward through time without warning. I really can't give this a good rating or recommend it, the structure was so nonsensical that it didn't make any sense... it felt like there were multiple pages missing between each page. But if you do decide to read it, the characters are fun at least.

... Last updated on November 26th, 2012, 6:21pm
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"I Feel very negatively about negativity! . . .I'm happy with who I am right now!"   
Rating: 8.5 / 10.0
by MightyMaeve
June 11th, 2010, 6:57am
If you are looking for a serious, mature and sophisticated manga dealing with cross gender identity issues, check out Claudine (highly recommended) by Year 24 mangaka Ikeda Riyoko.

That said, this one is excellent if you just want an adorable, happy, unapologetic Anne-of-green-gables type character who, although seemingly simple, is maybe just bang-on about life. "If you hate yourself you'll make your whole image seem muddy, but if you like yourself, you'll be able to shine...It's wonderful to like yourself, isn't it?" Maybe it is a lot simpler than we psycho-analyzers think it is...

The Plot and Characters
The story itself is simplistic, as are all the characters. Big serious issues are left un-addressed and strangely accepted. Regardless, I thought the plotting was well done; it never promised to take itself too seriously, and it kept true to that for the majority of its telling with feel-good simplicity.

Naruse, and his entering into a 'brave new world' as he tried to understand his feelings toward her was a like-able, idealized partner for Sara. The mother was one of the most unlike-able characters I have ever read. She was over-simplified and fairly one-dimensional, but the essence of selfishness behind her character came through. If she was for comedic purposes, it didn't work; it only made me sad. But since the primary purpose of this story seemed to be feel-good, flowers and sunshine with a tiny side order of extremely simplified and idealized--gender identity issues, I can forgive the foibles of the mother's character.

The Art
Bright, clean, round-lined, vibrant and uncluttered art: the backgrounds are kept minimal and the characters dominate the panels. Everything moves as it should and the delivery, for the most part, was easy and natural to follow from frame to frame.

Problems
The story occasionally began to promise something more realistic and meaningful, and I felt slightly insulted with the results handed to me. Second, Sara's dialogue was in cutsey third person narration when speaking about herself; surprisingly, I wasn't annoyed by her indomitable cheerfulness; only her dumbed down voice. I suppose that was the 'type' of girl she felt right with. Finally, two of the friends, one being a main character, looked too similar, thus creating a clunky confusion factor in several important scenes.

... Last updated on June 11th, 2010, 7:16am
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Not a fan of tranny love stories   
Rating: 3.0 / 10.0
by LordZel
December 16th, 2008, 1:34am
Spoiler (mouse over to view)
If Sara is a woman in a man's body then I'm a god trapped in a mortal's body.

I can tell you right now, there's absolutely no way you can argue that I'm wrong without admitting that Sara is just a man dressed as a woman. Just because you can think like a woman and act like a woman doesn't make you a woman. If you're born a man, then like it or not, you're a man. Just like, if you're born white, then no matter how black you think you are, you're still white. You can dye your hair purple but that doesn't change the fact it's still dyed.

Furthermore, if a man were turned into a woman (I don't care how; magic, genetics, whatever, so long as the person is completely physically changed-as in, can have babies and the full nine yards). Then that man is now a woman, NOT a man trapped in a woman's body. In this case, you really can judge a book by it's cover. I wont lie though. If I were turned into a woman, I wouldn't change my tastes just because I was changed physically. We are who we are based on our experiences, yes but we're also who we are physically. A person who believes they're a woman with the body of a man is just that; a man who thinks he is a woman.

People who find transvestites interesting will possibly like this manga because it's one of the rare few written about a transvestite. However, you'll probably find stories about transvestites written by real transvestites more interesting.

People who were looking for a normal person suddenly thrust into an identity crisis over some dramatic physical transformation will not like this manga. In fact, this manga even fails at creating an interesting love story.
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Love.   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Yeran
September 16th, 2008, 6:59pm
@sleepless sin: Sara is a woman stuck in a man's body. She isn't a gay man. D:

Anyway. Great manga. Sara actually didn't annoy me at all, even though she was cutesy all the time. <3
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ugh   
Rating: 6.0 / 10.0
by sleepless_sin
March 13th, 2008, 12:20pm
the art was good but i didnt really care for the characters or the story. the guy is gay if he falls for a guy that looks like a girl but know its a guy. i wouldve liked it better if it was just plain ol yaoi because a real man with a real man is sooo much better that a man with another man who wants to be a woman. in the end the d!ck is stuck in the same place anyway so it dont matter.
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0_*   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by mica363
February 25th, 2008, 3:17am
I was impressed. Not only did I enjoy how cute it was, but the story was wonderfully told. Yes it was short and I would've loved to see a continuation of everyones' stories, but it was definitely worth reading.

UPDATE:
....hmmm sleepless_sin...... yeah we all know it is stuck in the same place, but its not about that. A story about an individual who is transgender is completely different then just saying both are gay and accepting of that. There is more to it then that, you can't really define it in such simple terms.

... Last updated on January 12th, 2009, 11:29pm
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Abrupt Ending   
Rating: 7.0 / 10.0
by altessa
November 25th, 2007, 5:45am
Entertaining and gender-bender with an interesting twist. I found the ending a bit abrupt and there were other relationships/characters that could be expanded upon (parents, Youga, etc.). It was enjoyable and cute while it lasted though!

... Last updated on November 25th, 2007, 5:46am
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I actually enjoyed this one...   
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by astroasis
July 16th, 2007, 1:19pm
It's not really the typical gender bender or the typical shounen-ai story... Which is probably why I liked it as much as I did. I think this manga gives a much more realistic picture of transgender issues than most gender bending manga does. Which isn't to say it IS entirely realistic - it's just MORE realistic... which might not be saying much. XD
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Check it out!   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by elle
June 27th, 2007, 7:31pm
Definitely a fun filled series! Only 1 volume long so definitely worth checking out!
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