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From Udon Entertainment: Eun-Yo Song has beauty and popularity; everything a girl could want! All the boys declare their love for her, except the one she really wants - heartthrob Chan-Gyeong. After a chance encounter with pop-singer Nan Lee, Eun-Yo hatches a scheme to become a star herself, and win over her dream boy. But little does she know that Nan's the one pulling her strings... and she's about to fall into his trap!
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I read this way~ back so I don't really remember too much. But! I still love love love Chiro. The fact that I still remember it after three years says a lot. This was probably one of my first gender-bender series and I have to say, it's till one of the best in that genre. Chiro looks super hot even as a man. The best part was probably the ending. It made me do the mad kicking under blankets. I'm so glad the manhwaga managed to give Chiro a good ending. Actually, I think I'll re-read it again now XD
Every time I think of this manga I get sad, because I read a spoiler about what happends
Spoiler (mouse over to view)
the male lead sings for the chiro against this evil guy that is now the chiros manger or what ever(think his name was hiro) the male lead has problems with his voice from a childhood accident and he was told that if he ever sung again, he would lose his voice(that's why he blackmailed chiro) and he ends up losing his voice for chiro, (he apologies beforehand for all the shit ge does).In the end you see the male lead and a guy next to him on a plane which turns out to be chiro(if that's her name ..) and she says something like"I've tried to wear skirts, makeup and grow my hair , but everything feels so ...aqward, you turned me into this, so you can only change me back".And the guy has actually lost his voice(SOB* SOB*) and he just smiles and I think holds her hands...so sad ....read the spoiler on mangafox for more details...
... Last updated on May 6th, 2012, 1:29pm
Just bought the last volumn of this serie. At least, It didn't make me feel like I've just wasted my money. There are some part that don't make any sense but there are also some great moments, especially when the male lead confesses.
in all honesty...
This story did not make sense, it was a tad ridiculous. Despite that it was still pretty interesting there were pluses and minuses.
The plot was all over the place and the beginning of it didn't fit or have anything to do with the rest of the story. I found things confusing at times and the characters' actions were kind of twisted (and not that realistic). Sometimes things just didnt add up. Almost stopped after the first few chapters because I was losing interest and the main character was a little obnoxious but I kept going. It got a lot more interesting and the plot changed drastically (a little TOO drastically) but still kept me flippin' pages. Also i didnt really like the male lead. He was so cruel... it was neverending
I liked that characters had less typical personalities. Poor consistency in the main character though
Overall: art - 10, plot - 6/7 characters - 8
... Last updated on November 6th, 2011, 12:04pm
Not what I was expecting
I started reading this manga because I saw it on a post somewhere, it looked like it had good art, and it was about showbiz. I wasn't expecting much, and at first, I thought it was just your typical shoujo manga about some girl who has some poor nice guy who likes her, but ends up falling in love for some bad boy instead.
In fact, I almost stopped reading it because it had a couple very brief racist parts and one fat joke and I absolutely can't stand any type of discrimination, no matter how shallow. The only reason I kept reading, actually, was because it was labeled a gender bender, and I was curious as to what that was about. I kept expecting one of the characters to pop out and say "Surprise! I'm actually a boy/girl!". But that's not what happened. A few chapters in, I realized why it was labeled a gender bender, and from there, the plot began.
The Premise For reasons I'll let you find out on your own, the main character, Eun-Yo Song, ends up in the mercy of the sadistic and cruel pop star, Nan Lee. She can't turn to anyone for help without getting into a lot of trouble/getting them into trouble, and therefore he has immense power over her. He makes her break up with her boyfriend, the only guy she's ever loved, and lie to her only family (her brothers), saying that she's going to America. Of course she doesn't go to America. Instead he spirits her away to the middle of nowhere and begins her transformation.
He tells her that once she has paid him a certain sum (about 9 million dollars), she'll be free to return to her brothers and her life. However, she has to earn it in the way that he sees fit, which is as a male singer. Thus begins the real story.
The Plot So rarely do you see a shoujo that actually delves into interesting psychological questions while remaining very true its "shoujo-ness". This one does exactly that. This story feels like a shoujo when you're reading it, but it is much, much less superficial.
This author doesn't try to ignore the harshness of the situation she's put her character in. She very realistically portrays the main character's feelings of hatred for Nan Lee, as well as her feelings of despair when neither her family nor her friends nor her lover recognize her. She also addresses Nan Lee's twisted sense of "love" and the pain felt by Song's ex-boyfriend over her absence.
However, what is most incredible about this manwha would easily be how the author deals with issues of sexual identity. As the plot develops, Song becomes more and more like a guy. Even people who know she's a girl stop referring to her as such, even amongst themselves. You can see that she's slowly losing grip on her identity as Eun-Yo Song, and becoming more and more like her male persona.
The artist very nicely lays out this transformation, which I find amazing, because so often, mangakas create gender benders and don't even think to address the psychological damage pretending to be someone of the opposite sex for extended periods of time would do to you. This manwha deals with that subject very nicely and subtly.
And yet, through all of this, the manwha somehow manages to retain the mood of a typical showbiz shoujo with humor and heartache, and everything that makes a shoujo a shoujo. So if you are a fan of shoujo, but you get tired of predictable, mundane plots that are completely unrealistic, check this manga out. It's definitely worth the read.
*I rated 9.5 because of the brief racism/fat joke. Otherwise it would have been 10/10.
I still remember all of the previous times when I would accidentally download the first chapter thinking it's a manwha I've never read, only to realize I have, and it's not that interesting. First reaction was that of a typical silly shoujo without much plot behind it, the pretty type that I could do without. The reason why I started reading it this time is because I never realized it was a gender bender. That was the start of a revolution.
While the art is not the best I've seen, the plot and the characters pull it along quite lovingly. I must profess my love for this manwha. It is simply amazing. It starts out as a typical uninteresting shoujo, but give it a few chapters and it will have your interests up and going. I know it took me over a year to finally go past the first few chapters, and I am very glad I did. Sometimes the pride of the heroine and the whole scenario seem too much, but then again I feel the slight twinge of realism the more I read each chapter. The way the story unfolds is quite brilliant, and not in a way I would have ever expected. Sometimes the comedic parts are too much, sometimes the seriousness is too much... sometimes the story reeks of a lack of realism. However, what gets me every time is the raw feeling of emotion during tense scenes. The lack of realism isn't so much that I would kick the manwha out, but the emotion is what makes it a sure thing for me, and why I've rated it a 10. Of course, there's a love triangle which makes me wonder who will be in the end since the author is not giving any signs. You know it's good when you can't predict it and you can't wait for the next chapter to come out.
i can't believe i cried--one of the outta-place comments to read. anyway, i cried because i want more. i can't wait for the next chp. so true..this isn't just ur typical gender-bender. I can say it's one of the bests other than 1/2 prince...hehehe
it's really addictive.. i just held tight with the outta-place emotions in the beginning but the main storyline is true stunning and again ADDICTIVE.
... Last updated on March 28th, 2010, 7:34pm
bit more anger please!
i don't know about anyone else but if i went through what eun-yo does i would be filled with limitless rage! i mean he destroyed her! what a bum!...and shes just goes back to normal by the next scene, no fury, no hateful words...maybe its just me but shes abit too accepting for my liking, especially when her personality at the beginning was so fiery. good art though.
... Last updated on March 3rd, 2010, 12:54pm
Pretty good so far
This manhwa is pretty good. I like the illustration a lot. I started reading this manhwa because it involves the entertainment industry, and i often find that interesting. the main female character is not deep and is a fool (bluntly speaking) at the beginning of the story, but since the character development is okay, we begin to see a deeper side of her later on in the series. she's beginning to think more rationally. It is a romance--a triangle, i should say. It's somewhat clear, at this point of the story. it's the kind of romance that's between an "ex" boyfriend-who-she-really-really-likes, a pretty pretty girl, and a bad-attitude-i-hate-you-but-pretty-singer guy. So, basically, the pretty girl (lead female) can either choose to go with the quiet/caring/cute/lovable type or a bad-boy type.
it's fast-paced, so you don't have to worry about enduring the same scenes over and over again. I actually think that this is NOT an original plot. There are so many girl-turn-boy mangas (and I guess manhwas) and this is only one of those. The plot is nothing out of ordinary in my opinion. It can occasionally be amusing and funny. The most alluring point about this manhwa is probably the illustration. the guys are HAWT! lol. Well, let's just say that it's really good. Anyways, give this a try if you like Hana Kimi or the like, k? enjoy!
... Last updated on November 10th, 2009, 4:03pm
Fanatastic plot and interesting characters. Yi Nan is totally loveable as he is drawn beautifully. Although the main character can act like a spoiled brat sometimes, she matures incredibly as she learns to "become a man and perform onstage" Yi Nan, is of course very...brutal and has an attitude towards her and the moments when he actually cares about her is very few; but MAN those moments are sweet. You just can't hate Yi Nan. He's just good looking.