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From MangaProject: Chizuru Yoshida is not your typical high schooler and she's all too aware of it! She has a talent with getting what she wants from her male lovers and often comes across as cold and manipulative. In truth, despite her experiences with guys, she has never been in love. That's until the fateful arrival of newly-trasferred student, Azumi Yamada, at her school. It was love at first sight for Chizuru--indeed an unexpected turn of events for the story's vixen. Not only was she in love, but with all things...another girl. Chizuru goes through a brief stage of anger and denial and tries to convince herself that she couldn't possibly be attracted to such a simple-looking, shy and naive Girl. To her despair she finds herself constantly thinking of Azumi, so she finally resolves to become friends with her, but it's not too long when she starts to push things along with Azumi.
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True to the title, it's a very strange manga. The first half of the manga is pretty interesting, but then it just go down hill from there. The story is sometime good, sometime bad, sometime confusing, and then sometime I just want to delete the whole manga, especially the last volume. If you persevere, the ending wasn't bad, although it wasn't good either. It's just...average. The art is simple, and will probably need sometime getting used to. Overall, unless you don't any any other manga you want to read or if you have to waste, then give this a read. Don't expect too much from it, though.
How did THIS lead to Gantz?
Hen is a textbook example how NOT to write or even draw a Seinen romance. The truly unbelievable thing how every element narrative manages to fail on even the most basic level. The art is downright ugly, the protagonist as an unlikable slut, none of the characters make sense, the continuity is a mess, the sexual elements are beyond creepy and the ending (it makes negative sense) is just the worst. Listen to me and my fellow reviewers and don´t even bother and stick to Natsu no Zenjitsu (9/10 and i reviewed it too), Zankoku na Kami ga Shihaisuru (8/10) and so on. I wouldn´t be surprised if Gantz turns out to be Oku´s only good manga when he retires as all else proved to be write offs too and the previous versions of Hen are even worse... Update: Oku´s latest series Inuyashiki (8/10) finally landed him his 2nd good manga. Finally!
... Last updated on November 13th, 2015, 6:08am
Terrible Manga, not recommended to read.
Terrible story, art and characters. Lots of poorly drawn Het sex. Yoshida Chizuru is one of the worst protagonists you'll see in manga. No character development is found here, and whole plot falls apart after ch.63. Simply put, its a Manga you definitely want to avoid.
... Last updated on April 11th, 2013, 10:38pm
lets say first half is interesting, half of whats left is kind of readable, last quarter: worthless especially the ending. art is also awkward at times especially ears really put me off. can only be a light read chars have almost no development at all if you have a lot of time in your hands with nothing to do take a look or else just look for something better.
At times, I found the artwork awkward. The ears were rather big and some characters looked almost sick from how skiny they were. But it was funny and quite surprising. The characters were good and the plot different. The only thing I'd complain would be the ending. There were presented new characters in the last volumes. Good characters. Interesting. But just as they were presented, the main characters almost disappeared. They would show up here and there, but they were totally side tracked.... And I would have liked to see a little bit more of the aftermath of both couples..
Falls apart 2/3 of the way through the story
In this manga the writer suddenly shifts the focus to a whole new cast of characters from chapter 64 (of 93) on! Why would any writer do that? After all, we HAD spent 63 chapters getting to know those initial characters, and they were all very interesting, IMHO. Readers build up affection for good leading characters as they read, and all but throwing away a set of such characters 2/3 through a story is a recipe for failure
And WHAT characters were introduced! The main one was a guy so tall he looked like someone with the size but not the muscle to be a professional baseball player. In his sheer excess he seemed to be a manifestation of that phenomenon that's almost universal in shoujo that the leading man be super-tall, sometimes grotesquely so. I guess those manga have to give Japanese women what they fantasize about, but why trot out one of the same type of guy in a seinen manga? My understanding that seinen manga are mainly aimed at men in their 20s. Did the publisher of this thing think that a bunch of standard-sized (i.e., medium to short) male Japanese readers were going to enjoy seeing that guy sweep onto the stage and impregnate an a crucially important female character.
As for the big-breasted, manipulative girl, well, aren't there a whole lot of those in the world? Of course there are, and that makes their strategems interesting, and makes even more interesting a depiction of how such a woman might change for the better, which is what we have in the first 2/3 of this manga.
I read this a long time ago, but it still sticks out in my mind as being TERRIBLE. I don't even know how I got through it, honestly. Though it's tagged as yuri, I found many aspects of the plot and characters to be downright homophobic. Some of the characters were completely disgusting, though they were meant to be protagonists. I didn't hate the main girl as much as other reviewers seem to, but there is indeed nothing about any character that makes you want to root for them. The ending didn't even make sense. Don't waste your time with this, trust me.
it's a mess
Do yourself a favor and do not read this. The "plot" is just a bad excuse, the "character development" is nearly nonexistant and the characters themselves are, with a few exceptions, horrible people. This whole pile of stuff (you can guess what this stuff is made of) is topped with a nice icing called "very bad art". Especially the way ears are drawn brings my breakfast to boil in my stomach, it seems it wants to come out. I've read more than 400 manga series until now, and this is definately in the bottom 5 of them.
... Last updated on March 6th, 2011, 9:19pm
Rough and Unfinished work
Hen is really a rough unfinished early work of Oku Hiroya and suffers because of that. It has both its strong moments and weak ones.
Unlike some reviewers I like the character of Chizuru Yoshida and I think she is one of the stronger parts of the series. Yes, she's a cold calculating witch that uses both her looks and intelligence to manipulate men. Even more when she meets Azumi Yamada, Chizuru becomes confused, jealous and even more manipulative. It isn't until she goes thru several stages that her character begins to change and grow. I liked this because she didn't immediately start off as a likable character. This is like the author's main character in Gantz (Kei Kurono) who doesn't start off as very likable to begin with either, but evolves over time. When we learn what kind of family background Chizuru has and that she basically has nowhere to go it becomes impressive that she is not a victim, but instead the tough cold chick that she is.
All that said the story at a certain point breaks down unfortunately becoming confused and directionless. At first there seems to be some progress in some of the relationships and then it seems that the author changed his mind. Another couple is introduced with some gender-bending thrown in and you wonder if it was really necessary. The ending becomes rushed because the series got axed and it doesn't leave a very good resolution to the relationships between these characters.
So the story is interesting for some of its characters and situations. Its also interesting to see how the artist's style evolves from Hen to Gantz. But the weaknesses in plot, direction, and resolution pull this series down for me. I think I will give it a 7.5 because I didn't hate it and actually enjoyed certain aspects of it.
Hen is probably the worst series i've ever read! The pacing sucks, the characters suck, and the plot is only there for the first half! If you want a horrible manga with nothing unique or good then this is for you soulless suckers!