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Heroine Shikkaku  
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This could be any girl. Imagine being a heroine of a love story. Hatori also believed that one day she would get married to her childhood friend, Rita.

But that's not how the world works! This is a hilarious comedy that honestly paints a painful unrequited love story of this young girl!


Related Series
Hirunaka Shikkaku (Spin-Off)

Associated Names
นางเอกตกกระป๋อง No Longer Heroine
헤로인 실격
Failure of a Heroine
Heroine Elimination
No longer heroine

Groups Scanlating

Latest Release(s)
v.10 c.Extra (end) by 200 wpm (47d ago)
v.10 c.35-36 by 200 wpm (109d ago)
v.10 c.34 by 200 wpm (133d ago)
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Status in Country of Origin
10 Volumes (Complete)

Completely Scanlated?

Anime Start/End Chapter

User Reviews

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User Rating
Average: 7.4 / 10.0 (328 votes)
Bayesian Average: 7.37 / 10.0
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Last Updated
July 4th 2014, 5:18pm PST

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Original Publisher

Serialized In (magazine)
Betsuma (Shueisha)

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Weekly Pos #601 increased(+104)
Monthly Pos #863 decreased(-39)
3 Month Pos #756 decreased(-452)
6 Month Pos #388 decreased(-136)

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On 713 wish lists
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Original, some downfalls   
Rating: 7.0 / 10.0
by ChildofSecrets
December 4th, 2012, 12:13am
This story has achieved levels of originality, but its price is beginning to show.

I agree, the characters are worsening the more we see their personalities. I don't deny that. Still, I take most of it as successful parodying. I doubt the mangaka ever had the intention to showcase ideal heros/heroines and love interests alike. If it were to be flowery shoujo idealism or even realistic, it wouldn't be original as it is (for better or for worse). Hatori is probably the only main shoujo character I've seen that's a selfish hard-to-relate antagonist.

Though I don't like the distasteful personalities of Rita, Adachi or Hatori, I'm glad to see a different light shed on fictional characters in common context - light rarely shown, if not warped to make us like and dislike certain characters more.

Depending on your perspective - it's either a parody or a crapheap of disappointing MCs. I'd say the former.

I'm still questioning how things will end up but in all, will read it with my full attention to the end.

... Last updated on May 18th, 2013, 7:29pm
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The heroine is a real human being   
Rating: N/A
by noobzilla
February 20th, 2014, 6:31pm
I don't get why people hate the protagonist so much. She's the most realistic girl I've seen in a shoujo manga. She's truly an average girl. Average girls are not mary sue's like adachi and every other shoujo heroine. There's a superiority complex in all of us, we think we deserve better than others, we get jealous, we hate, we question ourselves. So yes I really like the authors for having he guts to make a character who isn't kind and loving and sweet as a main character. Only thing I despise about the girl is her lack of commitment, going back and forth between guys tend to get annoying.

... Last updated on February 21st, 2014, 6:44am
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Started out as agreat comedy... (revised)   
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by Criminal Intent
March 30th, 2011, 6:05pm
, but as of late it's become a tiresome melodrama.

Like the poster before me stated, this series is actually about the antagonist of typical shoujo romance stories. Hatori is popular, pretty, and the classic "childhood friend". She sees her and Rita's relationship as a shoujo love story, but the problem is it's not that kind of story. Enter Adachi, the plain, dull, "Mary Sue", and she is the archetypal "heroine" in every way.

This series is pretty funny, Hatori's facial expressions are priceless, and she constantly rejects actual reality and injects her own fictional one. Her best friend (Nakajima) is the standard "voice of reason", but it works out well against Hatori's quixotic behavior. It pokes fun at classic genre cliches and even other series (most notably Strobe Edge).

The series does have it's drawbacks though. It constantly loses focus and Hatori's unwillingness to change has become tiresome as of late. Rita's the same way. I like "Kaki P" (Kousuke), he's like the voice of the readers, he points out the glaring motivations behind every character and it seems the Hatori likes him at least on the most basic level.

Still, this manga is young so there's still a lot of story ahead.

EDIT for finale: So happens I decided to return to this series right when the group translated the end. smile

I binged through all the chaps I missed, and I've gotta say the characters actually came out looking better than I remembered. I especially found a new appreciation for the story of Hatori. I'm glad the mangaka didn't feel the need to pull any punches with her character. She's snooty, arrogant, and abrasive (hell she even made a poor girl cry because she was pissed off), yet you can empathize with her.

Too often do we find ourselves rooting for bland, flavorless, sickeningly sweet heroine (Adachi) and despise the flashy, aggressive, self-assured villainess (Hatori). The mangaka actually quite adeptly turns those conventions on their heads.

Rita actually starts to become a better character as well. He did get annoying for a while, but once he finds his resolve, he's actually a really good guy.

As for the ending, it was really odd. I think the mangaka just ran out of ideas and ended it. All sort of character development is thrown in the toilet for random bits of drama; when there's an apparent silver lining, we're swerved into a weird haphazard finale that ends up being more confusing than rewarding.

I'd still recommend this, based on how rare the idea behind this is. Also, the artwork is top notch. Hatori seriously has the best facial expressions I've seen since GTO.

... Last updated on May 3rd, 2014, 6:55pm
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I hope Hatori does NOT end up with Rita   
Rating: N/A
by WShin
September 1st, 2012, 3:30pm
I feel like Rita is pretty much using her, well not even using, more like he won't ever like her the way Hatori likes him.

I want Hatori in the end to realize that she doesn't need Rita to be happy and maybe hook up with Kousuke (if she has to...I'd prefer if she didn't pair up with anyone). Her friend doesn't seem interested in anyone, either, so why does she need to get a bf?

Edit: This story would be AWESOME if Chapter 16 were the last chapter, but it's not. Too bad (I've read the ending spoilers)...

Wait a minute, the ending TOTALLY makes sense if you read what's on the tin can. It's called "Failure of a Heroine", so Hatori is supposed to make the WRONG choice. This manga is intended to be frustrating. So it is a proper parody after all. Of how in many shoujos, the girl picks the guy who is unsuited to be in a relationship/abusive/unavailable, etc.

... Last updated on November 11th, 2013, 4:05pm
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It was promising but...   
Rating: 7.0 / 10.0
by ImaginaryWishes
April 3rd, 2013, 8:09pm
Okay. At first this series was fairly good. It used typical shoujo cliches and satirized them. The result was a funny and entertaining story. The main character, Hatori was amusing (if rather shameless) and I enjoyed her interactions with Nakajima and Hiromitsu. Both of which turned out to have a surprising amount of depth. Rita, on the other hand,
Spoiler (mouse over to view)
turned out to be a total cheating scumbag asshat
but it was okay, because Hatori was
Spoiler (mouse over to view)
able to move on from that and make better choices

Buuut no. It all goes downhill after a certain point... Basically all of Hatori's character development is chucked carelessly down the gutter. Apparently the moral of this story is
Spoiler (mouse over to view)
even if you're a cheating scumbag asshat, you still get the happy ending
And I really didn't like how Adachi just
Spoiler (mouse over to view)
became so pathetic.

For me, Heroine Shikkaku was a disappointment. It had the right components to be new and refreshing and funny, but it just had to go and be like every other shoujo on the shelf. I thought Heroine Shikkaku was about moving forward and growing stronger and being willing to change for the better. At one point, I was worried that the story was just getting repetitive and Hatori was bordering on shrill, but then things started changing and I was pleasantly surprised. Too bad it was only temporary. While Hiromitsu proved himself to be a better person as the story progressed, Rita just became worse the more you found out about him.
Spoiler (mouse over to view)
He was just better when he was unattainable
And apparently all Hatori's character development was for naught.

Well I ranted. Ah well. I'll still give it a 7, I did enjoy myself up to that point.

... Last updated on January 2nd, 2014, 6:24pm
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Oh, Hatori...   
Rating: N/A
by flowinmyboat
November 10th, 2012, 8:49pm
I really liked this series at first. Hatori's facial expressions were really funny and I liked how she was slightly self-aware. I could really relate to Hatori; every girl has that mean-out-to-get-you side and feels like their the best match for their crush especially in high-school. I was hoping it'd be more about how she gets past the fact she's not his heroine anymore and internally struggles with moving on to finding a new love...

But then, she confessed. Cue the love-triangle and tears. Rita went from being tolerable to being a total sleaze-bag. This manga would improve a lot if Hatori falls out of love with Rita and discovers what a jerk he is. She gets more and more pathetic as the story goes on, and become less and less relatable.
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Not that typical shoujo   
Rating: N/A
by shinorei
July 11th, 2012, 9:56am
Maybe I haven't read enough shoujo like this before... but the first few chapters made me thought I had the story all figured out, that the hero will eventually fall for the heroine who waits for him. Then again... when I went on and read the summaries for the manga up till chapter 21 - it was a rather unexpected turn out..
Spoiler (mouse over to view)
the heroine's friend, Nakajima is now also kinda involved in this love polygon, probably kicking Adachi out of the picture. Hatori's started dating Kousuke and is visibly in love with him although Rita recently came clean with his feelings.. he actually realised he liked her when she confessed in the first few chapters.

Basically it's totally unexpected and I am really anticipating how the author wraps this up - hopefully not too ugly, and I urge you guys to read on if you think this looks cliché, as it definitely isn't and I hope there will be more scanlations in the future!!
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Rating: 4.0 / 10.0
by Pinky Poison
March 5th, 2012, 9:27am
Hatori is not like your typical shoujo main girl character. She's mean, but that's what makes this story realistic. And I like her personality, she's very honest to her feelings, also I can relate to her as much. When I read this series, I was all like "Oh she's truly like me!" so I sympathize with her, and I understand why she acts that way. Since she's just a teen, it's normal for her to be jealous, get mad when girls near the guy you like and feel anxious when he starts liking someone else.
The art is nice, it comes to my liking, though I don't like all the characters. Well, I like Kousuke, who appears in this story as a third person. He's nice, considerate, and also a hottie.. -laughs- I think he's the right one for her. I support him instead of Rita. Rita is the kind of guy that only feels the importance when someone takes his precious things away. Shoujos are always all like "only first love will bloom". But no, in this series, I'm rooting for the other guy! REALLY. If Koda-sensei chooses Rita instead of Kousuke, I will immediately drop this series right away! -_-
I give this a 8 because I have this bad feeling that the main girl is gonna be hooked up with Rita.. Agh.

---- new updates! -----

JESUS. Well, um it's been a while since I last checked this series.. now it's already finished and..
I just read the raws.

Spoiler (mouse over to view)
I actually had HIGH HOPES for this one! Seriously! In the end, she ended being with Rita, one of the biggest jerks in the shoujo wooorld. Damn. SHE HURTED HIROMITSU-KUN AFTER ALL.
Really, I had been reading the mangaka's blog and it seemed like she was always uploading pictures of Hiromitsu-kun, sometimes together with Hatori. BUT WHAT'S WITH THE ENDING, UGH.

I'm changing my rating from 8 to 4. It's because Hatori dared to hurt Hiromitsu-kun. It's the second time in a day I've come across these kind of shoujo. I was just done with Koi Shitagari no Blue series and now THIS. Ugh,I'm really really disappointed with this series. I honestly thought it would have a MUCH better ending. Because I'm rooting for Hiromitsu-kun. Really cannot believe it. -crying-

Well, I'm done reading this manga. TOTALLY DROPPING IT.

... Last updated on May 31st, 2013, 3:29am
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Total train wreak   
Rating: N/A
by 1122shadows
January 10th, 2012, 5:33pm
As much as I like Hatori, she's a total train wreak. To say that Hatori is a bully, stuck up or a villian would be overdoing it. She's not confident, prideful or mean but rather delusional, insecure and naive. Loving Rita who has a girlfriend (Adachi) just makes this one really bad mess because you feel her pain and hopelessness throughout the story. Rita is totally unreceptive of her love and his girlfriend is such a goody-two-shoes to the point of nausea. While Hatori's behavior towards her is more realistic than friction. As for Rita, you'll probably end up despising him.The only spark of hope in this story might be that Hatori may wake up and smell the coffee. On the other hand, for those who absolutely love stories where the protagonist is redundantly kicked in the teeth ( i.e unrequite love, played with and two-timed) this would be an olympian contender, so eat your heart out.

... Last updated on January 11th, 2012, 5:32am
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Looove(d) it.   
Rating: 7.0 / 10.0
by aetherwyn
January 5th, 2012, 4:24pm
The first thing that really made me start loving this manga was the fact that Hatori is not your average shoujo heroine. She's "the other woman," basically. But instead of a Strobe-Edge-other-woman premise, where the heroine's still a sweetheart... Hatori is the mean, snooty, stuck up girl that always picks on the main character. Except it's HER story.

And, because it humanizes that stereotype of the mean girl bully, this manga is already awesome. But everything else about it is good, too; the art, the realism (Hatori looks like a wreck when she cries, for instance, as opposed to having big bubbly tears streaming down her face prettily), the other characters (Nakajima my queen!!!), the philosophical statements... it's a good one.

Update: so I think this manga got dragged out for a little longer than necessary; and Hatori kind of flip flopped back and forth and back and forth with her feelings in a way that got progressively irritating, but... still, I don't know. I really like the whole idea of "everyone's the heroine of their own story." And taking a character that's almost universally unlikable and making us root for them. But I did kind of... get really frustrated with the lack of consistent emotional growth. It was like one step forward, eighty steps backwards. And I do wish Hatori was able to develop some more positive aspects to balance out her negativity, but... but still. I think this manga had so much potential and it was still a nice read for a while.

... Last updated on July 30th, 2014, 1:46am
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