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One day, Kunisada Haruichi who is specializing in Japanese dance in his high-school dance department, meets Yuri Arbatov, a famous and young ballet dancer who comes for a short-term study abroad. However when he gets a hold of Haruichi's weakness, Haruichi is forced to crossdress on stage...
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Kind of half-hearted
The theme is good, but several things about this manga seemed slightly off to me. I love how passionate the two main characters are about their profession -- to the point that they'll even break gender norms in order to be able to pursue it -- and I love that there were no hints of romance or BL despite there being ample opportunities for both, but the praise ends there.
First of all, this is the kind of manga which is too serious to be a comedy, but too far-fetched to be a realistic drama, and therefore fails to deliver 100% on either. A conflict pops up, and is resolved within a couple of chapters, with little to no foreshadowing as to the future consequences of said incident. The characters are not very well developed beyond the dancing aspect, which is a huge let-down because they're quite likeable. And how on earth is Haruichi and Yuri planning to continue dancing together when Haruichi has such a huge "weak point"?
My next (and bigger) complaint is about the ending: It would have been much better if the final half of the final chapter had not happened, and the two dance partners had walked away from each other having gained valuable experience and encouragement to pursue their respective futures -- perhaps with a promise to meet and compare notes on each others' progress somewhere down the line. The need for a picture-perfect happy ending caused the author to forgo a more meaningful conclusion to her characters' journey, and I believe that was a huge mistake on her part.
Perhaps if it had been twice this length, there would have been more room for improvement. As it is, I recommend Coda for a quick bit of fun and stress-relaxation, but don't expect anything too spectacular.
... Last updated on April 6th, 2015, 7:53am
Cute - good^^
I waited any second some boy`s love to appear to surprisingly there was nothing. I was refreshing and at the same time a little disappointing - yep, a strange feeling. Overall I like it. It wasn`t one of kind or freakish good and it was cute nice read. I really like the art style.
whoever says it's shounen-ai is stupid
There's not even one bit of shonen-ai in here. For god's sake, Can't guys get flustered? (and it just even happened one or two times).
I love everything about this manga, I'm more in to shounen but this manga still satified me A LOT. Guess the only disappointing part is that it's too short, based on how the story ended i think this could have still been continued, i won't even mind if this gets episodic ,it's just awesome, specially the way the mangaka executes the ballet performances you'll really get engrosed in it (I even imagined hearing the background song lol).
In any case, read this. Totally recommended .
One of 'em manga not tagged as Shounen-ai
But the vibes remain. I love everything about this manga. The art pulsing with vivid movements and life, the rounded characters, even the flat ones(!), the premise, and how the story was executed. The only issue I had with it was the hanging ending... just that, but well, I can deal with it. The manga already gave me a lot I couldn't really complain.
Yuri and Haru's relationship was actually cliched (especially for a Shounen manga with Shounen-ai feels) but their interactions were something to look forward to. It was actually rare, yet memorable. The dance moves were breathtaking, my imagination craved for more. I mean, even I was going dokun while "watching" them perform.
Overall, it was a nice read, especially as a potential BL story. Even if you're not into BL, you can't still miss out on this one. Thumbs up!
... Last updated on May 24th, 2014, 10:49am
i didn't expect much when i began reading this manga but it is really good, it was sweet n funny at times with a good story and the 3 volume manga i have ever read i was totally absorbed in this story and i want more this was too sweet and i really recommend this
I love the art and story line. I also don't care if its is not shounen ai... to me it is and for the record I ship Yuri and Haru I think that Yuri was really captivated by Haru's dancing and wanted to dance with him despite Haru being a guy! <3
I love the art. Aside from that, it's a nice non-shounen ai (sort of questionable since the mangaka does do that) gender bender. If you forcibly squint or put on your shipper goggles, that's the extent of the romance in this series, other than one other ballerina who's crazy over one of the male leads.
The pacing's okay from what's scanlated so far, and it's short and sweet for 3 volumes.
Its the best ... Its worth read ... I reeeaaaaaalllllyyyyy love this manga ... It's dif with the usual gender bender ... Should give it a go ...
this one is really good! boy crossdress as girl, but not H, i like this !! even this isnt sho ai but i get that feeling ;p and the first time read ballet themed, you must give this shot!
One of my favorite Gender-Bender Shounen-ai
i hate gender bender where the guys are too girly and drag... somehow this manga is different from the stereotypical gender-bender... i love how Yuri is captivated by Haru's talent.... Truly love the scene where Yuri witnesses Haru dancing in the dark under the moonlight... I really what to know how this will end...and what is their stand in their relationship...
pls keep translating this..i don't want to wait another two years for another chapter... keep going guys....i'm rooting for you... i really appreciate the time and effort you put through to translate this... please make us fans happier by continuing this series...arigatou...