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This manga based on the ever popular AKB48 group.
This series is about a guy called Urakawa Minoru crossdressing as a girl to participate in a female idol group audition (akb48). The main objective is to help the girl he likes, Yoshinaga Hiroko, pass the audition. Yoshinaga Hiroko's dream is to become like her favorite idol who is in the akb48 group. This audition happens to be her final try, so Minoru crossdresses as Minori and took part in the audition to make sure she realizes her dream. Hiroko got qualified eventually, however, the shocking news was Minoru was qualified as well. Thus, the road to becoming a female idol begins...
AKB49 AKB49 - The Rules Against Love AKB49~恋愛禁止条例~
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Cant take it anymore
I read the first 100 or so chapters and........I just couldn't take it anymore. I thought that this might be an enteresting cross dressing story...was I ever wrong. It quickly became a story about the Japanese entertainment industry, and almost nothing about the cross dressing aspect...boring
Long winded and boring.
I'll write a proper review later I'm sure, but now I just want to tell would-be readers to stay away from this series unless you are a fan of the AK-whatever bands, or really desperate for a new manga to read.
... Last updated on February 25th, 2014, 7:43am
The manga is generic, characters feel one dimensional (60 chapters in), pacing of the story is really messy and has a poorly executed story. It really does not offer anything new or refreshing to the gender-bender shounen genre.
Wait, this is shounen?
How in the world.... =.= Ok, first off. I would class this as shoujo. Regardless of the fact that the main character is a girl- I mean, guy. Although... The reason why it's classed as shounen could be because he's one guy amongst a group of girls/women. *shrugs*
Secondly, this manga will allow you to forget that the MC is a guy in the first place. (I did.) That's how long he actually crossdresses. I have no idea how he actually managed to maintain the facade that he's a girl in a group of 60++ females? Out of which some of them often end up groping his ass/chest. At certain points of the manga I actually had doubts that he was actually a guy and hadn't gone through a sex-change operation sometime inbetween the chapters.
BUT! For such an unrealistic manga... I find the MC and the plot surprisingly refreshing. The motive are pure (well, as pure as a motive to help another person can be) and pretty straightforward. There really isn't much frills or drama tagged onto it, which makes me cry out in happiness at times when the shoujo genre and it's cliches frustrates me.
You know his goal right from the start. If you can just look past the unrealistic crossdressing/performance aspect, then just sit back and allow the mangaka to bring you through his journey to reach his target.
And be sure to remember to poke fun at the moments where something just makes you go "Wts, is he still a guy or not?!"
... Last updated on February 18th, 2013, 3:32am
Hit or Miss
Some will enjoy it and some won't. The gender-bender part of this story is **** though which ruins just about everything else, or at least for me it did. Ever see someone doing jumping jacks; if so then you'll know things move around (which is true for both boys and girls). Luckily the main character dances on a high stage with a cheap wig that never shifts or a skirt that ever lifts.
... Last updated on January 9th, 2013, 10:45am
Everyone has different tastes
I was browsing through the comments and found some interesting comments on this manga. I was never interested in AKB, but I decided to read this manga since it was tagged comedy and school life which are the genres I often read. After reading this manga, I found out that Maeda Atsuko is cuter in manga than that in real life (I just have to put this first, sorry Acchan fans IRL) It never occured to me that I would prefer 2D over 3D (lol). Someone mentioned that it's super shoujo, but I think otherwise, a shoujo manga would never put on fan service for males but would put some for females. Other people might find the manga boring, but everyone just have their own tastes, try it and see.
The attraction, for me, is that when I read AKB49 and root for Minori, I forget that Minori is Minoru, a boy.
What's there, is passion. Underdog sports shounen offerrings and underdog idol's climb to the top have this in common, the passion. And underneath the rampant abuse of tropes and behind the flashes of panties, I could sense no malice, only a breathtaking sincerity. The attraction is not "everything a girl can do a guy can do it better," or merely bouts of inane bravado followed by watching pretty girls dance to their amusement, and even if it is, I choose to see its better sides. The attraction, for me, is that when I read AKB49 and root for Minori, I forget that Minori is Minoru, a boy.
The message is that gender ultimately does not matter, that any person following their dream is beautiful and worth watching. Granted, I do not think AKB49 is being subversive by conscious choice, the stereotypes such as the grating-on-my-last-nerve tsundere and the blandly attractive love interest would suggest differently. I would posit, though, that AKB49 has made well-worn tropes into the vehicle for more progressive thinking, despite its own host of frankly crippling issues. What's that you say, substance? Have you not been paying attention at all?
I thought it was a good setup, but it's been 66 chapters and it's going nowhere. I dont know where this series is going, but it's probably going to take a long time to get there. As long as this title continues to sale, it will probably never progress. After reading this, I would think the target audience is girls age 10 - 12. I still read it with the hopes of somthing happening, but im losing hope...
Disappointing by all parameters
I specifically registered to comment on this series. Member iloveakb48 said in his comment that this manga can be enjoyed by non fans of AKB48. Very presumptuous conclusion. I have read all comments on this manga by other members, and decided to give this manga a try. This manga is TTW - total time waste. I'm giving it 4 points. 1 - Because there is gender bender, and this series is tagged as such. But there is too much of crossdressing in this manga. Moreover main character's crossdressing went so far, that now he is more like full time transvestite. One of most interesting aspects of gender bender genre is risk factor. Risk of being unmasked. In this manga author is totally ignoring this factor. Some of main members of AKB already knows that he is a guy, but they don't care + he himself still thinks that nobody knows that he's a guy. 2 - Art is on decent level. Not the best, but enough to deserve one point. 3 - Reading this manga, fans of AKB48 can learn more about all that AKB kitchen. 4 - Series is regularly updated. And that's all good points of this manga. Now about its drawbacks. It seems that all what characters of this manga are doing is trying hard, and being cute. Or maybe trying hard to be cute? All characters (exept crossdressing boy) are insignificant. Non fans of AKB48, wouldn't differ one of them from another. Main character has gone so far in all of that AKB mess, that he isn't behaving like a man, even when he isn't crossdressing. This manga is a typical shoujo. The fact that its main character is a boy, isn't enough to classify this manga as shounen genre. Also it is tagged as comedy, but so far (5 volumes) there wasn't not a single moment when I laught (and usually it isn't hard to make me laugh). Extremely boring. I'm not saying that this manga won't be liked by anyone at all, but you better not to have high expectations if you're going to read it. But if you want to read good gender bender, then you better go for something like Hanazakari no Kimitachi e, Penguin Kakumei or Seiyuu Ka-! About hardships of showbiz and becoming a star, more interesting series would be Beck, The One, or Skip Beat! But if you will decide to read AKB49 and in the process of reading, will be dissapointed by it, don't keep reading, hoping that it will improve. Because it won't.
Shounen? Seems super shoujo to me.
Yeah, OCCASIONALLY there'll be stuff like girls scantily dressed up while they're in "house clothes", but otherwise that's it. I suppose it's a good thing that the art style isn't something borderline ecchi, which is usually what other shounen have going for them. The main protag isn't a total pervert either-- aside from the plotline crossdressing of course-- which is a GREAT thing.
It's gotten a bit boring. Same old same old kind of flow that I got from other manga like Skip Beat where the protag just has pages and pages of monologue and spends majority of their time trying to be a cheerleader for everyone which eventually helps them overcome a certain hardship. However essentially the same problem's being thrown at them fifty times so that the series can be stretched out longer. It's sort of shallow, I guess? Here's a challenge for them trying to get over a mountain and reach their goal, but in reality majority of their hardships is comparable to jumping over pebbles. They got over this problem? Bam, recruiter guy just gives them another random task to do that came to him out of thin air. What the hell, man.
What keeps me going? Idk, man. I just want to know how his cover's blown, the repercussions (even though he'll most likely be idolized and be called sugoi and shit), and if he gets the girl.