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From MangaHelpers: This is a story of a group of college-age people who struggle with gender and sexual identity. Yuki (nicknamed Yoshiki) is a girl, but she is terrible at 'being feminine.' She mostly dresses like a boy and is often mistaken as one. However, she has to wear a skirt and imagine being dominated by a guy in order to masturbate. Nagao Mikako seems young and innocent, and she uses that apparent innocence to sell her body as a fake 15-year-old. She knows her youthfulness can't last forever, but she enjoys tricking the men. Her friends have no idea of her sexual habits and believe her to be sweet and sheltered. Aiba Kaito is a pretty good-looking guy, but he wants to be Nagao Mikako. He often dresses as a girl, picking out clothes that mimic Mikako's style. Though he's into cross-dressing, he is still attracted to women. Will these young adults and their friends be able to handle their 'guilty secrets' and muddle their way through this confusing period of their lives?
ヒメゴト ～十九歳の制服～ 隐藏的另一面 Himegoto - 19sai no Seifuku Secrets - Uniforms at the age of nineteen
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Train wreck with nice clothes
So far I've read up to the last vol and checked out the raws so I have good idea how the story ends.
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Nothing is resolved. The entire manga series would have had a decent ending where Yoshiki finds out about Kaito and Mikako at the hotel and says CYA. Also, she returns to being friends with Sho (WHy) at the last chapter. How do you even justify even wanting to know such a person?
It's frustrating since ever step forward there's 10 steps backwards in their relationship and I'm so tired of love triangles in manga. The best ending would be a retcon where the MCs just never meet each other at college and get on with their broken lives. It's a shame since the manga-ka had a decent idea but just never managed to make it work with the pointless loldrama scenes.
Skip it unless you like endless drama and cute outfits. Also everyone except Yoshiki has a terrible personality from beginning to end.
I just want these kids to be alright
As I'm writing this the last volume is being translated. And. I. Am. So. Nervous !!! Ive grown so attached to these kids and I just want them to all be okay and to finally come to understand and know and love each other as I know they all can.
The characters are all very three-dimensional and they each have their own sets of unique, intense baggage. Throughout the story we get to see how they are slowly working to overcome their issues, with many steps backwards before they go forwards, etc. The characters are all fairly self-centered and become inter-dependent upon each other to reflect their own self-worth - and while this narrative can be stiffing at times, it is what makes the characters believable and compelling. Like most humans, they are inherently flawed. And while their actions are often misguided, it is with good intent. The story & writing overall feels very realistic and I know that this manga can be A LOT for some people, but I really do recommend it.
It has prevalent themes of identity exploration and each character goes through their own personal journey of trying to discover who they really are after having hidden behind a "mask" personality for so long. Gender and sexual exploration are central themes, and while I might otherwise be turned off by the amount of explicit content in this manga, it is used with purpose and is necessary for the story, honestly.
I wouldn't recommend going into this lightly, but if you're up for a terrible torrent of emotions, then get ready, cause its a wild ride.
... Last updated on February 7th, 2017, 2:43am
I really hate this manga
It invokes a lot of negative emotions. It also forgets to mention the fourth character in the manga called Sho and he is basically the character everybody picks on in the manga. The manga is reverse equality and reverse feminism. It basically supports that you shouldn't respect women or other peoples rights by showing that they will only mistreat you and take advantage of you. If your a person that is against women rights and people dressing the way they want to dress this manga will support those beliefs.
... Last updated on October 27th, 2016, 6:17am
Amazing art, but the story isn't for me.
I really like this manga's art, not even the "kinky" side ( it was still nice though ), but mostly the girls's face. What i really enjoy to see is pretty and girly faces, and this manga was full of it, so I was happy to find this manga, the story seemed to be interesting and going over modern questions about gender and identity, so why not. I started to read, characters were interesting, girls were pretty, but then it got pretty fucked up from my point of view and and became harder and harder to read. I managed to read around 40 chapters ( the art really kept me from dropping my reading ) but I couldn't anymore so I stopped and then I'm writing this half-assed review. Honestly this manga is good but just not for me, I won't say that it's too "mature", just too complicated, and I don't like that in romance mangas.
My favorite manga genre is romance but i can't stand when its too disturbing and dark like in this story, I like simple and cute ones, so if you're like me maybe this manga won't be for you. If you're looking for gorgeous art and a complicated romance story with a lot of twists, perversity, traumas and that you can stand when the romance isn't light-hearted, this might become one of your favorite mangas.
The characters and the plot is very interesting. I really like the premise, and it's pretty thought invoking too. It does seem painful to read because from an outsiders point of view I just feel like all this drama would be unnecessary if they just talked honestly, but obviously it's "complicated" and dramatic, plus it's not going in the main pairings favour right now and I just want to read the part where it goes uphill. Normally I hate stories that are just constantly depressing, but considering how I read it all and couldn't stop, either it wasn't actually constantly depressing or it was interesting enough that it didn't seem overbearing. Quite an entertaining and well-drawn read.
Trivial waste of time
I like the sincerity of some characters, but the hypocrisy of some, especially of the one which seems to be the protagonist, is a turn off. It's a travested Shoujo manga with the usual lame crying, thinking the world revolves around herself, and believing only and whatever is convenient regardless of reality.
Trivial and a waste of time.
This manga is a hot mess tbh. The main character all have their issues. But the main character is really likeable and it's nice to see her breaking through this put on outward appearance The secondary mains are really big messes. Espeially Mikako who i find disturbed tbh. They both project their issues onto to Kaito but her obsession is unhealthy. As this story goes along there is a downturn in growth. They seem to be getting more disturbed.
... Last updated on March 6th, 2016, 4:17pm
Himegoto's principle cast are immature, self-indulgent, and dependent..... making them believable and convincingly real. The mature and grounded storytelling of this series almost seems akin to those handled by western novels than those of manga, and serve as an example for the use of the medium to ask insightful questions about sexuality and identity.
Reading this manga was not unenjoyable by any means; the plot is well-paced with many moving parts to breathe life into its fantastic characterization. However, its resolve to simulate life, rather than to just provide a thrilling ride, could possibly work against it. As a story revolving around the life of multiple unstable characters with very few (if any) major support characters, it fails to provide "breathing room", saturating the story with tension-- not entirely a bad thing, but could potentially put off would-be readers.
If you are looking for a story that provides thoughtful discussion of topics such as sexuality, identity, and the frailty of youth, this series is definitely for you. Be warned, though; this is not a particularly "easy" manga to read. Expect lots of tension with little to no relief.
... Last updated on February 29th, 2016, 2:50pm
I like it but...
I really like this manga, I like the tomboy and the crossdressing guy. but i do not like the black haired girl. all i could think about when i see her is Slut. i hate the fact that the crossdressing guy like her soooo much, i mean can;t you like the tomboy girl ;-; i really ship them but both of them get swept away by the 'slut' i hate it. i just hope none of them ends up with her.
But i really like the plot of this manga. i havent seen/read any manga with this kind of plot. i really hope that the tomboy-san (idk her name) and Crossdressing-kun end up together like if they didnt i'd rate this lower than whatever i have rated this
It is interesting, but in the characters somewhat piss me off. For instance the Mikako is just a plain old slut that is clinging on to this kind of innocence that she used to have and is projecting it on to Yuki. The whole premise is basically projecting what you want to be on another person and trying to be that, i.e. Kaito. For the majority of the manga so far, it has been very roundabout with this trio trying to get their true feelings out, but can't because they are to afraid to do so. A little personal opinion of mine is that Mikako is a manipulative bitch and drives me fucking crazy how she just manipulates people like Sho, who is obviously heart broken. Jesus.