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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)
Sensei Kunshu (Adapted From)

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

Groups Scanlating
200 wpm
Anime-tion Scanlation
Autumn Scans

Latest Release(s)
v.10 c.Extra (end) by 200wpm (265d ago)
v.10 c.35-36 by 200wpm (328d ago)
v.10 c.34 by 200wpm (351d 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 (362 votes)
Bayesian Average: 7.35 / 10.0
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Last Updated
December 31st 2014, 2:52pm PST

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Original Publisher

Serialized In (magazine)
Betsuma (Shueisha)

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3 Month Pos #844 increased(+65)
6 Month Pos #885 increased(+59)

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Rating: 5.0 / 10.0
by HummingBird0o
October 2nd, 2013, 7:31am
sorry to say that but ..... i think she's a wh*re . i hate this manga and wish if i hadn't waste my time reading it . she's so desperate and like a loser -_-' she should just give up already !!

... Last updated on October 2nd, 2013, 7:33am
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Still nice   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by Kilayli
August 10th, 2013, 10:43pm
I picked it up for a bit in 2011, but stopped because I didn't track new updates. Good read, I'm enjoying it so far, I hope it doesn't go downhill. I love the raw human feelings that the characters have; it's refreshing.
Spoiler (mouse over to view)
I was the guy to stay with Adachi and Hatori to end up with the Hiromitsu T.T but noooooo. He just had to break up with Adachi and Hatori's BFF had to fall for him after one hang out session huh? It's too convenient =.=

There isn't much character development, but there is a lot of true character revealing, which I also enjoy.
Spoiler (mouse over to view)
there seems to be a bit of character development with the blond guy though c:

... Last updated on August 11th, 2013, 4:44pm
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This one is AMAZING, but..   
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by Stardust1985
July 18th, 2013, 3:48am
Spoiler (mouse over to view)
At the beginning, I really love this manga. It have an amazing and unique storyline, and I like how the author sometime draw the character with such a funny face. I laugh everytime I see Hatori's comedic face. But after I read the spoiler about the ending, I was really disappointed. Why she choose Rita? Everybody can see Hiromitsu kun's way tooo better than Rita.
Ugh, just like the title, Hatori fail as a heroine. How stupid!
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Well, I liked so far.   
Rating: N/A
by Arichann
July 9th, 2013, 7:16pm
So, I've seen some spoilers you guys said and that made me kind of dissapointed...
Spoiler (mouse over to view)
She ended with rita which I knew it were going to be like that because, well... I read loads of shoujo mangas and I KNOW that the heroine never ends with the cool rival, she always ends with the one she fell in love first but even so I hoped she wouldn't, I hoped the author would've made different from the average of mangakas have done

But even so it was so different from other mangas because the heroine is so.. human and can be so wrong in many ways lol different from some heroines, not THAT different but i liked her.
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i actually love this so much   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by tori_no_uta
June 27th, 2013, 2:49pm
Please don't get put off by some of the reviews

I don't know whether this is a 'typical shoujo' or not but it is definitely enjoyable.
It's refreshing to read something from the point of view of the antagonist and the beginning of the series is really really great. The jokes are lame but that's what makes them funny and I love the way the author uses all of the doraemon and sailor moon references.
Although later in the series the plot starts to get really emotional (not in a bad way ok) the author still leaves space for all her bad jokes and puns
I understand why people are complaining about who Hatori ends up with (it's a shame that so many people spoil their selves and just give up on the plot though) and I'm not really that happy about it either but the series is still interesting and I think the author made the right choice. If people would actually read the series without giving up and actually considered everyone's feelings they would understand why the ending is the way it is.
And the characters aren't shallow. I haven't read anything with characters with as much personality as these ones in a long time. Also about Hatori being 'weak'... really? Although she is flawed she is definitely not weak. In fact nobody is perfect in this series and they all make bad decisions but they learn from them.
There's character improvement everywhere and all the characters gradually learn about their feelings and stuff as the series goes on and it's just really beautiful (it's definitely shoujo as hell but not in a horrible cringey way).

I think I'm just really attached to this manga but you should definitely give it a try at least

... Last updated on June 27th, 2013, 3:21pm
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Waste of time   
Rating: N/A
May 16th, 2013, 6:47pm
At first, the manga was interesting. It was different than the typical shoujos. I was happy that the heroine decided to start a relationship with the other guy but when I read the raws, what the actual bloody f***? I'm not even gonna put this under a spoiler tag because you should know before you read this. The heroine is pathetic as hell. She's so wishy washy. When things finally seemed good, she throws it all away and goes back to that asshole
Spoiler (mouse over to view)
who she ends up with
. This was a complete waste of time and I'm glad that I decided to see the spoilers. The manga was going in such a good direction but the mangaka decided to ruin that with the shallow characters.
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Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by Bebe~
May 11th, 2013, 8:33pm
Okay, for all of you out there who has already read this manga, you might be thinking WHAT IN THE F*CK'S TARNATION IS GOING ON HERE. For everyone who hasn't read it yet, give it a try before you let other people's review convince you it isn't good. Yea, I was cursing at this manga when I was reading it but I thought it was kind of special. Not your everyday cliche.. At first I was like what the hell is the mangaka doing.. but I started to notice the meaning was deeper. Maybe she was trying to show us that when we're at that age, we were reckless and confused. Rita was confused. Hatori was confused. And that's why they two timed. They didn't understand what their really meant. HEAR ME OUT.

What caught me first about this manga was the drawing. The heroine isn't always pretty. She can look so ridiculous but it's still so funny. It gets me cracking every time. But as time went on, I REALLY WANTED TO FCKING SHAKE HER. The number 1 character that I like the most is the supporting best friend "Nakajima". She's the smartest one out of the bunch but no one ever takes her's maddening

Hatori: This crazy woman! WTH IS WRONG WITH HER. WHY CAN'T SHE GIVE UP. I mean I thought she was so strong for not giving up at first but he is a TOTAL jerk..He doesn't even LOVE her as a woman. More like a sister. They both don't understand that. When she finally..FINALLY starts falling in love with Hiromitsu..Rita was like..I love you..REALLY? FCKING REALLY NOW?
Rita: HE IS SO SELFISH. HE CAN'T MAKE UP MIND. He doesn't care about anyone else's happiness but his own...knowing Hatori will ALWAYS be there for him no matter what and at his beck and call..-_- He's just a lonely, cruel boy
Hiromitsu: My only one complaint is that he was messing around at first..but he fell so in love with her in the end (so far)...ugh I hope Hatori ends up with him or I'll punch a b*tch. She's really stupid with her feelings -_-

... Last updated on May 11th, 2013, 8:40pm
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Potential but...   
Rating: 4.0 / 10.0
by momomilk
April 14th, 2013, 11:34am
It had potential in the beginning but after reading it for a few more chapters (like past chapter 6 or 7) just went downhill. Every character in this manga is horrible. They are all terrible people. Hatori is an idiot, selfish and mean. Adachi is weak and can't do stuff on her own even though it seems like she might be the 'strong' one. Rita is a two-timing bastard who can't decide on his feelings. Wants to stay by Adachi but doesn't want Hatori to go anywhere else.

I wish Hatori would just fall out of love with Rita and go for someone else. Maybe that would make the story better but at the moment, it's complete crap.

Sometimes, its difficult to come across a good shoujo and this one, not a very good shoujo. There are better out there but I'll continue reading it to see the outcome (even if I mostly just skim the chapters)

... Last updated on April 14th, 2013, 11:35am
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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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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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