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A rude girl and an effeminate boy switch bodies and find that it might be a better fit for both of them in this crazy comedy:
Nanako Momoi is the belle of high school... as long as she stays quiet. Once she shows her true self, guys' dreams are shattered for she is a true tomboy. Akira Uehara has the looks and brains, but, unfortunately, his personality is so dull it overcasts a shadow, and nobody notices him.
One day, Nanako's grandfather comes up with a crazy invention, and Nanako and Akira trade bodies! She's his body, and he's in hers!
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Fun, Crazy Gender-Bender
Most of the time it feels like I'm reading this manga with one eye open: part of me doesn't want to know what's going to happen next, but part of me does. Like jadetine said, it's almost embarassing for other people to find out you're reading it because of how absurd it is. The manga enjoys torturing poor Akira in every way possible, having a guy act out all the cliches that have ever existed in shoujo manga: the awkward first date, hijinks in a love hotel, being carried to the the infirmary, getting the romantic lead role in the school play, you name it. And yet, it's a fun title that will definitely keep you reading, although I'm dreading the ending.
Akira was such a failure as a man that I'd be sad if he doesn't get his opportunity to reedeem himself and they don't switch back in the end. Also, as a guy, Momoi is the epitome of a male neanderthal-type (stupid, violent, jealous, possessive, insensitive, sleeps with any girl willing, you name it). Sure, he's nice to Shiina, but that's about it. Does the world really need another idiot like this? As a girl, she was at least able to keep something of a lid on some of those urges. But as other reviewers have said, the two of them switiching back seems totally unlikely at this point. Rather, the manga would prefer that Akira end up with his male best friend and Momoi end up with her female best friend. I suppose if it ends that way it might be edgy and different, but both of them in their switched bodies are such gender stereotypes that I can't help but feel like instead of breaking gender conventions, this type of ending would be reinforcing them (like it's not OK for a girl to be agressive, she should be a guy instead, and it's not OK for a guy to be gentle, he should be a girl instead).
So I'm preparing myself to be totally disappointed by the ending, but I'll keep reading it anyway because it's pretty fun anyway.
... Last updated on May 28th, 2008, 7:39pm
it's one of those mangas you read when no one else is around because it's so absurd and embarrassing at points, you don't want anyone else knowing that you're enjoying it- and that's the point: that it's hilarious fun! Art is pretty good and clean; eye-candy bishies are here and there; plot is not the best nor the worst; pace is a little shaky; comedy = definitely entertaining...
This has been a great ride. Despite all the people whining about no romance just have to realize that this story is a coming to acceptance story and the romance is going to slowly roll in im guessing around the end of v5. Im really pulling for them to stay the way they are and date their friends, because most stories pull out of this style ending right before the end and its feels forced. I love to see one where the body swap becomes permanent for once. Especially since Uehara has been enjoying the comfort of acting cute and eating sweets etc with out having to worry about his manhood. And well Momoi is Momoi. I really don't like her character but shes a nessicary evil. They story is slow and its mainly about a boy coming to terms with being forced in a girls life and its hilarious. Great story imho.
... Last updated on March 7th, 2008, 9:54am
its just too much (even for me?!)
god its really great art and the story is really developed it just hurts my man hood to much to be so close to the transvestite psyche god if the male character who got switched to a female wasnt so feminine then i could probibly cope right now im just waiting for the time when the two main characters fall for eachother then change back and have a relationship im really pulling for it. And if the mangaka isnt pushing for an asshole ending then he better do it the right way!!!
There isn't all that much story development but very good manga. As the love seems to be onesided, so I see a Momoi x Akira ending very unlikely at this pace. Rather I would like to see that they change back and they all break up (bad ending) or that they remain switched and where momoi x shiina and Akira x Senbongi. Those seem to me at this point the only natural and believable endings. A momoi x akira would simply be forced and unnatural.
Silly but funny.
The characters are adorable. Lots of humor. Not much in terms of romance if your looking for that.
I enjoyed it too, the plot is draggy at times, but Hey, i'm lovin' the story and humour anyway.. I do wish they stay switched till the end and momoi going out with akira, I don't really like senbongi, but maybe he's just puting an act so momoi tries hard to win akira back, haha..I'm gonna love senbongi if he really does that...
i dun wanna momoi (in the body of akira's) be with shina :< it would be so great if momoi and akira ended up together :] i loved the scene when akira is tutoring momoi and there's this "spark" between them ;>
My favorite manga.
This is my obsession, sadly. Characters are funny and pretty. Art work is great. Story line is great. Author is great.
It starts getting real good around volume four, as well as, *gasp* actual plot progression.