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High school student Yukari Fujimaru knows a potential star when she sees one…because she sees the special "aura" they give off, in the form of angelic wings. Yukari's fellow student, the beautiful Ryoko Katsuragi, has a small pair of wings herself, and is one of these aspiring talents. She's so talented, in fact, that no one even knows that "she" is actually a boy in disguise. Now, to make her own down-to-earth dream come true, Yukari must help her new friend become a star.
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This is a very good manga. Oh, and Yukari does have a purpose to help Ryou...to become a public official! Tsukuba has very down-to-earth drawing skills and a flowing plotline, though sometimes it doesn't exactly have a rigid plot set. Land of the Blindfolded wasn't the greatest, in storyline or drawing but the mangas following that was great. It's not that Land of the Blindfolded was not good, because it touched into profound depth, but I personally did not find it as entertaining. I definitely recommend this for anyone who loves romance/comedy genre manga, but only to those who are lenient. Some people might not like this. Overall, nicely done.
... Last updated on May 13th, 2008, 5:54pm
I don't know how to describe the realistic sense of story Penguin Revolution have. It's like a real-life sci-fi story or sumthing, if there is one. A manager and an actor who have a deep friendship that unseemingly transform into an innocent love. Its refreshing. I become addicted to it without even knowing. Good job!!
i thought i wouldn't like but..
but so far it's very good, i even gave a 10! haha.
Spoiler (highlight to view)
when yuka-chan offered her resignation letter and decided to sleep in the park,
I cried because of the flashbacks, she's such a good and positive girl.
ITS NOT WEIRD AT ALL.
My friends actually say this is a weird manga. It's one of the greatest mangas I've ever read. I thought it was a beautiful plot. And the art was phenomenal. Sakura Tsukaba has outdone herself in this work.
Yes, this is good stuff.
The storyline is a very modest reverse harem. Maybe it's a cross between Skip Beat and Fruits Basket? But way more laid back and fun than either of those.
Fujimaru is a dependable, good-natured everygirl. Ryou is a friendly, kind-hearted everyboy (well, bishounen). By typical shoujo plot devices (fateful coincidences) they meet and become caught up in an unusual and rapidly deepening friendship. From there it's a chronicle of their daily struggles to get through new situations which arise from dealing with other people, with their own personal ambitions and life goals, and with each other.
The other main characters are not only unannoying (that's all I usually hope for), but interesting and well-characterized. Ayaori is sort of a cross between Death Note's L (yep, he has that kind of moe workin' for him) and Ouran Koukou Host Club's Mori (but with no ironic self-referential humor to cheapen his depth--no offense there). The President of "Peacock" (the talent agency) is a lot like Skip Beat's LME President in that he's a tycoon/visionary with rugged looks who keeps everyone guessing, but possesses the mysterious wisdom of Fruits Basket's Shigure. Recent introduced (volume 2) is Narasaki, who's always in cosplay as a samurai (but his dress is metrosexual)--I'd say more, but since he's first introduced into the story as the object of the main characters' uncertainty, I shouldn't spoil what kind of person he is.
Anyway, what I love about the characters is that they seem real. In many shoujo, I care about the characters, but I don't love them. It's like they're works of art which the author develops with flashbacks, inner narrative, and various well-placed subtleties; although I'm drawn to their stories and their identities, there's a velvet rope barrier and a "Do Not Touch" plaque so I can't come in close. But in this story, Penguin Revolution, I can honestly say I sincerely love them. It's not lust--I don't identify with them, or envy them--it's love. I could just read this manga to hear the characters sit at the table eating dinner and talking to one another about how they felt about the day. I don't care about the plot, who cares about idols, or bishounen (I'm a straight male)? In plenty of shoujo, attention is paid to the characters, but it's the sort of attention which is like, "This character, being ultimately motivated by the mentality and personality which they developed in response to an emotional trauma, should say what or react how?" With PR, it's just better, that's all I can say. I can't figure out how the mangaka can compose the dialogue between characters such that each conversation builds up the depth of its participants and their relationship, in contrast to the usual developmental purposelessness of casual conversation in shoujo manga.
Mint Scans' forum requires 25 posts to have their scanlations. ;_; Fortunately, Dragon Voice has excellent HQ releases. Speaking of which, they've been putting out a lot of those recently. If the scanlations catch up to the manga and start coming out regularly as the chapters are serialized, that'll be quite awesome.
One of the best mangas I have read
GREAT manga and a very powerful story. The main subject of the story is to follow your dream and never give up. Even when people knock you down just get back up and believe yourself. Have confidence and you will succeed. Even a penguin can have beautiful wings. ;D
It's a cute story and the art is lovely~ Seriously worth reading and I'm recommending this to everyone.
i like this manga !!! its funny and oh so cute!! i like the way tsukuba draws.. and i like her story line... and i like the guy with the black hair.. ;) haha cool cool...
The main character reminds me of Haruhi... But I like this. A good read. The storyline is a little flimsy though...Like there isn't a strong purpose. Yeah, Fuji is helping Ryou, but there's no purpose in her doing so.
Sorry if my review is confusing...
... Last updated on August 15th, 2007, 3:27pm
I LOVE THIS>/////<
i read the first chapter and now i'm on the secound volume!it's seriously interesting and the drawing are good too^ ^ i seriously recommand this manga :] and ryou is seriously CUTE>_<!
@Drifter - the kiss is at the end of vol 3 actually you can find out from the CMX website if you really wanted to know what happens in vol 4 or just buy it since it's out already