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Mascara Blues   
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Draft of Romance
Masukara Burūsu
So I Can Be Myself - A Long Dream

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v.1 c.3 (end) by Simple Scans over 13 years ago
v.1 c.3 (end) by Evil Flowers over 13 years ago
v.1 c.2 by Evil Flowers over 13 years ago
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1 Volume (Complete)

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Average: 7.5 / 10.0 (302 votes)
Bayesian Average: 7.39 / 10.0

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June 1st 2021, 7:58am



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by transbikes
August 25th, 2017, 12:32pm
Rating: 6.0  / 10.0
The first one is fairly good, the second one is painfully forgettable, and the third one is alright and the main character is transgender and its not handled terribly. The last one stood to benefit the most from more pages.
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Outstanding Collection, each and every story has heart, characters have teeth and lots of genuine emotions out there!  
by ishitagupta
January 16th, 2014, 12:19pm
Rating: 10.0  / 10.0
Story 1: Amazing and refreshingly realistic but novel premise, good art, mature progression. I may have a gripe or two with the direction the story took and the resolution, but it very much feels like a grown up shoujo romance.
Story 2: Sakisaka Io-sama just understands that sweet spot between shyness and insecurity in inexperienced shoujo heroines. Her portrayal of them doesn't make them seem weak (well they do sound a tad childish in their inner monologues, but which of us wasn't equally self involved and oblivious at 15?!), just human and very real.
Story 3: Excellent pacing, amazing friends of the heroine and seconday characters, exactly how they should be since I personally feel likeable characters make a story more palatable. I was left wondering right till the very end what the deal with this oft repeated phrase "not a women" was all about (explained at the end of the story), after one read I still don't completely get it, and the resolution of the story didn't make it evident so I really need to wiki it! But this story's premise and execution was very sweet and endearing. The hero is the kind you want to show puppy eyes to and glomp when he surprises you on Saturday morning with muffin delivery smile

Overall, just happy stuff, not rainbows and unicorns, but the feeling of a warm hug!
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by Harukko
January 13th, 2014, 11:56pm
Rating: 7.0  / 10.0
I love the second story. One of my favorite oneshots. smile
It's sweet and sparkly, just how I like shoujo to be, sometimes. Lol XD

I liked the first story, a bit shallow but meh... the third story left me confused... sadly i couldn't sympathized with any of the characters, probably it need the extra pages that the first one didn't need so that the story could be well developed. Well, it's my opinion. :/
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by MinaPoe
December 21st, 2013, 12:07pm
Rating: 9.0  / 10.0
Such a lovely set of stories, was truly delighted to read them all. I did enjoy the 3 of them for different reasons, the first story I found adorable and the male was just too cute, I felt reflected in her, silly, flirty, always falling in love and so easy to read.
The second story.... I liked it but it seems mediocre when compared to the other two. Very sweet indeed.
Now the third story really deserves to be read as it is an innocent (as opposed to crude) and realistic way of seeing an issue that a lot of people would consider shocking. Although I have never and never will be in that same situation, not being what society thinks about you is something that most of us have gone and will always go through... until you find yourself comfortable with who you are regardless what everyone thinks.
Definitely recommended
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Super cute, but somewhat unsatisfying.  
by ejkyaje
July 22nd, 2013, 7:36pm
Rating: 8.0  / 10.0
All three are SUPER ohgodsosweeeeeeet. Hearts and stars and glitter flying. I mean that in a good way, of course. I LOVE them for that. All three, especially the first and last ones. I just wish there was less ambiguity about the ending of the last one, but I guess the author just wants you to decide in your own mind what happens next. But still. Unsatisfying! I just need an extra page or two on each of the stories. Haha.
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by blu_papillon
September 22nd, 2012, 12:58pm
Rating: 9.0  / 10.0
The third story is just amazing. So freaking sweet. I love that this mangaka actually addresses with maturity such a difficult subject as a transgender person. And I think it's realistic that the ending doesn't show the couple necessarily together, but more that they have come to an understanding. Just b/c the girl this guy likes doesn't have the same parts down there as he thought, he doesn't completely leave and freak out. This is handled very maturely. I'll reread for sure. People who are freaking out about this story, take a chill pill. Also, educate yourself, maybe take a psychology class. This isn't really anything that rare in reality, and society as a whole mainly chooses to ignore it. Props to this mangaka for addressing such a difficult topic with such tenderness/gentleness.
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Masukara Burūsu Collection  
by Disremembrance
May 24th, 2012, 5:43am
Rating: N/A
The first two were okay, but the one I enjoyed the most was the third. At first I assumed Hikaru was just a normal girl, so I was confused for a bit there (that's why I changed part of the description to fit the fact that she's transgender, and actually gives people insight so the people that get "freaked out" avoid reading it). I have a friend who wants to be a girl, though they were born male, so I can understand this story more than the people who "freak out" when the character turns out to be different than they assumed. Most transgenders think along the lines of their being born in the wrong body, and I believe they're right since they honestly feel that way.
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Mixed bag indeed  
by xblinkx
September 17th, 2011, 10:00pm
Rating: N/A
There isn't any need to feel freaked out about the third story. Its an actual issue that people deal with and I found it extremely touching for such a oneshot. Especially since the other two stories were mediocre at best. Even so, I liked all the stories (I just enjoy reading diverse oneshots).... but my favorite is def. the third.
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Liked some of it, but not all  
by brid
February 14th, 2011, 12:26am
Rating: 6.0  / 10.0
I didn't particularly enjoy the first two stories as the heroines of both were plagued by angst and complications where there really didn't need to be any. In the first story, the heroine falls for her best friend, as it states in the summary, and goes through some rather convoluted logic in order to avoid confessing to him
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even after he reveals that he likes her too! So in order to avoid hurting him with her requited love, she decides to break off their friendship--because that wouldn't hurt him at all, right?
This struck me as angst designed to keep them apart and prologue the oneshot, rather than a natural response most people would have.

Then in the second story, we have some angst over eraser. Yes, a regular old pencil eraser. The male lead gives the female lead half of his eraser because nerves cause hers to go flying off into the other side of the classroom, but alas! She just can't bring herself to thank him for this kind gesture! And then when the male lead and his friend catch her buying TWO erasers, she gets teased about the incident, but alas! She can't bring herself to admit one of the erasers was supposed to be for him as a show of gratitude! You might think I'm going off on a minor point here, but I'm really not as these were two of the major dramatic episodes of the chapter. It's not me making a big deal out of trivialities, but rather the mangaka. Sure, I know when you're a teenager in love, even the littlest things can get blown way out of proportion, but just because that's reality, doesn't mean I can't roll my eyes at it.

However! I did enjoy the third story. Not to give too much away (even though the categories pretty much do), the girl in that story had real problems--no futzing around with erasers here. I thought the story was a sensitive and realistic look at what life might be like for someone with that kind of issue. The story doesn't flinch away from the fact that a girl in this situation would have peers who would treat her with cruelty, both intentionally and unintentionally, and that falling in love would be a complicated thing. I thought it was pretty interesting how at the beginning of the story when the girl tells her friends that she's met a hairstylist, her friends warn her off because stylists are known to be players. When I read that, both in the story and in the summary, my response was "stylists are players?!" but looking back on it, the friends probably weren't warning her off about the boy, but probably worried about her issue, but unable to broach the topic. It was nice to see shoujo manga having the guts to seriously engaging with this subject, rather than treating it like a joke. Usually I'd have to pick up a josei or seinen manga for something like that. So all in all, these onseshots were a mixed bag for me.
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Second Story!  
by buywrong
December 6th, 2010, 4:16pm
Rating: 4.0  / 10.0
First one is crap, so skip it...

Second one is great, the girl is a cry baby and a tad annoying... but it's sweet and a bit of 'Strobe Edge' feel...

The third one freaks me out... read at your own risk...
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