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Hoshino, Me o Tsubutte.  
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Kobayakawa is an unsocial student who lives an extraordinarily ordinary life. His only talent is painting portraits, which he often does to relieve pent-up anger. One day, he meets a pretty and popular girl named Hoshino who has a secret that nobody knows except for her and her childhood friend. That is, until he stumbles upon it too by chance. Her friend had been putting make-up on her every day. Now it's his turn to keep this secret and help maintain her social life!


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Hoshino, Me wo Tsubutte.
호시노, 눈을 감아

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v.9 c.72 by C1V1 Scans 4 months ago
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13 Volumes (Complete)

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Average: 7.3 / 10.0 (103 votes)
Bayesian Average: 7.13 / 10.0
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Last Updated
September 3rd 2018, 5:19am PST



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Rating: 3.0 / 10.0
by just1moreazn
January 4th, 2019, 9:50pm
It was honestly one of the greatest manga I have ever read. But they axed it and ended it in the worst way possible. It was the most disappointing and biggest f u to the readers. I warn you, if you decide to read it. Just read up into the late 60s. Anything past that is total garbage. They could have literally ended it earlier and I would be satisfied with it but they decided to turn a masterpiece into a pile of trash.

... Last updated on January 4th, 2019, 9:51pm
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Rating: 3.0 / 10.0
by Sareil
October 2nd, 2018, 6:50pm
The characters were interesting and likable, very easily able to be invested in them. The development of these characters was enjoyable and was very not to be invested in their changes as a reader. However, the main male protagonist during the first few chapters came off as intolerable with the typical teenage angst and the plot progression doesn't pick up until later chapters. However, when the plot does pick up it's a very enjoyable experience and to watch the main characters grow and learn from each other.

However, the ending/final arcs itself unravels all the progress and relationships established by the characters in the previous chapters and it is simply disappointing to read. The reason why this ending was so disappointing wasn't the fact that the development of the characters regressed and relationships were torn, it was due to the overall way the story was portrayed. It was simply presented as a romcom that was light-hearted and while it did delve into some serious themes occasionally it was never to an extent that broke the light-hearted atmosphere. It never step itself up appropriately for the ending. While in comparison, a series such as Made In Abyss established the atmosphere, themes and the driving plot of the story to be serious in a manner where an ending whether it be bad, good or open-ended wouldn't really bother the readers. On the other hand, a series such as this undid all the work/progression/development of the characters in the previous chapters.

All in all, the journey before the end came crashing down was very enjoyable and was refreshing to read. However, the ending was absolutely terrible and ruined the experience. Despite the fact that the mangaka did try to fix it in the epilogue it was unable to be salvaged. If you're looking for a series with a wholesome ending look elsewhere. Otherwise, the story up until chapters 66/67 were very enjoyable.
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Only good if you can deal with disappointment.   
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by Lorska
October 1st, 2018, 3:26pm
First things first, the reason why there is no rating is that up until a certain point it's a great manga but then right at the end it comes crashing down so hard it's unsalvageable.

Good character development, interesting and diverse characters, extremely clean and pretty art style, decent comedy.
Now what is the issue? While they are not translated yet, the last few chapters are just the worst way to end a series. Without spoiling anything, basically the whole point of the series, is made void for no reason. Actually there is one but it's so sudden, nonsensical and absurd it doesn't classify as one.
You can safely read until chapter 66/68 and probably have a good time but I can't say it's worth the disappointment if you do choose to continue.

Take this as a warning. If you are looking for a good wholesome read, look elsewhere.

... Last updated on October 1st, 2018, 3:27pm
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Rating: 8.3 / 10.0
by Suxinn
August 14th, 2017, 6:10am
For a series with such a romcom-esque premise, I was expecting something silly and over-the-top. And, to some extent, it is over-the-top, but it's also surprisingly earnest in its delivery.

Notably, rather than a story about a girl trying to hide her true self, it's more a story about youth and balancing how to be both true to yourself as well as kind to others. It's also a story that's unfailingly kind to its flawed characters, even the antagonistic ones.

Hoshino, the main heroine, isn't actually ashamed of how she normally looks--and neither is she putting on airs in her school life. More than anything, her makeup is the armor that gives her confidence in her relationships. Kobayakawa actually learns to be a better person from her, rather than the other way around (which seems to be the usual tract these stories take).

The story also tries to deal with bullying in a meaningful (albeit shounen-ized) way. And while it might be slightly optimistic, it has faith in the fact that as long as you make the effort, you can and will be able to build meaningful relationships with other people. Also, bonus points for understanding that different types of people exist and that not all teenagers are straight. (And for not making said teenager a caricature or the butt of a joke.)

I'm an absolute sucker for stories about youthful earnestness, and Hoshino, Me wo Tsubutte. is definitely one of the better ones I've had the pleasure to read.
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