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Half & Half  
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Our heroine is girl named Hina-chan. She is in her 20s. Hina has a handsome boyfriend now, but she will always remember her first love, a boy named Itsuki. When other kids would tease Hina, calling her ugly, Itsuki would defend her, and try to cheer her up and make her feel better. He and some of his family eventually moved away, leaving Hina heartbroken. But the memory of her first love will always make Hina feel nostalgic and happy inside. Itsukiís grandmother still lives next door to Hina, so she still has a connection to him, somehow.

One day, Hina has a dream of Itsuki, and she is feeling especially nostalgic about him. She is just mentioning her dream to his grandmother, when they are interrupted by the arrival of a stranger. It is a tall, beautiful woman. Wait a minuteÖ itís Itsuki! Itsuki is not joking, either. She explains that she is really a woman on the inside, and now she is dressing that way on the outside.

Hina finds herself falling in love with Itsuki, regardless of Itsuki's gender. But Itsuki is only attracted to men. Will Hina end up heartbroken all over again?


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Associated Names
하프 앤 하프
Half and Half

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v.2 c.9 (end) by Forbidden Garden over 6 years ago
v.2 c.8 by Forbidden Garden over 6 years ago
v.2 c.7 by Forbidden Garden over 6 years ago
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2 Volumes (Complete)

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Average: 7.3 / 10.0 (187 votes)
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It ended halfway   
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by iciahgem007
April 21st, 2014, 9:41pm
To be honest, this had one of the most interesting concepts there was, especially for a Shoujo manga. It started good but the ending had this sorta gender norm biased feel to it

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It's like the author really wanted for Itsuki to be male even though the character herself doesn't want that. I mean, I understand that we're most prolly talking about the power of love here, still it's not enough reason for Itsuki to throw her femininity away just said she could be in a normal relationship with the person she loves.

After all, I don't think it's a bad ending if Hina and Itsuki would end up together with Itsuki still being feminine. Because that's the actual power of love right? (Back at ya mangaka-san!)

 Although, again, this still remains as one of the good Shoujo manga out there that is original and daring. So read if you want something new (sort of).

... Last updated on April 21st, 2014, 9:43pm
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Some people misunderstood the ending   
Rating: N/A
by Pacific.Mint
January 11th, 2014, 10:20am
Some people think that Itsuki goes back to being a guy in the end, but that's not what happened. Itsuki clearly said that he can't be a guy for Hina and the reason his hair was short at the end was because he's going to the hair salon for something different.

I interpret Itsuki as a bisexual transgender who loves Hina. But I wonder could he have been just a cross-dresser since he seems to feel okay being/dress as a male; it's just that he prefers to dress like a woman and do some womanly things.
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So So   
Rating: N/A
by Ariaofthesong
August 12th, 2013, 9:16am
There were alot of problems (missing pages) and stuff like that and in the end I had a hard time reading it. It was bland but unique. If you're bored then read it, if you're expecting something amazing, don't.

The ending was good enough. Unlike other people I appreciated that he tried (and it was tried) to become a man for Hina but couldn't. Soooo I'm guessing he was a lesbian?
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Hnnng how to feel...   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by Doki
August 11th, 2013, 7:19pm
I must say I'm torn on how I feel about this manga despite liking it overall.

Half & Half deals with a topic that's not often seen and that alone is great, but it is also doing it in a positive, somewhat informative, somewhat correct way.
It unquestionably deals with actual hardships and feelings.

There seems to be a general consensus that the ending is the most questionable part of the manga, and a big part of me agrees. On certain levels it certainly does seem to undermine the entire message of the manga, but I think it also depends on how you approach it. The premise presents Itsuki as a male-to-female transgender (a male-bodied woman that is attracted to men) and that solidifies in the reader's mind. However, if you approach Half & Half as a further exploration of sexuality for Itsuki, the ending is less of a contradiction.
As is mentioned by one of the characters, sexuality is complicated. My suggestion is just to keep in mind that there are sexualities that don't negate Itsuki's sense of self and gender but also make the ending plausible.
That's the best way I can phrase it without spoilers.

I know a lot of the terminology would not be deemed correct or acceptable by the LGBTQ community. That being said, every individual is different, and there are plenty to whom pronouns and labels don't matter, so I wouldn't call how the manga dealt with those "insulting" or "insensitive" because these things aren't set in stone.

Note: The pronouns in the translations are not mistakes. An English audience loses some sense of gender in the translation, but Itsuki refers to himself in the feminine way while others have a tendency to refer to him in a masculine sense.
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How to be a Bad Ally 101   
Rating: N/A
by Icsifil
February 1st, 2013, 10:01pm
I was so excited.
Then they kept on using male pronouns, forcing Itsuki out of the closet, calling Itsuki a guy, saying Ituski's gay, and shit like that.
As a story...? I guess it was okay. But it was so transphobic it was hard to enjoy it as a story.
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Unused potential   
Rating: 7.0 / 10.0
by rainydayphotos
January 5th, 2013, 10:53pm
It has a good premise, but there are a few problems with the manga. The pronoun use for Itsuki is all wrong (I don't know if this is a translation error), trans people usually prefer to be referred to with pronouns of the gender they identify as, so to call Itsuki "he" is actually very insulting to her. Trans people are not necessarily gay, like cisgendered people, they can have diverse sexual orientations. Since Isuki identifies as a woman, and is attracted to men, then she's heterosexual. I don't like Yuuri very much,
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it's horribly manipulative and exploitive to pretend to be gay just to get someone's guard down, especially when there are gay people who are suffering everyday and cannot come out in a homophobic society.
The ending was seemed to go against the whole message of the manga.
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I wasn't bothered by the fact that Itsuki loved Hina, I was bothered when Itsuki adopted a more traditionally masculine look. This is not to say that women are masculine just because they have short hair or wear jeans, but it seems that for the majority of the manga, Itsuki loved her long hair and her dresses. It just gives the message that transwomen just need the right woman to "fix" them, to get them to conform to a heteronormative society.

... Last updated on January 5th, 2013, 10:58pm
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Just one more thing   
Rating: 6.5 / 10.0
by justasideshow
May 2nd, 2012, 8:58am
I agree with almost everything that has been said. I'd only add that Hina's never ending love didn't convince me. Ok, Itsuki was her first love. But it had already past a freaking decade!!!! I just can't buy that.

... Last updated on May 2nd, 2012, 7:37pm
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Ok, but vague main message   
Rating: 7.0 / 10.0
by ChildofSecrets
March 27th, 2012, 10:52pm
Overall, the concept and idea of the story was probably better than how it was executed. I agree that the ending was a little.. mismatched with the the rest of the story's message/focus. I thought that it was interesting but nothing truly great - mostly because it was hard to really expect or anticipate anything from it. The main point of the story seemed to be showing one of the most absolute situations of "unrequited love" yet you get this cliched vibe that something more will happen, even though it shouldn't.
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I really felt like the mangaka was trying too hard to make the story's ending "perfect" when it was too late to make the premise about a straight couple. If that were to even come close to happening, there needed to be a bit more to character development/details and dynamics - not just a hopeful ending and tiny romantic hints.

But by the end I think I did half enjoy it without considering dropping it.

... Last updated on January 17th, 2018, 2:49am
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That was good.   
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by secretcina
October 16th, 2011, 3:10pm
I disagree with everyone down there. VVV
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I think Itsuki always loved Hina. He was confused about it though because he wanted to be a girl. He had a weird form of love since the beginning.
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Contradicting End...   
Rating: 6.0 / 10.0
September 9th, 2011, 8:02am
Like the other reviews say, the manga had a good start but the ending freaking ruined it all. Itsuki suddenly changed in the end. The ending made him seem like a selfish asshole and the mangaka took sexual orientation too lightly.

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How could Itsuki be so selfish in the end? He suddenly liked Hina and decided to snatch her back. Then he lost his hair extensions and went back to being a guy again. The ending made it seem like Itsuki was just playing around or just confused. Didn't he like being a woman? Why the sudden change?
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