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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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하프 앤 하프
Half and Half

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Average: 7.3 / 10.0 (186 votes)
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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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Starts off really well....   
Rating: N/A
by lostinshalott
August 18th, 2011, 7:08pm
The start of this manga is really good it draws the topic of transgenders really well although like the previous commenter the manga-ka seems to think being transgender also equals to being gay which isn't always the case and the two do not mean the other. But when focusing on the struggles of being transgender the manga really shines. Itsuki is such an interesting character right till the end however the ending....
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The ending is a typical conformist shoujo ending with Itsuki and Hina getting it together. It just makes Itsuki seem fickle and put his family and those he loves through alot of hurt because it seems he really isn't gay or transgender by the end.This ending would have made more sense if Itsuki had become transgender because he had been disillusioned with his own gender (rather than him actually being transgender completely) but there is none of this and no explanation for his sudden realization that he was in love Hina. I'm sure the Manga-ka had wanted to end the manga with Hina and Itsuki as just friends but felt pressurized to conform and give them some kind of fairy tale ending which ruins the message of the manga as it ultimately shows tansgenders as just a "phase" or simply fickle people which is so untrue.
I did enjoy this manga but my disappointments out weigh the things I found were good.
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It was *almost* perfect...   
Rating: 7.5 / 10.0
by Konstantine2010
June 20th, 2011, 9:44am
This started out as a really wonderful manga and I really enjoyed it up until the last chapter. It does a really good job of portraying a transgendered individual in a positive light while still being comedic and addressing some more serious issues. (if only things worked out so nicely in real life!) I also love the "romance" in the sense that the female lead for the most part isn't so much working to change him so that he will come to love her, but working through her own feelings in accepting he can't because he's a woman. smile

However, the ending in the last chapter kind of contradicted the message of the previous 8 chapters. So that was a bit meh.
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I really didn't want Hina and Itsuki together, just because it seemed to prove she could never fully accept Itsuki as a woman. Just when she was about there suddenly Itsuki changed 'his' mind and decided 'he' loved her too? disappointing. And in the end he even mentioned giving up skirts and the long hair. =/ I just feel like it took what could have been a beautiful ending involving friendship and acceptance and turned it into a cheesy 'you can't help who you love ending' in an instant. In my mind Hina ends up with Yuuri and Itsuki finds a hot guy :)

The other thing that irks me about this is that they seem to use the terms transgender and gay interchangeably to refer to Itsuki. These are NOT the same, and I don't believe most transgender people would refer to themselves as gay. However, I don't see this as something the general public very well educated on, so I can't necessarily hold it against the mangaka, especially since she's shed such a positive light on the issue. It also upsets me that they refer to itsuki as "him" rather than "her", but I'll get over it. Not sure if that is the doing of the mangaka or translators anyway. Also wish I knew if itsuki was using the feminine or masculine "I" as well. However these things are more me being picky since I've known some transgendered individuals and attended workshops on the issue. I wouldn't say they take away from the manga.

Overall, I really liked it. I would definitely check it out! (just maybe imagine your own ending over the last chapter)

... Last updated on August 14th, 2011, 11:46pm
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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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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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Ok, but vague main message   
Rating: 7.0 / 10.0
by ChildofSecrets
March 27th, 2012, 10:52pm
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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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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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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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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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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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