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Charisma Doll  
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From StarryHeaven:

High school first year Sara has a secret…she’s really the super-popular singer SALA! However, as an idol her gender is kept a secret from the world in order to sell her music. But can Sara win when she wants to be just Sara…?


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v.2 c.9 by StarryHeaven over 12 years ago
v.2 c.Extra by StarryHeaven over 12 years ago
v.2 c.8 by StarryHeaven over 4 years ago
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Status in Country of Origin
2 Volumes (Complete)

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User Rating
Average: 7.7 / 10.0 (603 votes)
Bayesian Average: 7.64 / 10.0
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Last Updated
April 12th 2015, 7:16pm PST



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Ribon (Shueisha)

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Activity Stats (vs. other series)
Weekly Pos #568 increased(+173)
Monthly Pos #1107 increased(+488)
3 Month Pos #1951 increased(+643)
6 Month Pos #3184 increased(+19)
Year Pos #3620 decreased(-161)

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On 249 wish lists
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Only for a certain audience   
Rating: 4.5 / 10.0
by moonmystery
February 17th, 2014, 9:14pm
This manga is more like a gateway manga that introduces people to the world of comics. It's not that great or complex, but that's its charm for those new to the shoujo genre. Especially little girls. Girls new to this might just love Charisma Doll.

But for me, this dreaded manga is a terrible bore... because I've already read at least 4 other similar stories with similar looking characters. Plus, I've already had my taste of true masterpieces, so this no longer impresses me to say the least.

Overall, this series is pretty fluffy and nothing overly dramatic happens. The comedy isn't the creme of the crop either. However, because of that, most of the people reading the series probably won't feel grossed out or anything.

The romance is pretty simple. And the plot "twists" predictable. If you are veteran reader, don't bother with this unless you really have nothing else to do.

... Last updated on February 17th, 2014, 9:17pm
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Good before...   
Rating: 6.0 / 10.0
by theLettuceGarden04
October 10th, 2012, 3:27am
I loved this series, like a couple of years ago to the point I *gasp* reread it (OMG)! Anyway, now that I read it again, nope, it's just plain. I think this will be nice for people are are newer to the shoujo genre, it's actually more decent than some. If you are reading 200+ shoujos already, I would steer away. What more can I say, everyone else already said it, just read it if you're bored...
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Rating: 6.0 / 10.0
by Sphear
August 26th, 2012, 1:23am
Spoiler (mouse over to view)
Sala: *Takes off wig* I'm actually your classmate, Sara!
Hayase: *Gasp*

...Not impressed- but obviously not aimed towards my type of audience so Imma spare most of the ranting.
You've got your Mary Sue and Gary Stu in a simplified buisness world. It's inconvincing, it's lame. I'm glad it was just 2 volumes long. It wasn't that BAD per say, but let's just say it left me bored and eye-rolling.

If you're looking for a happy, snappy, not-much-of-a-plot manga, here you are. If not, I suggest you back away...

... Last updated on August 30th, 2013, 7:26am
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Surprisingly Good Sums it Up   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by iheartramen
October 5th, 2011, 2:33pm
I honestly didn't think this was going to be good. It's not an original plot and trust me I haaate cliches, but it was actually really enjoyable! It might have been because all the characters were likable and there was no artificial drama or abuse to try to make their personalities more interesting. The main character wasn't one of those whiny characters either. It was a fun, cute, quick read! :]
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I'm not sure why I like it   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by enaikelt
October 1st, 2010, 5:05pm
A charming, lighthearted little story I like reading when I'm sort of feeling like fluffy. The story's not complex (which is good; if it were, it'd be pretty hard to follow), and the characters are sweet.
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another favorite   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by holibelle
May 10th, 2010, 10:19am
this is another favorite manga of mine by Kirahashi Erika (the other one is Max Lovely). i agree with most of the reviewers, it is indeed not a unique story. however, it is still enjoyable. i really admire Sala/Sara since she's not some whiny-weak heroine and Hayase because he's a likable character. the artwork is amazing as usual. the only problem that i once again had is it's too short to my liking. i was depressed when it ended. *sigh*

overall, another manga that i truly recommend. biggrin
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I agree: enjoyable   
Rating: 9.5 / 10.0
by Liria
May 7th, 2009, 10:46pm
I agree with Kevadu's comments. No, the story isn't unique, but it was at least decently well done. The heroine isn't whiny; she actually stands up for herself. The hero isn't an arrogant jerk; he actually cares for her. It's a nice light romance, with a slight undertone that just because someone is a rival, that doesn't mean you can't be friends, and it's OK to be yourself.

This is a light-hearted story, and the length is just right to keep that tone. If it had been longer, it would've probably become too angsty, heading down the even more cliched road of dealing with bitchy fangirls and such. As it is, you can get lost in the happy story that's cliche, but not overly so.
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Rating: 7.5 / 10.0
by Kevadu
February 8th, 2009, 3:03pm
Pretty typical shoujo, but the girl isn't a total pushover and the guy isn't a jerk so I enjoyed it more than most. It loses points for originality, though. The whole androgynous pop-idol theme has been done to death. But if you're into that sort of thing you'll probably like this one.
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Rating: N/A
by Lightning Hiro
November 19th, 2008, 4:41pm
I love all the characters and this manga, I wished it had continued, it is awesome!!

... Last updated on November 19th, 2008, 4:42pm
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not all that..   
Rating: 6.0 / 10.0
by otakuness
September 21st, 2008, 5:50am
i must say it didn't kept me on my feet or at least cast a spell on me... it's like im just lookin' it into bunch of pictures... it may have been only 2 or 3 chapters if the mangaka hasn't drawn the faces of the characters big enough for a whole page.. sometimes the scene just the doesn't require it!!! if you want a good gender bender, just read ouran high school host club you'll instantly fall for it!!!
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