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Mishounen Produce  
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It's the start of high school, and Kako decides to "produce" her bookworm of a childhood friend, Kousei, so that he can become a good-looking and popular school idol. She models him after Lawrence, a character in a manga she likes, but as Kousei's transformation becomes a huge success and he extends his new character beyond what she asks for, what will Kako do? Will she find herself left behind in the wake of his newly found popularity?


Also included is a story called Megane Danshi Shinka Setsu (Theory of Evolution for guys with Glasses) in volume four.


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Associated Names
Her Idol Boy
Kế Hoạch Đào Tạo Hot boy
Megane Danshi Shinkasetsu
Mi Shounen Produce

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Latest Release(s)
v.4 c.18 + Extra (end) by Aerandria Scans (1493d ago)
v.4 c.17 by Aerandria Scans (1595d ago)
v.4 c.16 by Aerandria Scans (1611d ago)
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Status in Country of Origin
4 Volumes (Complete)

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User Rating
Average: 7.9 / 10.0 (630 votes)
Bayesian Average: 7.84 / 10.0
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February 14th 2016, 3:27am PST



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LaLa (Hakusensha)

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such a waste of time   
Rating: 5.0 / 10.0
by Azure_1802
May 20th, 2015, 1:02am
Too many things happened in chapter 1. The art is too flashy in my eyes, especially those unnecessary and irrelevant flowers. The plot is so-so, not really good, not really bad. The characters are not likeable but I don't find them annoying.
To sum up, this manga is good for people who want a readable series but is a waste of time for those who searching for decent romance stories
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Awesome Heroine, but not so awesome Hero   
Rating: N/A
by joji1006
January 2nd, 2015, 8:37pm
I don't understand about all the other comments. How in the world is this heroine dumb? Sure she is awkward and messes up. Who doesn't? At least she isn't like that girl who is always whiny when her boyfriend is talking to another girl (*cough* Tsubaki Hibino *cough*). No. I actually like her. She sticks up for her friend. She always cheers for him. She realizes that she made a mistake.

I think it's the guy who is annoying. He might be a bishie, but he is so needy and whiny. He's so selfish that he doesn't let the heroine do what she wants to do all because he doesn't want anyone else to touch her. He gets easily hurt and is just a complete jerk. Seriously? I prefer the other males rather than him.

Besides that, the art was pretty and story was nice. I recommend it as a light read.
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It's not that great   
Rating: 5.0 / 10.0
by panduhr
November 11th, 2014, 6:30pm
Don't get me wrong, the art in every way is very nice, but the story itself is very lackluster.
I made it to chapter 10 or so, and skimmed my way towards the end.
The main character is not very likable in my eyes, and Kousei is an unstable character.
I even found the ending to be very... unpleasing?
Spoiler (mouse over to view)
So he didn't contact her in 2 years, TWO YEARS, and she's just like, the fact that he never contacted me is fun! Does he have zero spare time? No phone calls, nothing? It doesn't make sense. Is her low self esteem suddenly cured because Kousei told her she is beautiful once??

The story is slow and uninteresting in my opinion.
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Recommending to read!   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by fontu
August 10th, 2014, 6:21pm
I enjoyed it very much! The main characters grow along with the development of the plot, the art is pretty, and I loved the mangaka's sense of humor. The very ending seemed a bit rushed though; and I suppose this manga could become even better if it was longer... Still, 'Mishounen Produce' is good enough as it is, so I think it's worth reading. Gonna check out other works by Ichinose Kaoru.

... Last updated on August 10th, 2014, 6:22pm
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Very enjoyable   
Rating: N/A
by Takahashi4me
January 22nd, 2014, 1:48pm
I loved this, if only for the extremely refreshing concept of the girl wanting her friend to become a bishounen so others wouldn't laugh at him- NOT because she didn't think he was already cool, but she wanted to show others how cool he was, and she got infuriated and insulted when they insulted him. It deserves an 8 if only for that, because I am so sick, sick, sick of girls not thinking their totally awesome male leads are lame. I loved this refreshing change.
The male lead was also just my type of male lead- possessive, childish and kind- but not kind in the pick-up-a-kitten-in-the-rain kind of way, but more of a normal, realistic kind.
The plot was a little meh, but it was bearable due to the characters lovely relationships.
So overall, much better than I expected it to be, and a recommended read.

... Last updated on January 22nd, 2014, 1:48pm
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Rating: 4.0 / 10.0
by Asani
September 7th, 2013, 5:24am
well everything there is to this manga was said already. Alwerien told exact my thoughts chemistry and feelings-wise:
dumb heroine who does horrible things to the guy who loves her and does everything she wishes for, "not noticing" her own feelings and continuing to be horrible.

Shinjite Florana tells you what to expect from the plot:
forced drama situations that are so highly unlike to happen you want to bang your had on the table.
"Typical" but incredible stupid superman transformation of the heroine, where no one recognizes her without glasses and she charms everyone but the second she puts on her glasses everyone is like: where did the beautiful girl go?

And as everyone mentioned: the art is the best part about this manga. It makes the scenes extreamly sweet and fluffy.

I am really a fan of well .done cliche shojo and lovestorrys in all colors but the above mentioned execution ruined this one for me.

But maybe i am just one of few...
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Monumentally Mundane   
Rating: 1.0 / 10.0
by P_O_C_K_Y
June 16th, 2013, 5:18pm
Honestly, I wonder if this is even worth reviewing. I am not one to criticize people's taste, but this manga was so dull! I can't understand how anyone could like this!

It was pretty much the same theme throughout the series, there was no drama, not really any progression, I did not feel attached to the characters, the romance was dull, the plot would have been somewhat interesting if it had been executed better and I honestly didn't like it.

I won't rant because Ichinose probably worked hard on this manga and I don't like to speak ill of her because I'm a fan of her other works, but this one was just ridiculously mundane. Can't even call it cliche because it would speak poorly of well executed cliche mangas. Bloody failure!
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Smiley face <3   
Rating: 8.5 / 10.0
by born2shop
December 27th, 2012, 3:21pm
OK. So I know this has a lot of "bad ratings", but I absolutely LOVED it!! The story was just so gosh darn cute (squeals) :-)

First off I loved the characters and the fact that there wasn't any unnecessary drama. And I loved the growth of the characters the most. That's one thing I always love seeing in mangas, It was so cute how Kousei loved Kako but she was too slow to see it and how she felt herself.

The art was amazing. It's one thing I always look forward to in mangas as well... Besides the story that is. Because the story is what draws me in the first place. The art is just an incredible bonus :-D

Though the ending was a little disappointing to me... I still think the whole thing was a job well done!
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Average, mediocre shoujo with nice art.   
Rating: 6.0 / 10.0
December 12th, 2012, 11:56pm
There was nothing that outstanding so I'll cut to the chase.

Characters ★★
Seeing how I don't even remember their names show how forgettable they are. Welcome your typical hero and heroine. The heroine is the typical 'I-wear-glasses-but-I'm-actually-pretty' girl and of course, once she takes those glasses off, every guy is mesmerised. The male lead is so dull. He's only good-looking, occasionally teases the girl and in the end, he freaking pressurises her. Nothing special.

Story ★★★
Average. Average. Average. Nothing unexpected happens. The same old plot devices. Nothing that hasn't been done yet. I'm not saying that a story has to be really original to be good. Old or popular ideas can be used but it's the way the mangaka brings it out to make it or break it.

Art ★★★★
Really depends on preference but I found the art to be cute and fluffy. I'm not gonna lie. It was the art that made be read the manga.

Read it if you have nothing else to read. Or else read a manga that's award-winning even though the art puts you off.
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I tried...   
Rating: N/A
by emmirose
November 12th, 2012, 7:11pm
I really tried hard to get through this manga, but after the first few chapters, I felt like I was falling asleep... I really wanted to like this, but after the story was initially set, I just couldn't keep going. The first few chapters were funny enough because it was setting the foundation of the rest of the plot line. After that, I just wanted to skip to the end to see them together at the end. Maybe other people might find it more entertaining, but it really wasn't for me.
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