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Heroine Shikkaku  
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This could be any girl. Imagine being a heroine of a love story. Hatori also believed that one day she would get married to her childhood friend, Rita.

But that's not how the world works! This is a hilarious comedy that honestly paints a painful unrequited love story of this young girl!


Related Series
Hirunaka Shikkaku (Spin-Off)
Sensei Kunshu (Adapted From)

Associated Names
لم أعد بطلة
헤로인 실격
Failure of a Heroine
Heroine Elimination
No longer heroine

Groups Scanlating
200 wpm
Anime-tion Scanlation
Autumn Scans

Latest Release(s)
v.10 c.Extra (end) by 200wpm over 3 years ago
v.10 c.35-36 by 200wpm over 3 years ago
v.10 c.34 by 200wpm over 3 years ago
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Status in Country of Origin
10 Volumes (Complete)

Completely Scanlated?

Anime Start/End Chapter

User Reviews

2 topics, 14 posts
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User Rating
Average: 7.2 / 10.0 (456 votes)
Bayesian Average: 7.16 / 10.0
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Last Updated
November 2nd 2017, 11:34am PST



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Original Publisher

Serialized In (magazine)
Bessatsu Margaret (Shueisha)

Licensed (in English)

English Publisher

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Weekly Pos #673 increased(+22)
Monthly Pos #1014 increased(+221)
3 Month Pos #1758 increased(+80)
6 Month Pos #1864 increased(+56)
Year Pos #1963 increased(+174)

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you will love this and hate it at the same time   
Rating: N/A
by hyejin18
July 28th, 2014, 6:43pm
You will love this and hate this at the same time trust me because i did. In The first half of the story i was pissed off with all the characters and even though i wanted to throw it i couldnt because deep inside i was hoping that it would change to the way i wanted, so i keep on holding on to it. I like how it ended, because i like the hero and the heroine from the very beginning but i dont like how the ending turned out for the supporting characters, i mean, those suppprting characters were very nice characters but why did they end up alone....? The ending was rushed but i like the story regardless.
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The heroine is a real human being   
Rating: N/A
by noobzilla
February 20th, 2014, 6:31pm
I don't get why people hate the protagonist so much. She's the most realistic girl I've seen in a shoujo manga. She's truly an average girl. Average girls are not mary sue's like adachi and every other shoujo heroine. There's a superiority complex in all of us, we think we deserve better than others, we get jealous, we hate, we question ourselves. So yes I really like the authors for having he guts to make a character who isn't kind and loving and sweet as a main character. Only thing I despise about the girl is her lack of commitment, going back and forth between guys tend to get annoying.

... Last updated on February 21st, 2014, 6:44am
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Original, some downfalls   
Rating: 7.0 / 10.0
by ChildofSecrets
December 4th, 2012, 12:13am
This story has achieved levels of originality, but its price is beginning to show.

I agree, the characters are worsening the more we see their personalities. I don't deny that. Still, I take most of it as successful parodying. I doubt the mangaka ever had the intention to showcase ideal heros/heroines and love interests alike. If it were to be flowery shoujo idealism or even realistic, it wouldn't be original as it is (for better or for worse). Hatori is probably the only main shoujo character I've seen that's a selfish hard-to-relate antagonist.

Though I don't like the distasteful personalities of Rita, Adachi or Hatori, I'm glad to see a different light shed on fictional characters in common context - light rarely shown, if not warped to make us like and dislike certain characters more.

Depending on your perspective - it's either a parody or a crapheap of disappointing MCs. I'd say the former.

I'm still questioning how things will end up but in all, will read it with my full attention to the end.

... Last updated on May 18th, 2013, 7:29pm
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Heroine Knows.   
Rating: 7.0 / 10.0
by Green Mylle
November 30th, 2014, 5:11pm
Hatori takes it all.
I dare say that majority didn't like just because:
1- a lot are in favor of Hiromitsu and he didn't end up with the Heroine.
2- a lot are annoyed with Hatori/Rita
3- they had a different view of the story.

While on the other hand, I really loved it AFTER giving it a second read.
Yes I hated it at first but then again I understood another message.

It's basically a failure of a girl and a boy. A Different kind of showing character development.
Hatori had always been obsessed with Rita, so in the end, choosing him is inevitable.
It was also good for Hiromitsu since being with Hatori will only lead to a VERY UNHEALTHY relationship.

Hatori amuses me. The author is brilliant for making a Heroine like Hatori. It shows obviousness on how detestable, bitch, and just, addictive a person can be.

Another is that, Koda Momoko reversed the roles. Hatori is supposed to be the typical rival/antagonist in a shoujo manga. Then she ended up with the Main hero which is Rita.
BUT, consider this..... at the very end, *Spoiler* :
Read Hatori's last statements....Everyone is a heroine of their own.

All in all, maybe it's just not for everyone.
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Started out as agreat comedy... (revised)   
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by Criminal Intent
March 30th, 2011, 6:05pm
, but as of late it's become a tiresome melodrama.

Like the poster before me stated, this series is actually about the antagonist of typical shoujo romance stories. Hatori is popular, pretty, and the classic "childhood friend". She sees her and Rita's relationship as a shoujo love story, but the problem is it's not that kind of story. Enter Adachi, the plain, dull, "Mary Sue", and she is the archetypal "heroine" in every way.

This series is pretty funny, Hatori's facial expressions are priceless, and she constantly rejects actual reality and injects her own fictional one. Her best friend (Nakajima) is the standard "voice of reason", but it works out well against Hatori's quixotic behavior. It pokes fun at classic genre cliches and even other series (most notably Strobe Edge).

The series does have it's drawbacks though. It constantly loses focus and Hatori's unwillingness to change has become tiresome as of late. Rita's the same way. I like "Kaki P" (Kousuke), he's like the voice of the readers, he points out the glaring motivations behind every character and it seems the Hatori likes him at least on the most basic level.

Still, this manga is young so there's still a lot of story ahead.

EDIT for finale: So happens I decided to return to this series right when the group translated the end. smile

I binged through all the chaps I missed, and I've gotta say the characters actually came out looking better than I remembered. I especially found a new appreciation for the story of Hatori. I'm glad the mangaka didn't feel the need to pull any punches with her character. She's snooty, arrogant, and abrasive (hell she even made a poor girl cry because she was pissed off), yet you can empathize with her.

Too often do we find ourselves rooting for bland, flavorless, sickeningly sweet heroine (Adachi) and despise the flashy, aggressive, self-assured villainess (Hatori). The mangaka actually quite adeptly turns those conventions on their heads.

Rita actually starts to become a better character as well. He did get annoying for a while, but once he finds his resolve, he's actually a really good guy.

As for the ending, it was really odd. I think the mangaka just ran out of ideas and ended it. All sort of character development is thrown in the toilet for random bits of drama; when there's an apparent silver lining, we're swerved into a weird haphazard finale that ends up being more confusing than rewarding.

I'd still recommend this, based on how rare the idea behind this is. Also, the artwork is top notch. Hatori seriously has the best facial expressions I've seen since GTO.

... Last updated on May 3rd, 2014, 6:55pm
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I hope Hatori does NOT end up with Rita   
Rating: N/A
by WShin
September 1st, 2012, 3:30pm
I feel like Rita is pretty much using her, well not even using, more like he won't ever like her the way Hatori likes him.

I want Hatori in the end to realize that she doesn't need Rita to be happy and maybe hook up with Kousuke (if she has to...I'd prefer if she didn't pair up with anyone). Her friend doesn't seem interested in anyone, either, so why does she need to get a bf?

Edit: This story would be AWESOME if Chapter 16 were the last chapter, but it's not. Too bad (I've read the ending spoilers)...

Wait a minute, the ending TOTALLY makes sense if you read what's on the tin can. It's called "Failure of a Heroine", so Hatori is supposed to make the WRONG choice. This manga is intended to be frustrating. So it is a proper parody after all. Of how in many shoujos, the girl picks the guy who is unsuited to be in a relationship/abusive/unavailable, etc.

... Last updated on November 11th, 2013, 4:05pm
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Seriously engaging and dastardly hilarious art   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by ishitagupta
September 30th, 2014, 3:22pm
Hahah this is so entertaining! This girl is equal parts delusional and downright scheming and so so so relatable! She's also very brave... I know I would have loved to be her had I no chance to be the "lead heroine" as she puts it! Her chain of consciousness is always trailing off into fantasies and almost immediately she'll pull herself back to reality too only to start fretting and scheming about another line of attack! I can never get enough of her inner monologue!

And the expressions and loveliness of the art despite some overall immaturity in the handling of faces is so top notch and over the top exaggerated! Sigh... this is why I continue to read shoujo manga! To encounter gems like this every now and then!

Everyone is so devious yet predictable, it's delicious! Characters are fleshed out very well here and lol "secondary characters" or "supporting characters" as our Heroine would call them are also given quite interesting non stereotypical roles. I may not be super happy with some of the more cliche twists the story kept taking after a while, or the ending per se... but it was a very fun ride.

And also... a self aware hottie basketball player who voluntarily attends prep/cram school? And knows when to turn on the jock fan service mode to distract the heroine from her ennui? SERVE ME UP A PIECE OF THAT!

And did I just see the three leads from Strobe Edge in a panel there?! OH MY GOD!!! Shoujo manga going meta! I love IT!!!

Hahah and generally I'm allergic to maudlin outbursts and melodrama but there's so much comedic relief to take the burden off it as well! How was this not made into an anime?!
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Rating: 6.0 / 10.0
by dreamit.
May 12th, 2014, 11:53pm
Alright so I finished it. At first I was really into this manga I mean, the main character was pretty annoying... actually.. really annoying and indecisive and selfish but I mean she's only trying to find happiness right? But it started going downhill after
Spoiler (mouse over to view)
Rita fell in love with her. Are you effin kidding me?!
I mean of course I saw that coming, what else could fill up a 10 volume manga but
Spoiler (mouse over to view)
I mean that's completely just... what the heck man. I dunno just too much back and forth drama, same shiet too. I finished the manga with this face " -.- "
Anyways, looks like it's 50/50 some people loved it, some hated it! I thought it was okay but definitely something I'd forget. Give it a try?
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Rating: 7.0 / 10.0
by ImaginaryWishes
April 3rd, 2013, 8:09pm
I really enjoyed this series in the beginning. The subversion of shoujo cliches is executed successfully and I appreciated that Hatori was a human character. She's probably not likeable to everyone, but I liked her, and how she's shameless in what she wanted. It makes her more human. And if nothing else, her facial expressions are always entertaining. I also enjoyed her interactions with her ever-suffering friend Nakajima and the other love interest, Hiromitsu. Both ended up being necessary and sympathetic characters. Rita, on the other hand, turned out to be an irredeemable asshole. The more page time he had, the crappier he got and the more I wanted to burn him. (Compare and contrast with Hiromitsu, who demonstrated that he had the capacity to change for the better). I thought that was okay, though, because I could deal with Rita if his assiness was used to fuel Hatori's character development. But then everything that I thought this series was building up to got chucked down the gutter. Whoops. Just when I thought this series (read: Rita) could no longer raise my blood pressure. No such luck.

Maybe it's because my hopes were misplaced, it just became so exhausting to read by the end. That said, if you can just get into the zone of no-longer-caring, it's not so bad. By the time you get to the haphazardly slapped-together ending, it's just easier not to be disappointed. It's unfortunate that a funny series with an unconventional heroine ended being a shitty romance about emotionally stunted teenagers that don't know how to respect each other, but what can you do.

I still give it 7/10 for the number of times it made me laugh.

EDIT: Revised, b/c I noticed how messy my original comment was.

... Last updated on April 16th, 2015, 10:21pm
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Oh, Hatori...   
Rating: 6.0 / 10.0
by flowinmyboat
November 10th, 2012, 8:49pm
I really liked this series at first. Hatori's facial expressions were really funny and I liked how she was slightly self-aware. I could really relate to Hatori; every girl has that mean-out-to-get-you side and feels like their the best match for their crush especially in high-school. I was hoping it'd be more about how she gets past the fact she's not his heroine anymore and internally struggles with moving on to finding a new love...

But then, she confessed. Cue the love-triangle and tears. Rita went from being tolerable to being a total sleaze-bag. This manga would improve a lot if Hatori falls out of love with Rita and discovers what a jerk he is. She gets more and more pathetic as the story goes on, and become less and less relatable.
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