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Hatsumi Narita lives in an apartment complex owned by the self-righteous and tyrannical Mrs. Tachibana, the wife of the housing company's vice president. If you are unlucky enough get on her bad side, or are even just a victim of rumors, your whole family is doomed to suffer! So when Hatsumi is caught buying a pregnancy test for her sister by Ryouki - the son of the Tachibana family who also used to bully Hatsumi when she was a child - she is naturally worried. Ryouki then attempts to blackmail Hatsumi and, fearing for the reputation of her family, she agrees to become his slave. But when her childhood friend, Azusa, suddenly moves back to the complex, he resumes his role of protecting Hatsumi from Ryouki. With complicated love stories and various hidden family secrets, it appears that this gossip-mongering housing complex is not quite so typical after all.
With a noticeable tan and bleached hair, Momo Adachi is a high school student who is frequently misunderstood by her classmates. She's accused of being a playgirl and is the subject of many rumors, most of which originate from her ‘best friend' Sae who is jealous of Momo due to them having a crush on the same boy. Momo's life only gets worse when Kairi Okayasu, who she once saved from drowning, decides to make her his own. Kairi coming into Momo's life only encourages Sae to spread more rumors about Momo and Kairi while going after Toji herself, creating quite a complicated situation for everyone involved.
Both are dramatic love stories that have innocent female protagonists, who are put through a whirlwind of rumors throughout the stories. These are very similar, except in Peach Girl, it doesn't start the drama as heavy in the beginning. Both have gossip, bullying and betrayal throughout the series.
Peach Girl and Hot Gimmick are both dramatic series about bullying and gossip in which a blameless girl is caught in the middle. Rumors run amuck in the high school setting of each series and the girls are faced with a decision of how to deal with the situation.
Kotoko Aihara has always been in love with Naoki Irie; he’s tall, handsome, and rumored to be the most intelligent student in Japan – who wouldn’t be? Only one thing stands in the way of a relationship with Irie: Kotoko is ditzy and is at the bottom set of her school, and Irie-kun hates nothing more than ditzy, stupid girls. When disaster strikes and Kotoko is forced to move in with Irie-kun’s family, she suddenly sees her chance to bridge the gap. After all, even cool, super-intelligent guys must have a soft spot, right?
The main characters in Itazura na Kiss and Hot Gimmick have the same types of personalities. The heroines are sweet and innocent, always trying their hardest while the heroes are stand offish and always going a round about way to help out the heroine.
In a sad twist of events, five unrelated boys are adopted into a family are then scattered due to the death of their parents. One of these boys, Hanayagi Sakura, struggles to reopen their mother's beloved flower shop and bring the family back together, even though they have no blood ties. The boys each bring their individual talents to the table to help make a unique flower shop cafe, and call it "a flower shop that brings happiness to everyone." With each day a new challenge, the five ‘brothers' greet each customer and provide the care and service they need to fill the emptiness in their hearts.
Both main leads are young girls in high school who are pushed around by others without concern for their feelings. Ayumu Shiiba in LIFE is constantly harrassed and bullied by the popular girls to the point of self-mutilation. Hatsumi in Hot Gimmick is intimidated by a boy living in her apartment flat--Ryoki--who constantly bullies her without a care in the world. Soon other boys join in, and it's one betrayal and eye-opener to others' true intent after another.
While LIFE deals with more serious issues that come with bullying like depression, suicidal thoughts, and self-mutilation, even.. Hot Gimmick is more about a girl who is picked on so much so that the reader can't help but get enraged at how evil the boys in her life are and how helpless and unfair the situations turn out over and over again.
In other words, if you're looking for a manga that you want to get roaring mad over the injustice of the world and the pettiness of peoples' hearts in their every day interaction with another, but with a little silver lining hinting that everything is gonna be okay and work out fine, then read Hot Gimmick..or LIFE.
Kiro Aso is an astounding artist who spends her days cooped at home or in art club room, avoiding all contact with others – especially boys. Rei Kashino is a popular motorcycle enthusiast who seems to have it all: looks, personality, and an endless supply of hot babes throwing themselves at him. When the two cross paths one day by chance, no one could have suspected how close these polar opposites would grow to be, or just how many obstacles their love would have to overcome...
Mars and Hot Gimmick both have a controlling sense of feeling between the main characters while converging in a high school setting. The relationship between the characters takes some surprising twists and turns as they try to make it work.