Kiri is a gifted young hairstylist who takes great pleasure in anonymously using her talents to add a ‘little magic' to an ordinary girl's life. On the flipside, a group of three boys called the Scissors Project have an entirely different mindset: they give grand makeovers to a select group of handpicked girls who are beautiful to begin with. Kiri is quite content with staying out of the public eye, though with the Scissors Project's leader Narumi refusing to stand aside and give up his makeover throne, it seems that she won't be able to stay out of the spotlight for long. With challenges being thrown at her whenever there's a chance, Kiri finds that she cannot resist responding to the world of hairstyling.
Story: Beauty Pop is the age old story of a high school which has an all male beauty club... that is popular school wide. Clearly a work of fiction, Beauty Pop covers a fairly interesting topic that is more fun than plausible. The story mostly revolves around the makeovers and competitions that the aforementioned beauty club (Called the Scissors Project, or SP) perform, at least in the early chapters. As it goes along you begin caring about the characters more, and while there is an obvious male lead, I found myself wondering who the female lead, Kiri Koshiba, might actually end up with. One thing I like about the story is that there is closure. By the end of the 10 volume story, you know who she chooses. One of the major appeals of the story is the makeovers themselves. Often, the results are left at a cliffhanger, where you really wonder what change will be made, if it is plausible, and if it actually will look good. This is a fairly light read, but as the story progresses, sabotage, relationships, and conflict carry the story to be more than just a series of before and after images. Art: The art in Beauty Pop isn't the most beautiful I've seen, but it is by no means hard to look at. The art is mainly noticable in character designs and the makeover sequences. Attention to detail is needed when it comes to a makeover manga with the character design, and I feel that this manga does so nicely. The chibis are very cute, as they should be. Characters: The characters aren't anything too cutting edge. There's a temperamental lead male, introverted brainiac, hyperactive sugar addict, and a shy best friend. I've heard others compare the cast to Ouran High School Host Club. Where the cast stands out, I find, is with the lead, Kiri. She's a girl with a talent who is humble about it, to the point of not being open about it, using an adrogynous disguise and alias for doing her early makeovers. She wants to ignore her talent, basically, and only puts it to use for people who are miserable over their appearance, and have been turned away by the Scissors Project. Another highlight in the character department is named Seki. He covers the tall, spikey haired, closed eyes, masseuse role. He is overly apologetic and against making a fuss, but I found him quite enjoyable. He makes his debut a few volumes in, and I could have seen more of him. With the characters there is a pretty good variety, and all bases are covered. They're fun, and all are fairly prominenly used in the story, besides the 'makeover of the chapter' characters. There is an attempt at depth with some of the characters, and it mostly works for the very main characters. Overall: Beauty Pop is something I would suggest for readers looking for something lighthearted and fairly inoffensive (unless you don't like the use of the word 'nappy'). A younger reader who enjoys shoujo would also like this, and it wouldn't be bad as an introduction to manga. It isn't laugh out loud funny, but it is endearing and charming. The uniqueness for this manga is in the concept, as opposed to the actual plotlines. Still, it doesn't feel like a rip off to me, as the concept lends itself for some story arcs that wouldn't be possible in another manga.
The manga Beauty Pop tells the tale of our charmingly aloof protagonist, Kiri Koshiba, as she explores the world of high-class glamorization, and her encounters with the school-sponsored group of beautification prodigies, the Scissors Project. If you’re looking for a lighthearted shoujo read to lift your spirits on a hard day, then this is the comic for you! The story moves along at a good pace, and keeps moving over all ten volumes, if not terribly plot-heavy in places that could be expanded upon. One of my favorite things about this is that despite Kiri’s ambivalence to becoming a beautician, the series never gets bogged down with it, unlike some series with characters that are similarly apprehensive to their field of specialty. The other characters are also similarly interesting, introducing a colorful tone to each page, even if sometimes they seem to get caught up in tropes. The characters also help maintain several running jokes throughout that don’t feel forced or worn out even though they get referenced fairly frequently. The art is appropriate to the comic’s overall feeling, even if it sometimes looks a bit wonky or generic. Altogether, I would def recommend this comic to a friend for a pick-me-up, and I have the feeling I’ll be rereading it sometime soon.
This manga, is one of my rememberable ones and during the whole time i was reading this, I LAUGHED SOOO MUCH! The humour is simple but, it leaves an impression. The main genres are comedy and a tinge of romance and school life. If you didnt already know, the main character is Kiri Koshiba, a girl who has that easy breezy look, in her eyes and her attitude. Another main character is Narumi, who is loud, mostly hot headed and gets wound up about most things concerning Kiri.... CHARACTERS - The characters in this manga are unique and funny, even serious characters are shown to have their moments. The personallities of Kiri and Narumi is different than most mangas, as you'd expect Kiri to be loud and more expressive but she isnt. Narumi, would be thought as the typical cool and silent one, but like Kiri, he just aint. Other characters are: Kazuhiko (Occhi), Kanako, Taro, Shampoo (NYAHH~~), Iori and Kenichro (SORRY!). ART - I think the art in Beauty Pop is quite average-ish and a tad bit simplistic, but i guess that the way Kiyoko Arai draws aha. I'v seen better, but nonetheless, i still llike it. hehe. There are times in the manga when im reading and i come across drawings which i like to turn back to for a second look at them. ahaha i dunno why, i guess the drawings are funny and interesting. :). I like the drawings of shampoo, theyre cute as!! WANNA FISHAAY? :3 (SORRY!) FAVOURITE CHARACTERS/MOMENTS/WHATEVER... - My favourite character would have to be Kei. He appeals to me the most and is so funny :D His blonde hair and visor gives him a sporty look and suits him, because hes so energetic, carrying his lollipop ahah. One of my favourite moments have him in it, such as the time when Narumi is in a happy mood, and Kei pops out suddenly, all curious and innocent, goes up to Narumi and shoves a pokky stick up his nostril. AHAHAHA!.. omg..XD but yeah, you just have to read it to experience the lols. I like the short story of Shampoo (the cat) that told us how he first met Kiri. ahaha i like cats...O__O. OVERALL - I like this manga, it was funny, cute and just..unique. I like how there is barely any romance in it, because though romances are good, its nice to find a good manga with out it and still enjoy. The only problem I have about this is how short this is. Yes, Beauty Pop isnt SUPPPERRR popular, but i would of liked more volumes, and thus be able to turn into an anime. (if there were more volumes, it wouldnt be continued, the story would go on and end as had Beauty Pop ended.) You guiize might not agree with me but daats okaaay :D Wells thats it... BAI BAI <3 sorry if i kept going on..... and u got annoyed.......-____- ahaha :)
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