Mizuki gets confessed to by a boy in front of a special Mirror. Legend has it, that if you confess to someone you like in front of that mirror your wish comes true! There is a slight Problem in this Equation: Mizuki is just a very feminine looking boy. Also it seems that he caught the Attention of the Norse Trickster God Loki while glancing into the Mirror. Loki decides out of boredom to mess with Mizuki and turns him into a real Girl.
I don't think I've ever gotten this emotional over a romance manga... maybe even any romance in general. Most of them are just too cutesy for my tastes to really get into it, or too much of a comedy for the characters to carry weight on my heart - that's why until recently I've typically avoided romance works. But damn it this one tugged on my heart strings. Story: Starts off with your typical gender-bender opening trope. The MC: is a slightly effeminate guy, has a crush on a girl, has a macho best-friend that he's been friends with since forever, and then through whatever process the author conjures up he turns into a girl (in this case Loki, prankster god[dess] sends a magical wasp to sting him and initiate the change). But the story takes off from there in ways that either break the tropes of the genre in creative ways, or surpasses the genre's tropes and becomes some of the best examples of them. The story has beleiveable twists and turns, well-thought-out introductions and interactions, and most importantly it has a satisfyingly lengthy development. Each chapter provides something meaningful to the story without dragging on, so it never overstays its welcome, and at the same time each chapter provides the necessary exposition and character development to make sure the work feels fleshed out and not rushed. My only complaints here are probably intended reactions by the author. Some developments and events made me feel frustrated with the turn of events - not because they were poorly written, but rather the opposite: they were so believeable they carried with them the weight of real-world emotional impact, and really brought me in line with the emotional state of the MC. Art: Holy crap this is well done. So much beautiful detail in almost every panel. Characters are always on-point in their designs, outfits look incredible and appropriate (and there's so much variety it's wonderful), and backgrounds carry an incredible amount of detail without detracting from the foreground. Proportions are consistent (excepting a few comedic moments where chibi or exaggerated character models are used for effect), and nothing feels out of place or sloppy. Honestly this is some of the best manga art I've seen, and the only reason it doesn't get a full 10/10 is because it's not in color. There's a pseudo-chapter in the middle (an Omake I beleive) that's in full color, and it was so good I lament the fact that the rest of the actual Manga isn't in color. Characters: Jeez, there's a lot to unpack here. There are many characters that appear, and every single one of them feels unique and appropriate. Every time a new character was introduced, my heart sank at the thought that it was going to be some ass-pull moment to throw a wrench in the plot like so many other stories I've read, but after just a handful of chapters or even just a handful of panels, I was already on-board with almost every one of them and fully accepted their role in the story. Everyone is given an appropriate amount of backstory to provide a context for their motivations and actions without going into more detail than necessary. Every character has unique character traits that make them amusing and believeable. Really just a superb job all around. There really are only a couple of characters that I didn't like or appreciate, and honestly that's probably just my personal preferences and not any failing on the author. Overall: Most definitely worth the read. The most solid 9/10 I've ever given. There's so much that the author did right that there's not any room to complain, but there's just enough room for improvement that I would have preferred to see that it's not quite a 10 for me. Quite frankly I would by lying if my reaction to the ending didn't play a role here as well; for the sake of not spoiling anything I'll just say that I would really have preferred to see the ending play out differently, but I fully understand why it ended the way it did. I'm comfortable with the ending as it is, but sad that it didn't quite end the way I wanted Note on tags: The Nudity tag is fully deserved - as part of the Gender-Bender aspect the MC will frequently find themselves bare-chested, and even in the company of other bare-chested women.
10/10 (so far) 1.) Good, consistent artwork. 2.) Funny situations and characters. 3.) A nice diversity of characters. 4.) A good ecchi. This is a manga following Suzushiro, a guy who is unfortunately feminine in appearence. Loki, the god of mischef, has grown bored of pranking the other gods in Asgard as they have learned to wave off her (Loki is a girl in this manga) antics. Upon seeing Suzushiro while peering at Earth, she sees an opportunity to prank this seemingly easy-to-tease guy by none other than turning him into a girl. Loki even comes to Earth because watching the interactions of Suzu-chan as he tries to hide his new body, and the rest of his companions are simply too enjoyable to watch from afar. Will update as the manga progresses but this is really good thus far.
<>My Favourite<> 2017 EDIT:Boku Girl is the first manga created by Sugito Akira, I think he has done exceptionally well, perhaps to make a good impression or something. I have just finished reading the final chapter to this manga and now completely believe that this is how a gender-bender manga should be done, this is how you do it! Story (8.5)The story in Boku Girl is quite generic where a guy turns into girl and awkward moments with friends and family and the rest of society pop up throughout the series. The story is focusing on the romance between the main characters which can get complicated sometimes, with it having well written characteristics and entertaining scenes it carries the manga really well all the way until the end. What I liked most is that my ship sailed safely to the end. Characters (9)The characters in Boku Girl are, in my opinion, the centrepiece to this manga, of course all the characters fall into a stereotypical role but that is to be expected from something like this. Although unlike its competition all of the characters are obviously well written with consistent care and dedication resulting in a very enjoyable time, so even though they have their set role the characters are so unique and well thought out that you can hardly notice. All of the characters are very likable and their interactions with one another are very fun to watch, especially with Mizuki and Takeru if you know what I mean.Art (9)The art in Boku Girl is detailed, well drawn and sustains this quality right to the end which is an admirable thing that we all love to see, especially those lips, this is easily enough to satisfy my expectations. I've been looking around and there isn't a lot of manga I can really compare to this one, well at least within the same genre, I would recommend to read anything that has included this artwork. In the end if you did read through all this you may be thinking that I am overstating how good this is, you may be right, but in my opinion I think it is one of the most enjoyable things I've read in quite some time and would hope to hear that you think the same. ComplaintsThe only thing I'd have to diss on this thing as a whole would be that Mizuki knows martial arts but almost never uses it in dire situations.
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