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.
OK first things first this isnt gay because the mc OFFICIALLY has the body of a FEMALE but has the brain of a boy (but the boy brain slowly turns into a girl brain). It has an Amazing story with each chapter making me want to read or find out whats gonna happen next, THE ENDING WAS GREAT, AND the characters were the best characters ive ever seen in a manga (besides the perverted dad). The romance and comedy are balanced and theres not much to comoplain about besides it feels like your reading yaoi 1% of the time BUT ITS NOT YAOI BECAUSE HE IS A GIRL NOW AND HE ACCEPTS THAT HE IS A GIRL SO NOW HE GOES BY SHE SO NOW SHE WEARS FEMALE CLOTHES AND SUCH. oh yeah IT ALSO SOMETIMES FEELS LIKE YURI 2% OF THE TIME so if you don't or are not really into gay or yaoi thing DONT WORRY THERES ALSO YURI IN FACT IT FEELS MORE LIKE YURI THAN YAOI NEAR THE END. Ok now i have the is it gay? situation out (its not btw) BACK TO MY REVIEW FIRST AND FOR MOST THE CHARACTER: AMAZING the mc is great and not dense WHICH IG GUD and THE SIDE CHARACTERS ARE REALLY LOVEABLE (THE DAD MAKES ME UNCOMFORTABLE THO AND THE OTHER CROSS DRESSING DUDE) SECONDLY: Its basically most psycological gender benders out ther where the mc becomes a girl but its better than most i should say LASTLY: READ ATLEAST THE FIRST 3 CHAPTERS BEFORE DECIDING IF ITS GOOD OR NOT but it certainly isnt for everyone for me this was a fairly new thing so i had to get used to it but got used to it after 10 chapters (side note: the mc looked like a girl from the start so its great for me who is just getting started with these types of manga)
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