On his first day of high school, Yuuya Ochi is shocked to discover that the girl sitting in front of him in class is actually a guy named Shigemitsu Izumi. Unable to simply ignore it like the other guys in class, Yuuya can't stop thinking about Izumi and wonders if he's actually a girl, especially after Yuuya sees Izumi waving to a good-looking guy who he suspects is Izumi's boyfriend. Intent to find out more about who Izumi really is, Yuuya follows him after school, only to end up being dropkicked by him over a misunderstanding. Izumi later tells Yuuya that he started cross-dressing to put his twin sister Yurika at ease, who is extremely afraid of guys. However, Izumi confides in Yuuya that he has one other reason why he cross-dresses, something Izumi has never told anyone else.
Yuuya is ready for his first day at school. He feels so lucky because the cutest girl in school sits right in front of him! But... it's a TRAP! A literal one perhaps. The cute girl is not a girl, his name is Shigemitsu and he's a well known crossdresser liked by everybody for his manners, kindness and cuteness. Yuuya is shocked by the revelation, but he doesn't seems scared. Even Yuuya shows interest in the little trap boy now?! Plus/minus considerations: STORY: writing an innovative trap story is never easy and unfortunately the author has the hard task to limit as much as possible the large amount of clichés that could fill pages or even chapters of the manga. If the story is not the best, the comedy side of it holds its own: Boy Skirt is entertaining when it matters and it doesn't feel repetitive. There's always something new that happens emotionally, the story is not clustered with minor characters and it really feels fluent. I'm glad the amount of fanservice dropped considerably after chapter one, it seemed a lot smoother from chapter two. I'll be honest I'm not fond of the ending because I expected something different, but overall it's good. (++) ART: this manga looks great. Expressions are nice, great features in every character and I like the usage of big panels for those portraits. It's impressive the comedic impact given by the random scenes with Yuuya and Yurika showing up the excessive manliness that labels them respectively as characters worthy of the best action shounen (Yuuya's case) and the best romantic shoujo (Yurika's case). Really surprised in positive. (+++) CHARACTERS: the main character has to be likeable, especially in a comedy. I feel like Boy Skirt succeeds in it, displaying a positive cast where every important character has its own spare of time, not overlapping or not "cock-blocking" others. Each MC shows progressive improvement and they fit perfectly in the situation. (++) Even though I'm not fan of crossdressing and trap manga in general, I had fun with Boy Skirt. I'm sure all those likeable characters helped a lot, really well done. The manga is gorgeous and I'm glad the author dropped noticeably the fanservice right at the beginning. I strongly suggest reading this one.
Warning this review may contain spoilers - Another cross-dressing manga to add to my list and this one was an interesting read. I admit it wasn't anything too special as it did follow the typical tropes of a crossdressing manga but it had it's moments now and again and overall allowed for a pleasant read for a monday afternoon. STORY Like I mentioned it was full of the common Cliche's that tend to be present within a manga such as this one, like how the main character finds out about the trap and the fact that the protagonist does slowly fall in love with the trap, all this is quite predictable. However it did enjoy the inclusion of the rival characters within the story, despite them only being included for a chapter or two. Due to the fact that the story follows a structure such as this, despite having some but limited unique moments, the story for me cannot be rated more than a 7. ART Not much to comment on here, close-ups were good and the proportion in general was good. My only complaints were down to the character designs in general, in this style of story there isn't much more they could've done with the character designs but they still seem to be quite basic (mainly focusing on the protagonists and some of the rivals). Even though this didn't bother me as much as I'm making out, it was still something that could be brought out. CHARACTERS I commented on the design to the character but on top of this some of the personalities were quite bland but this could be seen as typical of this style of manga, so I won't complain too much. This isn't my type of manga, hence why I complained a lot about the tropes generally present within these genres. But even though I have complained quite a bit, it was still good enough to recommend it to some people who are looking for something different to pick up. Short and Sweet. -AngelBeatsYui- Review for DMMC April 2017
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