Ikemen Girl to Hakoiri Musume - Reviews

Alt title: Handsome Girl and Sheltered Girl

Ikemen Girl to Hakoiri Musume
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AvariciousImp's avatar
Feb 21, 2022

Handsome Girl and Sheltered Girl is pretty good.

It's a GL series that manages to get the formula mostly right, in that it manages to portray a teen lesbian romance within a framework that could, with some rosy glasses, actually reflect a real relationship. Sure, it's fluffy and a bit cringe at times, but teen relationships are a little cringe, and these characters are mostly mature enough to handle the pitfalls of being with one another.

Another thing this manga does is actually use misunderstandings well, in that the principle mistake Ookuma makes in assuming Kanda is a man is handled fairly maturely. It's not used for cheap and obnoxious melodrama, as something like Citrus might do, and it's both used as a source of mild conflict and also doesn't overstay its welcome. Kanda's tomboyish appearance is used as a device from multiple angles, not just her romance with Ookuma, which is mildly refreshing.

Overall, it's cute and fluffy, doesn't stuff itself with terrible/toxic Japanese tropes like other gay series I could mention, isn't completely mindless, and has likeable characters. No one looks like, or is, a literal child. No one is making out with their own mother/father. The English translation was not written by a chimp on a typewriter. In any other genre, this might warrant a 5/10, but in the field of Japanese LGBT works, it's a genuinely respectable and touching effort to consistency.

However, if you want a hard-hitting, tightly written adult relationship with plenty of spicy drama, this is not the work for you. This mostly warranted an 8/10 because it stands out in a sea of rape, abuse and mindless, poorly developed fluff as something with a half-decent romance story and an utter lack of toxicity. Props to the mangaka for knowing what a binder is, and how to draw one, by the way.

7/10 story
8/10 art
8/10 characters
8/10 overall
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Aba3224's avatar
Jan 12, 2022

PERFECT, just perfect. One of the cutest mangas I've ever read

10/10 story
10/10 art
10/10 characters
10/10 overall
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katiro's avatar
Sep 29, 2020

Going in to this i thought it was going to be a dum last chapter "Oh im a girl" drama but its not. The "im a girl" is funny to be honest. And it's not a dum drama 100% worth at least 1 read & 200% worth re-reading over & over again.

My only complaint is I wish the "I'm a girl" build-up was a little longer.

8.7/10 story
8.9/10 art
9/10 characters
9.7/10 overall
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nikki111's avatar
Jan 12, 2021

this was litterally one of the cutest mangas i've ever read. I definitely reccomend it ≧◡≦

8/10 story
8/10 art
8/10 characters
8/10 overall
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kandamizuki's avatar
Mar 6, 2022

Nothing ground-breaking, but stays my all time favorite lesbian romance. I loved every second of it, and it's something I go back to when I want to smile. 

... I am slightly biased as Kanda's character is my favorite troupe, and she is my favorite character of all time

10/10 story
10/10 art
10/10 characters
10/10 overall
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