Miyoshi is always competing and losing against his childhood friend, Mamiya, who is good at everything. One day, Mamiya collapses from illness and is hospitalized for several weeks. When he returns to school, it turns out he is genetically female, and has decided to try living his life as a girl now much to Miyoshi's horror.
This was quite a surprisingly good read. The narrative is one of the most heart-warming romances I've come across, yet it's not so over the top as to be unbeleiveable. Story: Excellent through and through. Every panel felt like it held importance to the story, and the pacing was brilliant in almost every scene. My only complaints are: a) It gets a bit hard to tell what is or isn't a flashback, which can make a few scene transitions feel jarring, and b) every chapter opened by explaining the process of Emergence again, which got annoyingly repetitive. Other than that, it's a stunningly beatuful romance with plenty of plot that brings a greater level of story than just the romance aspect itself. Art: This is the weakest point of the series. The character designs and settings do look quite beautiful, but sadly the detail was quite lacking in most panels with an incredible amount of empty space. Furthermore, there are a handful of sequences where it gets a bit hard to tell what's going on because the art gets unruly. Despite that, whatever is drawn in a panel does look quite nice. Characters: Adorable and believable main characters with loads of backstory and motivation. The side characters could have used a bit of work, but their importance in the story mainly serves to drive drama or plot elements into the MCs lives so it's understandable that some of them feel a bit stunted in terms of development. Overall: An absolutely adorable read that doesn't overstay its welcome, but takes the time it needs to flesh out the world and main characters. If you're looking for a romance story with a plot, you've come to the right place. Side note: There is a "Nudity" tag on this one, but don't expect anything raunchy at all. There's a grand total of I think 2 or 3 panels that show nipples, and even then they're pretty low-detail. If you're here for naughty bits, you'll be disappointed.
Is this what soap operas are like? I imagine this is what soap operas are like, except more sprawling and less focused on just one couple. There's excessive drama--stemming from misunderstandings, secrecy, second-guessing, and so forth. Like, what's up with chapters nine and ten? All that could've been avoided by just talking. Same with chapter thirteen. And chapters sixteen and seventeen. And chapter nineteen. Is confiding in someone you love really that difficult of a concept? If anything's going to break up this couple, it'll be their lack of effective communication, not some abandoning disposition Mamiya may or may not have inherited from her mother. The core concept is interesting--of people sometimes randomly going through Emergence, cocooning and being reborn as the opposite sex. And it explores some of the reactions and fears that would be related to such a change, both on a personal and on a social level. I don't appreciate the time skips or the double cocooning. Eyes are awkwardly elongated when drawn from the side.
I am actually very impressed this is one of the best romances I've read especially the gender bender which shows that the guy doesn't love the girl for her look cause he said " I don't care if you are a guy or a girl my feelings for you will never change" this just shows how romance & love should really be you shouldn't love a person for the outside , you should love her for the inside .
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