2005年05月10日

Happy Hustle High

Ok, Happy Hustle High, by Rie Takada, is my first manga review, even though it's the last book I've bought. However, I loved it so much, I was dying to write about it. You could say it's just another High School romance. However, it has the most unique characters I've seen in a long, long time. The main character is Hanabi Ozora, a 16-year old girl who's popular in her all-girl's school for often coming to the rescue of friends and being bold and assertive, as well as for her constantly frizzy hair. She's quite pretty, despite her "macho chick" attitude. (I was amazed at how much this is always so well portrayed by her body language). When her school is integrated with Meibi High, an all-boy's school, Hanabi falls for one of the most popular boys there- the vicepresident of the student council, Yasuaki Garaku. His character is just as original as hers, and definitely not what you'd expect, but I don't want to spoil the book for you, because even though I've read so much manga already, Happy Hustle High surprised me with every page. It has great pacing, along with original, yet believable characters, beautiful drawings and quite a few funny parts. Best manga I've read in a long time! Definitely worth your money. Usually I'd be more explicit about the story, but I don't want to spoil anything for you. Just go and buy it! If you like Shojo manga you'll love this fresh approach to a high school romance.

Cover:

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Publisher: VIZ (Usa) Shogakukan (Jap.)

Japanese title: H3 High

Genre: Shojo (Romantic Comedy)

Art: ☆☆☆☆☆

Story: ☆☆☆☆

Characters: ☆☆☆☆☆

General: ☆☆☆☆ - Must buy! わーい(嬉しい顔)


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