Monday, 11 July 2016

Manga Review: Hot Gimmick by Miki Aihara



Title: Hot Gimmick
Original Title: Hot Gimmick
Author: Miki Aihara
Artist: Miki Aihara

Year of Release: 2000
Genres: Comedy, Drama, Harem, Mature, Romance, Shoujo, Smut

Status: Completed
Chapters (Translated in English): 54

Volumes & Chapters: 

12 Volumes in total


Summary


In company-owned rabbit-hutch apartments live tenants who can't afford to live anywhere else, and the apartment complex in which high-school girl Hatsumi Narita lives is ruled over by the rumor mongering, self-righteous Mrs. Tachibana. Get on Tachibana's bad side, and life becomes hell. When Hatsumi has to buy a pregnancy test because her popular sister Akane's period is late, Mrs. Tachibana's son, Ryoki, who used to bully Hatsumi as a kid, promises not to tell the world about Hatsumi's secret, only if she becomes his slave. Suddenly, Azusa Hatsumi's protector in their youth, reappears to save her again! He's moving back into the neighborhood! Despite the budding romance between Hatsumi and Azusa, Ryoki has control over her through the secret that could ruin the lives of everyone in Hatsumi's family, and he hasn't forgotten who his slave is!

My Thoughts


Review covers 54 chapters 

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It’s my second time reviewing Miki Aihara’s works, though I’ve read this particular story first and it’s my second time reading it. I had this weird urge to read it again. I don’t know how to explain it. But enough with my weirdness, let me get to the story. The review will be short, so don’t worry, I won’t be keeping you long.

So, let me start. when I finished reading this story second time I understood why I was so frustrated the first time. This work doesn’t deserve to be in the smut section. I mean it, the story has the whole sex issue and I’ll talk about that soon, but there was not much passion, or should I say the character didn’t do anything until the end and that’s what annoyed me. my worst trait is to compare everything to my favourite works. And that’s were I have the problem. I always compare smut works to Kanan Minami and Mayu Shinjo’s works. Yup, I really perceive them as gods of smut manga. So, the lack of nudeness was one of things I hated about this work, but there were some other problems too.

The heroine, she is an idiot, sometimes its fun to be an idiot, but she’s just too much! Her behaviour is out of this world. I’m not a feminist, but I seriously was embarrassed to be a woman at the moment of reading. Didn’t she have dignity or something similar? I really wanted to smack her many times. I can say tat from the main characters there was seriously none that I really liked. Ryoki was the only one that made me keep reading, though he was a complete narcissist idiot. I mean, seriously who the hell makes the girl he likes a slave and tells her to be his sex practice partner. Oh, and the plus is that he’s a virgin and it makes his idiotic behaviour even more hilarious. I really had dun seeing how he started admitting his feelings and the way he mathematically wanted to solve the love problem is just too much.

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Are you ready to get to know the life in a company block house? Trust me it’s a pin and some people make even harder. You might see yourself in many of those characters! But don’t forget that even if I gave the story a quite low rating, both times I read it to the end and liked it in many other ways. Enjoy it to its fullest and don’t forget to share your thoughts below! Stay tuned for more reviews as well as promos. Don’t miss your next favourite book or manga! Happy reading!

XOXO

Katie

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