Thursday, 19 March 2015

Manga Review: No Longer Heroine by Koda Momoko

Title: No Longer Heroine
Original Title: Heroine Shikkaku
Author: Koda Momoko
Artist: Koda Momoko 

Year of Release: 2010
Genres: Comedy, Drama, Romance, School Life, Shoujo

Status: Completed
Chapters (Translated in English): 36 
Volumes & Chapters:
Volume 1 Chapters 1-4.5
Volume 2 Chapters 5-8
Volume 3 Chapters 9-12.5
Volume 4 Chapters 13-16.5
Volume 5 Chapters 17-19
Volume 6 Chapters 20-23
Volume 7 Chapters 24-26
Volume 8 Chapters 27-30
Volume 9 Chapters 31-33
Volume 10 Chapters 34-36.5


This could be any girl. Imagine being a heroine of a love story. Hatori also believed that one day she would get married to her childhood friend, Rita.

But that's not how the world works! This is a hilarious comedy that honestly paints a painful unrequited love story of this young girl!

My Thoughts

Review covers 36 chapters 

I have never read a shoujo manga with such real approach to things. There is a saying in my country, which describes this manga perfectly. It is something like this: “it would have been funny, if you didn’t have to cry over it.” This manga shows this side of life which we all want, but it is described in such words that you don’t really want to experience a relationship now. The title which is “No Longer a Heroine” is just amazing. It already shows that something is not just right with the heroes we are going to deal with.

I remember that I actually dropped this manga because I had to study for exams and then even forgot about it for the next two months, because I found something more exciting to read. But here I am now covering this manga. It has an amazing amount of comedy and even bigger amount of drama. The main characters are so … , I guess I can’t even find a word to describe them. They are just people. They are not similar to other typical shoujo manga characters, who make their choices and know what they want to happen (not every shoujo manga character is like that, but at least 80% of them are). This characters show us the turmoil of their hearts and minds, which are actually in every one of us.

I cannot just omit the art. The art here is just crazily spectacular. And I mean it, I’ve seen such close ups which just show you the ugly way of crying or getting shocked in only a Korean manhwa called “palace Story”. and even though they are ugly, you just can’t not to enjoy such moments. And let’s face it, the whole manga is just full of such moments, and it’s them that make you laugh out loud in the middle of the lecture or night. Yep, happened to me, thankfully, my lecturer shared this passion to read manga, so I was not scolded a lot.

I was really excited at the end, however it didn’t really satisfy me that much, I mean, she just had to be left with the other guy. But the last chapter was a lot of fun, which was just to the point. And definitely the last pages make you really think about your life. Are you the heroine of your love story or just a supporting character? No matter which you are, remember that it’s you who created the story and you will definitely get the main role, sooner or later. Well, we all do hope that we get the leading role sooner than later. But that’s just life.

I do hope, that’ll you take up this manga to read. It may not be as romantic as any other shoujo manga, but it sure is an amazing story to read, when you are having a problem in your relationship or just want to relieve a bit of stress and indulge yourself in reading. You will have lots of fun and you might even cry sometimes. But you will definitely be shouting at the characters because of their stupidity or that they did something totally irrelevant. I hope you will enjoy it as much as I did. Hope to hear your thoughts on it.




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