Thursday, 12 November 2015

Manga Review: I became a Boy by Ako Shimaki

Title: I became a Boy / Secret Girl
Original Title: Boku ni Natta Watashi
Author: Ako Shimaki
Artist: Ako Shimaki

Year of Release: 2005
Genres: Comedy, Drama, Gender Bender, Romance, School Life, Shoujo, Smut,

Status: Completed
Chapters (Translated in English): 16

Volumes & Chapters: 

5 Volumes in Total


The story is about Takanashi Momoko, a 16-year-old girl. Her life is pretty normal, until her twin brother, Akira, disappears. Akira was supposed to enter a high-class all-boys school but he runs away to pursue his dream of becoming a photographer, leaving only a note explaining his actions. At first Momoko and her mother thought it was just a joke but he really didn't come back. Now Momoko's mother went ballistic and started cutting her daughter's hair saying that she has to take her brother's place until he comes back. Not good for her since she has to disguise herself as a boy and what's this about being roommates with another guy? Will she be able to hide her secret and survive or will she be found out?

My Thoughts

Review covers 16 chapters 

Hi, guys and welcome back to Katie’s Corner! Today I have a very nice story, which I found by pure chance and enjoyed it to my heart’s content. It is a bit similar to Mi-Ri Hwang’s Idol Shopping. No, no, no fighting here, or as much fighting. It’s similar only in one thing the twin sister is sent to her twin brother’s all boy’s school, because he somehow can’t attend it. Here the similarity ends and I won’t be back to comparing it to anything else. 

The story is fast paced and well, it’s fabulous. I couldn’t help myself laugh out loud on all the things that happen between Momoko and Itou. They’re a great couple and I guess I enjoyed the story partly because they make such a great couple. Akira, that’s Momoko’s brother is also a fan character. The guy cracked me up; on how he came back to school because tat way he would be more respected. Another character is the “gay guy”. Sorry, forgot his name. He’s not really gay, but he did start off by first liking Itou, and in the need he fell in love with Momoko. Though in the last chapter there’s something shady going between him and Akira, though it’s only one sided.

Overall, this story is great and leaves you with great feelings after finishing it. You may not remember minor details, but you’ll definitely have this feeling of happiness after you finish it, and even some time after it. I believe everyone will enjoy this story and will laugh a lot throughout it. Shortly saying it’s fun, fast paced, has great character development and also relationship development. If I’m not mistaken Momoko & Itou go all the way, and that’s another thing why I love this story too. It has everything in it. There are only 16 chapters but they tell us a lot, and even if you think that it’s not enough.

I hope you will enjoy this manga to its fullest. Don’t forget to share your thoughts below! Stay tuned for more reviews as well as promos. Don’t miss your next favourite book o manga! Happy reading!




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