Saturday, March 23, 2013

Half & Half Manga Review

Author: Mao Nanami
Artist: Mao Nanami
Genra: Gender Bender, Romance,
Year: 2008
Original Publisher:
  2 Volumes (Complete)
 Licensed (in English)
English Publisher

Our heroine is girl named Hina-chan. She is in her 20s. Hina has a handsome boyfriend now, but she will always remember her first love, a boy named Itsuki. When other kids would tease Hina, calling her ugly, Itsuki would defend her, and try to cheer her up and make her feel better. He and some of his family eventually moved away, leaving Hina heartbroken. But the memory of her first love will always make Hina feel nostalgic and happy inside. Itsuki’s grandmother still lives next door to Hina, so she still has a connection to him, somehow.

One day, Hina has a dream of Itsuki, and she is feeling especially nostalgic about him. She is just mentioning her dream to his grandmother, when they are interrupted by the arrival of a stranger. It is a tall, beautiful woman. Wait a minute… it’s Itsuki! Itsuki is not joking, either. She explains that she is really a woman on the inside, and now she is dressing that way on the outside.

Hina finds herself falling in love with Itsuki, regardless of Itsuki's gender. But Itsuki is only attracted to men. Will Hina end up heartbroken all over again?

Real cute story I just wish there was more of it. The author could have done more but she desided to end it at something where the story could have really just started.

I have never read a story like this before where a boy is a transgender and dresses like a girl but a girl is in love with him.
It's a really cute story and I feel for Hina who loves Itsuki ever since she was a little girl. It must of been a great shocker to see him again only to see that he has made himself look like a beautiful women. If I was in Hina's shoes I wouldn't know what I would do. Not to mention that Hina starts to fall for him again even if he does dress like a girl. You get to see how strong Itsuki is when people can't accept him. He takes everything and turns it against the person. He doesn't show weakness and even Hina stands up for him quite a few times.

Not much romance but Hina does try to make herself forget about Itsuki which doesn't work, since Itsuki gets jealous though he doesn't know he's being jealous....Hina must like to get hurt because Itsuki repeatedly tells him he can't love her like a man should love a girl because he loves men but somehow in the end he turns back into his boy like self. I don't understand this and the author leaves it as a cliff hanger with no way of knowing how they will work things out.


Cute story cute characters what more do you need.
The puts details into the background of each page. What I didn't like was how most of the boys she draws look the same, there is no difference..even when the boy is small it looks the same of a older version of the boy. She needs more practice in making changes in her boy characters.

4 out of 5 H
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