- Abunai Paradise, by HASEGAWA Jun
Title: Abunai Paradise (Dangerous Paradise)
Author: HASEGAWA Jun
Ribon Mascot Comics, 1999
Haha, what can I say? It’s another cross-dressing idol story! I know! So many of them! It’s not like I deliberately go looking for them, really! I just sort of end up buying them at random somehow! Actually, when I saw this cover, I was hoping for some rare boys love in a Ribon Mascot Comics series (seemed unlikely!) but it turns out that one of those guys is a ...
- Ai no Shintairiku by YAMADA Nari Title:Ai no Shintairiku
Margaret Comics, 2004
I actually had a vague idea of what this book was about before I bought it. Amazing, I know! So no, I didn’t just buy it because of the cover this time! I saw a preview of a couple of pages and read a really badly mangled bablefish translation of a plot synopsis. Amazing that I managed to be interested enough in this after reading such a mangled summary! The art is ...
- Boku ni Natta Watashi, by SHIMAKI Ako Title:Boku ni Natta Watashi
English Title: Secret Girl
Flower Comics, 2005
If you like HanaKimi, you will probably like this series :D It follows pretty much the same format and general plot, but it is still a lot of fun. There are enough differences to make this worthwhile. I almost passed this one up until I noticed the picture on the back cover. It’s basically the same pic that is on the front, except she has short hair and is ...
- Change!, by SHINOZUKA Hiromu, ANAN Mayuki, TAKAMURA Yuuka, and KOHARA Yuuko Title:Change!
Author:SHINOZUKA Hiromu, ANAN Mayuki, TAKAMURA Yuuka, and KOHARA Yuuko
Ciao Comics, 2006
This volume is slightly unusual in that it’s a compliation of shor stories, but they are all by different authors. Usually such compliation books are larger and look different, but this one looks just like a regular tankoubon. The art styles of the 4 authors are very different. SHINOZUKA Hiromu, who draws “Change!” has a very cute, exaggerated style. All her characters have HUGE eyes. ANAN Mayuki’s style ...
- Cinderella Boy, by YUMENO Makoto Title:Cinderella Boy
Flower Comics, 1996
I don’t know why I bought this one ^^ I didn’t really find the cover all that attractive, and the title of this volume was OK I guess… Oh well, I somehow purchased it, and I am actually happy I did because it is a cute (though unremarkable) story ^^Why do so many manga series I buy involve cross-dressing? Really, it seems to be a BIG theme in shoujo manga. Perhaps I should get ...
- Danshi Kinshi!!, by SHIGANO Iori
Title: Danshi Kinshi!!
Author: SHIGANO Iori
ChuChu Comics, 2007
It’s interesting. When I think about my favorite shoujo manga authors, SHIGANO Iori’s name never really springs to mind, yet when I look at my manga collection, I actually own an amazing number of books by her. I am not entirely sure why I keep purchasing them, as they can be hit or miss, but I guess I like reading them to find out :) This is a funny little one-shot volume that ...
- Half and Half, by NANAMI Mao
Title: Half and Half
Author: NANAMI Mao
KC Dessert Comics, 2008
I ended up purchasing this manga because of the description and picture on the back cover, not the front cover. This is a cross-dressing love story again, but this time, it is a little bit different than other cross-dressing stories I have summarized before. And hey, no idol singers this time! :) This is an interesting story though, and I really like the artwork in it. It is very simple and ...
- Hanazakari no Kimitachi E, by NAKAJO Hisaya Title:Hanazakari no Kimitachi E
(For You in Full Blossom)
Hana to Yume Comics, 1997
Yay! It’s another manga by Hisaya NAKAJO! I love her work! Her lines are so clean and solid, and the backgrounds are detailed too! There is something about the way she draws people that really appeals to me. Her characters are always so stylish too :) Not only is the art great, the stories are cute! ^_^ I like how she keeps up the romantic tension ...
- Idol Paradise, by ASAMI Miyabi Title:Idol Paradise
Flower Comics, 2005
How could I possibly go for so long without another cross-dressing idol singer manga summary? ^__^ I love idol singer manga! Japan’s whole idol industry amazes me. In the shoujo manga world there are talent scouts everywhere, lurking where you least expect them, ready to discover hot new talent. Actually, believe it or not, this seems to be true of real-life Tokyo too. When I was there a few years ago, I was actually ...
- Kimi no Neiro, by FUKUSHIMA Haruka
Title: Kimi no Neiro
Author: FUKUSHIMA Haruka
Kodansha Comics, 2010
Along with teacher-student manga, one of my other favorite shoujo manga plot devices is cross-dressing. This is the first volume of a series that looks like it will prove to be highly entertaining as it progresses. The storyline involves some gender confusion and cross-dressing, and is very silly and fun. The story and art are by FUKUSHIMA Haruka, an author I like, and whose works I have talked about on here ...
- Kira Kira Labyrinth, by OOBAYASHI Miyuki Title:Kira Kira Labyrinth
Flower Comics, 2000
Here is another title that I have had for a long time, and always meant to write a review of, but kept forgetting to. Yes, I purchased this because of the cover. It’s very eye-catching, isn’t it? The art style in this is very clean, with solid lines, and no wispy scratch lines anywhere. The style is also very very CUTE. Toxic levels of cute here :) And the eyes are ...
- Lovely Wars, by SAKURA Chitose Title: Lovely Wars
Author: SAKURA Chitose
Margaret Comics, 1999
Yep, it was the cute cover that hooked me! He looks sufficiently cool and bishounen for my tastes (perhaps it is the leather jacket!), and she looks cute and un-annoying (well yeah, her yes are HUGE!) ^_^ The art style also looked pretty familiar, but it turns out I didn’t have anything else by this author after all. The art is very nice. It has a definite shoujo-ish feel to it, with ...
- Penguin Kakumei, by TSUKUBA Sakura
Title: Penguin Kakumei (Penguin Revolution)
Author: TSUKUBA Sakura
Japan ISBN# 4-592-18241-3
US ISBN# 978-1-40121130-1
Hana to Yume Comics, 2005
CMX Comics (USA), 2006
I know that this one has been licensed and available for a while now, but I only just this past weekend picked up a few volumes of it in Japanese. I enjoyed what I read so much that I ended up going back for more :) This is a cute shoujo series that spans at least 7 volumes. It has cute, simple artwork ...
- Power!!, by SEINO Shizuru Title:Power!!
Kodansha Comics, 1999
I had no idea when I bought this that there would be crossdressing in this, really! I mean, this cover looks pretty normal, right? :) Well yeah, here we have another shoujo manga crossdressing story! I can really pick ‘em! This is by an author I have not read before, but the story is pretty cute. The artwork is cute as well, very clean, if a bit plain. And The heroine in this looks ...
- Pump Up!, by UEDA Rinko
Title: Pump Up!
Author: UEDA Rinko
Margaret Comics, 2001
Someone in my guestbook was looking for a shoujo series that had an uke-type of leading man. So I dug around a bit in my collection, and found this one :) I know I have a few others too; I just need to find them. And as I was about to start writing this, I realized that this book is even being translated into English (I usually have no idea about these things) ...
- Puri x Puri, by KIRITANI Miki Title: Puri x Puri
(Prince x Princess)
Author: KIRITANI Miki
Hana to Yume Comics, 2008
I think there must be a rule somewhere that says all shoujo mangaka must, at some point in their careers, do a story about an idol singer. And bonus points are awarded if there is crossdressing involved. Seriously, it is amazing how many times the crossdressing idol singer plot pops up! It also makes me begin to wonder about actual J-idol boys and girls. ^_^ I wonder ...
- Shinobi no Onna, by KAYONO Title:Shinobi no Onna
Flower Comics, 2003
I purchased a stack of 3 volumes of Kayono manga after glimpsing a preview of some of her art on a japanese website. I have found a new artist to obsess over! I had no idea what the stories were in these books, but the artwork is just so pretty, I almost didn’t care! Fortunately I find the stories to be entertaining too, so I look forward to collecting more of Kayono’s ...
- Shoujo Shounen, by YABUUCHI Yuu Title:Shoujo Shounen
Kodansha Comics, 2000
I wasn’t expecting to find this at the store, before I spotted it on the shelf I didn’t even know it existed. But once I took a look at this volume I knew I had to get it :) This manga is by Yu YABUUCHI, the manga author of another favorite manga of mine, ‘Mizuiro Jidai’ (Aqua Age/Bluegreen Years). Yabuuchi-sensei’s art style is so incredibly cute! The characters in this look to be ...
- Teppen!, by TSUKIMIYA An
Title: Teppen! (The Top!)
Author: TSUKIMIYA An
Hana to Yume Comics, 2008
Ahh! Here we go again! It’s time for some more cross-dressing fun! And wouldn’t you know it? It involves idol singing once again! Yet another manga reinforcing my suspicion that all of Japan’s cute idol singers are really cross-dressers! As I am too poor to afford all of the monthly shoujo magazines to follow manga series as they are serialized, I am generally unaware of recent series until the first ...
- TsunDere!, by ANISAKI Yuna Title: TsunDere!
Author: ANISAKI Yuna
Flower Comics, 2007
Yay, it’s another Yuna Anisaki title! Considering the amount of manga by her that I own, it’s amazing how few summaries of her stuff I have on this page. I don’t know why this happens o.o Anyway, I am happy to talk about this recent volume by her. As always, her art is pretty and her characters are cute. The girls fall into bed a little bit too easily (yes, this one has ...
- Usotsuki Lily, by KOMURA Ayumi
Title: Usotsuki Lily (Liar Lily)
Author: KOMURA Ayumi
Margaret Comics, 2010
I picked up this book because I enjoyed another book by KOMURA Ayumi, Jousama no Tamago, which I talk about here. I didn’t recognize the author by name when I saw this, but the style of the cover of this is so similar to that book, I figured it must be by the same person, and I was right :) This book is really sweet and silly, and crazy. It is ...
- W Juliet, by YUMERA Kai (EMURA) Title:W Juliet
Author:YUMERA Kai (EMURA)
Hana to Yume, 1999
Whee! I love gender-confused shoujo romance stories ^^; This one begins with the arrival of a new student at school, a very lovely girl named AMANO Makoto. The school is working on a production of Romeo and Juliet, and the beautiful Makoto is immediately cast to play Juliet. Meanwhile, the one playing Romeo is MIURA Ito. Ito-san, while looking very handsome and dashing, is actually a girl. Makoto finds this hard to ...
- Yoake Mae, by NAKAMA Atsuki
Title: Yoake Mae (Before Dawn)
Author: NAKAMA Atsuki
Ribon Mascot Comics Cookie, 2008
I decided to talk about this manga today because, of the books I have read recently, this one really stood out in my mind. It also stood out on the shelf when I first saw it in the bookstore. The dark colors, the contrast between the black and white… it looks almost like a goth story — quite a difference from all the cutesy pastel stuff shelved all around ...
- Yume Chu!, by OOYA Kazumi Title:Yume Chu!
Flower Comics, 2000
Why have one cute guy in a series when you can have a WHOLE BUNCH of them? I like this thought! OOYA Kazumi draws some of the cutest manga guys I have seen. I am not exactly sure why I like them so much, but I can’t help it. Maybe it’s something about the eyes? I am not sure ^_^ I am amused by how OOYA Kazumi draws such good looking guys, ...