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Manga Review- I.S (Aiesu)

February 22, 2010

Don’t be discriminatory towards the strange title of this manga. Don’t worry, this is not yaoi, nor yuri, nor ecchi or hentai. In fact, this is one of the most touching and most mature shoujo/josei manga I have read. Of course, the main characters are intersexuals.Story: the first bolume is composed of short storis while the rest is Haru’s story. Although you will not encounter very deep plot (remember, this is a shoujo manga), the different chain of events that are changing the characters’ life and personalities are very original and refreshing. The narration is very interesting as it swtiches POV back and forth from the main character and her/his friends, relatives and even strangers that met him/her.

Art: classical shoujo manga art. Very modest artwork (nothing flashy) with its own touch of cuteness when needed.

Character: the strongest point of this series. The characterization of Haru is just awesome. Combining both mal and female personalities together has created one of the most original character I have ever seen in shoujo manga. On top of that, we get to see the evolution and change of the main character and more importantly, the ones close to him/her and their perception of IS (intersexuals).

Enjoyment: I was actually in a manga “dead-period” when I started reading this series. It means that I have temporarily reduced my manga readings dramatically for a few months. However, this series was so good it drew me out of this dark period. So that tells you all.

Overall, this manga is really impressive and touching. At certain point, I was on the verge of tears. This is the first review I wrote because too few have read this manga (and didn’t give high ratings) and I feel an obligation to promote such amazing works. However, if you feel unconfortable reading this manga, then you are not open-minded enough yet. After all, intersexuals have a prevalency of up to 0.1% or 0.01% depending on the definition. This means one in 1000 to on in 10000 are intersexuals at birth. It is very wrong to discriminate against intersexuals just as it is wrong to discriminate against males or females.

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2 comments

  1. Hmm I have never heard of this manga before but it sounds to be alright. Is it just better in Japanese so ill have to learn a bit more to read it 😛
    English is just boring


  2. This sounds different O.o but in a somewhat good way lol



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