Papillon Hana to Chou

Kon Kon >u<

Has anyone read this manga? personally, I am in love with it, having read it 2 times already. Theres so many ups and downs, growth, and loveable characters.

Plot:

“The story is about an ordinary (and rather unpopular) girl named Ageha who is constantly overshadowed by her popular and beautiful twin sister, Hana. Because Ageha grew up in the countryside with their grandmother while Hana was raised by their parents, the two girls ended up with drastically different personalities.

For the most part, Ageha remains a silent and hidden student in the school, with only one friend (who isn’t all that nice either). In fact, nobody even really knows that she is Hana’s twin sister, because despite looking alike, there is still a large gap between the levels of their beauty and popularity. When Hana finds out that Ageha has a crush on a cute boy named Ryuusei (who is actually Ageha’s childhood friend from the countryside), Hana becomes curious about their relationship.

However, after hearing that Ryuusei hates people like Hana, Hana becomes irritated and using her charming personality, actually manages to snag Ryuusei as her boyfriend! Ageha is left with no one, but thanks to the strange (and attractive) new school counselor, and some unexpected allies, Ageha decides to do her best and take Ryuusei back. “

I LOVE THIS MANGA TO BITS. So much growth and depth in the characters. Especially in Ageha, who compared to the beginning of the manga, and really grown into a butterfly from a “chrysalis”, as Kyuu (the school counselor) nicknamed her. Of course, this manga is in the “drama” genre, which rung many bells in my head before I first read it. And boy, it is DEFINITELY not a manga to underestimate. While many burst out crying while reading it, as it was a 2nd time for me, I didn’t cry lol. But I did get EXTREMELY frustrated with Hana. Oh my God, it’s like Peach Girl all over again. It’s a HUGE emotional roller coaster, but worth the read. If you have the time to go through all 40 chapters and the guts not to give up halfway, go for it. The ending is definitely a happy one, although slightly.. abrupt? there wasn’t really a fluffy sweet shoujo manga kiss, but it ended on a note of maturity, thus reinforcing that both Kyuu, and Ageha grew up a lot throughout their journey.

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This is the Gestalt Prayer that features in the manga towards the end. The full thing goes like this:

“I do my thing and you do your thing.
I am not in this world to live up to your expectations,
And you are not in this world to live up to mine.
You are you, and I am I, and if by chance we find each other, it’s beautiful.
If not, it can’t be helped.

– Fritz Perls

The manga is highly inspirational, funny, sad, dramatic, and overall wonderful. I really loved it, and I recomend it highly. Sorry I couldn’t give a proper review, my brain is dead from school! it’s already stopped working, even though I still have the rest of this week to go >n<

Arisu

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