Note from OG: Ladies and gentlemen. I would like to introduce to you to the newest co-contributor of the Yuri Nation, Your Average Joe. This upstanding member of the Nation volunteered his services by posting more manga reviews and if need be other stuff. Check out his first review and share your thoughts on both Your Average Joe’s debut and the manga down below.
1st Manga Review: The Real Her
Genres: Comedy, School life, Tsundere, Yuri, BDSM
Length: 13 (quite short) chapters
By: Imamura Youko
Story (‘Dynasty Scan’ didn’t provide one so I’ll do it): A story about a masochist and a potential sadist. Original I guess.
The Manga revolves around 2 central characters. Moe the cutesy masochist who wishes her love, Yuuka the natural sadist, to constantly abuse her. And this is where the Manga kind of falls apart for me, not terribly though. Since BDSM is a primary theme and part of the main character’s personality, it frequently gets mentioned and that just doesn’t sync well with my tastes. If that’s your thing…. Cool I guess, I’m not judging but frankly it makes me feel slightly uncomfortable when Moe seeks pain.
But I did mention that it is not completely bad. At least the BDSM is toned down by quite a large amount. And the characters actually have genuine love and feelings for each other which is another saving grace for this Manga. It is not just someone’s fetishes drawn into a Manga, there is a little character development and a tiny little bit of story implemented into this this which is nice.
(Sorry about the potential poor quality images)
It’s labelled with the comedy but frankly I didn’t discover anything funny worth mentioning. There are a few of those typical Anime/Manga moments where the characters transform into they cute blob mode and ‘aww’ over something cute which is…. cute. Always a nice edition
The character development I mentioned before. Don’t expect anything worth an award but what happens is that Yuuka learns to deal with Moe’s ‘crazy’ fetishes whilst both characters supress their feeling for each other until the end. Just like in the Manga ‘Shinozaki-san’ (which I really recommend/like BTW), Yuuka attempts to knock Moe’s masochistic fantasies out of her.
Yuri Goodness: 5/10
Story (or whatever lack of it there is): 4/10
Overall enjoyment: 6/10
Don’t get me wrong, this Manga definitely is enjoyable and worth your time I believe. But it is over too quickly as each chapter is too short and what the Manga offered did not please me too much. Good Manga though.
Overall Score: 19/40 (I might’ve been quite harsh this these numbers, its hard to translate an opinion into just some simplistic numbers)
(Notes from the author:
Hey, this is my first time writing a review. I ask if you’re interested to please leave constructive critism, I hope you would want to see my work improved! I sincerely hope you all enjoyed though)