“Tsukushi Makino has been accepted into the snobbish Eitoku academy. From a middle-class background and poor compared to her classmates, Tsukushi is determined to get her diploma. Standing in her way is the gang known as F4 — four handsome but vicious rich kids who rule the school and attack anyone who gets in their way This popular series features drama, romance, humor, strong girls, and cute boys. When her only friend, Makiko, accidentally offends F4 leader Tsukasa, Tsukushi boldly defends her. Enraged, Tsukushi puts the dreaded red tag in Tsukushi’s locker — a sign that she is now a target for the abuse of the F4 and the entire school. But when Tsukushi fights the gang with their own weapon, Tsukasa finds himself falling for her.”
I loved the author’s humor and how she makes Tsukasa Domyouji seem like an idiot at times. There is a cultural barrier to the jokes sometimes (like puns), but I can see the effort put in by those translators to help the reader understand a little bit more. The little translator’s notes in the corners really help. I really enjoyed the last few chapters; they’re different from other things I’ve read before, and I thought it was nice. I’ll just leave it at that, I don’t want to give anything away.
And where there are pros, there are cons.
The graphics weren’t all that great in the first few chapters; however, they got better as the story progressed. I don’t know if that was the author’s purpose or what. There were many drawings without faces on them and half drawn bodies.
Some parts of the story didn’t seem very realistic either, like the number of guys attracted to Tsukushi Makino. Yes, she has spunk and a lot of qualities that other girls don’t have, but not every guy has to fall head over heels for her. I also felt that some characters were useless and were not very significant to put into the manga. I assume that is why the Korean drama did not cast as many people as they should have.
Overall though, some moments were beautiful, some made me very emotional, some seemed kind of boring; but I really liked it every step of the way. I felt as if I was in Makino’s shoes and experienced everything she did right alongside with her.
I would recommend this to anyone who likes reading about the high school life, dramatic events, and romance.