Tokyo Boys & Girls Book 1

Author Miki Aihara created my favorite manga, Hot Gimmick, so I was a guaranteed customer for her next project, Tokyo Boys & Girls. This series doesn’t have the flair or uniqueness of that one, but it’s a decent soap opera read.

Mimori is a cute fifteen-year-old entering high school and wishing for her first boyfriend. She’s spunky, standing up to teachers and trying to do the right thing regardless of what people think. She quickly becomes friends with Nana, a beautiful girl who has little internal life beyond her crush on good-looking, fickle Kazukita. Sadly, he doesn’t care at all about her; he’s fascinated by Mimori, in a way that sometimes reminds me of a vivisectionist seeing what happens when he pokes THAT nerve.

Tokyo Boys & Girls Book 1 cover
Tokyo Boys & Girls
Book 1
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Instead, Kazukita’s best friend Ran is in love with Nana, making for a circular square. The last major player is Haruta, a misunderstood bad boy with bleached hair. He’s got a secret that makes him want revenge on Mimori from something that happened when they were in grade school together. It’s not a very big deal when it’s finally revealed, leaving me thinking “that’s IT?” It’s a touching flashback, but it’s not grounds for threatening the girl.

Early in the book, the two girls end up accidentally destroying the only disc containing a video game Ran and Kazukita have created. This is an artifical reason to keep bringing the characters together, but it’s mostly forgotten through future books in the series, since the “who likes whom” elements are strong enough on their own.

Compared to the darker elements in Hot Gimmick, this series is much lighter, with choices having less importance. The characters seem a bit more generic, as well, which meant I wasn’t as emotionally involved in caring about who ends up with whom. Any of the relationships would have their good points and their problems, and that opens up the possibilities such that I have no idea how the series will end.

It’s an enjoyable high school soap opera, but not a very significant one. The drama’s high for the participants, but the older reader may not be as likely to get caught up in “he likes her who likes him who likes her”.

The book also contains an unrelated short story about a girl who’s trying to plan her first trip with her boyfriend. She’s jealous of his friendships with other girls because of her uncertainty over his feelings for her. Unsurprisingly, he turns out to be just as insecure, only he’s been hiding it behind his blasé facade.

12 Comments

  1. [...] When I reviewed Book 1, I called this series “enjoyable high school soap opera”. By this installment, though, it’s closer to family drama. Mimori’s still trying to date Haruta even though Kazukita keeps interfering. The latest source of confusion occurs when Mimori thinks the lonely Kazukita is sick. She rushes over to his apartment to take care of him, because she’s that kind of young-mother-in-training, and Haruta finds her there. [...]

  2. [...] The Viz section is an oasis for me after getting through the rest of the comic catalog, as I get to see which entertaining series have new versions. This month, it’s Hikaru no Go volume 7 ($7.95, APR06 3440); Baby & Me volume 2 ($8.99, APR06 3464); and Tokyo Boys & Girls volume 5 ($8.99, APR06 3467). [...]

  3. [...] By the end, best friend Nana has apparently gotten Martha Stewart’s brain transplant. Her love triangle isn’t resolved. The busybody guy who keeps interfering in Mimori’s relationship doesn’t learn anything or change in any way. Overall, it’s darn near incoherent, definitely a letdown from Book 1. [...]

  4. how many books r thr 4 tokyo boys&girls..?

  5. There are five in all.

  6. ah i’m so sad they dont run it in Shojobeat! Tx T:;;

  7. so eh wat was the big secret that left Haruta threatening mimori

  8. I don’t even remember at this point. I think it was something like she told someone else she didn’t like him all that much or something.

  9. samantha renteria

    I’ve just begun reading this book but its really good I love the drama in book 3 !!!!!!!

  10. I loved it as soon as I picked up it seems like shojo beat is just getting better and better.I know,I’M ALL LATE ON THIS but it,s only because I’ve been reading NANA! and VAMPIRE KNIGHT! So its why.lol

  11. Aha, I think you’re gonna have to edit out the first line of this entry where you say that Hot Gimmick is your favorite manga xD!

  12. [...] again? Hot Gimmick started with such promise — and then ended with crashing disappointment. Tokyo Boys & Girls, an earlier project, didn’t even end. Now, Honey Hunt features yet another young woman put [...]

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