Beauty Pop Book 9

Kiri and the Scissors Project are competing in the All-Japan Beauty Tournament, but instead of worrying about them almost not making it past the first round of competition, everyone’s more concerned about Kiri and Narumi accidentally kissing. Well, bumping lips, anyway.

Beauty Pop Book 9 cover
Beauty Pop Book 9
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As the characters are drawn reacting in exaggerated fashion, even for manga, the scene shows how this series has changed its focus. Instead of being about how makeovers change lives, now it’s all romance with a bit of competition thrown in. As I noted with Book 8, it’s become much more traditional in story points.

So the next question is, is it entertaining? For me, no. There’s not much character development or any memorable moments, so reading it feels like watching paper dolls being moved around. And there are too many people who do very little but clutter up the panels and demonstrate their defining gimmick every time we see them. In short, the cast is boring and there are too many of them for my taste.

Then there are the obvious devices that only happen in bad fiction. For instance, Narumi gets a rash when a girl touches him, except Kiri can now touch him without him breaking out. Oh, it must be a sign. Like we hadn’t already figured out that he had feelings for her based on how he was moping around.

The second round of the competition involves cutting the hair of a child, which results in some low comedy based on his obnoxious behavior. After that, there’s a much-too-long sequence about whether Kiri can spend the night alone without being scared. A lot of this feels like padding just to build the page count. And since the art is flat and pedestrian, that’s not a reason to keep following this series either.

There were hints of more intriguing plots beginning to bubble in the background, like Narumi’s relationship with his father, a previous competitor of Kiri’s dad, but they seem to be have been forgotten in favor of much more generic stuff. I had to force myself to finish reading it; as a result, I’m no longer interested in this series. (A complimentary copy for this review was provided by the publisher.)


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  2. Meh. I think the art is Cute. And the previous Volume was pretty big on Drama, with the whole reveal of Narumi’s dad being a jerk revealed.
    Your fogetting-
    The Series is Shojo AND Comedy
    Kiri has touched Narumi before, and broken out in rash. But, Narumi is becoming a tad more tolerant of Kiri, so, the rash goes away.

    And, I think the art is rather cute, but, Personal Taste =/= fact.

  3. beautypopreader

    pretty harsh, huh? but some of the points i totally get
    like the part about it becoming too traditional – like the love triangle. i’m so sick of love triangles in shojo manga loll
    but the part about Kiri being scared during the night was desperately needed for the series – she NEVER shows emotion…ever…and there needed to be a scene that when she does, she’s with narumi (in my opinion)
    the art is pretty plain compared to like, Arina Tanemura’s art, but the humor supersedes that

  4. wow. that is way too harsh! I personly really like this seiries and the art is just like a normal manga story. nothing speical, but its not bad at all. And if you don’t like love storys then why do you read shojo beat?

  5. I like love stories. I like GOOD love stories, like Mars or Kare First Love, to name a couple. There are plenty of them out there, so why settle for something that’s “nothing special”?

  6. omg That is terrible I love this seris i am soooo hooked!!!!!! It is not boring. Sure it is the same plot line as most books, but Kiri and Narumi go about it in different ways than other do. their story is unique even if the general idea isn’t!

  7. Johanna Says: “…I had to force myself to finish reading it; as a result, I’m no longer interested in this series. (A complimentary copy for this review was provided by the publisher.)”

    Sunfire Says: “And if you don’t like love storys then why do you read shojo beat?”

    Looks like someone’s unclear on the concept of [insert name of art format] critic columnists.

  8. […] Beauty Pop — From great beauty competitions with original characters to boringly standard romance. Dropped. […]

  9. I actually felt in love with this manga >:3 best thing ever!!!!! i have all the books and the art is beautiful

    x] kiri reminds me of me so much since i act like her a lot. :O very good totally good!

  10. I really loved the series! I agree with you on some points but with some others I have to disagree, especially the part about Kiri being home alone in Vol.9. That’s actually my second favorite part of the entire series (the first being the end of the series right before the epilogue when Kiri leaves and her and Naru-Naru are talking at the airport). I really loved the art in the series as well and I don’t think it lost it’s originality later on in the series but oh well, to each his I guess. That’s just my opinion.

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