Wallflower, Vol. 1: Lesson 1-My Fair Bishonen
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The popular 25-episode anime is based on the manga series by Hayakawa Tomoko and serialized in "Bessatsu Friend" in Japan and by Del Rey Manga in the US and is now being distributed in the US by ADV Films.
The story revolves around 4 guys - the dark haired Oda Takenaga, the short hair blonde Toyama Yuki, the red head flirt Morii Ranmaru and the blonde Kyohei Takano.
The four men are pretty boys that the girls gush over and happen to live in a lavish mansion courtesy of the Landlady who has given the men a mission.
The goal is to make the Landlady's niece, Sunako, to an elegant lady. If they managed to, they get free rent. If they don't, they will have to pay three times the amount to live there.
Of course, the guys want to make sure they succeed and feel that there should be no problem until they meet Sunako. A dark girl who doesn't dress all that well. She wears a stained sweatshirt, amoeba-like design dress and bad tennis shoes. Her bangs are so long that it covers the face and she happens to be scary.
Why Sunako is like this stems from a past guy that she liked and told her straight out that he would never date someone so ugly.
So, Sunako has become a recluse and totally into the weirdest things and her best friend happens to be Hiroshi, those examining type of models used to show the guts and innards of a human being. Adding to her creepiness, she digs really dark and scary things and she can't take how these guys are trying to make her beautiful.Read more ›
The concept: four staggeringly beautiful teenage boys -- bookish Takanaga, childlike Yuki, brash Kyohei and flirtatious Ranmaru -- are living in a luxurious mansion owned by an eccentric landlady. One day she sets out for a worldwide search for love, and offers them a deal: if they can turn her niece Sunako into a refined lady, their living expenses will be completely free. Of course, they accept.
Then they actually MEET Sunako. She has unkept hair, bad skin, horrible clothes, no social skills, and spends all her time alone in a dark bedroom, watching horror movies and talking to her biology models. Even worse, she's convinced that she'll melt if she sees the "creatures of light," aka the boys.
Unsurprisingly, Sunako's presence causes some weird problems. First Sunako's uncut bangs caused riots at school... and no, I'm not kidding. Then Sunako accidentally sees Kyohei naked, and begins plotting to kill him... but her plans go awry when he's kidnapped by an unscrupulous club host. Then Kyohei is after whatever money he can earn at the school festival, and gets wrapped up in a quest to make the haunted house a success. Finally, an arrogant photographer selects Sunako as his newest muse... but Sunako doesn't exactly shine in front of the camera.
The first few episodes of "Wallflower" are a little rough.Read more ›
I love this series & it's yet to fully dissapoint me. The animated version of the Wallflower series is entirely enjoyable & the characters are just as nicely done in the animated series as they are in the manga. However, the only complaints I have is
1) The opening & ending don't really seem to suit & the animation is all taken from the series. They're great songs, but they don't really seem to suit the anime. There's no opening animation either, since they take all of the scenes from the anime itself. While that's not such a terrible thing, it does feel like a bit of a cheat & makes me a little apprehensive about the series. Usually when they do something like this, it's due to budget constraints, which could lead to sub-par animation later.
2) The background characters & animations aren't really as detailed or nice as the actual main characters. It's not a big gripe, but I like having actual detail to the backgrounds.
Both of those gripes are small ones though, & ultimately don't detract from the enjoyable experience of this series.
Would I recommend this to a friend? Sure. Most of my friends would get into this series, although some would get a little bored with it at times.
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I've always loved the manga, and got so excited when I had enough money to buy the first DVD, <3 It's beautiful nearly as lovely as the manga, maybe even better ^^Published 12 months ago by Samantha
first off i want to say that i got my friend to start watching anime with this series!!! of course i would watch it first in japanese and then i'd watch t with her and explain any... Read morePublished on August 18, 2008 by BluAngell
With this opening volume, the series really sets up well. While the audience has a solid idea of where this series is ultimately trying to go, the road that they have chosen to get... Read morePublished on June 28, 2008 by L. B. Bryant