Manga Review: Beauty is the Beast by Tomo Matsumoto

Beauty is the Beast, Vol. 1Beauty is the Beast, Vol. 1

by Tomo Matsumoto

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is one of my favourite shoujo series (considering how much I read, says a lot for it). I love Matsumoto’s delicate art style combined with a story relatively devoid of angst (at least on the girl’s side). Eimi is the perfect protagonist fully-formed; she already knows exactly who she is. And it’s this characterization which becomes the catalyst for Wanibuchi’s own self-revelation.

It’s lightly funny, lightly romantic, and mostly just a slice-of-high-school-living-in-dorms-kind-of-life. It’s perfection!

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