Beauty Pop 10

Unfortunately, this is one of those series that was hard to jump into because it has a ton of characters and things are a bit hard to sort out.  Plus, this was the final volume, so the story was wrapping up and it’s definitely not a place for a new reader to start.

I’ve wanted to read this series for awhile now, though.  It has novelty in its concept in the same way that V.B. Rose, a series about a girl that makes wedding dresses, does.  In this case, Kiri is a gifted hair stylist, and she’s drawn into a group of three boys who are really popular around school for their ability to do spot makeovers to random girls.  It’s an unusual theme, to be sure.

Apparently in this volume, Kiri has joined up with the three boys (who call themselves the “Scissors Project”) along with a few other random characters in order to enter into some sort of stylist tournament.  Apparently they need to win in order to save Kiri’s house (?).  Their team is sabotaged both at the contest and at an individual level when Kiri apparently has her special scissors stolen by a boy she knows (?).

Mysteriously, when all is said and done, Kiri moves away, which allows for drama between her and Narumi.  Narumi apparently likes her but never told her.  In fact, the pair seems to be of the type that are constantly yelling at one another comically but are clearly in love.  I don’t actually like this type of romance that much, especially since Kiri seems like kind of a chilly match for the boy.  But there you go.

There’s a great “ten years later”-type scene at the end.  I always love these, even when I have no idea what’s going on.

I feel like I should point out that there is a page of really cute stickers in the front of the book, something I haven’t seen before in other Shojo Beat manga (or any other manga, for that matter).  It made me want to get the rest of the series that much more.

I’ll likely go back to the beginning, even knowing full well I probably won’t enjoy the couple.  The series seemed much more focused on the styling elements and friendship than romance though, which might be interesting.  It’s not something I feel compelled to rush out and buy, but I’ll probably go back for it eventually, especially since it’s only 10 volumes long.  That’s pretty short for a shoujo series.

This was a review copy provided by Viz.


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