Beauty Pop, Volume 1

Beauty Pop, Volume 1

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by Kiyoko Arai
     
 

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In Kiri's school there are 3 boys who carry out transformations on random pretty girls; Narumi Shougo, the hairstylist, Minami Kei, the nail artist and Ochiai Kazuhiko who balances the overall look. They are adored by the girls because they are so good at making them beautiful. However, Kiri is also a master hairstylist who is willing to 'add some magic' for those

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In Kiri's school there are 3 boys who carry out transformations on random pretty girls; Narumi Shougo, the hairstylist, Minami Kei, the nail artist and Ochiai Kazuhiko who balances the overall look. They are adored by the girls because they are so good at making them beautiful. However, Kiri is also a master hairstylist who is willing to 'add some magic' for those who need it, but in disguise. Now Kiri is forced to face the three in a showdown with Narumi.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
A Machiavellian undertone turns what might have been a run-of-the-mill shojo title into an interesting and unsettling study of just how much children and, by extension, adults judge books by their covers. Three boys using the name the Scissors Project give highly coveted makeovers to "ugly" girls at their school: "in the hands of those three, a girl becomes beautiful... she gets the guy of her dreams...." But first-year student Kiri, herself talented with a pair of scissors, doesn't care for the way they manipulate girls into subservience. While the boys of the Project continue to rule the school, a mysterious figure begins giving "magical" makeovers in secret, threatening the Project's power; this leads to an inevitable showdown battle, with scissors replacing swords, and an even more inescapable cliffhanger. The book's visual design is appropriately elegant and pretty, with lots of open panels and atmospheric, graphical elements and it polarizes the world of the story into sharply drawn halves, the pretty characters very pretty, the ugly ones very ugly. Young readers may have trouble discerning where the vapid shallowness ends and the satire begins if in fact it does. The message does indeed seem to be that beauty matters above all, and the only thing left to determine is how best to acquire it. (Sept.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781421505756
Publisher:
VIZ Media LLC
Publication date:
09/05/2006
Series:
Beauty Pop Series , #1
Edition description:
UK Edition
Pages:
208
Sales rank:
529,177
Product dimensions:
7.40(w) x 5.10(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range:
14 - 17 Years

Meet the Author

Kiyoko Arai was born in Tokyo, and now resides in Chiba Prefecture. In 1999, she received the prestigious Shogakukan Manga Award for Angel Lip. The popular Dr. Rin ni Kiitemite! (Ask Dr. Rin!) was made into an animated TV show.

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Beauty Pop, Volume 1 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 20 reviews.
SleepDreamWrite More than 1 year ago
A friend of mine mentioned this. Finally got around to reading it. Kind of cute. Interesting but cute. Good start.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
ITS A GREAT BOOK I LOVE THE FITS NARUMI HIS ITS FUNNY HE CAN BE SO FOCUSED SOME TIMES
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thank you so much, this book is one of my favorites.
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Taylor- More than 1 year ago
Beauty Pop, a manga about a young and talented hair stylist, manages to be cute and present a newer premise for its plot. The characters are all for the most part satisfactory, but there are a few archtypes throughout, including smart-guy-with-glasses, pompous-but-loveable-male-love-interest, and so on. The main character, Kiri, gives off a who-cares, apathetic attitude and is a wonderful twist on the classic spunky Shojo heroine. Although a well-presented story with some nice stand-alone arcs, by the end of this volume we are already well into the first of (so I've heard) a large number of hair styling competitions. For the most part this first graphic novel was a nice change of pace from other Shojo titles, and I hope the mangaka is able to pull off a series with equally enjoyable volumes later on.
Guest More than 1 year ago
OMG this is the best manga i have read in a long time, 'and trust me i have read a lot of manga' first this is what happens kiri gives makeovers to girls in need but she doesn't let people know its her, Narumi challenges her 'as X not Kiri'''read book to find out what X means'' who ever wins will get to give the loser a hair cut, 'like shave a head give a mohac W/E'Who will win?**** i am really sad i must find the 2nd book!!!! so please read it or ...... well there is no or but W/E
Guest More than 1 year ago
It's so nice to take a break from the ulta hyper shoujo girls. Not that there's anything wrong with them, but Kiri's personality is just so fresh and her sarcasm and laid-back attitude is so terribly charming. A few parts are slightly questionable (like three cute guys who are obsessed with beauty... I at first thought they were yaoi), but the writer manages to make you BELIEVE that strait-cute-mail stylists exist and love what they do!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Kiri is SO cute!! It's so nice to take a break and get into quiet mangas instead of magical girl mangas!!! KIRI!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am a 13 year old girl,and i LOVE manga!!!Anyways,I love manga,but I'm very picky about it.One day I went to a bookstore,and stood @ the manga section for 2 hours trying to decide what to buy,so I picked up 'the gentlemans alliance'and 'beauty pop'thinking I was going to like the gentlemens alliance more,I ended up LOVING beauty pop.As for the gentlemans alliance,you will like it if you like boring plots and gay action.its not very good.I love kiri,and It's sooo funny!!Oh,and being a 13 year old,relationships and who-likes-who is the best subject to talk about,and I have to say,Narumi DEFENITLY likes kiri. P
Guest More than 1 year ago
Sure, there are weaker points to this series: a predictable plot, the repetitiveness of makeover after makeover... But this story is just so AMAZINGLY fresh! Kiri makes a good heroine--she's always there to save the day with her hairstlying 'magic'. Yet as the story progresses, it becomes clear that she has her own problems, one of which includes a complicated relationship with her mother. And then there are the as-of-yet unanswered questions: WHAT, exactly, made Kiri give up her dream of becoming a hairstylist? What made her go from fashionable beauty to, well, a slob? As Kiri's amazing ability sucks her against her will into the glitzy world of the Scissors Project, she is inevitably forced to confront a dream she thought she had left behind.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The plot is very unique and what I love about it is that it goes deeper than just hair cutting and making girls (and sometimes guys) pretty/ handsome.The story also unfolds even more later on in the series so don't miss out on just reading the first!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love this book! It was the first anime/manga book I had ever read and now, I love them!! I like the way Kiri acts and is always so laid back. She may seem self centered, but she really cares about other people. She can really cut hair! You don't have to like hair cutting to like this book, its GREAT!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love this series so much! The humor od this series is awesome! I love kiri. ^.^ She is my idol! Read this book!!!! You won't be dissapointed!
Guest More than 1 year ago
It's a good book, even though it ends abruptly and you have to buy the second to know the end of the first. the storyline is unheard of, but you can predict what's going to happen. If you're someone who likes an apethetic, tomboyish heroine, then i definitely recommend Beauty Pop.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i love this manga!its so interesting..every time i read it the excitement comes back..its a manga that i never get tired reading.!i cant wait for the 3rd volume!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Although a truly gifted hairstylist, Kiri Koshiba has no interest in using her talent to pursue fame and fortune, unlike the three popular boys in the 'Scissors Project' at school. Determined to become the best makeover team in Japan, they give showy makeovers to handpicked girls. As much as Kiri tries to shy away from the Scissors Project spotlight, she finds herself responding to beauty's call... Kiri's friend Kanako gives a present to one of the members of the Scissors Project. Her act of kindness is interpreted as a bribe to get a makeover, and they reject her out of hand for being too ugly. Kiri decides to help Kanako and give the boys a lesson in what true beauty is.