The Wallflower, Volume 1: Yamatonadeshiko Shichihenge

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MAKEOVER OF THE CENTURY

It’s a gorgeous, spacious mansion, and four handsome, fifteen-year-old friends are allowed to live in it for free! There’s only one condition–that within three years the guys must transform the owner’s wallflower niece into a lady befitting the palace in which they all live! How hard can it be?

Enter Sunako Nakahara, the agoraphobic, horror-movie-loving, pockmark-faced, frizzy-haired, fashion-illiterate recluse who tends...

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MAKEOVER OF THE CENTURY

It’s a gorgeous, spacious mansion, and four handsome, fifteen-year-old friends are allowed to live in it for free! There’s only one condition–that within three years the guys must transform the owner’s wallflower niece into a lady befitting the palace in which they all live! How hard can it be?

Enter Sunako Nakahara, the agoraphobic, horror-movie-loving, pockmark-faced, frizzy-haired, fashion-illiterate recluse who tends to break into explosive nosebleeds whenever she sees anyone attractive. This project is going to take more than our four heroes ever expected: it needs a miracle!

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Sunako is an awkward teenager who's about to get the "Queer Eye for the Straight Manga Heroine" treatment from four young men who will win three years of free rent at Sunako's auntie's boarding house if they can manage to get Sunako to look decent. They've got quite a struggle ahead of them, however; when Sunako appears, she's wearing stained, baggy clothing and her face is entirely hidden by bangs. She retreats to her room to watch slasher films, and when forced to interact with the boys she cooks for-she lives in her auntie's boarding house-she's half-blinded by those "creatures of light." Couple this odd worldview with Sunako's nosebleeds whenever the boys say something nice to her, and they've got a real makeover challenge on their hands. After a series of events in which Sunako is rescued from social torture by one of the boys, Kyohei (whom she almost kills with scissors afterwards, for reasons never quite explained), and she in turn rescues him from being kidnapped by evil club owners, we reach Sunako's final transformation. This unusual manga should engage readers, thanks to its reversal of the usual characterizations, disturbing heroine and not-quite-happy ending. (Oct.) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 15, 2010

    Crazy Adventures

    I love this manga. All of the characters are hilarious and have a very unique personality that allow the author tell outrageous stories. My favorite character is Sunako, she is very different from other manga heroines. She loves horror, always a mess, and just hoping to stay in her room away from adventures and dazzling boys. One warning though some of the stories are a little wild, dealing with bondage to serial rapes, but there are more fun adventures than dark. I'm just sad that the mangas are getting delivered fast enough. I can't wait to see what happens to Sunako and the boys.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 20, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    I love Sunako

    I love this book for many reasons: Sunako is way different than most of the shoujo main character girls out there, I can relate to her, the story is somewhat different than other manga, it has some violence, I love how most of the people are scared of Sunako, I like the idea of a Cinderella-makeover plot, and it's funny. All in all, I'd say this is one of the best books I've read. If you love comedy manga, then there are some that I've recommended! :]

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  • Posted August 16, 2010

    The Wallflower

    I LOVE this series! The characters are all great and super funny. The star Sunako Nakahara is full of hilarious surprises. There are only a few things I don't like about The Wallflower. 1. Sunako is in her chibi form to much. But... I guess it's a needed visual representation.
    2. When Sunako is it Big Sunako Mode she only has like 4 or 5 different expressions.
    3. The guys' bodies look kinda freaky. They're so skinny! You can totally see it when they're shirtless. But other than that it's one of the best manga ever!

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  • Posted April 23, 2009

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    Good for manga readers!

    I love Wallflower! The story starts out different from the regular shoujo plot. Sunako is an amazing character. The "moving into a house filled with guys" is probably the ONLY typical thing about this manga. It's full of funny parts and some parts can be seen as a little dark, but it's balanced well.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 16, 2009

    Wallflower

    Good funny story. not MY favorite, but everyone has their own personal favs.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 8, 2008

    My two cents on 'Wallflower'

    Ok, here's the deal. To put it plainly, I love this manga! At first sight, I was a little hesitant about this series. The artwork is different from the mangas I was used to reading, but once I got past that and started getting into the story I was completely hooked. I've never laughed so hard over funny chibi faces in my life! The story line is a little strange and admittedly I had no idea were it was going, but I was more than happy to go along for the ride. The characters are interesting, humorous and cute in their own ways and I expecially love how unusual the leading lady is. It's refreshing to see a strong leading lady who cares about things other than her hair style or boys, even if her interests are a bit bizarre. Anyways, this series is great and if you're smart, have a darker sense of humour and into things a little out of the ordinary, you'll definetly love this series too. Two thumbs up!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 21, 2006

    the most hilarious manga one can ever read

    cant find a better manga its funny and at times so hilarious ya just cant stop laughing when i first picked it up i couldnt put it back down.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 9, 2006

    Totally Awesome! Rocks all Socks!

    Ok, I just got into manga thanks to my friends and this one is the second series I have started, and let me tell ya it is so awesome! At first I was hesitant but serriously really good, I couldn't put it down, once you start reading it you can't stop I should know I am going out to buy the rest of the volumes today! If you want something that is totally beyond the ordinary I would read this.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 7, 2006

    Oh my gosh! This Manga is to die for!!!

    The Wallflower is the best manga I have ever read. I bought all of the Wallflower manga. I'm still waiting for volume 6. I can't wait till it comes to my house (I just bought it now). Anyways, the Wallflwoer is funny and cute, especially Kyeio (I'm not sure if that is how you wirte his name). He's so adorable. I fell in love with him. Anyways the main charcter gril, Sunako, she's a joy to read about. AS for the other three guys, they're pretty hot to, though I personally perfer Kyeio.There was this one cute part about Kyeio and Sunako, but I'm not going to spoil the fun and tell. That scene was just drop dead cute. If you want to know what's up, get the manga and read it. Trust me, the minute you pick up this pick, you would want it to never end. So just trust me and read it! You'll love it as much as me.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 6, 2006

    Make-over, without the beauty products

    Wow, the first time I read this manga book, I was actually thinking this book would be another chick-flick...but it wasn't. I totally loved the way Tomoko-sama drew the characters. I fell in love with this book, it's funny, witty and very 'my-life-of-craziness'. It has romance (Nio-chan and Takenaga,Ranmaru and almost ever girl . [that pimp!], Yuki-kun and Mi-chan...and hopefully Kyohei and Sunako-chan!!!) and a girl that can actually fight for herself.Tomoko-sama can truly depict a girl's struggle to overcome a broken heart with a twist of a lot of humor.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 3, 2005

    AWESOME MANGA!!

    If you love romance.. action.. comedy.. and a cinderella/ kill bill flick.. this is the book to read.. highly recommend this one to all otaku ou there

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 22, 2005

    Makeover magic!

    This whole series is AMAZING! It's like Queer Eye only with 4 hot straight guys making over a girl. Of course there is the romance and the beautiful drawings that take your breath away and make you wish YOU were Sunako-chan. This series is a journey of 4 hot guys living together with a girl while trying to make her into the lady that fits the mansion that is their boarding house. Sunako, the main character, does not want to be made into a lady. She is quite the opposite. Butt-kicking, slasher flick loving girl who gets nose bleeds from seeing something pretty, so the guys have a huge task ahead of them all for the 'stupid rent.' And of course there is a blooming romance between Sunako and Kyohei , one of the 4 hot guys, though they don't see it... Yet. This roller coaster ride gets better and better with every book. Read it! You'd love it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 8, 2005

    unexpectedly great!

    the first time i saw this, i thought it was going to be about a typical ugly duckling type of storyline. but this turned out even better than i expected. eventhough the plot can be seen with many other mangas/animes wallflower has its own unique style and flavor of its own to make it stand out. i love the fact that sunako can defend herself and others and be cool when least expected, plus having four handsome guys to hang out with doesn't hurt either. almost anyone can relate to sunako, from her struggle to be herself to overcoming a broken heart. wallflower isn't too sappy so even guys can enjoy it too.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 3, 2005

    A makeover that makes you laugh

    I read this book and wondered why nothing like this happened to me. 4 good looking men come and live with you to make you over. Not bad. But Sunako does not agree with my way of thinking. She would rather live in her dark room watching Dr. Hanable eat peolple. Not that that doesn't sound fun as well. I would put this in my top ten. This is the book for a rainy day.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 1, 2005

    Wonderful read for all shojo lovers.

    This has been one of the best shojo titles I have ever read. It's humorous and heart warming. Tomoko Hayakawa does a wonderful job characterizing the 'not so typical heroine' Sunako-chan; and giving her the oppurtunity to build her self esteem and possibly fall in love. (That's my guess, that hasn't happened yet) Her gorgeous gaurdians are a reason in it's own to pick up this book. Kyohei, Yukinojo, Ranmaru, and Takenaga are beautifully drawn and stray from the typical style of japanese manga. Personally, i think she's one of the best artists i've seen to date. For anyone who loves comedy, drama, and romance (HOPEFULLY SUNAKO AND KYOHEI HOOK UP)in their manga; they'll love this story. PLUS it's 224 pages long!! longer than your typical manga...lots of story and substance, you won't be dissapointed!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 1, 2004

    Brightened my day

    I love this manga. I thought my day couldn't get any worse. This manga is just like me... i can so see me being like Sunakochan. Really, i mean I liked the book on of the greatest manga's i read so far. I hope she does get kyohei. And she doesn't need to become beautiful if she truely dont want to.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 18, 2004

    Kick Ass

    The coolest Manga I have read today! Sunako is a shy wallflower but also she has a VERY dark side that shows in this first manga. She's tough and dangerous! Stuck in a mansion with 4 beautiful nosebleeding guys! And they're mission is to turn her into a REAL lady! Awesome!

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