Manga Review: Kasane by Daruma Matsuura

TOKYOPOP
Published Dec. 2016

Kasane is a girl with a disgusting face, almost deformed … Because of this, she suffers the harassment of her classmates. One day, in the midst of despair, she remembers what her mother, a famous actress of great beauty, said to her before she died: “If you ever stay alone and you can not take it anymore, put your lips together, get close to what you want. .. and kiss it! “ -Goodreads

As a desperate act to fully getting what she wants and to stop the harassment, Kasane listens to her mother’s advice and it completely changes her world.

When I began this manga I was like is she ugly by beauty standards or does she have a deformity that people make fun of her for. I would call it a deformity but she was born that way and there are some other things that can suggest it is family trait. However, I gave a little bit too much away.

This manga is unlike anything you have read. Not only is plot completely original but it is creative. You can maybe compare it to Cinderella but it isn’t Cinderella. It isn’t even a fairy tale. This manga is strictly stand-alone content within its own world and it is purely amazing.

Kasane has it bad. Between the harassment, her mother being dead and her abusive Aunt stealing her inheritance, Kasane has reason for being the way she is and for making the choices she made. However, at a certain point you begin to think is she the bad guy? I loved that aspect of this manga. It makes you question Kasane, her intentions and how you feel about her.

But beyond that this manga is deep. Beauty standards are huge and the series touches upon being beautiful and being able to do your job, your passion, your career.

The story move flawlessly and the pace was great. My only issue was I wanted to know more about Kasane before her life changing decision and also during. Who was she beyond beauty and the decision she made to get it.

Overall, a must read.

4.5 Pickles

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