Since we’re on the topic of Dengeki, let’s talk Kashimashi Girl Meets Girl. Again, adorable, not-quite-girl yuri that’s a lot of fun to read.
Hazumu is a guy. Through a freak accident, in which he is killed by an alien spaceship, he is restored to life as a girl.
Hazumu is an endearing character…in fact “she” endears herself repeatedly to Tomari and Yasuna, two female classmates who are undeniably in love with Hazumu.
Tomari is a blonde, and tends towards the ever-so-slightly butch, while Yasuna, a brunette, is a total femme. The two have a friendly rivalry about Hazumu which, because of their completely different personalities, hasn’t really erupted in any kind of conflict.
Hazumu is also desired by a male classmate Asuta who has, typical of men in these kinds of manga, no balls. He simply fantasizes from a close distance and tries to convince himself he doesn’t care. He’s your basic nosebleed boy. Bwahahaha! Gosh, we just can’t ever get enough of that joke…ha.
There’s a host of other regulars including Ayuki, a very introspective and attractive schoomate who I like on account of her not being any kind of comedic relief and “Sora”-sensei, a guy who is an alien (his name is spelled with the kanji for “alien”) who is watching over Hazumu.
To be frank, I have read only two chapters of this series, and despite my initial reservations, it is kinda sweet and cute, in an unhurried and pleasant way. I expect no resolution of the love triangle, but one can hope. I’ll probably go back and get the early volumes to see what I missed – eventually.
On the down side, Hazumu’s reactions swing from completely human to, “Gee, these girls are strange, I don’t understand why they wish to do this thing.” It jars a bit – but it serves to remind us that Hazumu is not really, a girl.
The art is typical of the genre and…hoorah!…there is little loli sign. The girls are teens, but at least they vaguely look like the manga-standard approximation of the high school age. I weep with gladness.
Art – 6
Characters – 7
Story – 7
Yuri – 9
Overall – 7
Low rating for such a totally yuri story? Let me see a real kiss and it’ll go up. :-)
11/30/06 note: See later reviews for what I thought after I read the whole thing and saw a kiss or two. LOL)