Your and My Secret Manga, Volume 2 (English)

January 5th, 2009

It’s all hormones all the time in Your and My Secret, Volume 2.

Momoi Nanako is a “masculine” (read: jerky) girl and Uehara Akira is a feminine (read: doormat) boy. Through an implausible and vaguely irritating handwave, they have switched bodies. They, have instantly excelled at being the opposite gender since, as we all know, all boys are jerks and all girls are doormats. lol

But Volume 2 is not about gender roles – it’s about sex. More precisely it’s about nearly uncontrollable sexual urges that cause all sorts of hilarious complications when a boy in girl’s body ends up sharing a room with the girl he likes and the girl in a boy’s body chooses random sexually charged behavior to play around with.

Thus, Akira finds himself sharing a room with Shiina, and Nanako finds herself sharing a room with Senbongi and everyone spending several raging hormone and unresolved sexual tension filled days in Okinawa. At the end of it all, no one’s purity was befouled. Amazing, isn’t it?

We also learn that for all her talk, Nanako isn’t nearly the jerk she acts like, as Shiina confesses that although she and Akira (with Nanako inside) have been going out for some time, he hasn’t actually tried to do anything with her. Of course she blames herself.

A certain level of balance is achieved after they return from the island. Until Shiina’s older stalker brother shows up at the school and makes himself intolerable to everyone – including me. Thank god the plot moved on quickly and we reach and crisis as Senbongi, Akira’s friend and classmate who has a crush on Nanako now that’s she’s so girly, suddenly puts two and two together. Oh noes! I’m not really sure that this is a crisis, personally I would think it would be kind of a relief and take the pressure off of Akira, but hey, that’s my logical brain thinking thing again. ^_^

There’s a little extra chapter, in which we get to enjoy Nanako’s pre-switch behavior on an empty stomach and the now-ironic statement that if she were a guy, she’s becomed Shiina’s boyfriend. Waah, waah, waaaah~

The Yuri, such as it is, is silly – pretty much Akira, in Nanako’s body, ever so mildly lusting after Shiina. The actually amusing bit was after an apparent girl-on-girl scene, spied by Nanako (in Akira’s body,) she went running off to deflower Senbongi. For some reason, that struck me as funny.

Ratings:

Art – 8
Characters – 6
Story – 6
Yuri – 2
Service – 6

Overall – 7

Thank you Okazu hero Dean C. for once again sponsoring a review and providing us all with some much-needed entertainment!

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3 Responses

  1. deanbcurtis says:

    Well, I was the one who sponsored it. Although, with the stale gender tropes, I’ll add the caveat that it doesn’t receive my official endorsement. Which I’m sure Tokyopop is saddened to hear.

  2. Thanks Dean, you’ve been acknowledged in-review, but let me thank you once again anyway. Thanks!

  3. deanbcurtis says:

    Hehe. Great update. :)

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