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Shuko Kodakamine is strong—too strong, by the standards of some. She hopes to make a good high school debut, but that plan goes up in smoke almost immediately when she injures the attractive, charismatic Serizawa-kun...and later suplexes him, to boot! But when Serizawa-kun finds himself in hot water with a jealous boyfriend, it's Shuko who comes to his aid...and he comes u Shuko Kodakamine is strong—too strong, by the standards of some. She hopes to make a good high school debut, but that plan goes up in smoke almost immediately when she injures the attractive, charismatic Serizawa-kun...and later suplexes him, to boot! But when Serizawa-kun finds himself in hot water with a jealous boyfriend, it's Shuko who comes to his aid...and he comes up with a ridiculous proposition: If Shuko becomes his bodyguard, he'll make her the most important girl in his world!


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Shuko Kodakamine is strong—too strong, by the standards of some. She hopes to make a good high school debut, but that plan goes up in smoke almost immediately when she injures the attractive, charismatic Serizawa-kun...and later suplexes him, to boot! But when Serizawa-kun finds himself in hot water with a jealous boyfriend, it's Shuko who comes to his aid...and he comes u Shuko Kodakamine is strong—too strong, by the standards of some. She hopes to make a good high school debut, but that plan goes up in smoke almost immediately when she injures the attractive, charismatic Serizawa-kun...and later suplexes him, to boot! But when Serizawa-kun finds himself in hot water with a jealous boyfriend, it's Shuko who comes to his aid...and he comes up with a ridiculous proposition: If Shuko becomes his bodyguard, he'll make her the most important girl in his world!

30 review for Heroine for Hire, Vol. 1

  1. 4 out of 5

    Kadi P

    *More like 3.5 stars than 3.* This was a cute romance manga, but not one without flaws. What made Kadokamine such an interesting character was her strength and through her the manga made a statement on how strong girls are more than capable of being a protagonist. However, this vol’s major flaw also resided in Kadokamine’s view that in order to have the romantic high school experience she wanted, she had to be cuter. Granted, it was never stated that her strength made her not cute—which I did appr *More like 3.5 stars than 3.* This was a cute romance manga, but not one without flaws. What made Kadokamine such an interesting character was her strength and through her the manga made a statement on how strong girls are more than capable of being a protagonist. However, this vol’s major flaw also resided in Kadokamine’s view that in order to have the romantic high school experience she wanted, she had to be cuter. Granted, it was never stated that her strength made her not cute—which I did appreciate—but it was constantly reiterated that being cuter would make Kadokamine a “better girl”. And that sexist view really put a dampener on the overall enjoyability and sweetness of the main characters and their dynamic. Her strength was, well, a strength of her character, and it should’ve been embraced more thoroughly than it was. However, that view could have been more indicative of Kadokamine’s stance on the matter rather than the manga’s as a whole, because the male lead seemed to really dig Kadokamine’s strength, so maybe not all is lost and future instalments in the series could see Kadokamine’s personal character growth show she learns to accept herself more. The other flaw of this vol would be how hard it was to follow. The action scenes coupled with the zoomed in panels and erratic speech bubbles often had me confused who was talking or what was happening. It really detracted from the sweet moments.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Mark

    Shuko is ready to make her high school debut, but fate has other plans. “Unfortunately” for her, she’s insanely strong and the target of every hardcore sports club at school, not to mention really bad at controlling said strength. Enter the very popular Serizawa, who Shuko saves from a sticky situation (after injuring him only a couple times). He offers to help her out if she becomes his bodyguard... but what do these two REALLY have to offer one another? Line up your shots, it’s another teetotal Shuko is ready to make her high school debut, but fate has other plans. “Unfortunately” for her, she’s insanely strong and the target of every hardcore sports club at school, not to mention really bad at controlling said strength. Enter the very popular Serizawa, who Shuko saves from a sticky situation (after injuring him only a couple times). He offers to help her out if she becomes his bodyguard... but what do these two REALLY have to offer one another? Line up your shots, it’s another teetotaler-unfriendly instalment of the Shojo Manga Drinking Game. This book devours tropes like candy; in this first volume alone, you’ve got a wall slam, the princess carry/infirmary visit, one person hiding under the other’s bed covers with them in it, somebody getting a cold for no reason, somebody is incredibly bad at cooking, AND the elaborately written date plans that end up in the possession of the person being taken for said date. Which just goes to show that you can make a fun, interesting story even while you indulge in things that many other books have done. Step one - have a strong female lead. Shuko is one heck of a stellar protagonist to spend time with - she’s got no confidence in herself despite clearly being a low-key force of nature. It’s great having a heroine who is strong, yet flawed. Watching her learn to have even a smidgen of faith in herself and enjoying new things is a big part of why this book works. She also has no trouble calling out crap she sees from other people, which, frankly, just makes her MORE nuanced. Her big thing is certainly her strength, but smartly she is written to be more than just a single trait. Serizawa is harder to pin down. He has an easygoing charm and an unfortunate tendency to deploy it everywhere (weapons-grade flirt, this boy), but even he realizes he’s probably being a bit much and it’s nice to see him tell Shuko that he wants her help to become a better person. There are also hints that a lot of his forward facing self is a defence against his own insecurities. They make a really good pair, basically. They’re both interesting and both bringing something to the table. It might seem like a small hurdle, but you’d be surprised how many romances never clear it. Art is cute, nothing too flashy. I really liked their first meeting - Shuko establishes her bona fides as being kick-ass here and it’s a perfect distillation of her character. There is a scene later on where she makes an entrance and it’s An Entrance; probably my favourite image in the book and another sign that the author has their characters’ backs. I don’t normally fault technical details in my reviews, but there were a couple glaring grammatical errors here and more than a couple points where the dialogue bubbles make it super difficult to figure out who’s speaking (the latter is one of my biggest pet peeves in manga). This book is a very respectable, mid-level shojo title. I’d say that honestly it’s a 3.5 star book, but it gets the round up for some nice art in places where it needs it, a good female lead, and for making me laugh (be on the lookout for the ‘AAAACK!’). Definitely worth your time if you like this sort of story but frequently wish the leads were more compelling.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Laura Grace

    VIDEO REVIEW HERE: https://youtu.be/QynsVxFoWS0 This was a fun and lighthearted read! I GREATLY enjoyed the martial art aspects to the story because it's not often you see a girl in manga who practices judo and IS the stronger of the couple. Granted, our main characters aren't a couple yet, but I'm totally digging the setup of them getting together! Kodakamine is a very wholesome young woman and thought it cute how so many clubs wanted her to join. The judo one was definitely the best and had to l VIDEO REVIEW HERE: https://youtu.be/QynsVxFoWS0 This was a fun and lighthearted read! I GREATLY enjoyed the martial art aspects to the story because it's not often you see a girl in manga who practices judo and IS the stronger of the couple. Granted, our main characters aren't a couple yet, but I'm totally digging the setup of them getting together! Kodakamine is a very wholesome young woman and thought it cute how so many clubs wanted her to join. The judo one was definitely the best and had to laugh when she got upset and ends up judo throwing Serizawa because he was "lying" about his feelings. LOL! It was funny and found there to be a lot of good humorous moments that made me laugh. I also really liked Serizawa! He is a good hero to cheer for and enjoyed how Kodakamine was the one saving him instead of vice verse. However, the mangaka really did know how to make him look like a knight in shining armor in that final chapter! That was excellent and internally swooned a little bit! I'm really enjoying the story itself and how light it is. I found myself laughing out loud before I even realized it and definitely cheering for this young sweet couple! Really looking forward to reading more!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Beka

    Sweet, light read that twisted some tropes. I love the heroine and the “date” was adorable. Seeing a guy who’s not a tsundere and is kind while not being perfect is quite nice. This manga made me smile, which is just what I needed. There are some tropes I wish it hadn’t included, but they weren’t drawn out & I enjoyed the story nonetheless.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Whitney

    Why can’t all shojo female characters be written like this instead of as weak, crybaby idiots?

  6. 5 out of 5

    Lunabookaddict

    J’ai trop rigolé haha ! Les personnages sont attachants et j’ai hâte de lire la suite

  7. 4 out of 5

    Hisgirl85

    3.5 - 4 stars. I liked this premise. It was different and a bit refreshing in how the heroine is still very quiet and soft while also being physically strong. The art was cute, too.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Musical_literature_of_vannah

    Une petite série prévue en 4 tomes. c'est rigolo et surtout mignon. après on reste sur les codes classiques du Shojo mais c'est pas mal Une petite série prévue en 4 tomes. c'est rigolo et surtout mignon. après on reste sur les codes classiques du Shojo mais c'est pas mal

  9. 5 out of 5

    Chloë Martin

    Mignon, drôle, émouvant bienveillant, chaleureux, que demander de plus à part la suite 🥰🤗☁️

  10. 5 out of 5

    Shay

    A sweet, heartwarming read that's a good, if typical, shoujo manga. It doesn't break many tropes, though it's more realistic than others like it (ex. Flower in a Storm). Kodakamine is a cute, earnest heroine and Serizawa is just as cute--it'll be interesting to see how their relationship evolves in the next volumes, and maybe see more of the side characters. A sweet, heartwarming read that's a good, if typical, shoujo manga. It doesn't break many tropes, though it's more realistic than others like it (ex. Flower in a Storm). Kodakamine is a cute, earnest heroine and Serizawa is just as cute--it'll be interesting to see how their relationship evolves in the next volumes, and maybe see more of the side characters.

  11. 4 out of 5

    LaPommequirougit

    https://lapommequirougit.com/2021/01/... Je remercie les Éditions Kana pour l’envoi de cette lecture. Dès le départ, j’étais impatiente de lire ce nouveau Shojo. Vous n’êtes pas sans savoir que je suis complètement fan des romances, donc aussitôt reçu, aussitôt il était lu ! 😉 Depuis enfant Shûko pratique divers arts martiaux. De ce fait, elle est loin d’être une fille comme les autres. Autant vous dire qu’elle ne rêve que d’une chose pour sa rentrée au lycée. Être une fille normale, qui a un peti https://lapommequirougit.com/2021/01/... Je remercie les Éditions Kana pour l’envoi de cette lecture. Dès le départ, j’étais impatiente de lire ce nouveau Shojo. Vous n’êtes pas sans savoir que je suis complètement fan des romances, donc aussitôt reçu, aussitôt il était lu ! 😉 Depuis enfant Shûko pratique divers arts martiaux. De ce fait, elle est loin d’être une fille comme les autres. Autant vous dire qu’elle ne rêve que d’une chose pour sa rentrée au lycée. Être une fille normale, qui a un petit copain, des rencards, etc. Le problème, c’est que sa réputation est plus forte qu’elle. Dès la rentrée, des tonnes de clubs sportifs lui donnent des tracs pour essayer de la recruter. Tant pis, elle laisse tomber. Ce qu’elle est, lui colle à la peau… Mais elle va faire la rencontre d’un garçon de première. Il se nomme Serizawa et il lui arrive pas mal d’ennuis à cause de son inattention. Il remarque rapidement les compétentes de Shûko et lui propose quelque chose. Qu’elle devienne son garde du corps et en échange, il lui réalisera son voeux le plus cher. Va-t-elle accepter ? Ce Shojo, malgré un point de départ qui sort du lot reste très classique. Pour ma part, cela ne m’a pas dérangé outre mesure, car je suis complètement fan du genre, que cela soit classique ou original, j’aime lire des Shojo. L’histoire reste mignonne et touchante. On en est qu’au début de la relation dans ce premier tome bien évidemment, mais on sent déjà que cela prend une tournure comme je les aime : adorable et craquante. Je le sens venir, je risque de crier comme une adolescente quand le premier baiser aura lieu, je vous le dis ! 😉 En bref, c’est un Shojo qui ne plaira pas à tout le monde. Il est classique, mais si cela ne vous dérange pas, je suis sûre que vous passerez avec ce premier tome un aussi bon moment de lecture que moi ! 🙂

  12. 5 out of 5

    frau.meln

    Ehrlich gestanden hatte ich überhaupt nicht geplant diesen Manga zu kaufen. Aber als ich beim Comichändler meines Vertrauens rein blätterte, musste ich ihn einfach haben, weil der Zeichenstil so wunderschön ist. Und was soll ich sagen? Jackpot! Kodakamine ist ein starkes Mädchen, das manchmal ganz andere Verhaltensweisen an den Tag legt, als man es erwarten würde. Ihre direkte und toughe Art gefiel mir auf anhieb. Aber gleichzeitig hat sie etwas sehr natürlich mädchenhaftes. Serizawa hingehen ist Ehrlich gestanden hatte ich überhaupt nicht geplant diesen Manga zu kaufen. Aber als ich beim Comichändler meines Vertrauens rein blätterte, musste ich ihn einfach haben, weil der Zeichenstil so wunderschön ist. Und was soll ich sagen? Jackpot! Kodakamine ist ein starkes Mädchen, das manchmal ganz andere Verhaltensweisen an den Tag legt, als man es erwarten würde. Ihre direkte und toughe Art gefiel mir auf anhieb. Aber gleichzeitig hat sie etwas sehr natürlich mädchenhaftes. Serizawa hingehen ist ein typischer Schönling, der sich manchmal ein bisschen darauf ausruht, begehrt zu sein. Dennoch scheint sein Herz viel weicher zu sein, als es den Anschein macht. Hach. ruhige Romance Manga sind ganz genau mein Ding, daher darf sich dieser hier schon nach dem Auftakt in meine Lieblinge einreihen. Ich hätte nie gedacht, dass mich die Charaktere und die ruhige Atmosphäre so einnehmen würden. Aber vor allem die leicht verdrehten Rollen haben es mir angetan. Die Mangaka bietet eine breite Range an Mimik, sodass die Emotionen super bei mir ankamen und ich vor allem nicht nur einmal ein bisschen Herzklopfen hatte. Die Reihe wird in vier Bänden abgeschlossen sein und ich hoffe, dass die weiteren Teile dem Ersten in nichts nachstehen werden.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Joe Kerr

    This is a different sort of story. I like it! So we've got Rico Sauve, aka Serizawa, & we have Zena Warrior Princess, aka Kodakamine. He's the school idol and is mobbed by girls (and accosted by angry boyfriends), while she protects him since she's a "ninja" as he puts it. However, when they are together alone, they both feel they can open up to each other, and they have fun and enjoy each other's company. Now she's having strange feelings whenever she's with him. Could Cupid be busy at work with This is a different sort of story. I like it! So we've got Rico Sauve, aka Serizawa, & we have Zena Warrior Princess, aka Kodakamine. He's the school idol and is mobbed by girls (and accosted by angry boyfriends), while she protects him since she's a "ninja" as he puts it. However, when they are together alone, they both feel they can open up to each other, and they have fun and enjoy each other's company. Now she's having strange feelings whenever she's with him. Could Cupid be busy at work with his arrows? Serizawa for his part makes it clear he likes being around her. Could this possibly lead to love? Time will tell. While at first thought him broughish & a cad, yet it turns out he's actually not a bad guy. She may be a female version of Bruce Lee, yet she's also very cute, & is a sweetheart. I see good things in store for these two.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Gabriela

    A cute and enjoyable read. Shuko Kodakamine injures her popular classmate Serizawa, while he tries to avoid a classmate who's after him. Serizawa is a flirty but unaware boy who is always finding himself in hot water with his male classmates. Serizawa proposes Shuko become her bodyguard from people who are after him due to misunderstandings! The character designs are very nice and the art itself is clean and very easy to follow! There are also very nice effects throughout. The story makes you wan A cute and enjoyable read. Shuko Kodakamine injures her popular classmate Serizawa, while he tries to avoid a classmate who's after him. Serizawa is a flirty but unaware boy who is always finding himself in hot water with his male classmates. Serizawa proposes Shuko become her bodyguard from people who are after him due to misunderstandings! The character designs are very nice and the art itself is clean and very easy to follow! There are also very nice effects throughout. The story makes you want to know more about these characters. I loved this first volume so much!

  15. 5 out of 5

    Marine Geers

    Chouette petit manga ! je ne suis pas spécialement fan de shojo, voir pas du tout mais j'ai bien aimé celui là. En plus, il ne fait que 4 tomes dont le quatrième qui doit encore sortir, je lirai donc la suite. Chouette petit manga ! je ne suis pas spécialement fan de shojo, voir pas du tout mais j'ai bien aimé celui là. En plus, il ne fait que 4 tomes dont le quatrième qui doit encore sortir, je lirai donc la suite.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

    There’s some potential in this one, but it is a bit disjointed and hasn’t decided what it wants to be. It mentions that he is caring of others, etc, but earlier he’s making empty promises and hiding from girls to avoid actually fulfilling those promises.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Douglas Cootey

    Clever hook. Sweet story with a pleasant art style, good pacing, and excellent character development. I liked that a physically strong girl who wants to live an average high school girl's life doesn't stop being strong while pursuing the new goal. Clever hook. Sweet story with a pleasant art style, good pacing, and excellent character development. I liked that a physically strong girl who wants to live an average high school girl's life doesn't stop being strong while pursuing the new goal.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Juliette

    Sympa ce premier tome, mais sans plus. Un peu cliché et certains dialogues m’ont un peu dérangé. Les dessins font un peu brouillons mais ça passe. Je vais lire la suite car j’ai plutôt bien apprécié la deuxième partie du manga. 🥰

  19. 4 out of 5

    Lucille

    3,5/5 Très mignon, j'aime beaucoup l'inversion des rôles avec Shûko qui va défendre (grâce à sa grande force et pratique des arts martiaux) un garçon populaire contre l'attention trop envahissante des autres ! 3,5/5 Très mignon, j'aime beaucoup l'inversion des rôles avec Shûko qui va défendre (grâce à sa grande force et pratique des arts martiaux) un garçon populaire contre l'attention trop envahissante des autres !

  20. 5 out of 5

    clems1012

    3,5

  21. 5 out of 5

    Tsuki-chan

    J'ai toujours été une grande admiratrice des femmes fortes qui n'avaient pas besoin d'aide pour ce défendre! Alors cette histoire est parfaite pour mes goûts~ J'ai toujours été une grande admiratrice des femmes fortes qui n'avaient pas besoin d'aide pour ce défendre! Alors cette histoire est parfaite pour mes goûts~

  22. 4 out of 5

    Nirali

    *review for whole series* 3.75-4/5

  23. 4 out of 5

    Cristina

    Strong Woman Do Bong Soo but boring

  24. 4 out of 5

    Its Prio

    3.5 stars

  25. 4 out of 5

    Andrea

    3 stars A strong FL who studies Kudo and an earnest ML wants her to protect him? I'm sold. 3 stars A strong FL who studies Kudo and an earnest ML wants her to protect him? I'm sold.

  26. 4 out of 5

    moira

    that was so cute and refreshing!

  27. 5 out of 5

    monica

    *review for entire series* Literally the most wholesome manga I’ve ever read. No games, no ulterior motives. Just a pair of friends and their heartwarming romance.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Tiphaine

    [NOTE: 3.5/5] J'ai passé un bon moment de lecture, certaines situations m'ont bien fait rire ! J'ai hâte de voir comment va se dérouler la suite :) [NOTE: 3.5/5] J'ai passé un bon moment de lecture, certaines situations m'ont bien fait rire ! J'ai hâte de voir comment va se dérouler la suite :)

  29. 5 out of 5

    -moonprismpower-

    Absolute adorable. I’m a sucker for these romance series. I’ll read them all I swear! And no! I don’t care if they’re “tropey” or cringey!!! lol

  30. 4 out of 5

    Jillian -always aspiring-

    2020 Read #611 The art is really cute and the heroine is easily likable, but the manga treads too many familiar lines as far as shojo series go.

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