Not So Shojo Love Story tells the story of a girl whose “perfect love story” goes off the rails when a popular girl confesses her love for him.
Curryuku Comedy Not so shojo love story is the story of Rei Chan, a super shoujo manga fan, who wants Hansum Ochinchin, a cute boy from Koko High School, to be her boyfriend. However, this goal becomes more distant when Hanna Schulerin, a girl who became popular for so-called “dumb reasons”, declares that she likes Rei, catching Rei off guard. As the story progresses, she begins to understand her feelings towards Hanna, while Hanna’s feelings become all the more clear.
Rei begins by confronting a group of bullies with rhyming names (Pam, Bam, Jam, and Ham), whom she attacks after ruining her manga. Hanna tells her to stay away from Hansum, but when Rei tells Hanna she’s pretty, it sets off a series of events that disrupt Rei’s goal. And her “love story” becomes something completely different than she imagined, and continues to face challenges along the way.
Meanwhile, Hanna, who is the Junior Council President of the Student Council Committee, struggles with her popularity, something she wants so badly to escape, trying to figure out how to have a healthy relationship with people, and Hansum has a secret that no one expects.
Not so shoujo love story has compelling characters and storytelling. It hooked me from the start and kept me engaged throughout! There is Susan, a friend of Hanna and Rei’s “rival” in terms of affection towards Hanna, whom Rei calls “Hanna Dumbass” in her phone, and Rei and Hanna’s fathers. Hanna and Rei’s love stories merge into one whether Rei likes it or not, with Rei recalling the time she met Hansum and fell in love with him after he called his hairstyle “pretty”, but was heartbroken when he doesn’t. remember their first meeting.
At first, Rei is skeptical of Hanna calling her a “norm” and even wants to spend time away from her after the bullies try to break them both up. But, as the plot continues, she comes back to her and changes as a person. There are even some fun anime references, like characters holding bread in their mouths and the heroine tropes in manga.
The webcomic, which has over 59 episodes and hundreds of thousands of subscribers, is written and illustrated by Curryuku. Aria Villafranca is editing the webcomic, while Elliot and Alza also attend. Not so shoujo love story is a reboot, as the original was on WebToon Canvas for 33 episodes. Curryuku, known as Curry for short, is a freelance artist and illustrator who enjoys drawing yuri/girl love stories like this webcomic. I hope she continues to draw and create in the days, weeks, months and years to come!
Not so shoujo love story reminds me of the beautiful animation and art in Kageki Shojo! or the scenes of Sakura card sensor, both as colorful and full of life as this webcomic. There’s even a whole episode where Rei imagines herself as her dog, Taro, reminding me of the episode of Sakura card sensor where Sakura is reduced to her small size, having to face insects and other animals that are “monsters”, or another where she is trapped in a world resembling Alice in Wonderland.
Not so shoujo love story is available to read on WebToon as WebToon Original.
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Author: Burkely Hermann
Burkely is a declassified document indexer by day and a fan fic writer by night. He recently earned an MLIS with a concentration in Digital Preservation from the University of Maryland. He currently voraciously watches anime series and reads too many webcomics to rely on Webtoon. He enjoys swimming, hiking and researching his family roots in his spare time.
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