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Handsome na Kanojo (ハンサムな彼女 Hansamu na Kanojo?, English title: Handsome Girlfriend) is a 9-volume manga created by Wataru Yoshizumi. It originally ran in the magazine Ribon from 1988–1992, and was adapted into an OVA in 1991. The story is a romantic-comedy. It is Yoshizumi's longest serialized manga so far, and is one of her most popular works.

The 9-volume manga also includes Yoshizumi's other works, including her debut manga "Radical Romance."

In Indonesia, the manga was translated by m&c.

Story

Mio Hagiwara is a 14 year old actress who also enjoys being a regular teenager. One day, Mio meets Ichiya Kumagai, a 15 year old boy who dreams of becoming a top director of films. Although Mio finds Ichiya to be annoying at first, she eventually discovers his soft side and becomes attracted to him. The story follows Mio and Ichiya becoming a couple and pursuing their dreams.

Characters

Mio Hagiwara
Voiced by: Sakiko Tamagawa
A young actress whose life changes after meeting Ichiya. Despite her mature looks, she is a teenager with a good heart. Mio is 17 by the end of the series. At first she is hating Kumagai for his cold act towards Aya, but later gradually falling in love with him.
Ichiya Kumagai
Voiced by: Toshihiko Seki
A young, talented director who dreams of becoming Japan's biggest director in movies. Usually shy and quiet, except when it comes to anything about movies. Approaches Mio to have her star in his first movie. Things on his head is only how to direct a good movie, the reason he reject Mio at first.
Aya Sawaki
Voiced by: Hiroko Kasahara
Best friend of Mio. A popular singer. Used to be Ichiya's girlfriend before he left for Hollywood when they were 13 years old.

Crossovers in other manga

  • Some of the characters from Handsome na Kanojo either make appearances or are mentioned in Wataru Yoshizumi's most popular series Marmalade Boy which was her next manga series to be released after Handsome na Kanojo. Mio is actually seen in the anime (although only on various commercials) whilst Ichiya is mentioned when Yuu goes to New York to study.

Volumes

  1. ISBN 4-08-853486-7
  2. ISBN 4-08-853500-6
  3. ISBN 4-08-853514-6
  4. ISBN 4-08-853526-X
  5. ISBN 4-08-853541-3
  6. ISBN 4-08-853569-3
  7. ISBN 4-08-853587-1
  8. ISBN 4-08-853594-4
  9. ISBN 4-08-853607-X

External links

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