Review: Koukou Debut


1773182Alternate Title/s: High School Debut

Manga-ka: Kazune Kawahara

Genre: Shoujo, Comedy, Romance

No. of Volumes: 13

Publisher: Shuiesha

Magazine: Margaret


Haruna Nagashima gave her all to softball in middle school, now that she has made her high school debut, she has decided to give her all for a new goal: getting a boyfriend and falling in love. However, she has one small problem—since she never paid any attention to fashion or trends in middle school, she has no idea how to go about attracting her yet-to-be-found love. But a chance encounter with Yoh Komiyama (who’s the school prince) provides her with the opportunity she needs. If he coaches her in how to become attractive, surely she can find herself a boyfriend.

Yoh then agrees to coach Haruna after her great persistence, but he tells her she mustn’t fall in love with him; of course, that is exactly what happens. The story from then follows Haruna as she debates whether she should confess to Yoh, or keep her secret to herself.

Source: Wikipedia

I Say:

Who in this present day and time didn’t fall in love for the first time? (If such person exist, this world won’t be like what it is.)

Koukou Debut is basically the story of life changes, first love and growing up. Each volume is so filled with situations for Nagashima Haruna & Komiyama Yoh to face and ponder on. Haruna is full of innocence and guided by her goals. Although a lot of times she may appear selfish and childish, but not spoiled rotten like Yoh’s younger sister Asami. Yoh, on the other hand is the typical perfect boyfriend.

This manga was made to be hilarious, positive and nostalgic. At some point, if you would like to, it can make you remember what falling in love for the first time is like. First impression of falling in love, how it hurts and how to make it grow.

Koukou Debut actually is not the first shoujo manga I have read in my entire life but I can say it has been one of those with the most creative “love confessions” ever!