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High School Debut
High School Debut volume 1.jpg
cover of High School Debut volume 1 as published by Viz Media
高校デビュー
(Kōkō Debut)
Genre Romantic comedy, Drama
Manga
Author Kazune Kawahara
Publisher Japan Shueisha
English publisher United States Viz Media
Demographic Shōjo
Magazine Japan Bessatsu Margaret
Original run 2003August 2008
Volumes 13
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High School Debut (高校デビュー Kōkō Debyū ?, also known as Koukou Debut) is a shōjo romantic comedy manga by Kazune Kawahara (河原 和音 Kawahara Kazune ?). It was serialized in Japan by Shueisha in Bessatsu Margaret from 2003 to 2008 and collected in 13 bound volumes. The series was adapted as a drama CD and as a series of six light novels written by Yuu Kuramoto. The manga is licensed in North America by Viz Media, which has published twelve volumes as of November 2009. Volume 13 is slated to be released in February 2010.

The series follows the relationship between Haruna Nagashima, an enthusiastic former softball star, and Yoh Komiyama, the cool boy she convinces to coach her in romance. It has been praised by reviewers as a standard shōjo manga premise made highly entertaining by Kawahara's handling of the characters, particularly the romantic leads, and artwork.

Contents

Plot

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.

Main characters

Haruna Nagashima (長嶋 晴菜 Nagashima Haruna ?)
A tomboyish high-school girl who played softball in middle school. She is known to be a very dense person, a personality similar to Yoh's friend Fumi. This can be proven in chapter 44 when she was oblivious to what a 'overnight trip' is, something that she was planning for Yoh's birthday. Shortly after entering high school, she becomes determined to find a boyfriend under the influence of all the shōjo manga she reads. She accidentally meets Yoh after a failed attempt at being "picked up" by guys. Shortly after that, she finds out Yoh goes to the same high school as Haruna and asks him to coach her on how to be attractive. After being rejected, she meets Asami, Yoh's sister and they become friends. Soon, Yoh reluctantly accepts to be Haruna's coach with one condition – she is not to fall in love with him! Yoh helps her on a daily basis, with clothes and such, and even gives her advice on what to do when she falls in love with one of Yoh's friends. Haruna starts to fall in love with Yoh, but rejects it since Yoh told her not to fall in love with him. Nevertheless, she asks Yoh a "hypothetical" question about what to do when she falls in love with someone she is not supposed to, but Yoh does not get why she is so serious about a hypothetical question. She tells Yoh she is in love with him, and Yoh surprisingly tells her he is happy that he's the one she likes. In the recent chapters, Haruna and Yoh are dating. Haruna can be described as simple-minded and doesn't seem to pay much attention to her surroundings, though she is very kind hearted and cannot refuse anyone who needs help. Her friend once stated that she is "pure-hearted to the point of being scary". She is also shown on more than one occasion to be very strong; for instance, she opened a jar that even Yoh couldn't open and beat Yoh at an arm wrestling match. Yoh constantly tells her not to show off her muscular legs in public. When Yoh kissed her for the first few times, Haruna has a habit of fainting.
Yoh Komiyama (小宮山 ヨウ Komiyama Yō ?)
A "total hottie" who's in the grade above Haruna. He knows the ideas on how to impress men from a woman's point of view. Although a little shy and easily embarrassed, he represents a figure of cool demeanor, he was even asked out on a date when he was in elementary school. In the beginning when Haruna asked him to tutor her about profession in boyfriend-making, he warned her not to fall in love with him and cry around him(but in chapter 6 he let her cry because she was heart- broken). Yoh helps Haruna on a daily basis, with clothes and such, and even gives her advice on what to do when she falls in love with one of his friends. Soon after Haruna starts to fall in love with him, she asks him a hypothetical question on what to do after when she falls in love with someone she's not supposed to. He apparently doesn't remember saying anything of the sort, and unknowingly asks why she is so serious about a hypothetical question. He then notices how Haruna avoids him and acts weirdly around him and soon remembers her question and what he said after he agreed to be her coach. Yoh asks Haruna if she likes him and Haruna regrettably says no. Yoh seemed to feel a tiny bit depressed only until he saw Haruna run after him. After Haruna confessed to Yoh that she truly loved him, he finally accepted. Yoh and Haruna are dating.
When Yoh was in middle school he would get love letters in his shoe box along with letters of hate from parents and even college guys. Because of that he was isolated from others. When he joins the basketball team he becomes close with the manager, a cute and popular girl named Kurihara. She's a very dependent person and Yoh being somewhat of a caretaker helps her all the time. He started walking home with her everyday and told her that his house was also in the same direction. Soon she discovers it's not and wonders if they are going out. She becomes so troubled by the thought she starts asking everyone on the basketball team whether or not they think so, soon breaking up the team spirit and isolating Yoh. They refer to Kurihara as his ex and as the "bead-incident" because she loved beads but Yoh pretended to not care even though he bought her a beaded necklace. They break up before he can give it to her. Later, when Yoh meets Haruna she finds the necklace and he breaks it apart, but Haruna fixes it and gives it back to him.
Asami Komiyama (小宮山 麻美 Komiyama Asami ?)
Yoh's little sister. Although she's pretty and admired by many boys, she often shows her conceited side. She has a serious brother complex. She wants Yoh and Haruna to be together, but she sometimes tries to protect her older brother when she thinks Haruna is trying to get to Yoh sexually. Often, when Haruna goes to her when she's having a problem, Asami says it's going to be "fun" but quickly replaces it with "trouble". She likes Fumiya, but wanted to test him and see if he would wait forever in the snow for her. Even when Haruna liked him as well, Haruna helped her notice how kind hearted Fumiya was and they have been going out. She gets angry at Fumiya when he didn't take any notice of her, even when she tried her cute poses. However, later in chapter 27, when she was getting sexually harassed, Fumiya snapped and protected Asami with much ferocity. At the end of the chapter, they finally kiss.
Fumiya Tamura (田村 史也 Tamura Fumiya ?)
Yoh's friend, also known as "Fumi". He's a bit on the slow side, not getting some things straight even if it is right before his eyes. Haruna had a crush on him because of his caring personality, but when he announced he and Asami were going out, Haruna had finally decided that her heart was really set on Yoh's all this time. His caring demeanor was suddenly vicious when Asami was being harassed by a man to get him jealous, noting that he suddenly becomes angry when women and children are being harassed. Asami admits she only went with the man because she felt Fumiya didn't notice her enough, only to be surprised when he grabs her and kisses her. His nickname is "Sleeping Bear" which was given to him when he used to do judo.
Yui Asaoka (朝丘 唯 Asaoka Yui ?)
Yoh's friend. He has a part-time job at a restaurant, and like Fumiya, he is calm and caring (fortunately, he has some common sense and is not as dense as Fumiya). Yoh says that ninety percent of what Asaoka says is out of kindness and that whomever goes out with him would be happy because of all the kind words he says. Haruna once tried to get Asaoka and her friend Mami-chan together, but Yoh got mad at her because he was jealous Haruna was paying more attention to Asaoka than him and left. In Chapter 20, Asaoka had Haruna go with him on a "date" to make Yoh jealous, since Yoh and Haruna were fighting. At the end of the "date", Asaoka "confessed" and suggested that she cheat on Yoh with him, even saying that he didn't mind being "the second guy". After Haruna refused and Yoh showed up, Asaoka claimed he was joking about his confession, but his realistic acting and his behavior in the more recent chapters say otherwise. In recent chapters, he has done many things that imply that he really has feelings for Haruna, like telling her to come to him if she ever gets tired of Yoh, but Haruna only takes it as him being polite. At the end of Chapter 35, Yoh asks him straight out if he likes Haruna. In Chapter 36, he challenges Yoh, asking what Yoh will do if he does like her. Yoh tells him to give up, and Asaoka turns it into a contest, saying that if Yoh wins more events than him at the school's athletic meet, he will give up on confessing to Haruna.
In Chapter 37, when Yoh wins, he denies he really likes Haruna getting Yoh upset. Once Yoh leaves, Mami comes up to him telling him that he is always deceiving himself by passing things off as a joke and that he doesn't even know what his true feelings are. She also tells him that Haruna is a good girl and it isn't strange for him to like Haruna. When Mami tells him this, he seems to be surprised. At the end of the chapter, when Asoaka looks out of the window he sees Haruna and he tells her that he likes her. Haruna looks up at him surprised, but then smiles, saying she isn't going to fall for that, thinking it was a joke.
Mami Takahashi (高橋 真巳 Takahashi Mami ?)
Haruna's best friend since middle school. She is notably calm and collected, being able to read Haruna like an open book. Their friendship is a close one and Haruna has described how Mami first became her friend by helping her with her pitching. She has a part-time job at a video rental shop and was the softball captain of their team. Haruna often has a very high opinion of Mami believing that she is 'amazing. She describes Mami as kind, clever and calm, which is often replied to by the statement that Mami is a 'nice girl' or a 'good girl'. It has been revealed too that Mami extremely values her friendship with Haruna, even going to the extent of saying that she 'betrayed' Haruna for not believing and trusting in Haruna's pitch, which had lost them that game in third year.
Mami has proven at several times, that she is highly perceptive, especially concerning Haruna. Haruna, in turn, demonstrates her affection for Mami by trying to help her find her own love. This has led to a date with Asaoka because of their similarities. Her relationship with Asaoka and their friendship is uncertain, though they seem to have a common understanding of each other. In recent chapters, however, Mami has revealed some revelations to Asaoka, telling him that he has deceived others and himself so often that he is not sure of his true feelings anymore. This stuns Asaoka. As of chapter 47, there is another insight into their relationship when Asaoka thanks her for a souvenir from a school trip. Earlier, Mami had announced that she would like to become open to love, to which Asaoka had replied that she was 'always welcome' to him. She asks him then whether what Asaoka had said was 60% true or not. This can imply several things. That Asaoka is interested in Mami or that Mami is interested in pursuing a relationship with Asaoka. This stuns Asaoka again. It seems that their intelligence and personality are very similar and they are of equal measure.

Media

Manga

High School Debut was written and illustrated by Kazune Kawahara. It was serialized in Japan by Shueisha in the shōjo (aimed at teenage girls) manga magazine Bessatsu Margaret between 2003 and August 2008.[1][2] The 52 untitled chapters were collected in 13 tankōbon volumes. It is published in North America by Viz Media under the Shojo Beat label,[3] with 12 volumes published as of November 2009. It is also published in Italy by Star Comics and in Korea.

A sequel short story called "Enren Debut" ("Long-Distance Love Debut"), set a month after the conclusion of the series, was published in the March 2009 issue of Deluxe Margaret.[4] A second "Enren Debut" story was published in the May 2009 issue of Deluxe Margaret.[5]

No. Japan North America
Release date ISBN Release date ISBN
1 25 March 2004[6] ISBN 978-4-08-847728-2 1 January 2008[7] ISBN 978-1-4215-1481-9
  • Chapters 1–4
2 23 July 2004[8] ISBN 978-4-08-847765-7 4 March 2008[9] ISBN 978-1-4215-1482-6
  • Chapters 5–8
3 25 March 2005[10] ISBN 978-4-08-847837-1 6 May 2008[11] ISBN 978-1-4215-1483-3
  • Chapters 9–12
4 25 May 2005[12] ISBN 978-4-08-847858-6 1 July 2008[13] ISBN 978-1-4215-1731-5
  • Chapters 13–16
5 25 January 2006[14] ISBN 978-4-08-846025-3 2 September 2008[15] ISBN 978-1-4215-1732-2
  • Chapters 17–20
6 25 April 2006[16] ISBN 978-4-08-846051-2 4 November 2008[17] ISBN 978-1-4215-1733-9
  • Chapters 21–24
7 24 November 2006[18] ISBN 978-4-08-846118-2 6 January 2009[19] ISBN 978-1-4215-2189-3
  • Chapters 25–28
8 23 March 2007[20] ISBN 978-4-08-846156-4 3 March 2009[21] ISBN 978-1-4215-2190-9
  • Chapters 29–32
9 25 July 2007[22] ISBN 978-4-08-846195-3 5 May 2009[23] ISBN 978-1-4215-2191-6
  • Chapters 33–36
10 25 December 2007[24] ISBN 978-4-08-846249-3 7 July 2009[25] ISBN 978-1-4215-2665-2
  • Chapters 37–40
11 25 April 2008[26] ISBN 978-4-08-846287-5 1 September 2009[27] ISBN 978-1-4215-2666-9
  • Chapters 41–44
12 25 August 2008[28] ISBN 978-4-08-846325-4 3 November 2009[29] ISBN 978-1-4215-2922-6
  • Chapters 45–48
13 25 December 2008[30] ISBN 978-4-08-846367-4
  • Chapters 49–52

Drama CD

The series has been adapted as a drama CD released 10 June 2005.[31] Cast:[32]

Light novels

The series has also been adapted as a series of six light novels written by Yuu Kuramoto (倉本 由布 ?) and illustrated by Kazune Kawahara. They were published by Shueisha under its Cobalt imprint starting in June 2007.[33][34]

  1. High School Debut (高校デビュー Kōkō Debyū ?), published 28 June 2007 (ISBN 978-4-08-601047-4)[34]
  2. High School Debut: (高校デビュー 好きになっちゃいけないひと! Kōkō Debyū Suki ni Natchaikenai Hito! ?), published 1 August 2007 (ISBN 978-4-08-601060-3)[35]
  3. High School Debut: Christmas Battle! (高校デビュー クリスマス大作戦! Kōkō Debyū Kurisumasu Daisakusen! ?), published 1 November 2007 (ISBN 978-4-08-601097-9)[36]
  4. High School Debut: Be Careful with Love Consultations! (高校デビュー 恋の相談にご用心! Kōkō Debyū Koi no Sōdan ni Goyōjin! ?), published 26 December 2007 (ISBN 978-4-08-601120-4)[37]
  5. High School Debut: Mass-Generated Love Troubles? (高校デビュー 恋のトラブル、大量発生!? Kōkō Debyū Koi no Toraburu, Tairyō Hassei!? ?), published 1 April 2008 (ISBN 978-4-08-601154-9)[38]
  6. (高校デビュー 恋の告白されちゃいましたっ!? Kōkō Debyū Koi no Kokuhaku Sarechaimashita!? ?), published 2 September 2008 (ISBN 978-4-08-601212-6) - This is an original story, and not an adaptation.[39]

Reception

High School Debut was among the best-selling manga in Japan during publication. For example, volumes 9, 10, and 11 all reached number 2 on the Tohan best-seller list,[40][41][42] and volumes 12 and 13 both debuted at number 3.[43][44] Volume 13 was the 34th best-selling manga volume in the six months before 17 May 2009, selling over 360,000 copies.[45] About.com's Deb Aoki lists High School Debut as the best shōjo manga of 2008.[46]

Volumes one and two of the English edition were named as two of the Great Graphic Novels for Teens of 2008 by YALSA.[47] A reviewer at About.com named the English translation a favorite new manga of 2008,[48] calling it "well-crafted and lovable";[49] a reviewer at PopCultureShock similarly described it as a series that "just make[s] you happy".[50] School Library Journal described the series as "standard fair for younger manga readers" and "a good purchase for schools and libraries."[51] Joanna Draper at Comics Worth Reading called it her "favorite shojo series running" for being entertaining and inventive.[52][53] Otaku USA criticized the first volume for the predictableness of the story.[54]

Kawahara's art was praised for its clean style and layout, dynamic figures, and emotional expressions,[55][56][57][58][59][60] and was compared by one reviewer to Yoko Kamio's.[61] Reviewers consistently hailed Haruna as a comic heroine and a key to the series's appeal,[62][63][64][65] but Kawahara's handling of the other chararacters was also praised,[66][67] particularly with Yoh and his sister Asami.[68][69] They also praised Haruna's relationship with Yoh, which is presented as a pairing of friends and equals.[70][71][72][73] Some critics noted that the story's initial makeover theme was more deftly handled than a short summary led them to expect,[74][75][76] though some still expressed reservations about it.[77]

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  45. ^ "Top-Selling Manga in Japan by Volume: 1st Half of 2009 (Updated)". Anime News Network. 15 June 2009. http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2009-06-15/top-selling-manga-in-japan-by-volume/1st-half-of-2009. Retrieved 23 June 2009.  
  46. ^ Aoki, Deb. "2008 Best New Manga". About.com. http://manga.about.com/od/recommendedreading/tp/2008BestNewManga.htm. Retrieved 20 August 2008.  
  47. ^ "Librarians Honor Sand Chronicles, Real, Uzumaki, Japan Ai". Anime News Network. 28 January 2008. http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2009-01-28/librarians-honor-real-sand-chronicles-uzumaki-japan-ai. Retrieved 1 March 2009.  
  48. ^ Aoki, Deb. "High School Debut Volume 1". About.com. http://manga.about.com/od/vizmedia/gr/HSDebut1.htm. Retrieved 25 January 2009. "Kawahara also sneaks in a few laugh-out-loud moments that make fun of every half-baked dating or fashion tip you've ever read in teen magazines. Add in her likable artwork and well-paced story, and you have a shojo romantic comedy that's already on the short list of my favorite new manga for 2008."  
  49. ^ Aoki, Deb. "High School Debut Volume 2". About.com. http://manga.about.com/od/vizmedia/gr/HSDebut2.htm. Retrieved 25 January 2009. "All in all, an excellent second installment that's as consistently good as the first. I wish all shojo manga was this well-crafted and lovable."  
  50. ^ Smith, Michelle (16 January 2008). "On the Shojo Beat: Heaven’s Will and Otomen". PopCultureShock. http://www.popcultureshock.com/manga/index.php/reviews/on-the-shojo-beat-heavens-will-and-otomen/. Retrieved 29 January 2009. "There are some series you read that just make you happy, and High School Debut is one of those for me."  
  51. ^ Krygier, Sarah. "High School Debut Vol. 1". School Library Journal. http://www.diamondbookshelf.com/public/default.asp?t=1&m=1&c=20&s=421&ai=72135. Retrieved 26 January 2009. "High School Debut is standard fare for younger manga readers. With a clean plot and only the stereotypical female temper tantrum for added drama, it’s a good purchase for schools and libraries."  
  52. ^ Carlson, Johanna Draper (11 August 2008). "*High School Debut Book 3 — Recommended". Comics Worth Reading. http://comicsworthreading.com/2008/08/18/high-school-debut-book-3-recommended/. Retrieved 26 January 2009. "[T]his is my favorite shojo running, because it’s entertaining and involving and funny and cute. Very well-done and always satisfying."  
  53. ^ Carlson, Johanna Draper (20 January 2009). "*High School Debut Book 7 — Recommended". Comics Worth Reading. http://comicsworthreading.com/2009/01/20/high-school-debut-book-7-recommended/. Retrieved 28 January 2009. "Even when tackling standard shojo situations — in this volume, boyfriend Yoh gets sick, and Haruna is left alone to care for him — High School Debut puts its own unique twist on them."  
  54. ^ "High School Debut". Otaku USA: 38. April 2008.  
  55. ^ Dacey, Katherine (11 January 2008). "On the Shojo Beat: Crimson Hero, High School Debut, and Love*Com". PopCultureShock. http://www.popcultureshock.com/on-the-shojo-beat-high-school-debut/43131/. Retrieved 29 January 2009. "The artwork, like the motherly advice, is another strength of High School Debut. The layout flows nicely, with Kazume Kawahara artfully varying the detail and density of her panels instead of cramming every inch of the page with super-deformed reaction shots and muttered asides."  
  56. ^ Carlson, Johanna Draper (27 December 2007). "*High School Debut Book 1 — Recommended". Comics Worth Reading. http://comicsworthreading.com/2007/12/27/high-school-debut-book-1/. Retrieved 26 January 2009. "A typical shojo plot — young woman desperate to get a boyfriend as she starts high school — is made highly entertaining through dynamic characters and art ... Kawahara’s art is impressive and emotional, with Haruna giving off a palpable air of desperation through the pages."  
  57. ^ Carlson, Johanna Draper (20 August 2008). "*High School Debut Book 4 — Recommended". Comics Worth Reading. http://comicsworthreading.com/2008/08/20/high-school-debut-book-4-recommended/. Retrieved 26 January 2009. "The art is in keeping with the season and the mood — snowy parks, seasonal decorations, and impressionistic backgrounds to capture overwhelming emotion."  
  58. ^ Aoki, Deb. "High School Debut Volume 1". About.com. http://manga.about.com/od/vizmedia/gr/HSDebut1.htm. Retrieved 25 January 2009. "Clean, well-drawn artwork that captures the emotional ups and downs of high school romance"  
  59. ^ Aoki, Deb. "High School Debut Volume 2". About.com. http://manga.about.com/od/vizmedia/gr/HSDebut2.htm. Retrieved 25 January 2009. "Nice artwork – Expertly composed panels that never gets in the way of the story"  
  60. ^ Douresseaux, Leroy (20 December 2007). "High School Debut: Volume 1". Comic Book Bin. http://www.comicbookbin.com/highschooldebut001.html. Retrieved 28 January 2009. "Kawahara’s art is very good – quite pretty, in fact, but her strength is in emotionally evocative faces. It seems as if she learned a 1001 ways to use delicate line work on facial features and tossed hair in order to suggest emotion and mood in her characters and in the story."  
  61. ^ Krygier, Sarah. "High School Debut Vol. 1". School Library Journal. http://www.diamondbookshelf.com/public/default.asp?t=1&m=1&c=20&s=421&ai=72135. Retrieved 26 January 2009. "Kawahara uses a pen-and-ink style similar to that in Yoko Kamio’s Boys over Flowers"  
  62. ^ Aoki, Deb. "High School Debut Volume 2". About.com. http://manga.about.com/od/vizmedia/gr/HSDebut2.htm. Retrieved 25 January 2009. "Haruna proves to be a shojo manga heroine who is truly heroic. Despite being dealt a betrayal that would leave a lesser person angry and bitter, Haruna doesn't stoop to playing mind games or wallowing in self-pity. She is always willing to learn from her mistakes."  
  63. ^ Carlson, Johanna Draper (22 March 2008). "*High School Debut Book 2 — Recommended". Comics Worth Reading. http://comicsworthreading.com/2008/03/22/high-school-debut-book-2-recommended/. Retrieved 26 January 2009. "And good-hearted Haruna takes even pain as a learning experience! I’ve known people like that, but they’re few and don’t come along very often. She’s inspirational in her determination and her optimism. That makes her growth even more believable."  
  64. ^ Carlson, Johanna Draper (21 October 2008). "*High School Debut Book 6 — Recommended". Comics Worth Reading. http://comicsworthreading.com/2008/10/21/high-school-debut-book-6-recommended/. Retrieved 28 January 2009. "Haruna is just so enthusiastic a personality, she’s a blast to read about."  
  65. ^ Jones, Erin (10 February 2009). "High School Debut Vol. #06". Mania.com. http://www.mania.com/high-school-debut-vol-06_article_110574.html. Retrieved 6 March 2009. "Her main appeal has always been that she is too sweet and simple to make any attempts at being conniving ... Haruna's worrisome nature is always entertaining to watch."  
  66. ^ Aoki, Deb. "High School Debut Volume 1". About.com. http://manga.about.com/od/vizmedia/gr/HSDebut1.htm. Retrieved 25 January 2009. "Absolutely wonderful, likeable teen characters that aren't cookie-cutter caricatures"  
  67. ^ Douresseaux, Leroy (20 December 2007). "High School Debut: Volume 1". Comic Book Bin. http://www.comicbookbin.com/highschooldebut001.html. Retrieved 28 January 2009. "Although her manga seems like a one note concept, manga-ka Kazune Kawahara weaves the supporting characters of her small ensemble in out of the narrative while Haruna and Yoh shine ... The supporting players have a pleasing way of getting things going – creating moments of comedy and conflict with nothing more than a few words or a mere appearance."  
  68. ^ Carlson, Johanna Draper (21 October 2008). "*High School Debut Book 6 — Recommended". Comics Worth Reading. http://comicsworthreading.com/2008/10/21/high-school-debut-book-6-recommended/. Retrieved 28 January 2009. "Plus, the art supports all this well with authentic emotion on the characters’ faces. Yoh, especially, is a tough challenge. In lesser hands, he’d seem like a stick or a brick, someone with no feelings — here, though, he seems reserved, as he should, someone with hidden emotion that he chooses not to share."  
  69. ^ Carlson, Johanna Draper (20 January 2009). "*High School Debut Book 7 — Recommended". Comics Worth Reading. http://comicsworthreading.com/2009/01/20/high-school-debut-book-7-recommended/. Retrieved 28 January 2009. "Yoh’s sister Asami is a particularly nuanced character."  
  70. ^ Aoki, Deb. "High School Debut Volume 1". About.com. http://manga.about.com/od/vizmedia/gr/HSDebut1.htm. Retrieved 25 January 2009. "In the hands of a lesser storyteller, High School Debut would have a lot of predictable, sexually-charged hijinks before Yoh and Haruna fall in love. But instead, Kawahara lets this mismatched pair develop a true friendship"  
  71. ^ Smith, Michelle (19 November 2008). "On the Shojo Beat: High School Debut, St. Dragon Girl, and We Were There". PopCultureShock. http://www.popcultureshock.com/manga/index.php/reviews/on-the-shojo-beat-high-school-debut-st-dragon-girl-and-we-were-there/. Retrieved 29 January 2009. "It’s kind of rare for me to like both members of a couple as much as I do Haruna and Yoh. Their interactions and discoveries in this volume contribute to make it the best of the series since they got together."  
  72. ^ Smith, Michelle (16 January 2008). "On the Shojo Beat: Heaven’s Will and Otomen". PopCultureShock. http://www.popcultureshock.com/manga/index.php/reviews/on-the-shojo-beat-heavens-will-and-otomen/. Retrieved 29 January 2009. "I think the main thing I love is the open communication between Haruna and Yoh. He tells her what he likes about her, for instance, and they both immediately sense problems in the Asa/Fumi relationship and discuss what they ought to do about it. I really dislike it when a prolonged misunderstanding is used as a plot, so it’s such a relief to me when characters actually talk about things with each other."  
  73. ^ Carlson, Johanna Draper (11 September 2008). "*High School Debut Book 5 — Recommended". Comics Worth Reading. http://comicsworthreading.com/2008/09/12/high-school-debut-book-5-recommended/. Retrieved 26 January 2009. "Plus, their role reversal — Haruna jumps into action to save Yoh — is refreshing, especially since it’s not treated as a behavior pattern that has to be fixed. Instead, it’s accepted as who they are."  
  74. ^ Carlson, Johanna Draper (20 January 2009). "*High School Debut Book 7 — Recommended". Comics Worth Reading. http://comicsworthreading.com/2009/01/20/high-school-debut-book-7-recommended/. Retrieved 28 January 2009. "Even when tackling standard shojo situations — in this volume, boyfriend Yoh gets sick, and Haruna is left alone to care for him — High School Debut puts its own unique twist on them."  
  75. ^ Aoki, Deb. "High School Debut Volume 1". About.com. http://manga.about.com/od/vizmedia/gr/HSDebut1.htm. Retrieved 25 January 2009. "Unlike some other makeover manga, Haruna's transformation doesn't happen overnight, and it's not about making her into something she's not. In fact, Kawahara lets Haruna's quirkiness, inner strength and good nature shine through, such that even pre-makeover, she comes across as someone who deserves true love."  
  76. ^ Dacey, Katherine (11 January 2008). "On the Shojo Beat: Crimson Hero, High School Debut, and Love*Com". PopCultureShock. http://www.popcultureshock.com/on-the-shojo-beat-high-school-debut/43131/. Retrieved 29 January 2009. "Reading the jacket copy for High School Debut predisposed me to disliking this manga. Its powerful-boy-makes-over-hopeless-girl plot seemed retro and more than a little sexist, not to mention rather stale—She's All That, anyone? I was pleasantly surprised to discover, however, that the underlying message of the book is deeper and wiser than “Makeovers make everything better!”"  
  77. ^ Dacey, Katherine (11 January 2008). "On the Shojo Beat: Crimson Hero, High School Debut, and Love*Com". PopCultureShock. http://www.popcultureshock.com/on-the-shojo-beat-high-school-debut/43131/. Retrieved 29 January 2009. "I still have reservations about High School Debut. Any series with a Pygmalion-esque premise is bound to raise some uncomfortable questions about gender equality, no matter how smart or sporty the Galatea stand-in may be."  

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