Penguin Revolution: Volume 1by Sakura Tsukuba Published 25 Oct 2006
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Yukari Fujimaru has a magical ability to see talent in others. Now she uses this gift to become a manager for a competitive talent agencyunder the condition that she convinces everyone shes really a guy! The battle is on as the Peacock agency finds itself under attack by rival Yasuoka Productions. The ambitious Noriko Kano is ready to use any means necessary to put her agency back on top, even if it means exploiting a relative of Peacocks star client Ayaori Mashiba. Peacocks President is going to have to draft Yukari into this battle to have a shot at winning this war.
"Penguin Revolution: Volume 1" Reviews
I was hesitant to begin reading this, but, now that I'm finished, I can just say this. This was totally worth it.
At first I thought it was another Crash!-like manga, but it's not. Well it kind of is, only I think it's fair to say Crash! was like this rather than the other way around :).
Yukari Fujimaru has a magical ability to "see" talent in others. Now she uses this gift to become a manager for a competitive talent agency -- under the condition that she convinces everyone she's really a guy!
The battle is on as the Peacock agency finds itself under attack by rival Yasuoka Productions. The ambitious Noriko Kano is ready to use any means necessary to put her agency back on top, even if it means exploiting a relative of Peacock's star client Ayaori Mashiba. Peacock's President is going to have to draft Yukari into this battle to have a shot at winning this war.
Yukari Fujimaru>I like her character she's girly yet she's a tomboy. I felt even though she was the main protagonist, that Ryou and Ayaori were the main focus rather than her, which I thought was good, because I liked her character more for it. (She's definitely not the annoying kind!)
Ryou> for the easy going beautiful guy type, he's not just a Great guy but he has a personality too!
Ayaori> for the silent hot guy type, he has a great personality Lol
Supporting cast, I like them all, some of them were just weird lol
Japan, duh. But more specifically the school they go to and the Peacock Agency.
Good overall, enjoyable. It's a light manga, even with the tragedies. So definitely a fluffy read. Though the ending kind of disappointed me, wasn't this advertised as a romantic shoujo? I mean yes there was the kiss scene but that was an accident, and yes, you see the characters full on blush, but you never actually get the final result, even at the ending...
Good, light, fluffy read, I certainly had heaps of fun reading it. And it made me smile.
This is beyond fabulous. As I was reading this volume my grin just kept getting wider. I was entranced by the characters and the storyline. I feel that this is going to be an awesome reading experience.
If you were expecting a quirky, penguin filled book from the cover and title... You'll be disappointed. This is a more straight up Shoujo manga. It's rom-comedy-ish, though it never felt laugh out loud funny to me, and again, played a bit too straight for my taste.
There's a cross-dressing element to the story, though it's not as fun or quirky as So Cute It Hurts. Our heroine winds up cross-dressing as a man to serve as a manager for her client, a model and fellow classmate whom she befriends. Her becoming the manager, and her actual managing skills remain a bit of a mystery to me. She doesn't really seem to do anything very manager like in these opening chapters. She's more of a hanger on lookie-loo. About her only skill is her supernatural BS talent vision, her being able to see normally invisible wings as a sign of power level on the backs of the stars of the penguin talent agency.
It was just ok. Nothing I would want to dive into again I think, but I have volume 2 on hand, so I'll give that a look. 🐧🐧
Read it a long time ago and I remember liking it.
This is super cute... Just light and sweet and fluffy - exactly what I needed. :)
Series is best described as serene slice-of-life. Avoid if you need plot more than characters and character interactions. But the troubling thing is that the characters are not really my type thusfar either. I like intense, crazy people and these guys are so mild-mannered and sweet, nary a bad guy in sight- aside from the main character’s parents. It’s a bit interesting as our heroine, Yukari, reminds me of Roald Dahl's Matilda. She is the opposite of her parents- they are uncaring, unreliable, just awful. She's been forced to grow up fast and struggles to maintain order and make something of herself/dreams of a respectable career and being a productive member of society.
Her fate is actually more glamorous than that and has her involved with a bunch of handsome aspiring young male actors. There’s no romance as of yet, just a few sweet looks and the starts of a precious friendship. A pinch of magic/fantasy here too since Yukari can see glittering wings protruding from the backs of individuals who have incredible fates ahead of them. That can also be interpreted as star quality- she can also see darker wings at times, indicating that a person may not be what they seem..
This series is much like Land of the Blindfolded so far, another series by this manga artist and one of my favorite manga of all time. That one did not hook me in at the first volume, it was around v.3 or so when I could not stop reading and was utterly smitten.
So I’m curious to see what will happen with Penguin Revolution since it is so mild as to be boring thus far. I would probably give it up now if I hadn't loved Land of the Blindfolded so much.
Some other things I should have mentioned but failed to-
*There are no penguins- at least not yet. Basically, the heroine is compared to a penguin because she’s so short.
*The two lead characters crossdress. It’s a situation similar to Ichigo Channel (not a series I was fond of, Penguin Revolution is already better than it) and stretches the boundaries of believability to ridiculous (at times tongue-in-cheek) degrees.
*The artwork is as you'd expect from looking at the covers- pretty stuff. No odd quirks and very much up to the standard of its contemporaries- though not challenging that and thus not very special. I do like the "softness" of it and appearance of textures though.
If you liked this series I would strongly recommend W-Juliet.