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Although a truly gifted hairstylist, Kiri Koshiba has no interest in using her talent to pursue fame and fortune, unlike the three popular boys in the "Scissors Project" at school. Determined to become the best makeover team in Japan, they give showy makeovers to handpicked girls. As much as Kiri tries to shy away from the Scissors Project spotlight, she finds herself responding to beauty's call. When Kiri's friend Kanako gives a present to one of the members of the Scissors Project, her act of kindness is interpreted as a bribe to get a makeover, and they reject her for being too ugly. Kiri decides to help Kanako and give the boys a lesson in what true beauty is.

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Although a truly gifted hairstylist, Kiri Koshiba has no interest in using her talent to pursue fame and fortune, unlike the three popular boys in the "Scissors Project" at school. Determined to become the best makeover team in Japan, they give showy makeovers to handpicked girls. As much as Kiri tries to shy away from the Scissors Project spotlight, she finds herself responding to beauty's call. When Kiri's friend Kanako gives a present to one of the members of the Scissors Project, her act of kindness is interpreted as a bribe to get a makeover, and they reject her for being too ugly. Kiri decides to help Kanako and give the boys a lesson in what true beauty is.In Kiri's school there are 3 boys who carry out transformations on random pretty girls; Narumi Shougo, the hairstylist, Minami Kei, the nail artist and Ochiai Kazuhiko who balances the overall look. They are adored by the girls because they are so good at making them beautiful. However, Kiri is also a master hairstylist who is willing to 'add some magic' for those who need it, but in disguise. Now Kiri is forced to face the three in a showdown with Narumi.

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Series Title
Beauty Pop
Publisher
VIZ Media LLC
Book Format
Paperback
Original Languages
English
Number of Pages
208
Author
Kiyoko Arai
Title
Beauty Pop, Vol. 1
ISBN-13
9781421505756
Publication Date
September, 2006
Assembled Product Dimensions (L x W x H)
7.50 x 5.00 x 0.70 Inches
ISBN-10
1421505754

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I love everything abou...

I love everything about this manga!

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I love this series now...

I love this series now. It's so addicting. :) I can't wait to read the rest of them!

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The Scissor Project is...

The Scissor Project is a group of boys idolized by the school for performing amazing makeovers that turn around girls' lives. But they only tend to choose pretty girls as their subjects, always turning down those too plain or unappealing. Kiri is a laid back girl with a bobbed haircut and baggy clothes, but unbeknownst to most, she's an amazing hairstylist. And despite her puzzling insistence she does not wish to peruse this as a career, she has a tendency to reach out to the girls shoved off by the Scissor Project and help them become beautiful. A behavior that begins to attract some very irritated attention... Beauty Pop had two things that sort of leaned things in it's favor for me personally. For one, it's got a somewhat out of the ordinary heroine for shoujo. Kiri has an easy, matter-of-fact nonchalance and confidence, and is disinterested in the way the world sees her. Her attitude is refreshing, and it initially made me like her. Secondly, Kiri doesn't really care about winning the affections of some boy. Thus, the manga focuses more on the hairdressing plots and competitions, with one getting the feeling that romance will be something that blooms gradually during the series (the way I prefer it). On the other hand, these things only give the series potential for me to like it (rather than having the immediate 'bleeeech!' reaction I get from many shoujo), and it doesn't really follow through and give me anything to actually *make* me like it or want to read more. Kiri's personality initially made me like her for being refreshing, yet her disinclination toward speaking or showing much emotion makes her character hard to develop or see more deeply into. After initially meeting Kiri, I formed an opinion of her that I assumed would become further shaped and nuanced as I read on. But nothing I read for the rest of the volume changed or further characterized her beyond the initial snapshot. Instead, we actually see more deeply into the hearts and minds of the people whose hair Kiri styles. But these people are of considerably more stock personality than Kiri, and I've never been a big fan of many manga's tendency to take the focus off main characters and constantly bring in new people to deal with for a single chapter and then toss out. To add further disappointment, the boys in the Scissor Project all feel like they've been seen a hundred times before (particularly bringing to mind a less entertaining Ouran Host Club), and the future love interest has got to be one of the most thoroughly generic Conceited Guy archetypes I've ever seen. In the end, Beauty Pop gets a smidge over average for its original concept and main character, with the romance not being too center-stage also giving it a little extra appeal for me. But though Kiri at least has an interesting personality, little is seen in the way of depth for any of the characters in the series. This may change as the characters become more intimately involved, but I do not find the failure to develop things just a little further in the first volume terribly suggestive of the author's or the series' greatness.

Average Rating:(3.0)out of 5 stars

The Scissor Project is...

The Scissor Project is a group of boys idolized by the school for performing amazing makeovers that turn around girls' lives. But they only tend to choose pretty girls as their subjects, always turning down those too plain or unappealing. Kiri is a laid back girl with a bobbed haircut and baggy clothes, but unbeknownst to most, she's an amazing hairstylist. And despite her puzzling insistence she does not wish to peruse this as a career, she has a tendency to reach out to the girls shoved off by the Scissor Project and help them become beautiful. A behavior that begins to attract some very irritated attention... Beauty Pop had two things that sort of leaned things in it's favor for me personally. For one, it's got a somewhat out of the ordinary heroine for shoujo. Kiri has an easy, matter-of-fact nonchalance and confidence, and is disinterested in the way the world sees her. Her attitude is refreshing, and it initially made me like her. Secondly, Kiri doesn't really care about winning the affections of some boy. Thus, the manga focuses more on the hairdressing plots and competitions, with one getting the feeling that romance will be something that blooms gradually during the series (the way I prefer it). On the other hand, these things only give the series potential for me to like it (rather than having the immediate 'bleeeech!' reaction I get from many shoujo), and it doesn't really follow through and give me anything to actually *make* me like it or want to read more. Kiri's personality initially made me like her for being refreshing, yet her disinclination toward speaking or showing much emotion makes her character hard to develop or see more deeply into. After initially meeting Kiri, I formed an opinion of her that I assumed would become further shaped and nuanced as I read on. But nothing I read for the rest of the volume changed or further characterized her beyond the initial snapshot. Instead, we actually see more deeply into the hearts and minds of the people whose hair Kiri styles. But these people are of considerably more stock personality than Kiri, and I've never been a big fan of many manga's tendency to take the focus off main characters and constantly bring in new people to deal with for a single chapter and then toss out. To add further disappointment, the boys in the Scissor Project all feel like they've been seen a hundred times before (particularly bringing to mind a less entertaining Ouran Host Club), and the future love interest has got to be one of the most thoroughly generic Conceited Guy archetypes I've ever seen. In the end, Beauty Pop gets a smidge over average for its original concept and main character, with the romance not being too center-stage also giving it a little extra appeal for me. But though Kiri at least has an interesting personality, little is seen in the way of depth for any of the characters in the series. This may change as the characters become more intimately involved, but I do not find the failure to develop things just a little further in the first volume terribly suggestive of the author's or the series' greatness.

Average Rating:(3.0)out of 5 stars

Kiri Koshiba is a hair...

Kiri Koshiba is a hair stylist with great skills. She doesn't uses it for fame and doesn't want to be kown but when she meets the S.P she could feel beauty calling to her.


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