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The Kobayashi twins, Megumu and Mitsuru, were named after historical figures, but only Megumu has grown up with a taste for history. So when Mitsuru is in danger of losing his weekends to extra history classes, he convinced his sister to swap clothes with him and ace his tests! After all, how hard can it be fro them to play each other? But Megumu can't rely on just her book The Kobayashi twins, Megumu and Mitsuru, were named after historical figures, but only Megumu has grown up with a taste for history. So when Mitsuru is in danger of losing his weekends to extra history classes, he convinced his sister to swap clothes with him and ace his tests! After all, how hard can it be fro them to play each other? But Megumu can't rely on just her book smarts in Mitsuru's all-boys, delinquents' paradise of a high school. And Mitsuru finds life as a high school girl to be much more complicated than he expected!


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The Kobayashi twins, Megumu and Mitsuru, were named after historical figures, but only Megumu has grown up with a taste for history. So when Mitsuru is in danger of losing his weekends to extra history classes, he convinced his sister to swap clothes with him and ace his tests! After all, how hard can it be fro them to play each other? But Megumu can't rely on just her book The Kobayashi twins, Megumu and Mitsuru, were named after historical figures, but only Megumu has grown up with a taste for history. So when Mitsuru is in danger of losing his weekends to extra history classes, he convinced his sister to swap clothes with him and ace his tests! After all, how hard can it be fro them to play each other? But Megumu can't rely on just her book smarts in Mitsuru's all-boys, delinquents' paradise of a high school. And Mitsuru finds life as a high school girl to be much more complicated than he expected!

30 review for So Cute It Hurts!!, Vol. 1

  1. 4 out of 5

    Brittany

    Megumu Kobayashi is a huge history buff who has a thing for males with eye patches. Mitsuru Kobayashi is a ladies man who is a top fighter at the school he attends. When Mitsuru is about to flunk history he comes up with a plan to swicth places with his twin so that his Sundays won't be filled with extra lessons. This is the story of their love stories. Definitely a cute story. When the twins are cross-dressed it is mentioned enough so that the reader doesn't have too hard of a time figuring out wh Megumu Kobayashi is a huge history buff who has a thing for males with eye patches. Mitsuru Kobayashi is a ladies man who is a top fighter at the school he attends. When Mitsuru is about to flunk history he comes up with a plan to swicth places with his twin so that his Sundays won't be filled with extra lessons. This is the story of their love stories. Definitely a cute story. When the twins are cross-dressed it is mentioned enough so that the reader doesn't have too hard of a time figuring out which twin is which. I will say that I think Megumu playing her brother is a little lack luster, I do know she was forced into it, but she didn't even try to change her girlish tendencies when she was dressed as a male. Mitsuru definitely takes up dressing as his sister like a pro and has a personality that will make him shine no matter what his disguise is. Definitely a quick fun read that is So Cute It Hurts! :)

  2. 5 out of 5

    Selena

    I'm not sure how to feel about this one. I find the brother, Mitsuru, to be highly entertaining, and I love that he's so dang comfortable in a skirt. Megumu, though, I'm not so sure about. Admittedly, I'm fond of the more outspoken shoujo manga heroines, so Mitsuru in drag is the kind of shoujo girl I can get behind. That doesn't mean I dislike the quieter types, but Megumu's crying at everything was getting a bit much there. "So Cute It Hurts" definitely falls under one of the stranger shoujo man I'm not sure how to feel about this one. I find the brother, Mitsuru, to be highly entertaining, and I love that he's so dang comfortable in a skirt. Megumu, though, I'm not so sure about. Admittedly, I'm fond of the more outspoken shoujo manga heroines, so Mitsuru in drag is the kind of shoujo girl I can get behind. That doesn't mean I dislike the quieter types, but Megumu's crying at everything was getting a bit much there. "So Cute It Hurts" definitely falls under one of the stranger shoujo manga I've read lately, and it's definitely one of the sillier I've read too. I'm not sure whether I like it yet or not, but it's good enough that I'll give volume two a chance.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Jillian -always aspiring-

    2020 Read #646 This manga has potential to be something special, but it runs a bit too young for me as far as shojo manga go. If I can read the rest somehow, though, I’ll be interested in seeing where these characters go beyond this beginning installment.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Soobie's scared

    I really like Gō Ikeyamada as manga artist. She's able to create believable characters and strong female protagonists and she usually adds a touch of fun which is perfect. I've read all of her works translated into English, or German, or Italian. This manga deals with cross-dressing, which I'm usually not a fan of, deaf girls (probably the first manga I've ever read with a deaf girl as a protagonist), a guys with an eye-patch, which I don't find particularly alluring. So the start of this series I really like Gō Ikeyamada as manga artist. She's able to create believable characters and strong female protagonists and she usually adds a touch of fun which is perfect. I've read all of her works translated into English, or German, or Italian. This manga deals with cross-dressing, which I'm usually not a fan of, deaf girls (probably the first manga I've ever read with a deaf girl as a protagonist), a guys with an eye-patch, which I don't find particularly alluring. So the start of this series wasn't that interesting for me. Still the two main characters are interesting and I'm pretty curious about the deaf girl portrayed as a love interest of the male twin. The guy with the eye-patch is the love interest of the female twin but we still don't know why it has the eye-patch. I'll read the second volume as well and then I'll make up my mind about the series. But I guess I'll keep on reading because of Gō Ikeyamada.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Jenn

    Cute and funny situational comedy. Megu and Mitsu have nice strong personalities. Looks like a funny series. 3 1/2 stars

  6. 4 out of 5

    Kim

    I liked this so much more than I thought I would. Light hearted and fun, especially since cross-dressing twins is sort of a trope.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Jason

    Lighthearted and fun. Works the cross-dressing angle well.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Ana

    Adorable I’m a sucker for high school sweethearts. I’m loving the story so far and I love that there’s a deaf character in the story so you learn to sign a little as you read along.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Holly Scudero

    Despite being twins, Megumu and Mitsuru Kobayashi have strikingly different personalities. Megumu has a taste for history and video games, and she’s quite shy, to the point of awkwardness around boys. Mitsuru, on the other hand, is very out-going, and he is not shy around girls. At all! When Mitsuru finds himself falling behind in his history class, he turns to his sister for help… by stealing her school uniform and making her switch places with him for a week! Mitsuru just knows that Megumu can Despite being twins, Megumu and Mitsuru Kobayashi have strikingly different personalities. Megumu has a taste for history and video games, and she’s quite shy, to the point of awkwardness around boys. Mitsuru, on the other hand, is very out-going, and he is not shy around girls. At all! When Mitsuru finds himself falling behind in his history class, he turns to his sister for help… by stealing her school uniform and making her switch places with him for a week! Mitsuru just knows that Megumu can pass all of his make-up tests for him, and he’s pretty confident that he’ll do just fine pretending to be a girl. But it’s not as easy as he thought it would be; Mitsuru finds himself standing up to one of the school’s mean girls and making a new friend (and perhaps falling in love!), while Megumu discovers that not all boys are scary… especially one boy in particular! Volume One of “So Cute It Hurts!!” by Go Ikeyamada is, quite literally, super cute. With a playful storyline, awesome artwork, and fun characters that readers will want to get to know better, the first volume in this new manga series will no doubt delight a wide variety of readers. (Review originally written for San Francisco Book Review.)

  10. 5 out of 5

    Cecilia S

    THIS BOOK Cross-dressing in manga tends to be a really fun and comical concept, so I picked up this book solely for this reason. As a first book, it was really fun! The male twin Mitsuru is a lot more fun than the female twin Megumu as he's a flawed character who's not great at school but knows how to bend the rules to accomplish what needs to be done. Megumu is pretty typical, she's naive and innocent and isn't the most developed character, which is a bummer because she ends up as the series' THIS BOOK Cross-dressing in manga tends to be a really fun and comical concept, so I picked up this book solely for this reason. As a first book, it was really fun! The male twin Mitsuru is a lot more fun than the female twin Megumu as he's a flawed character who's not great at school but knows how to bend the rules to accomplish what needs to be done. Megumu is pretty typical, she's naive and innocent and isn't the most developed character, which is a bummer because she ends up as the series' focus. The two opposing settings (a nice girls school vs. a tough, yakuza-type boys school) make the swap really stand out. I'd read this first book again! REVIEW OF THE SERIES While the first book is full of comical situations and hijinks, the series gets bogged down by really slow relationship progressing and soap-opera plot twists (there's entirely too many characters that are revealed to be related). Almost every twist is unrealistic. Additionally, the series only tends to focus on the female characters- Megumu becomes the sole main character and Mitsuru's two love interests get more page time than he does. It's up to you but I would recommend only reading the first volume.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Christina

    I was highly recommended this by one of my dear friends and it really was so cute it hurts!!! 🤣 sorry I just had to!! • The switching places trope is one that needs to be done right in order for me to enjoy it and this instance, I was surprised on how much I enjoyed both perspectives and that there was such opposition in the main characters that I was able to enjoy. • The friendships that are present so far are amazing (if you enjoy reading about nerdy friendships you need to pick this up) • Trig I was highly recommended this by one of my dear friends and it really was so cute it hurts!!! 🤣 sorry I just had to!! • The switching places trope is one that needs to be done right in order for me to enjoy it and this instance, I was surprised on how much I enjoyed both perspectives and that there was such opposition in the main characters that I was able to enjoy. • The friendships that are present so far are amazing (if you enjoy reading about nerdy friendships you need to pick this up) • Trigger warnings for physical fighting and bullying. But if you also don't like douche guys (or notorious flirts) don't read this series. • There is also a Deaf side character in this series that I am eager to find out more about. Overall, this seems like a cute series I would love to continue. Based on the ending, I am curious to see more backstory on some of the side characters and how it continues but as stated earlier, there are some things that can turn people off. Because of these points, I have to give this a 4 out of 5 stars.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Lara

    Somebody turned in a bunch of these at work today and Chanel asked if I'd read this series. I looked at the title and said, "No, but it sounds like something I would read!" I was then given the assignment to read the first volume and tell Chanel if it's good. Challenge accepted! I was needing something dumb to read anyway, booyah! Soooooooo, this goes about like you'd expect a manga about boy and girl twins who have never been in love switching places at school for a week to go. They both fall in Somebody turned in a bunch of these at work today and Chanel asked if I'd read this series. I looked at the title and said, "No, but it sounds like something I would read!" I was then given the assignment to read the first volume and tell Chanel if it's good. Challenge accepted! I was needing something dumb to read anyway, booyah! Soooooooo, this goes about like you'd expect a manga about boy and girl twins who have never been in love switching places at school for a week to go. They both fall in love on the first day! Comic mayhem ensues! Blushing and tears and that gesture where someone sticks out their tongue and pulls the bottom of their eye down with one finger...you know that gesture? That happens a lot. It's so cute it hurts! Ha! Hahahaha! Um. Anyway, Chanel, I am totally putting volumes 2-5 on hold right now.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Sherry Derry

    I read this because one if my 11 year olds read it and i wanted to know what was in it. There is mild swearing, and the use of a few words that I'm not completely comfortable with, namely mymphomaniac and perv. All in all it was silly and harmless romance though we did discuss the use of the word cross dressing, and how it really shouldnt be used any more. We talkes about how hurtful it is to use that word due to the way it has been used to define and minimize trans people, and I couched it in a I read this because one if my 11 year olds read it and i wanted to know what was in it. There is mild swearing, and the use of a few words that I'm not completely comfortable with, namely mymphomaniac and perv. All in all it was silly and harmless romance though we did discuss the use of the word cross dressing, and how it really shouldnt be used any more. We talkes about how hurtful it is to use that word due to the way it has been used to define and minimize trans people, and I couched it in a gender neutral statement as in there arent boy or girl clothes...you wear what you want. As far as manga goes, its cute and harmless.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Evelyn

    Twins (identical girl and boy) cross-dress as each other and switch places at school. Magically, they meet someone with whom they fall in love. The girl falls for the eyepatch clad bad boy while the boy falls for the deaf damsel in distress. The love strings (not exactly triangles yet) extend and connect characters to characters. Partially adorable, partially awkward. 100% delightful. This series has 15 volumes.

  15. 4 out of 5

    May

    I do have a soft spot for cross dressing MCs. Volume 1 is the setup for the most crazy lovelines for these teenagers. I love the diverse love interests (Female is deaf and the male is a fighting machine with an eye patch.). Also, I have a thing for the eye patch!! every anime watcher of a certain age probably does. I'm not loving the drawing style since it makes everyone chibi looking. But I think I can live with it. I do have a soft spot for cross dressing MCs. Volume 1 is the setup for the most crazy lovelines for these teenagers. I love the diverse love interests (Female is deaf and the male is a fighting machine with an eye patch.). Also, I have a thing for the eye patch!! every anime watcher of a certain age probably does. I'm not loving the drawing style since it makes everyone chibi looking. But I think I can live with it.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Dana

    This review (and rating) is for the whole series; read at your own risk! Read 3/15 volumes 'So Cute It Hurts!!' was surprisingly cute and funny! I always thought the name was silly and I found the premise a little weird but it actually was really good. I liked Mitsuru a lot; he wore the girls uniform well and he's a great character. Megumu was a little on the forgettable side but I like her enough to keep going. Looking forward to reading more soon! This review (and rating) is for the whole series; read at your own risk! Read 3/15 volumes 'So Cute It Hurts!!' was surprisingly cute and funny! I always thought the name was silly and I found the premise a little weird but it actually was really good. I liked Mitsuru a lot; he wore the girls uniform well and he's a great character. Megumu was a little on the forgettable side but I like her enough to keep going. Looking forward to reading more soon!

  17. 4 out of 5

    Beckiezra

    Cute enough story and art, I’m interested in where things go, but find it more painful from second-hand embarrassment than from cuteness. I imagine that feeling will only get worse as the cross-dressing continues (or ends depending on the situations that leads to) and the relationships get stronger. I’m sure they’ll drag out the secret longer than necessary just to make things more awkward...

  18. 5 out of 5

    Abi

    This was a cute book. I like Megumu, and her brother Mitsuru. I'm curious about (view spoiler)[Sanada and the deaf girl's connection. (hide spoiler)] Also what direction the romance will take. I like the fighting storyline at Mitsuru's school, and am interested in the bullying one at Megumu's. I appreciate that they're different, and look forward to seeing where both of them go. 4 stars. This was a cute book. I like Megumu, and her brother Mitsuru. I'm curious about (view spoiler)[Sanada and the deaf girl's connection. (hide spoiler)] Also what direction the romance will take. I like the fighting storyline at Mitsuru's school, and am interested in the bullying one at Megumu's. I appreciate that they're different, and look forward to seeing where both of them go. 4 stars.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Marion

    It's a typical romance with the main twist being the sibling relationships involved. The central plot involves fraternal twins cross-dressing to attend each other's single-sex school. by volume 3 that plot arc is settled and it's clear who the pairs are. The other 12 volumes are slice-of-life and drama. It's a typical romance with the main twist being the sibling relationships involved. The central plot involves fraternal twins cross-dressing to attend each other's single-sex school. by volume 3 that plot arc is settled and it's clear who the pairs are. The other 12 volumes are slice-of-life and drama.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Kiru

    yes i read this series and haven’t finished it. it’s been AGES since i’ve read it tho so i probably won’t finish it. oh god i remember being OBSESSED with these and i’m not sure whether to rate it a 3 or 2 since my taste in books has definetely changed please recommend me all the manga and graphic novels you have, i want to get into it so bad 🥺

  21. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    This is super cute, with twins who go to different schools swapping places and cross dressing so Megumu can take her brother Mitsuru's tests to keep him from failing his history classes...cause studying would be too much work I guess. But something unexpected happens with both of the twins falling head over heels for people in each other's schools. This is super cute, with twins who go to different schools swapping places and cross dressing so Megumu can take her brother Mitsuru's tests to keep him from failing his history classes...cause studying would be too much work I guess. But something unexpected happens with both of the twins falling head over heels for people in each other's schools.

  22. 4 out of 5

    naya

    I find it adorable! The plot is a little awkward imo at the first few pages of this volume but I really love how it turned out at the end! Definitely would recommend this manga to people who love rom com animes and fluffy romances

  23. 4 out of 5

    Guylaine Boisvert

    Cross-dressing twins. What else is there to say? This series, while built on a standard plot found in mangas, manages to avoid cliches and keep the reader interested. There is a good dose of humour vs drama and, as you read the volume, each character gains in uniqueness.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Kathleen

    I feel like I've read this "opposite-gender twins switch places" plot somewhere else, but I don't remember it turning out like this! This love triangle has entirely too many people in it! And what's the deal with the deaf girl anyway? Are stories about disabilities trending in Japan? I feel like I've read this "opposite-gender twins switch places" plot somewhere else, but I don't remember it turning out like this! This love triangle has entirely too many people in it! And what's the deal with the deaf girl anyway? Are stories about disabilities trending in Japan?

  25. 4 out of 5

    shea

    (Review for all 5 chapters of this bullshit I read) I hate love triangles, but the brother being so comfortable in a skirt is why I’m giving it a two. And deaf girl is adorable. I just really hate love pentagons.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Amaya B.

    THis has inspired me to get into shojo anime, it was actually mad interesting and I’m not used to reading manga so this was something new, the illustrations were sickkk and I love seeing the authors comments on the books, it felt cozy and overall it was a casual read

  27. 4 out of 5

    Julia

    Pretty stupid, but not in a bad way. It's fluff and I will continue reading. I really enjoyed the sign language. I did not enjoy the boy twin (I'll learn their names eventually) using crossdressing to oogle (I won't say prey, it wasn't that bad) girls. I'll just try to turn off my brain. Pretty stupid, but not in a bad way. It's fluff and I will continue reading. I really enjoyed the sign language. I did not enjoy the boy twin (I'll learn their names eventually) using crossdressing to oogle (I won't say prey, it wasn't that bad) girls. I'll just try to turn off my brain.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth

    This reminded me of the movie She's the Man, because of all the love triangles... An enjoyable read! I definitely would read more in this series! This reminded me of the movie She's the Man, because of all the love triangles... An enjoyable read! I definitely would read more in this series!

  29. 5 out of 5

    Kristin

    Could not follow the plot.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Sara

    This was surprisingly really cute! I like it a lot better than I was anticipating.

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