English: Missions of Love
Synonyms: Do xx to Me!, x Shina, xx Me!, Plain Love
Published: May 2, 2009 to ?
Genres: Comedy, Romance, School, Shoujo
Authors: Tooyama, Ema (Story & Art)
Watashi is definitely a must read for all you romance addicts out there. The storyline is great and the drawings are really shounen like(just the way I like it) even though it's a shoujo manga. The romance has plenty of twists and drama but not too much to the point where it's confusing. The heroine in the story is clearly drawn and the mangaka shows off the main character very well.
Himuro Yukina, a girl feared by most students for her piercing glare, is secretly a famous cellphone novelist. While searching for material on 'love', something she has never experienced, she stumbles onto Shigure's, the most popular boy in school's, secret. He is actually a serious womanizer who writes down all his accomplishments in his Student ID book. Cleverly using this evidence, Yukina blackmails Shigure into love-acting and teaching her about 'love'. But Akira, Yupina's childhood friend and cousin, is not happy at all with this turn of events. Being used being the only person who's not afraid of Yukina's glare, how will he react to Yukina's sudden shift in attention? How will Shigure respond when the love-acting becomes more than just acting for him?
She has her weaknesses, but she's strong-willed and has her own interests, opposed to a lot of shoujo heroines who only think about love. She also manipulates the hero well, usually beating him at his own game, another thing you don't see too often in this genre. As for the hero, he's more of a jerk than usual, and more than once he sets the girl up for an unpleasant experience, trying to drive her off. He's also one of those types who only shows his real face to the girl, while everyone else thinks he's the perfect guy. The story is paced well; 8 chapters in, they're beginning to have feelings for each other but are still more enemies than friends.
Personally I find the art to be a cross between "cute" and "elegant" from times. I love the art in the series as well as the character designs.The best thing in my opinion about this series, is that the characters are flawed- one is afraid of opening herself up to others, the other manipulative. Not being a fan of perfect stereotypical moe characters, this really did make the manga stand out.
Good story and good art. Slightly more romantic than I was expecting considering how young the characters look, but it's still fairly innocent. The romance is fairly small-scale, not a bad thing, just don't look for hardcore "destined to be together" elements or anything, it's not that type of manga.