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Beauty Pop Volume 1- Zoolander’s Got Nothing

Posted on January 19, 2007 at 5:27 am by ()
Post Categories: The Sacrificial First Anime/Manga
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Yeah okay. No surprise here that I picked this up because of the Shoujo Beat logo on the spine. If it wasn’t for that, I’m sure I would’ve passed it by -you know, when you look through the book shelves, you tend to easily skip stuff in the beginning and at the end-.

Either way, after reading this, I’ve decided I want to become… a barber. Yeah. Then I can make “magic”, too… We all can dream right? I always thought becoming a barber would be a really cool job, so later on in life, if all doesn’t go according to plan, I’ll become one. But for now, I’ll have to live it out through Beauty Pop.

Beauty Pop was a surprise. The cover of Kiri wasn’t too appealing at first, but after turning to the back cover to see a sorta-chibi-esque Kiri, I decided to give it a try. It later turns out, that the character designs for the most part are quite pleasing to the eye. Thinking about it now, it is a typical shoujo-esque style, but nothing wrong with that. It’s not as strong as say, Ai Yazawa’s -I’m sure some people understood that part-.

So the story: There is a group at school of three good looking males. One claims to be a genius hair stylist, another is a sweet toothed nail specialist, and another one is the smart son of a shampoo/conditioner company. They all make up the Scissors Project. Naturally, they’re vastly popular at school and everyone wants to be made over.

On the opposite end of the spectrum is Kiri. You wouldn’t be able to tell, but she’s the daughter of a father who owns a salon and is awesome at fixing people up. Thing is, she doesn’t like doing it, and only helps people when they seem at the end of their wits. When one such person happens to attend the school, Kiri lends a helping hand and people begin to notice. Soon, the S.P’s leader/hairstylist Narumi sends out a challenge to this new mysterious stylist and the search for this mysterious X beings.

Who’d thought a story about cutting hair’d be entertaining? Now I know I always play the shoujo-lover card when it comes to what stuff I watch/read, but sometimes, it can be too girly. From the way it sounds, this book is one of them. If it wasn’t for chibi Kiri, I’d only try it if someone recommended it to me. I was pleasantly surprised and just today I read volume 2.

Now I wouldn’t be surprised if it gets a big generic later on, but it’s still got lots of potential and the level of entertainment remains consistent so it’s a good risk if you’re bored and have nothing else to read.

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  1. 1. Julie

    January 19, 2007,7:34 am

    I really enjoyed the first two volumes, too. Kiri is a really fun character, though I’m not overly fond of Narumi…

  2. 2. wildarmsheero

    January 19, 2007,8:45 am

    Do any of them have the “hands of God” and can they perform the “god’s hair cut”?

    Also, to you read it matched to slow jazz music?

  3. 3. Pip

    January 19, 2007,9:58 pm

    Who would have thought a story about baking bread / breeding horses / playing go / cooking / bowling / doctors / tennis would be interesting? They all rock and so does Beauty Pop!

  4. 4. wildarmsheero

    January 19, 2007,11:04 pm

    What about… being a bartender?

  5. 5. Pip

    January 20, 2007,8:45 am

    Actually, stories about being a bartender are boring.

  6. 6. wildarmsheero

    January 20, 2007,10:28 pm

    Even if they mix… Kami no Gurassu?

  7. 7. Os

    January 20, 2007,10:54 pm

    Well… bartending is like a side project.

  8. 8. Pip

    January 21, 2007,8:54 am

    Hahaha, Kami no Gurassu. However, one caveat: did it send anyone to heaven? I didn’t think so!

  9. 9. pawn shops in chicago

    September 30, 2014,7:04 am

    pawn shops in chicago…



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