Hot Gimmick, Vol. 1

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Press: VIZ Media LLC (March 17, 2009)
Publication Date:2009-3
Author Name:Aihara, Miki


R to L (Japanese Style)In company-owned rabbit-hutch apartments live tenants who can't afford to live anywhere else, and the apartment complex in which high-school girl Hatsumi Narita lives is ruled over by the rumor mongering, self-righteous Mrs. 
Get on Tachibana's bad side, and life becomes hell.
When Hatsumi has to buy a pregnancy test because her popular sister Akane is late, Mrs.
Tachibana's son, Ryoki, who used to bully Hatsumi as a kid, promises not to tell the world about Hatsumi's secret, only if she becomes his slave.
Suddenly Azusa, Hatsumi's protector in their youth, reappears to save her again! He's moving back into the neighborhood! Despite the budding romance between Hatsumi and Azusa, Ryoki has control over her through the secret that could ruin the lives of everyone in Hatsumi's family, and he hasn't forgotten who his slave is!Hatsumi is a sensible and mild-mannered young girl, but she suddenly finds herself in a swirl of drama that threatens to drive her totally crazy.
Her younger sister is a shameless flirt and might be pregnant.
[Oh no!] An old friend is back in town and is now a famous (and hot) fashion model.[Swoon...]Her neighbor is a bully and is blackmailing her to be his love slave.
[Hate him!!]And this is just the beginning! Miki Aihara turned the manga world upside down with her salacious, outrageous, and funny hit series.
If you think being a teenager in America is hard, wait until you read Hot Gimmick.
These Tokyo boys and girls are really messed up!


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Comment List (Total:14)

  •     Hot Gimmick is a modern and more adult take on a children's fairytale.Medium level amount of violence.Attraction is a bit twisted in this comic.High suspense keeps you reading the entire series.Plot Summary/ Meaning: A 17 year old girl who never had a boyfriend before suddenly finds herself pursued by 3 different guys at once. She has to discover their true agendas and decide who she wants while navigating the dangerous waters of her apartment complex which is overseen by the Wicked Witch of the West, Mrs. Tachibana. Will she discover the Wizard of Oz behind the curtain? How will our little 'Dorothy' get home again?PS Look out for the scarecrow, tin man, and lion who lack brains, heart, and courage respectively.
  •     It just wasn't for me.
  •     the teen girl inside of you will burst out and paint her nails while chatting on the phone while reading this manga.
  •     I am an avid shoujo manga fan, and after seeing Hot Gimmick in a recommendation list, I thought I'd give it a go. Much to my regret. There is really nothing to like about this series.Art is, at BEST, so-so. I've read a lot of manga with equally distinctive, much more beautiful art styles, not to mention that the abundance of stiff posing and sometimes awkward anatomy just doesn't cut it for me.Art, however, can be forgivable if the story is extremely well written - but that's not what we have here. What we have is the cheap melodrama chronicling the relationship of a living doormat and a "drop-dead gorgeous" abusive guy who should realistically be thrown behind bars for a good 10 years. Hatsumi is good-hearted but extremely naive, and allows Ryouki to trample all over her feelings. Ryouki is emotionally and physically abusive, and he does not give a damn about Hatsumi's mental well-being nor her relationships with other people. He exhibits extreme jealously throughout the series, telling her not to care about any other living creature in possession of a Y chromosome, and even completely dismisses the concerns she voices about her family and other non-romantic issues. Not to mention that his primary goal in their relationship is, quite literally, to have sex with her.Putting aside the abusive relationship and horrible character development, the plot of this manga is very unoriginal. Slave/blackmail plots are a dime a dozen in this genre.To sum it up: Don't read this manga. It endorses abuse and unhealthy relationships, and there are other series out there that show what a healthy, loving relationship is supposed to be like. As a teenage girl who is the intended target audience of Hot Gimmick, I strongly, strongly urge all other girls to pick out something else to read.
  •     First of all, I read all the five star reviews, and I can tell why people like this manga.It's like Gossip Girl, except I think that it's even more explicit.
  •     I first read Hot Gimmick as part of a "Coming Attractions" manga book. It only had the first several pages of the series, but from those several pages, i was HOOKED!!!
  •     I'm honestly not sure how I feel about Hot Gimmick. I keep reading, because I find that I really do want to know what happens next.
  •     This compulsively readable shojo manga is full of dramatic plot twists that made me eager to get each next volume.
  •     the first three volumes in the popular shojo magna series. the story is written with a lot of love and meaning. i can't wait to read the rest of this book series.
  •     Out of the frying pan and into the fire!This is just what Hatsumi's day has been like. She goes from trying to buy a pregnancy test for her sister without anyone seeing her...
  •     By Miki Aihara, the main character, Hatsumi Narita and her family live in a company housing apartment.
  •     Great book
  •     Let me start off by saying that I'm writing this review because I feel that Hot Gimmick has been done a big injustice by reviewers who seem to be saying it's bland.It's not! What got me into Hot Gimmick was its *originality.*Hatsumi is a 16-year-old girl living with her mom, little sister, older brother, and younger brother in company housing. The floors are parallel to the company hierarchy--with the CEO and his family living at the top and the less-important employees and their families living in descending order. Hatsumi and her family live somewhere in the middle, and their position in the complex is very dependent on the words of Mrs. Tachibana, the CEO's wife.Hatsumi is out buying a pregnancy test for her younger sister (scandalous, I know!!) when she runs into Ryoki Tachibana (the gossip queen's son), who finds her with it and threatens to tell his mother unless she becomes his slave. To protect her sister's reputation and her family's standing in the complex, she agrees to his conditions. To complicate things, Azusa (Hatsumi's childhood friend) returns, with a modeling career and a mysterious past, and seems intent on wooing Hatsumi. However, we soon come to realize that his flirting is more calculated than it is playful.Ryoki's true feelings for his "slave" are revealed gradually, and we learn that he isn't cruel and perverted, but rather naive and inexperienced in love and the idea of "family." While he is learning about these things through Hatsumi, the situation gets even more complicated when Hatsumi's mother discourages her from seeing Ryoki for the sake of their family (because Mrs. Tachibana is strongly against it).When Hatsumi's father returns from working abroad, we begin to understand why Azusa is playing Hatsumi (while she still blindly cares for him), and this arc reveals itself even more gracefully than Azusa vs. Ryoki.Hatsumi's younger sister, being far more experienced sexually than Hatsumi, starts to fall for Hatsumi's friend, much to her surprise. We see a slow-but-steady turnaround from her looseness towards innocence.It is true that Hatsumi is more of a passive character than an assertive one, but that is true of a lot of manga and manwha heroines. Is it so shocking to think that perhaps Miki Aihara isn't copying other manga-kas, but is actually creating a story based on a prevalent personality trait of schoolgirls in Japan? Is it even more shocking to believe that perhaps Japanese schoolgirls aren't the only ones who are tense about revealing their desires? I don't think so.Hatsumi isn't difficult to relate to; after all, we all have moments when we really want to say something, but don't because we are nervous or shy. The more profound aspects of Hot Gimmick, like learning what "love" is, discovering what "family" means, trascending social structure, discerning between sibling love and romantic love, and making peace with the past, all make this series worth reading. If that doesn't get you, then the love triagle between Hatsumi, Azusa, Ryoki, and Shinogu ("Love Square"?) will.If it helps you to know, I have 11 of the 12 volumes, and I've already pre-ordered the 12th. Some other manga I have enjoyed reading include: Mars, Her Majesty's Dog, Kare First Love, Peach Girl, Tokyo Boys & Girls, MeruPuri, Paradise Kiss, and Absolute Boyfriend, to name a few.Do yourself a favor, and pick up the first 2 or 3 volumes of Hot Gimmick ASAP!
  •     I love Hot gimmick, and was so happy when it first came out, now its even better in the Viz Big editions! Item shipped very quickly, just another reason to love amazon =)

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