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When high school girl Hatsumi has to go buy a pregnancy test because her popular sister Akane is "late," who does she run into but her creepy bully neighbor Ryoki! And now he's blackmailing her to become his slave! How will mild-mannered Hatsumi get out of this mess? Will Hatsumi's childhood crush (and male model) Azusa be able to save her from Riyoki's clutches?...

Title : Hot Gimmick, Vol. 1
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ISBN : 9781591162148
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Number of Pages : 192 Pages
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Hot Gimmick, Vol. 1 Reviews

  • Courtney Wells
    2018-11-13 19:50

    ...I feel depraved that I loved this series. It was like twelve pieces of meth dipped in 1,020,000 calorie chocolate. That's how addicted and damaged I felt after reading Hot Gimmick. It made me question my self-respect, my sanity and overall better judgment for men upon finishing because - frankly - I need to turn in my sociology degree for adoring this manga as much as I did.Oh...it was a pleasure I won't soon forget or bring myself to regret.

  • V_murray
    2018-12-02 19:02

    …How to start… If I were to present this as a vlog, I would probably stare at my camera stuttering the phrase “I don’t know, I just don’t know” for a long time, going through various stages of grief, and not edit that out because it’s an important part of the reading-this-series process, and then launch into a rant heavily referencing William Faulkner and semi-contradictory takes on Japanese culture, focusing on its general acceptance of the Bastard Boyfriend trope, accepting it as an acceptable thing for the hero to be in utter acceptance by the characters and supposedly the audience, and… and… and another spoiler that I’ll go into later. Faulkner. Keep Faulkner in mind. Mind you, however I start, this will come to rage and spoilers. Also, language warning: Fuck IGN as putting this as their top choice for a top ten list of Shoujo manga. This is utterly not acceptable in the least, unless that list was a fucking troll post. Also I hate the heroine.I’ll start on the art, to be fair. On the whole, your typical shoujo fare. Girls have big, watery eyes, guys are tall and long-limbed, children were ripped untimely from the cabbage patch’s womb, but darn are they cute. Something that bothered me is that for a lot of backgrounds, it looks like they took their reference pictures and instead of tracing or drawing from a reference, the artist or assistants in charge just put some screen transfer solution onto the photo, pressed the manuscript to it, and peeled it away to be just blurry enough to look like there’s a wet newspaper photograph jammed in the background of the artwork on the page. Stylistic choice? I can accept it. But I don’t like it. The guys look average as well, but it is nice to see a few that aren’t quite as skinny as most bishonen. So, all in all, the artwork gets about 3.5 stars, being barely above solid average, in my opinion, for good points balancing bad points within a sea of average.…The… Nope. Can’t talk about the Faulkner thing yet. Nope. The heroine? Yes, I think I can talk about her next. Dis bitch. Girl. You don’t even.People complain a lot about the heroines of shoujo manga, that they are weak, cry at every little thing, and never stand up for themselves. Well, that’s a perfect definition of this heroine! Her crying scenes could be a drinking game with a 65% mortality rate. It is her primary response to conflict, and good for her, because that’s usually how she gets out of it anyway—start crying, someone hugs you, the end. Nothing is actually resolved, because you are not talking about any of the sources of conflict, but that’s another problem. Getting back to the heroine: I could not think of a way to possibly make her more stereotypical. Virginal, doesn’t make the best grades, gullible, sweet, caring, shy, family-oriented, emotional, eventually has the exact same bangs that all the rest have (excuse my language, BUT IS IT A FUCKING DRESS CODE?). I submit to you that Bella Swan herself has more personal character than this bitch, and I am not even remotely joking.Another thing that both these ladies have going for them is abusive boyfriends! Except Edward Cullen just happens to hit 10/15 points on a list of signs for an abusive relationship, and Whatshisname from this series is just plain fucking abusive. From the beginning of the series until the end, he doesn’t address the heroine but to call her some derivative of “stupid.” And she is stupid, by all means, but there is a difference between being literally not smart, and using that as an accusation when you are trying to rob someone of confidence and any will to resist you. He hits her whenever he is displeased with her, and once slaps her solidly on the face in front of a group of people (including his family and her brother), and I can’t even remember exactly why now, and I read it yesterday—look, the guy hit her a lot, it’s hard to keep track.Please listen to me as I say: There is never a single point in this series where he considers her feelings, where he earnestly apologizes (or, I think, falsely apologizes), where he respects her boundaries, where he tries to be generous with her, or where he is even realistically reasonable with her. This is an utterly despicable man to whom it never occurs to treat a woman as something other than a possession. There is no character arc for him to even come close to think about changing. His concept of a relationship is that the girl will listen to whatever he says, never think about any other man (including brothers), never disobey him, always be completely accountable to him for everything, and even rely on him to buy things for her so she won’t need to get an outside job and leave him to worry that she is conversing with men who aren’t him for a period of time over one minute. I’m not even fucking kidding.This. Man. Should. Not. Be.And this is actually a really simple point. I don’t know if we’re supposed to look at him as having some character arc from cold indifference to having a position of power over her that amounts to molestation (An agreement for silence on a scandalous matter in exchange for being his “slave” does not make it any less molestation; see Scarpia Ultimatum for further reading) to such a “love” that he commands her to choose between him and her family on several occasions, withholds valuable information that is extremely important to her, and that he is somehow so preoccupied with her that he can’t bring himself to bang a willing partner who is topless beneath him. No. Just fucking no.So, as far as characters for, we’re 0-2! Oh, Tachibana—that was the bastard’s name. And Narita for the bitch he’s after.One character that I find marginally acceptable—by comparison to the others—is Azusa. He is a shameless bastard who would knowledgably and willfully do utterly despicable things to an innocent girl in order to hurt her father when he was reasonably sure her father was the one who had done something horrible to his mother. Planned gang rape, from the rufees to the cameras to the men ready and willing to commit the act. There is no condoning this bastard, and it bothers me that Tachibana is the only one throughout the rest of the series who really has a problem with him—and not that he was going to have Narita gang-raped, oh no! Because he’s a threat to Tachibana’s perfectly monogamous worldview of Narita. But the thing is, with Azusa there’s actually a character arc that took him to being so fucked up. There’s a beginning, a middle, and the story actually ends before it is all wrapped up his final revenge on the man who is actually responsible for screwing his mom over. Because wrapping up the actually dramatic character arc was less important than Will The Heroine End Up With The Complete Bastard? Yes, Yes She Will. Love him and/or hate him, Azusa was actually someone to be interested in. And as I write this, I remember actually being more interested in that stupid romantic conflict near the end (read: I wanted to see if the bastard would reform at all, if the… Faulkner… thing… would be a thing… and if the heroine would remain invertebrate for the rest of her life. Answer: No, sort of, yes.) Come to think of it, Azusa wasn’t really actually that interesting outside of his own arc at the beginning or his couple dramatic confrontation moments afterwards. But I’m clinging to positives here. So I will try my best to give this a character rating of pass. Even though it’s not.1-3 on characters in Hot Gimmick.Not gonna talk about the Faulkner thing yet. Nope. Instead, I’m going to talk about the story and wrap up the characters.This is a story about the social politics of living in a housing complex provided by the company that the father works for. The inciting moment that kicks off the conflict is that the Narita Family’s second daughter Akane is a little junior high school slut who thinks she might be pregnant and skips school for a day because her period is late and she has to go through a list of all the boys she had recently screwed sans condom (leaving off the ones she’d actually used protection with). Don’t worry about this point, it will never come up again. So big sis, because she takes the shit for everyone in this series, goes out to buy a pregnancy test, and is found out by childhood friend and then figure of terror who had—gasp—once pushed her down a flight of stairs, leaving her scarred with a fear that will never actually come up. (I think the author confused “fear” with “really fucking unpleasant memory.”) So she hates and is terrified of this guy. Cool. But social politics are everything here, and so she needs him quiet about that pregnancy test (which isn’t even needed when Big Sis gets home anyway, making this plot point—say it with me now—UTTERLY FUCKING POINTLESS!), and agrees to be his slave to protect her family. And Tachibana, being the seventeen year old male that he is, uses this power to his advantage for one thing: BEWBS! Because what else does the completely virgin top-student with all the money and power he wants supposed to do? But not just molestation, also bastard moves like forcing her to give up her first kiss to him in a public place. I know our heroine is the one this phrase is meant for, but OUR PROTAGONIST, LADIES AND GENTLEMEN!When I was researching the series, things said that you just need to stick out the first volume’s worth of chapters, because after that is when it gets good. This is actually bullshit. Because: The first few chapters, things are pretty clear. Trope filled as hell, but we get it. Then… after about that time, the story gets interesting, and you want to read more—you want to see if you can trust Azusa, you want to see when Tachibana will make the shift from “you are my slave” to “I love you, I want you to be my girlfriend,” and you want to see the heroine stick up for herself. Instead, you get a completely unreformed bastard Tachibana using the heroine and never giving one single damn for her past a single scene where he is trying to fill a litmus test for her definition of “this is when people become boyfriend and girlfriend.” One scene is not enough to balance at least 50 of 54 chapters of utter bastardry. You get a heroine who is so wrapped up in her emotional conflicts that she never, ever, ever works towards resolution on any of them. You get a relationship founded on desire, control, tears, and some giddy attraction where there is never, ever a single serious exchange of ideas and ideals, never any kind of give-and-take, never both parties contributing and seeking the good of one another. You get Azusa attempting to commit an unforgivable crime and never suffering any consequences, and being boring when he does get time in the sun. You get some distracting chapters where Little Slut Sister is dumbed down to being flirty and popular (never a mention of her sexual partners again) with a distracting arc where she’s trying to get with this adorable, earnest nerd guy who’s extremely preoccupied with Gundam (bless).And you get incest.About half a series worth of IIINNNCEEEEEST~ being a major plot point. This is the thing I was using “Faulkner” as a euphemism for. But you see, The Sound and the Fury is a very smart book, and this is not a very smart series. With The Sound and the Fury, incest is the juxtaposition of sexuality, phobia of sexuality, unfitting societal and moral expectations, and illustration of kind of how fucked up Quentin is. There’s already too much written about whether Quentin actually wanted his sister sexually or if he just wanted the ideals and to remain in celibate shame, but I will let those debates die with him in the river for the purposes of right now. Incest in Faulkner is sick, it’s not condoned, but it’s used smartly, in order to cause the audience a measured discomfort as it contributes to the story.I have no idea what the hell the author was going for with this, but that she really wanted to write an incest story and not have it be about incest.BUT I’M SORRY, YOU CANNOT HAVE LINES LIKE “I just did it [had sex] with onii-chan [big brother]” AND HAVE IT BE OKAY. (Note: Just because she says it doesn’t make it true.)And, I hear it now in my head, all of the people who say “But he wasn’t actually her brother! He was adopted! It’s not incest!No. They were raised as brother and sister. A form annulling the adoption doesn’t change that. It is still incest. Romance and sex between members of close family is incest. This. Is. Incest.We first learn about Big Bro’s feelings in a flashback panel where he’s remembering praying to God, “Forgive me, I’m in love with my own sister.” I don’t know if the writer wants us to ignore that when she later has him say “I never once looked at you as my sister.” Or y’know, that time where he was like “We were kids, and then (illustration of her in a junior high school uniform) my feelings changed…”God, you creepy fucking incestuous bastard.And that above is my clinical reaction. Because he’s a bang-up guy in the series! No, really! I’m not okay, okay? He… I… I appreciate and am as devoted to truly nice guys as much as stupid teenage girls are often mindlessly devoted to Byronic heroes, antiheroes, and bad boys. And this incestuous bastard is the best guy in the series. NOT FOR THE HEROINE, GOD FUCKING NO, NEVER FOR THE HEROINE. But as a guy. He’s so devoted, hardworking, nice, tolerant, caring, and giving that he’s utterly unreal. BUT YOU SICK FUCKER YOU ARE IN LOVE WITH YOUR OWN SISTER WHAT IS WRONG WITH YOU. NO.And here’s a real issue: The end of the series is pretty much devoted to whether she will choose to be with her Complete Bastard boyfriend who lies to her, hides things from her, berates her, constantly pressures her for sex, hits her, commands her what to do, never shows a single care for her, and is mindlessly jealous over her—or will she end up with this other guy, who is super nice, and her sick-as-fuck mother approves of her being with (Seriously, Mom, what the actual literal incestuous fuck?), who has been devoted to her for years, who makes her happiness a priority, who will take care of her and listen to her, oh and the only problem is that he’s her brother (oh, but not really, because he’s adopted!)?There is no win in this situation. I don’t want her to get together with her brother, no matter how nice or great he is, because he is her brother. She never drops off the “brother” honorifics, not even when she is taking off her clothes and asking him to fuck her. And in the end when the other guy is commanding her to marry him as soon as he turns eighteen, nothing will ever change. He will always be a controlling, selfish asshole. The only thing he has going for him is that she feels attracted to him. She is sixteen experiencing what is her first time actually being in love. (Not counting Azusa because that lasted two or three days and ended in attempted gang rape. Bastard.) “But I love Tachibana” is not good enough, you stupid stupid stupid stupid stupid stupid stupid stupid stupid stupid stupid stupid stupid stupid stupid stupid stupid stupid stupid stupid stupid stupid stupid stupid stupid stupid stupid stupid stupid stupid stupid stupid stupid stupid stupid stupid stupid stupid stupid stupid stupid stupid stupid stupid stupid stupid stupid stupid stupid stupid stupid stupid stupid stupid stupid stupid stupid stupid stupid stupid girl.But it will be. They will get married, and he will control her, and she will cry, and things will go on as always, because he sure as hell won’t let her ever get a divorce.Which brings us to the end of the review, and me explaining that “I don’t know, I just don’t know…” I don’t know why I read this series through to the end. I guess I needed to see if the author’s desperate “THIS TOTALLY ISN’T INCEST!” would remotely fly. I guess I wanted to see the heroine crash and burn and choose Tachibana. I wanted to see Azusa’s final reaction to knowing who really hurt his mother. I guess I just finished the series because in the middle, it was good-ish, and I really wanted to see where it went. And then when it got really, really bad, I needed to finish so I wouldn’t have to think about it anymore.Don’t read this series—that’s my recommendation. I have had coffee stronger than this heroine, and black coffee sweeter than her fiancé. The author tries to pass off incest as though it isn’t (and don’t try to tell me that the Japanese public would be just dandy with this as their representation of wholesome relationships for adoptive families), and the writing is mediocre at best. Read something where all the heroes aren’t bastards, and the heroine is something other than a doormat. Don’t start, because if you start you’ll want to finish, and if you finish, you’ll be left with buckets of things you hated, and buckets of “I don’t know, I just don’t know” to make it go down easier.Those buckets of “I don’t know” give this series two stars instead of one. I want to give it one star to balance out five-star ratings, but I can’t do that. This volume at least is better than many of the others (no it kind of isn’t), but I’m going for the whole series, and the whole thing is a stupid, misogynistic two-star.EDIT: It is now one year later, and I am removing the second star in order to balance out the series of five star ratings which I can hold no allowance to. One star, though my above assessment is probably more accurate.

  • Heather *Awkward Queen and Unicorn Twin*
    2018-12-06 19:53

    Review for the series, volumes 1-12. Spoilers will be marked.Oh my god.Okay. Here's the thing. I'm a firm believer that a person can read whatever they want, even the most misogynistic piece of tripe in existence, and still be a feminist.But this... This manga had me thinking that maybe I should turn in my feminist card.Yes, I enjoyed this. Yes, it has numerous problems, which I'll talk about below. In fact, this manga is basically one giant problem. Because of this, I would never recommend it to my friends. I would never want my children to read this, at least not without a lengthy talk beforehand. And one afterward.Let me just talk about the art first: I liked it except for the eyes. Mainly the female eyes. They were too huge and sometimes were drawn with no pupil and looked weird. But I liked that the characters weren't super thin, so despite Hatsumi's servile behavior, she didn't come off as frail.Now, on to the plot!So, you have Hatsumi, a nice but not very bright girl with a bit of a people-pleasing problem. And then there's Ryoki, a brainy jerk with control issues. These two don't like each other, but after an incident where Ryoki catches Hatsumi with a pregnancy test (which she bought for her fourteen-year-old sister), he decides blackmail is the way to go. In exchange for not telling anyone about her sister, she will be his slave. Basically, he wants to DO IT with her, and he's not taking no for an answer.I know. I know.Now, although I would not be down with this in real life, I love this type of story line.But like I said, there are problems.Hatsumi and Ryoki's relationship develops over the course of twelve volumes. Despite numerous obstacles—a vengeance-driven childhood friend, Ryoki's classist mother, and King Jerkface himself, Ryoki—they manage to stick more or less together. Which is great! Young love!Except... no.These two exhibit several hallmarks of a classic abusive relationship. Ryoki calls Hatsumi names, bonks her on the head, drags her along when he wants her to go somewhere with him, makes unrealistic demands of her, is insanely jealous and petty, and even slaps her once. Hatsumi is a pushover, but she does express herself quite frequently. It's just that Ryoki barely listens to her, and when he does, he goes on about how annoyed he is. He wants TOTAL CONTROL. He wants to be all she thinks about, ahead of her own family.It doesn't matter that Ryoki does these things out of insecurity and ignorance. He hurts Hatsumi emotionally just the same. Although he yells and talks down to Hatsumi to express his affection, he talks the same to people he doesn't care about. The negative reviews of this series are not wrong. They're totally justified. And although the manga itself does acknowledge some of this behavior and point out how it's wrong, these instances are very brief and generally lost in the overall story.I hated Ryoki's behavior, I really did. But somehow, for me, it made the sweet parts that much sweeter. Which is especially fucked up, I know. Because that's part of abusive relationships too. It's just that he really did like Hatsumi. He stood up for her on several occasions and even (view spoiler)[stabbed someone in the face with a pen who was trying to hurt Hatsumi and YES I KNOW HOW THAT SOUNDS (hide spoiler)]. He liked her protests and reluctance and being annoyed by her. They were part of the relationship, how they interacted with each other. Just like him berating her all the time...Oh my god. I KNOW.This romance gave me butterflies. BUTTERFLIES!!! Getting butterflies is my main goal when reading romance. So yeah, I don't know what happened here. I've ranted about books for less than what went on in these pages. And while I'm not going to rant about this (frankly, there's just way too much to cover in a single review), I do have some less than positive thoughts on the ending.(view spoiler)[I was rooting for Hatsumi to choose Ryoki. Not Azusa, not Shinogu. I was getting a little irritated in volumes 9, 10, and 11 because they focused too much on Shinogu and not Ryoki. Also Azusa kept popping up and ruining things. So I was happy when, in the final volume, she finally decided to be with Ryoki once and for all. AND YET. We had 11 volumes of buildup for their relationship. 11 volumes of foreplay. But when they finally have sex, it's a rushed, fade-to-black matter. Afterward, there are no more sweet moments between them. Just a few pages featuring the rest of the characters, and then a super abrupt ending with Hatsumi and Ryoki barely making an appearance. What the actual hell? And then there's a bonus story with Akane and Subaru, which I didn't even care about because I was so let down by the ending. No, Ryoki and Hatsumi's relationship did NOT change for the better, but since they shared several swoony moments throughout the series, I was expecting at least a secret smile or something. Baaahhh!!! Oh, and Shinogu becoming a freaking MONK because he couldn't be with Hatsumi? Damn dude, that's a little drastic, don't you think? (hide spoiler)]Whew, got that off my chest.This was a quick read. I got through all twelve volumes in three days. Despite the constant verbal abuse and the drama, I really enjoyed this and I'm keeping it in my collection. 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  • Elspeth
    2018-12-04 18:58

    I hated this series, I don’t even know why I finished it. Actually I do, I hoped I was wrong about the ending.Fucking wrong!(view spoiler)[I hated the guy she ends up with, he is an abusive, manipulative, douche canoe that needed to jump off their apartment building. I wished she would end up with her adopted brother, he was a nice guy, strike that he was too good for the vapid indecisive main character. (hide spoiler)]

  • Alicia
    2018-11-26 23:02

    Everyone is trying to rape her all the time. It's weird and her love interest is an asshole.

  • Rosie
    2018-11-12 17:53

    This books is about a girl, Hatsumi Narita, who is extremely shy. She is blackmailed by a former bully Hatsumi knew, to be a "love-slave." She also has to deal with a former friend, who is now a famous model. This whole story revolves around her dealing with her relationship problems/abuse.Personally, I really didn't like this series. In general, I like to steer clear from the books about relationship issues. I mean, I know it's important to be exposed to such things, but it's not a topic that I enjoy reading about. The artwork is pretty good, but there's not much "detail." Like, there's a lot of open space in the work. I'm not saying I could do better, it's just that it's not the style I usually read, so that's probably why I'm reviewing this book so harshly. (I'm sorry Miki Aihara! I'm just not used to the artwork- I promise!) What bugged me the most was Hatsumi Narita. Which, is kind of a problem, since she IS the main character of this whole schpheel. In the beginning, I could understand that she was just a normal girl, that was in the wrong place in the wrong time, and that her life sucked. As the story progressed, she didn't have the balls to say what was on her mind, and it pissed me off. I mean, there's only so far someone will stay shy/unwilling to confront their fears right? WRONG!!!(view spoiler)[ Even though she was about to get raped, this girl, Hatsumi Narita, doesn't try to get out of it. Nooooooooo, she apologizes to the raper! No, no, no, sorry Hatsumi, that's not how it's supposed to go! YOU'RE the one who should be apologized TO!!!!!!!!!!!!It turns out, the guy that raped her was so shocked that she apologized, that he stopped. Actually, I'm not sure if that statement was true, but if I were that raper, I'd be shocked to death, too.This is me after reading that "rape incident":andandand eventually:"I give up on this series...."(hide spoiler)]All in all, it was mildly-decent. I didn't finish this series, though, so if you're not interested in reading relationship problem stories, like me, then I would not recommend this for you.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>

  • Melanie
    2018-11-17 14:54

    If you think it will get better, less abusive, or more loving: You're wrong. It doesn't. Even after a few years of coming to understand how 'submissive' characters in manga can be strong or the physical abuse metaphorical or the sacrifice is because of their great love for the dominant, this story is still unacceptable. The physical abuse is real, the girl hates it but is too terrified to speak up, and the guy never drops his pride enough to show his affection. It is horrible and I hate Viz for ever printing it. In case you were wondering, I adore 'Itazura na Kiss' and a number of other series with a strong power imbalance because the characters still push each other to grow. That simply is not the case here. Miki Aihara loves mean, abusive bullies and that is what she writes. Save your money and go elsewhere. There is nothing redeeming about this series except its pretty cover art. And yes, I read the whole series.

  • Wendy
    2018-12-10 19:08

    If I could give something negative stars, it would be this manga. I see so many positive reviews about how it's "addictive," which is all well and good, but people--think for a minute! Have you ever seen any pictures online of meth addicts? You know, the really terrible ones that make you want to throw up or wash yourself immediately after viewing them? This is that kind of addictive.Hatsumi is no one's role model, nor should she be. When one of your so-called love interest chooses to inform you of his "affections" by declaring you his slave and you're OK WITH IT, there's something deeply wrong here. Girl needs to grow a spine, and get some restraining orders. Read only if you have a really high pain threshold, enjoy beating your head repeatedly against a wall, like flinging books across rooms, or think that Edward and Bella's romance IS LIKE TEH GR8ST OMG EVAR!!!!!

  • Mary
    2018-11-18 21:07

    When you glorify a love interest who forces himself on the main character you get Hot Gimmick. What a train wreck! And apparently she ends up with him (so I've heard).

  • Kristy Buzbee
    2018-12-01 18:57

    This one's been talked about a lot, so I gave it a try. It's rated "older teen" because of some adult matters (like her younger sister needing her to buy a pregnancy test for her), but that's not really my issue here. It developed almost immediately into the standard love-triangle "who will she choose??" storyline, which can still be quite entertaining even though it's so frequently used. But in vol. 1, I got the idea of who she was going to end up with, and didn't like it.Basically, guy tries to rape you? He is out of the running FOREVER. THE END. I will NOT eventually fall in love with him. I will NOT ever forgive him and think "he will make a good boyfriend for her!!" Not only was she starting to like him near the end of the FIRST volume (!!!) but I got the feeling that he might be the end choice. I went through and read the summaries of future volumes and now I'm fairly certain. The other reviews I saw of the entire series were also poor; people who enjoyed it at first, thinking she'd end up with nice-guy Azusa, then apparently all three guys who fight over Hatsumi turn into monsters who try to ruin her life because they're jealous of the other two and she's a doormat and lets them walk all over her. Not recommended.

  • quinnster
    2018-12-06 14:43

    This was....different. The whole 'you're my slave' bit between Hatsumi and Ryoki was slightly, well mostly, disturbing. It would be one thing if it was 'hey you have to do whatever I say. Get me some Sprite' or 'carry my books to class', but this was a teenager telling another teenager to take her clothes off and that he didn't want to be a virgin anymore so he was going to practice on her whether she liked it or not because she was his slave. And why is she his slave? Because he has information about her that could jeopardize her father's job and their living situation.It's huge on the ick factor. Still, she finds herself defending him to others even though he also pushed her down stairs as a child.Weird.

  • Rachel MacNaught
    2018-11-21 18:58

    i had to read this because my friend called it one of her favourite guilty pleasure mangas outside of the GANG RAPE AND BLACKMAIL, which promptly caught my attention and makes me laugh every time i think on it. so.. first volume down and i'm intrigued, though as usual i'm being too literal with these sort of things. i feel like all she has to do is tell her sister she was seen buying a pregnancy test for her and that she's really sorry, and then just lie lie lie through any fall out. because she is NOT pregnant, so there's nothing that could come of it.PLOT DONE. SOLVED.but there is no gang rape and i need to understand what would make my friend, who caused me SHOCK when she made a 69 joke, read a manga about gang rape.gang rape.

  • Mizuki
    2018-11-22 23:11

    I read the first few volumes of this series recently, I'm surprised to find the story isn't as foolish as I'd feared, and the main characters aren't as hateful as I'd feared neither. But...I still hope the heroine would finally grow a backbone and stop being a doormat and let everyone step on her, for goodness' sake!

  • Beela
    2018-12-06 23:01

    THIS IS NOT OKAY! I bought this manga at a book sale, not really knowing what it was about--I just thought I'd give it a shot.......And now I just wasted about 20 bucks on a disgusting series that idolizes abuse. I skimmed through this series last night and I can not believe what I read!! Hot Gimmick portrays a "romance" where a guy hits his girlfriend and tries to force her to have sex with him. Then, the girl chooses him at the end of book 11, and APOLOGIZES to HIM for the things HE'S done!!This relationship is not one to be celebrated. No one should ever, EVER settle for or accept a relationship like this. No one should ever through this! Period. An abusive relationship will never get better. They can say they love you, that they've changed but once they've crossed that line--you can't go back. Please, don't put yourself through this. This book OR a relationship like the one portrayed in this book.

  • Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
    2018-11-13 18:10

    Hot Gimmick is a series I have read before, and, though I didn't like it, I really wanted to review it, thus the rereading. Anyway, pretty much the whole thing pisses me off, because the series is pretty much entirely about Hatsumi being taken advantage of by every single guy in her life. Hatsumi herself seems to have no ability to see through dishonesty, willpower to resist romantic attacks or strength. This series is where feminism goes to die.Guy #1: Ryouki. At the outset, we are introduced to Hatsumi, who is the slave to the stern, bullying, sexually harassing, glasses-wearing guy who lives in her building. Why? Because he caught her buying a pregnancy test for her younger sister. If he tells his mother, who controls the housing complex, her family would get kicked out. So, of course, this gives him the right to try to force her to have sex with him. I think we're supposed to like him, because it's obvious that he's really into her and is only treating her like shit because he doesn't know how to handle his emotions. Yeah, not feeling that AT ALL.Guy #2: Azusa. He's Hatsumi's childhood friend, who would try to protect her from Ryouki's bullying. His family just moved back to town and he's supporting her again. They quickly start dating, because he's so sweet and hot (model), and she's had enough of putting up with Ryouki (only she still lets him do whatever he wants). Except, le shock!, Azusa is actually just dating her to piss off someone to get vengeance for something. Awesome.Guy #3: Shinogu. Presenting the only nice guy in the series. Surprise! He's her brother. Okay, so they're not actually siblings by blood, but they have been raised that way. He knows they're not related and has been in love with her forever, but she doesn't know, so sees him just as her brother. Clearly, he would be her best choice despite the super awkwardness that would be involved, however, he also has no shot because he's been raised as her brother. Isn't it lovely that dating her brother is what you have to root for, because everyone else is just trying to rape her or seduce her to their own ends?When it comes down to it, though, this series is very readable, in the same way that a lot of very frustrating books are (think Twilight or maybe this Fifty Shades of Grey I've heard about). Clearly, women are useless, stupid clumsy creatures to be fought over and/or won by studly males. Ugh! As much as I hated that, the story moves along at a swift pace and I do like the art. Thus the 2.5, which I kind of hate myself for.If you like strong heroines and respectful menfolk, do not read this. However, if you want to read something to prepare you for a feminist rant, this will definitely get you fighting mad.

  • Katie
    2018-12-06 19:50

    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 to becoming the slave of the person she hates most in the world. The story itself is pretty fast paced with a lot of surprises thrown in. It was definitely a book with a lot of emotions both for the characters and the readers themselves. There were many times where I wanted to stop reading because I was so angry at certain people in the book, but I always came back for more. All in all it was a fun and intense read that will put you on a rollercoaster ride of emotions, but it also gets you thinking and can really pull at your heartstrings.Hatsumi is a sweet girl and I really empathized with her a lot. She has a big heart, but sometimes it can get her into a little trouble. All in all I really liked her character and will continue to root for her as the series progresses. She is one of those characters that really steal your heart and I can’t wait to find out how the rest of her story goes.The other main character is Ryoki who is not one of my favorites. He is a very interesting character in his own right though. He can be a bit overbearing at times, but he also has a sweet side to him that shows through at just the right moments. It is plain to see for me anyway that he really does care for Hatsumi in his own way. I’m not quite sure where things will go in this series, but I hope I get to see a little more about him and his back story in later volumes.Overall this is a fun read that Shojo fans should definitely pick up!

  • Brigitte
    2018-11-26 16:02

    Hot Gimmick is about a girl named Hatsimi. She has a sister who thinks she might be pregnant, so she asks Hatsimi is she will get her a pregnancy test. But right after buying it, Hatsimi runs into her creepy neighbor who is now blackmailing her to be his sex slave or else he will tell everyone about her slut sister.Hatsimi's main external conflict is her creepy neighbor who is blackmailing her, her main internal conflict is if she should be his sex slave, of is she should let him sellout her sister.I can connect this book to the world. In the world there are people in the same situation as Hatsimi, they are being blackmailed into doing something that they don't want to do. All of their reasons are different, but they are all being forced to do the same thing. Hatsimi is not alone. I give this book four stares because it has a real life charm that makes it completely interesting. All kinds of readers can read this book. It has something for everyone.

  • Nadia
    2018-11-11 15:57

    I often see this manga around and though the synopsis seems interesting, I never felt the urge to buy it since: 1.) I didn't like the cover art so I assumed I wouldn't like the art inside the book either and 2.) the only volumes available are the omnibus editions which are quite expensive. However, when I came upon a copy of volume 1 in Booksale I decided to give it a try out of curiosity. (Besides, it was also cheap.)What a surprise - the art style inside is rather pretty. Not out and out pretty by CLAMP's or Tanemura's standards but subtly so. The story is engaging but some elements of it remind me of other manga (namely Hana Yori Dango) though I'll definitely want to read more of this series if only to see where it's headed.

  • Gulen
    2018-11-22 15:00

    Klasik çocuk senden nefret ediyorsa, sana eziyet ediyor, senin zayıf yönünü (paraya ihtiyaç vb) sana karşı kullanıp seni kendine köle ediyor ise, olur olmaz yerde seni sıkıştırıp taciz ediyorsa aslında sana delice aşıktır inancının hakim olduğu seri, elbette kızımıza pekçok erkek aşıktır, elbette kıskançlıklar vb. olacaktır. Shoujo manga zaten adı, beklenen de bu ama bu tarzın zayıf örneklerinden bence, lakin çizimler güzel.

  • Stacy Fetters
    2018-11-11 20:46

    Wow, my friend has some horrible taste in manga. The same friend who gave me Love Hina gave me this to read because she's in love with this series also. What is wrong with her?Making someone a slave because he knows a dumb secret! No thanks! Trying to rape someone is not how the world works. Disgusting!!!

  • Genevieve
    2018-11-11 14:54

    This is one of my favourite manga series. I was seriously devastated when it ended.Story starts when lead character Hatsumi's sister thinks she might be pregnant so she runs out to the drug store to get her a test. She runs into her evil neighbour Ryoki who makes her be his slave in return for his secrecy about the test. Chaos ensues.

  • Emily S.
    2018-12-09 18:07

    Retarded. This book is about a girl who is blackmailed into being her enemy's slave - who just wants to use her as a prostitute. After reading Tokyo Boys and Girls, I had hoped this book would be just as good - I was wrong.

  • Ielle Palmer
    2018-12-10 21:55

    what i learned from this book... if you talk about adopted brothers possibly getting together with their adopted sister loudly in a barnes and noble, you will mortify julie ;) lol!

  • Dana
    2018-12-08 17:44

    This was fun and it reminded me of Hana Yori Dango a little. I’ll read the next one but if this girl doesn’t start standing up for herself this series will get annoying.

  • Elizabeth
    2018-11-25 20:07

    I made myself finish this book, I wish I had the time back!

  • Kristine Hansen
    2018-11-27 17:00

    This is one of those things that is so unhealthy for you that you should avoid it like the plague. You know, like the actual meaty thing SPAM, or most deep fried things at county fairs. Yet even knowing that it's not good for you, you dive in head first anyway, just well...because.Yep, it's THAT series.Sheesh. Too many characters to sort out right at the beginning. An entire Master/slave thing that is completely out of line and scenes that border on felonies, and a girl that is just too stupid for words...and I still read the thing voraciously. Someone please stop me before I grab volume 2 from the library...I don't know if this thing is going to redeem itself, but *sigh* I know I'm going to move on to the other volumes. Why did I give this three stars? Because the fact was, I couldn't put the darn thing down and that has to count for something. If I can be compelled to read, even when I don't like ANY of the characters, then the author deserves a little credit.But this whole thing needs to get a whole lot better than this.

  • Kitty Holmes
    2018-11-26 16:46

    [Reseña Global 12/12] Hot gimmick es un manga que me ha entretenido lo suyo pero únicamente porque me lo he tomado como una historia de ficción, porque los culebrones, quieras que no, enganchan y por una parejita secundaria que me gustaba, porque por lo demás deja bastante que desear, hablando en plata, especialmente sus personajes, cuyos comportamientos reflejan un machismo preocupantemente normalizado.Sólo lo recomiendo para la gente amante de los culebrones y que, ante todo, sean capaces de leerlo como algo ficticio, porque miedo me da que alguna adolescente influenciable lo lea y tome a "especímenes" como Ryoki como ideal romántico...Reseña completa: http://elesconditedelaspalabrasperdid...

  • Teetee
    2018-11-28 16:47

    One of my top favorite series, I absolutely loved this one. I was crazy about this mangaka for awhile and unfortunetly not a lot of her work was released in America. This series centers around a gal who lives in an apartment complex where she's torn between the guy she likes, who turns out has returns to the complex for a dark purpose-revenge, and a stuck up elite student whose family rules the roost. I loved the characters and I also loved the side story of Hatsumi sister's Akane as well. Great artwork (though the guys hands tend to be very large!) and story. Great series in my estimation.

  • Casey
    2018-12-01 16:51

    This is probably the worst exploration of an abusive relationship I've seen in mangathat's saying a lotthis is coming from a girl who (at the time) thought it was romantic but looking back I see the writing on the walls. Shinobu should have been her love interest, I liked him but I was 16 then and was of course on par for the bad guy (in this case) the really bad guy. but hey thats what life is for right?

  • Mosley Allen
    2018-11-11 20:56

    For being the first volume in the series it's off to a good start. I will defiantly be looking into buying volume 2.