By: Matsuura Daruma
Genre: Supernatural, Psychological, Tragedy
Appearances are everything. Those who are born beautiful are treated differently than those who are not. Those with beauty often take it for granted that everything they desire is often right at their fingertips. Kasane is not one of those lucky enough to be born naturally beautiful, often hiding her face from the cold stares and hurtful comments of strangers. Her mother, a famous and gorgeous actress, gave her a stick of lipstick and told her that when life gets hard put on the lipstick, go up to what you desire, and kiss it. Kasane heeds this advice but only time will tell if her keepsake is a blessing or a curse.
This manga has a very unique plot line that I can truly say I haven’t seen anywhere else. You get to experience as Kasane struggles since childhood with not just her outward appearance but also the harsh treatment she receives because of it. Life isn’t fair and she has experienced the ugly side of people all her life to truly believe that appearances are the only thing that matters in the world. Kasane wants to be an actress and has studied hard to become one. She is has more talent than most in her world but she is reminded over and over that she is too hideous for that dream to go anywhere. Despite all and with the help of her mother’s keepsake she fights for this dream… but at what cost? Kasane learns that this gift has its limits but if her mother could overcome then she should as well.
So why should you read this manga? The story delves into a side of society people like to pretend does not exist. It explores the darker side of humanity and how often people are judged based solely on their appearance. Kasane’s raw talent for acting, for truly bringing a character to life, is often overlooked because she is viewed by others as ‘ugly’. She hears the words people whisper behind her back (and sometimes even to her face) and she fights daily to overcome it. The story is dark and emotional but keeps you rooting for Kasane as she struggles with not just her problems but her supposed solution as well. Plus, there is the mystery of her mother and her strange keepsake. Just how much has her mother hidden from her? There is so much more to learn as the series goes on.
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