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In Kiri's school there are 3 boys who carry out transformations on random pretty girls; Narumi Shougo, the hairstylist, Minami Kei, the nail artist and Ochiai Kazuhiko who balances the overall look. They are adored by the girls because they are so good at making them beautiful. However, Kiri is also a master hairstylist who is willing to 'add some magic' for those who need ...more
Paperback, 208 pages
Published September 5th 2006 by VIZ Media LLC (first published February 26th 2004)
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I am Danielle.

What a cute manga! I devoured this in just a few hours today on my way to college; I was giggling on the bus like a middle-schooler.

Meet Kiri-chan, an undercover hair beautician. She doesn't make a big deal about her "magic" hands, she merely helps girls who feel "ugly" within an hour. She's a very chill main character -- always tired, but always kind... unless you're one of the three boys at school in the Scissors Project. These boys handpick beautiful girls with shoulder-length hair for a mak
Bani M
Oct 07, 2010 Bani M rated it it was amazing
I loved this series from start to finish. The heroine is confident and clever, the side characters are charming and largely realized. What I found most impressive about Beauty Pop is how it takes a subject I have ZERO interest in (the adventures and competitions in the beautician field) and makes it unexpectedly interesting. Full of fun and good humor. The lack of romance is startling though and pretty unfortunate toward the end when the characters have been developed so well and have marked che ...more
Raven James
Oct 21, 2009 Raven James rated it it was amazing
I have to say this is the best comic I have read so far. This serie is about beauty making incomplete ugly into butterflies. Once he fixes you,he makes the person you like fall in love with you, but someone else is doing beauty projects too and everyone in on school wants to know who is this person, I mean she goes to their school. In the end X and the boy have a beauty project hairstyliest competitition, adn in the end someone wins but you have to read volume 2 to know who won!
Megan Sanchez
Jul 04, 2012 Megan Sanchez rated it liked it
This is probably the strangest concept for a manga I've ever read. Kiri is a talented hairdresser who tries to keep her skills a secret, especially from the Scissors Project, a group of young men who do showy makeovers on girls at their high school. But her fabulous styling is quickly noticed and the Scissors Project vows to challenge her. So weird, but surprisingly cute. Kiri is a fun heroine with a great sense of sarcastic humor and the cliffhanger ending makes me really interested in picking ...more
Nov 30, 2015 Susan rated it really liked it
I recently reread the first three volumes of this series, and even though it's just as predictable as I remembered it, I enjoyed it just as thoroughly the second time around.

A popular boys clique called "The Scissors Project" has gained almost a rock star following at their school for their surprise makeovers on hand-picked subjects. The happy-go-lucky (and somewhat immature) Kei Minami specializes in nails, Kazuhiko Ochiai specializes in cosmetics and overall beauty, and Shogo Narumi is the sel
May 11, 2015 Lara rated it really liked it
Fun to reread this ridiculous series about a group of guys who want to be the best beauticians in Japan and what happens when they end up with a reluctant challenger. Kiri's apathy about the whole thing is kind of hilarious. Every now and then people in the story are really mean and disparaging of others and it makes me uncomfortable, but then Kiri usually comes along and sets them straight!
Snow Bunny
Aug 11, 2015 Snow Bunny rated it really liked it
Shelves: manga
I read this manga years ago, back then I was just a middle school student. I remember going to the bookstore and rent it afterschool. Yeah back then reading manga online hadn't been popular and I didn't have money to afford buying mangas so the only choice left was renting mangas. There used to be many book rental shops.

I'm pretty picky when it comes to shoujo mangas because many of them are terrible and annoying but I can say this is one of my favorite. I like the concept and can't help but lov
Feb 21, 2013 Hannah rated it liked it
Ehh...not bad, but I'm not into fashion or hair styling so I probably won't read much more of the series. And the notion that girls need to be beautiful and sexy and "aesthetically pleasing" to be accepted by society is just downright BS. It grated on my nerves.
Feb 14, 2015 Kimikimi rated it it was ok
Shelves: manga
Man, the message of this series seems to be that you should just do whatever to look good. Probably the most shallow piece of fluff manga I've ever read, and that's really saying something. I'm kind of embarrassed to admit to reading this one.
Feb 04, 2015 Rachel rated it liked it
Shelves: manga, reviewed
Two high school beauticians. A boy with great ambition, who only makes over already beautiful girls. A girl with no interest but great skill, who makes over girls who need more work but have great inner beauty. She doesn't want to be a beautician but gets dragged into a make over competition against the boy.

Is it shallow? Yes. Is it pretty? Yes. Is that good enough for a "high school experts" manga? Probably. At least in this first issue, none of the main characters have fallen in love with each
Aug 21, 2015 Kathryn rated it it was ok
Honestly, with high school manga it's a case of hit or miss. Some are great, they have interesting characters and something going on that grabs your attention but with a few, they just don't do anything for you.

And this is one of the latter.

Ok most manga is weird to begin with. But there's two kinds of weird, there's interesting weird like a ninja with a fox demon inside him or a half wit pirate who's made put of rubber, then there's just stupid weird like a high school students obsessed with ha
Okay, that was just the cutest thing that ever cuted! Kiri is a really likable character, and I enjoy her blasé sense of self. She is someone with a very strong understanding of who she is, and she seems extremely passionate about her talents as a stylist. Though, what makes her more interesting, I think, is her apparent reluctance to pursue the field.

Narumi, the spoiled unlikable, probable main male lead, puts an interesting juxtaposition against Kiri. The dude's a flat out douche-pot, but he'
"Want me to do some magic on you?"

Kiri is a young girl with short hair that has the personality of cardboard. In fact, she is Haruhi from Ouran, except she actually grew on me. Despite her lack of personaliy, I found myself rooting for her because she seemed the ONLY person with a BRAIN and a sense of justice. She stuck up for some girl she didn't know, though we are made to believe that apparently they already knew each other?

I get that this is shoujo, and that since it is also a manga, tons of
I think this series has potential. It wasn't a fantastic start, but I'll give volume 2 a try. A story like this that really concentrates on outer beauty can walk a thin line. Even though I enjoy hair styling and make-up, it's not everything. To the three main guys in this manga, though, it is everything, and I'm worried that will get really annoying really fast. Kiri will be the lifesaver for this series, and I think she'll pull it off. Even though she's good at what she does, she doesn't do it ...more
Maricar (BookOaths)
3.5-3.75 stars .

Review for the whole manga can also be found on BookOaths.

I would’ve probably liked this manga better if I were between the ages of 12-15. Then, I won’t have any high expectations of what a great story should be, a great guy should be and the likes.

Overall, Beauty Pop (BP) is a cute manga. I am pretty sure young people will like and appreciate it more.

Given that I am already 22, I have long since surpassed the liking-the-cute-things stage. I am now looking for a more mature stor
Nov 07, 2010 Jimmy rated it it was amazing
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Arabella Cavazos
Jun 01, 2012 Arabella Cavazos rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone
Kiri Koshiba uses her magnificent hairstyling talents to help brighten up the lives of girls, but she does so anonymously. On the other hand, Scissors Project, "SP", an egoistic but noteworthy group made up of three boys at school, gives grand makeovers to handpicked girls. Shougo Narumi, the head of the group and a hairstyling genius in his own right, finds himself butting heads with Kiri. To make matters worse, Ochiai, another member of SP, plots to expose Kiri's talents. As much as Ki
Zahwa az-Zahra
Jan 23, 2011 Zahwa az-Zahra rated it really liked it
"Kau mau kuberikan sihir?"

kalimat itulah yang selalu diucapkan Koshiba Kiri setiap kali menawarkan diri untuk menata rambut seseorang. Kiri hanyalah gadis biasa. Penampilannya biasa, memiliki teman-teman yang biasa, dan rambut yang (terlihat) biasa. Bisa dibilang cukup tomboy dan cuek. Tapi, siapa sangka kalau ternyata dia sangat mahir dalam menata rambut dan menjadikan siapapun yang terkena "sihir"nya menjadi tampak cantik. *tau lah yaa bagi sebagian wanita, mahkota mereka ada pada rambut..

Jenny Clark
Mar 28, 2015 Jenny Clark rated it liked it
Kei is my favarite lol. Hes so cute and funny. Narumi is driven which I can respect. I like the fact that they kept the honorifics. I don't like how they told Aoyagi to change and so she did and how all the girls think they have to get a haircut makeover to get thier guy. Kiri is awsome though. She only helps people who want it and does more to show thier inner beauty than just some idea of what they should look like to become the standard beauty.
Krista Brown
Sep 21, 2012 Krista Brown rated it it was amazing
The first book to an awesome series, at least in my opinion being a manga fan and going to school to become a cosmetologist myself.
The manga focuses on the life of a naturally gifted hairstylist named Kiri Koshiba, and her problems with the "Scissors Project," a group of boys determined to become the best makeover team in Japan. Kiri Koshiba uses her hairstyling talents to help brighten up the lives of girls, but she does so anonymously. Unlike the Scissors Project who gives g
This is one of the cutest manga series I have ever read. I love everything about this series. The characters are so much fun to read about. I am sad to see it finish, I would love to see more of them when they are older. I want to see the two main characters get together and see their first date. I just love Kiri and her personality and everything about her.

I have reread this series many times and I'll never get tired of it. The art is beautiful.
Aug 20, 2014 Hannah rated it it was amazing
Shelves: manga
Series Review: Beauty Pop is exactly like its name very cute and funny. It has a unique premise of makeovers and the plot can be unexpectedly dramatic at times. The characters are what had me hooked as I loved them all too much to get bored. I feel the ending was rushed but over all it fit the story well. I recommend this manga to those who like very light and cutie stories.
Aug 14, 2013 Juliam rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: teenage+
Recommended to Juliam by: a friend
I read the entire series, and I loved it. This was my first manga series, and I was a little on the fence about reading it. But, I had been on a good-book drought, and had turned to a friend to recommend books to me that she liked. Specifically, manga. I was interested in trying it, and she was more than happy to point out her favorites. I wasn't going to read it at first, but reluctantly decided to pick it up. After reading the first couple of pages, I was completely glued. These kinds of thing ...more
Anne Farron
Mar 08, 2014 Anne Farron rated it it was amazing
Shelves: manga
Okay, so I'm what people consider 'emo' 'goth' etc. but this manga is my favourite to date! I've read it so many times over and over its unbelievable! I love it so much even though I really couldn't give a damn about hairdressing in real life!
In Kiri's school there are 3 boys who carry out transformations on random pretty girls; Narumi Shougo, the hairstylist, Minami Kei, the nail artist and Ochiai Kazuhiko who balances the overall look. They are adored by the girls because they are so good at making them beautiful. However, Kiri is also a master hairstylist who is willing to 'add some magic' for those who need it, but in disguise. Now Kiri is forced to face the three in a showdown with Narumi.

This was actually an interesting shoujo
Oct 21, 2014 Endomarselina rated it it was amazing
keren... keren... keren...
komik unik, ringan, lucu dan komik terbaik yang pernah dibaca. kiri dengan "magic hand" nya merubah tatanan rambut biasa menjadi luar biasa. the best comic ever...
Aug 09, 2014 Savvy rated it really liked it
This was a good read. The only thing that bothered me for most of the series was Naru yelling all the time, but he gets better and the series ends pretty well. I still miss it though. *sniff*
Katrina Knittle
Jul 31, 2014 Katrina Knittle rated it really liked it
This is for the whole series. This was such a cute book. The drawings were very good and the writing was just as good. I love how nice Kiri is to help people who need help. A great series.
Jessica Kwan
Sep 26, 2010 Jessica Kwan rated it it was amazing
Since this is a manga series I've read many times before, i already know what happens. But so far in the first book, Ochai realizes who 'X's real identity is and sets her up in a haircut battle against the leader of Scissors Project, Naru Naru. Just by having helped two people who Naru Naru refused to make beautiful, Naru Naru challenged who he thought was a boy to compete with their haircutting skills. Though Ochai-Sempai knows the true identity and buttons to push to activate Kiri's magical s ...more
deela NErth
Mar 10, 2014 deela NErth rated it liked it
jalan ceritanya yang berpusat ke persalonan keren...
walo nggak begitu ada romancenya, tapi endingnya (view spoiler) hahaha :v
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あらい きよこ in Japanese.
Pen name of Kiyoko Haru.
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