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Hot Gimmick, Volume 1 (Hot Gimmick #1-3)

3.9  ·  Rating Details ·  426 Ratings  ·  46 Reviews
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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. Tachibana. Get on Tachibana's bad side, and life becomes hell. When Hatsumi has to buy a pregnancy test because her popular sis
Paperback, VIZBIG Edition, 552 pages
Published March 17th 2009 by VIZ Media LLC
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I feel conflicted about this series the same way I did about Twilight, except this has a shoujo twist.

Hatsumi is the typical Japanese shoujo heroine who is of course always meek and lowly of golden heart, thinking she's not pretty even though she is, and can't seem to see that every high school boy she comes across falls madly (and secretly, at first) in love with her. Unfortunately, because of her apparently adorable submissive nature and low self-esteem and no self-respect, she can never say
CJ - It's only a Paper Moon
Holy bonanza. Hatsumi needs a backbone and I hope that happens soon. Asuza should be arrested and Ryoki? Jeeze, I was all set to hate him.

This has a lot of dark themes and both violent and cruel actions. I was actually a bit uncomfortable with one scene and frustrated by our heroines actions, I actually agreed with what Ryo had said.

This is not a light hearted manga. It's dark, violent, sad and a little scary. Just how the world can be. You can only that it gets better and pray you have the stre
Tiana Mojelsky
The blurb says it's quite the "bodice ripper." oh yeah except they must have meant that in the literal sense because shit. Gets. Real. I thought it would be a silly little manga. Nope! It's really dark and sickening. Feminism is entirely absent which makes me want to hate it but I feel myself planning to read on... how do I rate that in stars?
Jun 08, 2016 Jessica rated it really liked it
it was a good omnibus I could shake the main character though!
Sep 29, 2011 Kereesa rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: 16+ shojo fans and those new to manga
Recommended to Kereesa by: Jay and Nicole.
Hatsumi is just your regular teenage girl. Shy, never been kissed, an average student, and devoted to her family. She also lives in company-owned housing under the thumb and influence of the very scary Mrs. Tachibana, and has been traumatized and terrified of her son, Ryoki, since she was a little girl. Oh, and her childhood friend, who she loved for years, is back in town and is a super famous model now! And, of course, because she had to get a pregnancy test for her younger sister, she's now ...more
The Main Book Nerd
Nov 08, 2016 The Main Book Nerd rated it liked it
I enjoyed this series, I had a ship but then that was blown out of the water. So my mind is slowly creating a new ship, but I'm so afraid of where this new ship could go. I'm glad I had a bind-up of the volumes 1-3 because I would have been so upset to have to go buy the individual books.
Nidah (SleepDreamWrite)
Not sure about this one. But I want to give it a chance so I'll read the other volumes. This was a good start I guess.
Nov 28, 2015 Susan rated it did not like it
This one has been out awhile but I hadn't gotten around to checking it out until now. I have to say, I can't get on board with this one. As a woman and a feminist it hits a lot of nerves. Hatsumi's family lives in corporate housing where the complex is basically ruled (socially) with an iron fist by the boss's wife. Getting her disapproval might result in a terrible transfer or worse. Hatsumi's dad is already away from home more often than not thanks to his current assignment when her younger ...more
Dec 19, 2015 Laura rated it liked it
Shelves: type-manga
I’ve become a manga fan only recently. It’s definitely a guilty pleasure, and most of the time I don’t have too many opinions about the manga I read. This is probably because I haven’t finished a series until now. Well, I actually have but I’ll be writing a review on that one as well. Anyway, it’s hard to have an opinion on something that hasn’t resolved yet. Since this one has, I’ll give my opinion.

The thing I enjoy about manga is the visual aspect. I love seeing it all laid out on the page for
Jul 16, 2012 Vicki rated it it was amazing
Shelves: manga, 2012
Hatsumi is (for once actually) an average teenage girl; never been kissed, gets by in school and keeps an eye out over her too popular with boys younger sister. Due to her sister, Akane, Hatsumi gets caught buying a prenancy test by Ryoki, son of the watchful Mrs Tachibana who keeps order in the company housing development. To keep him from blabbing Hatsumi agrees to be his slave, but it gets even more complicated when Azusa (the boy she's been in love with since they were little) has moved back ...more
Jun 05, 2016 Joano rated it really liked it
Shelves: manga
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Jul 31, 2011 Amanda rated it liked it
Shelves: manga
Beware spoilers . . .

I must first say that the characters in this book are absolutely infuriating! There is no one to like in this tale. People make horrifyingly stupid, evil, mean decisions in this book and no one seems to bat an eye about it. I felt physically ill after reading this, because truly sickening things - like gang rape in the name of revenge on the father of the victim - are treated in the most banal manner. I have to agree with this assessment on Wikipedia: ". . . Hot Gimmick is t
Mar 15, 2015 Mandy rated it it was amazing
Loved this book. I got the first copy of Hot Gimmick a while ago, but then saw this omnibus at the local manga shop and just had to get it, and the next omnibus too :3 I love Teen, that's a genre I've been really getting back into lately because there's just so much that can happen, and so much angst an author can play with when they have someone underage who needs to follow a set of guidelines, both at home, and socially since School social lives can be insane.

This was a real page turner for me
Aug 21, 2012 Brett rated it really liked it
While I do have a bit of a passion for anime, I haven’t read much manga. I plan on rectifying that though. After scurrying through over five hundred pages in the past day, I can definitely say that I’m addicted to Hot Gimmick. I don’t feel so bad about forking over $27 for this massive—at least in manga book sizes—3-in-1 omnibus edition. Full of angst, and by that, I mean, drenched in it, this was one book where you wanted to rip the douchey guy’s hair out and feed it to him. I really don’t know ...more
Nicole Jean
Nov 04, 2015 Nicole Jean rated it it was ok
(Two stars is my review for the whole series.)

I literally almost didn't make it through the first and second omnibus because Ryoki is such an abusive, psychopathic asshole. Literally. Even as much as Azusa was a turnoff in the first book, I think I'd like this series a lot more if Ryoki was either absent or toned down.

I kept trying to tell myself that this is supposed to be representative, that some teens go through horrible relationships like this... but for it to have the ending that it did I
Apr 20, 2009 Starbubbles rated it really liked it
Shelves: manga
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Nek0 Neha (BiblioNyan)
Nov 21, 2012 Nek0 Neha (BiblioNyan) rated it it was amazing
Shelves: manga-shōjo
One of the most salacious manga series' that I have ever read and I loved every single moment of it! Right of the bat, I HAVE to say that the art is absolutely gorgeous!! Very clean and crisp and elegant in it's presentation. I loved, loved, loved the art. Moving on. The first volume of the omnibus edition was a very quick read for me. Unlike other teen romance mangas that I have read, this one is very adult in its content for the most part. The characters are very different from one another and ...more
Jan 17, 2013 Danielle rated it it was amazing
Shelves: manga, favorites
I don't see why anyone thinks this is all that different than any other manga in this category. I did like this manga, but it is not nearly as shocking as everyone makes it out to be. Maybe I just have read too many like this? It has the typical characters and betrayal, the user falling for the used. The lead does need to grow a backbone. But, it fits well into its genre, and knowing the wide variety that can entail when I started reading it, I was not the least bit shocked at any of the scenes. ...more
Apr 01, 2010 Daniellesof2014 rated it it was amazing
Hatsumi Narita lives in Shibuya Japan. She has a normal teenage life with fears. She has a sister two brothers and both mother and father. She even has her own mortal enemy, Ryoki Tanchibana, and of course her savior, Azusa Odagiri. Both child hood friends. But which one is truly the enemy?

This book reminds me of Dear John a little because to me both books show you some kind of concept of reality.

I give this book 5 stars because I like the different situations. I also like the fact that it shows
Kirsten Erin
Apr 05, 2014 Kirsten Erin rated it did not like it
Whoa. I guess I should've looked this one up before I bought it. I didn't realize I was picking up a manga about a girl who is manipulated by everyone and treats sexual assault like a trivial matter. I hated it. I kept hoping it would turn out different than where it looked like it was leading, but it just kept chugging down misogynist avenue.
First time I've ever considered throwing away a book. Ugh. No thanks. I don't read manga to watch the heroine get routinely hit and sexually assaulted. It
Nov 06, 2014 Bunny rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: No one.
Shelves: manga

Zero stars. I bought this manga in an omnibus with the three volumes in it, without knowing much about it. The girl in this manga takes and gets alot of shit, and get assaulted ALOT. I thought at one point that things would turn out for the better.. it didn't. It got worse. I couldn't stand the main character that never spoke up for herself. At one point I just wanted to stab every boy in this manga. I would never recommend this manga to anyone. Ugh. Bleh.

Feb 08, 2016 Mason rated it did not like it
Shelves: manga
A plot point of this is literally a man goes back to his home town in order to find a girl he liked and then him and his model friends attempt to gang-rape her.

But it gets worse! Because this guy is still considered a potential love interest! And the other guy? He blackmails the main character into dating him, where he emotional manipulates and abuses her...

Honestly, I can't imagine how I made it through six volumes of this crap....
Russell Grant
Jul 29, 2011 Russell Grant rated it really liked it
I was expecting a goofy, half porno comedy. This ended up being one the most twisted things I've ever read. Seriously. Every chapter had me saying "What the FUCK?!?!!?" Instead of porno, you get a super dark story of never ending mind games and brutal revenge plots.

Can't wait for the next volume to come out so I can shout "What the FUCK!?!?!?" some more!
Kyla Hunt
Oct 09, 2009 Kyla Hunt rated it really liked it
Shelves: series, manga
I wish I could give 2 reviews - one for quality (which would be about 2 stars) and one for how much I enjoyed it (like 5 stars). What can I say, I enjoy ridiculous (and incredibly politically incorrect) reads...
May 02, 2016 Mary rated it liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
I'm writing this having finished the whole series. I'm rating this volume a 3 because I still had some hopes for the series at this point. I don't really like the character of Ryoki nor the positive view of an abusive relationship that this series takes.
Apr 10, 2009 Snow rated it liked it
reviewing for Good Comics for Kids
Jackie - Where's the Books? Blog -
Sep 21, 2010 Jackie - Where's the Books? Blog - rated it it was amazing
Shelves: manga
A very quick read, I read half of it in one go and had to stop myself.
It's a bit cliched but somehow additcting
Jun 25, 2012 Ryu rated it it was amazing
This series is a feel-good type of story. The characters trapped in beyond a love-triangle are easy to get involved with. Twisting love story that is a fun read. Also love the art work.
Sep 05, 2014 Kaylin rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this manga. It's adorable, but dark and sexy all at the same time.
I look forward to finishing the series.
Jun 16, 2014 Douchbagboss rated it it was ok
It was cool and funny at first. Then it changed and talked about a boy forcing to "do it" so i was like. "Ew. That is butt stupid I don't wanna finish th8is CRAP!!!"
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Miki Aihara (相原実貴 Aihara Miki) is a Japanese female manga artist noted for creating the manga series Hot Gimmick and the series Tokyo Boys & Girls. She debuted with the series Lip Conscious in the manga magazine Betsucomi.
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