Name: Bring It On (Blooming)
Mangaka: Baek Hye-Kyung
Volumes: 5 (Complete)
Licensed: Yen Press (Out-of-Print & No Digital Options)
Age Group: Teen
Tomboy Mi-Ha is an extremely active and competitive girl who never likes to lose to anyone. She’s such a tomboy that all boys are scared of her, and that’s exactly what her brother wanted and trained her to be. It took him six long years to train her into a pseudo-military-style girl to protect her from anyone else. Bishonen Sung-Suh is a new transfer student who’s got the looks, the determination, and attitude to sweep her off the feet. Could this male beauty be able to tame the beast? Will Miha’s brother let them be together and happily ever after? If you want it you’ve got to Bring It On!
Graphics Rating: 5/5
Plot Rating: 3/5
Opinion: This is an oldie out-of-print series that I really loved as a teen. Re-reading it didn’t bring me the same joy but it’s still really funny and a great comedy but not so much romance.
The art style is immediately recognizable and this artist has done a lot of great stuff like the Gossip Girl manga series that went nowhere and Chiro Star Project. She does a great job making the characters super attractive while also upping the physical comedy in her art.
So I will say upfront my only issue with this series having reread it is that there is almost NO romance. I feel like this series was supposed to go much longer but then was cancelled. The main couple never officially “gets together”. There are a few cute moments but again, nothing ever really happens. If you want a cute romance this isn’t it even though the dynamic between the heroine and the male lead is hilarious.
This series is just SO funny with so many amazing characters. I find it so rare to enjoy side characters. Her mother and brother are hilarious and even the story with her cousin was interesting. I love the whole “she-hulk” heroine story with the gangster baby-faced male lead. It could have been great.
If you want a fun shoujo comedy you will love this. If you are looking for a romance series this ain’t it.
Final Rating: 3/5
Extra: Same author as Chiro Star Project