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Cheeky Angel
Cheeky Angel
Cheeky Angel
Manga Review

Although it sounds like the name to a porno film, what it really is, is the best gender-bender comedy since Ranma 1/2. Megumi Amatsuka, a rough and tumble nine-year-old boy (and martial arts enthusiast), always dreamed of becoming the "manliest man on earth." Upon receiving a book of magic from a sorcerer whom he saved from a group of local thugs, Megumi summons a genie in order to make a wish. But due to a sick twist of fate, the genie turns out to be one with a hearing disorder, and Megumi winds up being the "womanliest woman on earth"!

Artwork from the Cheeky Angel manga (translated into English). Six years later...Megumi has hit puberty and been transformed into the epitome of feminine pulchritude...meaning he/she's totally hot. Megumi is the most desirable girl in school, but deep within her hot-mama facade is the same trash-talkin', punk-stompin' boy.

Not only do all the boys in school admire her charisma (and bone-crushing strength), some have gone so far as to become her self-appointed bodyguards. How will they react when Megumi tells them her secret? And worse still, Genzo, the baddest dude in town, is totally in love with him/her!

One of the most popular titles in Japan today, Hiroyuki Nishimori's A Cheeky Angel brings gender rending comedy and inappropriate slapstick silliness to a new level. Hiroyuki Nishimori previously wrote and drew the 38-volume Kyo Kara Ore Wa!!, which sold 33 million copies in Japan. Winner of the 46th annual Shogakukan cartoon prize, Nishimori's other works include the two-volume Maku Kiken Na Nampa Deka and the co-creation of the four-volume series Spinout.

Below: Artwork from the Cheeky Angel manga (translated into English).

Artwork from the Cheeky Angel manga (translated into English).

Artwork from the Cheeky Angel manga (translated into English).

Reviewed by Brian Cirulnick, April 2006

Cheeky Angel

Cheeky Angel Website Links:

Cheeky Angel official Japanese Website (Japanese)

Bandai Cheeky Angel Website (Japanese)

The Cheeky Angel Page (Fan Website)

Cheeky Angel entry at Wikipedia

VIZ Media: Cheeky Angel Online Manga

Anime Secrets entry for Tenshi na Konamaiki

Anime News Network entry for Cheeky Angel (manga)

Artwork from the Cheeky Angel manga (translated into English).

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