Book Review: Medaka Kuroiwa is Impervious to my Charms Vol 1 by Ran Kuze

Medaka Kuroiwa is Impervious to my Charms, Vol. 1

Author: Ran Kuze
Publisher: Kodansha Comics (March 8, 2022)
Kindle edition, 161 pages
Comics & Graphic Novels, Manga


Mona is the cutest girl in school, and she knows it. In fact, she’s worked hard to make her high school debut successful. But no matter what she does, she can’t seem to catch the eye of stone-cold stoic Medaka Kuroiwa — but she’s not about to give up that easy. Medaka, on the other hand, has been raised at a temple and was told to never become close to women. Who will win in this heated battle of wills?


Rating: 4 out of 5.

Hahahaha! Ohhh the situations poor Mona gets herself into…!
Mona is an extremely popular, pretty girl who is used to everyone fawning over her. When the new boy, Kuroiwa, basically ignores her or is even downright RUDE to her, she’s determined to win him over – whatever it takes!! She goes SO HARD and SO over the top trying to get Kuroiwa to notice her… and winds up in the wildest situations! She doesn’t really LIKE him, she just needs to *WIN* at all costs… Until in a few moments of actually being real and vulnerable, Mona maybe starts to actually like Kuroiwa a little?

The best parts of this manga are all Mona. Kuroiwa is… well, poor Kuroiwa is training to become a monk, and tries really hard to show zero expression despite Mona’s ever-increasing antics. I really like Haruno and her deep and abiding (and stalkerish…) love of Mona. I’ll keep reading this series purely for the misguided Mona and her equally misguided sidekick cheering on her “love.”

A digital ARC of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley for review. All opinions are unbiased and my own.

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