[EF#14 – Weekly Challenge] Miss Modern

And I’m skipping to challenge 14 of English Friday. I’m afraid my answer to last week’s challenge would be doing house work and it’s uninspiring, ahah. But challenge 14 is about favorite cartoon/comic character.


Growing up in the ’90s, I was familiar with Japanese comic/manga series like Doraemon, Candy-Candy and Mari-Chan. The longest series I follow is Topeng Kaca (Glass Mask) and it is still not finished up until now (!), that I often forget about it. Loved them, they have great stories. And of course, since I’m a woman, I was drawn to romance and sweet stories. But I wasn’t that fond of Serial Cantik (it’s a comic of short romance story/ies, often too much romance for me to digest). Well, lots of them are entertaining to read but the favorite was Miss Modern.

The tomboy Benio is forced to marry the lieutenant Shinobu, who is from a wealthy family. At first Benio doesn’t get along with the distinguished way of life at all. When Shinobu is sent to fight in Russia, Benio makes her own way… as an emancipated woman in Tokyo of the 1920s!” ~ Summary from GoodReads

Okay, it’s still a little bit about romance. But I loved Benio, the lead character’s tomboy and tough personality. She’s set for marriage which is a common thing in the ’20s, she can fight and she’s unafraid to be herself (often say things on her mind and fearless). Already hated the idea of her marriage setup, she couldn’t help but being attracted to her setup fiancee, Shinobu, who unlike her, a mature, polite and gentleman. Though Benio played defenses and tries to make her image bad in front of Shinobu’s grandparents, Benio ended up getting closer to Shinobu. But then because of her clumsiness, Shinobu must take his duty to work in Russia, just when the love sparks just grow.

image from aisoka.livejournal.com
image from aisoka.livejournal.com

Aside from the romance, Miss Modern is actually quite hilarious and crazy funny. Compared to the womanly girls around her, Benio is a contrast because of her tomboy-ness and honesty. She doesn’t have a skill to do craft and cooking, but only in playing fight and defense. Girls find her odd. People around her also add the humour, like her pretty-boy best friend who falls deeply in love with her, her bodyguard (a man she once knocked out, then turned to think of her as his boss). Even cats in her house neighborhood and not to mention the man-lady.

Benio turned to be a journalist, a contrast on how women back in the ’20s should be at home being a housewife, where she’s a career woman. She also keep her loyalty to Shinobu for some time, that it turned her to be a needy, helpless woman in love, which is not her character at all. But somewhere around the series (only 7 comic books), Benio turned to be a mature woman.

Up until now, I still want to re-read the story. Comic like these do brought you back to your childhood times. Thanks, Blog English Club for this topic.

Are you familiar with Miss Modern? What’s your favorite cartoon/comic character?


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sunglow mama

Jakarta (Indonesian) based blogger, 33, loves beautiful things and to write about them

7 thoughts on “[EF#14 – Weekly Challenge] Miss Modern”

  1. Vintage mangas have their distinct style of drawing :hehe. Especially on how the mangakas drew the girls’ eyes.
    Your English is very good, Mbak :hehe.
    I wish I could post my entry soon :huhu.

    1. Vintage Manga, that’s the word! Yes the big eyes and long legs too. Also some with curly hair 😀

      I wrote this in a bit hurry before Monday comes. So, thank you!

  2. I love Miss Modern, too! And all Waki Yamato’s mangas, actually. All the main characters in her works are very distinctive and brave, especially because the manga setting are mostly in war times, where women and behavior rules are generally stricter than today.

    1. I’m not that aware of his/her other mangas. I guess so (that’s true!), the war background made them quite ‘hard’ because that was their situation.

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