It's official - Hatsumi and Ryoki are longer a couple...kinda. To avoid seeing her bossy (and totally former) b-friend, Hatsumi agrees to hang out at hunky (and totally adopted) big bro Shigu's place. Hatsumi's dad stops by to fill the kids in on the Machiavellian scheme he and Ryoki's father were embroiled in, but this only reinforces Shigu's resolve to sever his familial ties to the Narita household - and to convince Hatsumi to see him as a man, t a big brother. Later, Azusa gets more than an earful from an extremely unapologetic Mr Tachibana, and Ryoki all but hooks up with ather lovely lady...kinda. All this and more in Miki Aihara's Hot Gimmick, one of the most talked-about shojo manga!
Miki Aihara is the author/creator of several popular shojo manga including SEITEN TAISEI, SO BAD!, SORA NI TAIYO GA ARUKAGIRI, and TOKYO SHONEN SHOJO. HOT GIMMICK is her most recent title and is currently running in the shojo anthology Betsucomi, which is published by Shogakukan. Although not a Tokyo native, she currently resides in the Setagaya ward, where most of HOT GIMMICK takes place.