Hot Gimmick is a pretty controversial one… when I think of “terrible” shoujo I usually think more in terms of competence of execution (art, panelling, pacing, storytelling) and HG is actually fairly competent in all of the above except for the fact that it romanticizes a gross abusive relationship and all the characters (except Shinogu) are terrible people you want to punch in the face, haha. What I’m more surprised about is how often Yuu Watase showed up (Absolute Boyfriend, Imadoki, and Fushigi Yuugi are all hers), because… she’s actually the mangaka that got me into manga, so I’m a little protective I guess. She’s fairly average as far as they go but I really respect her for a) how very prolific she is, b) her quality of art, and c) how much she’s improved over the years. She’s very creative with her characters and I think her current series (Arata Kangatari) is actually pretty cool, not least because hey, it’s a shounen manga written by a primarily-shoujo author. Also, she wrote Fushigi when she was 18 so I cut her a lot of slack for that. She’s not at the level where I’d recommend her to everyone I know, but I don’t feel any of her series are at the level where they’d rank as the “most terrible manga ever” (except maybe I’m lying, I really didn’t enjoy Ceres: Celestial Legend, haha). Just my thoughts!