Review: Boku to Issho

Boku to Issho

This review is based of chapter 1 – 24

Title:
The title is very hard to translate. I had to ask my Japanese Sensei to help me with this one. In German it means “Ich unter Gleichen” and I have no idea how to translate it in English. Google-translation says “I am among equals” (but you know… Google is lame in translating). So… if you can help me with this translation, please leave a comment!

Content:

Suguo and his little brother Ikou were abondoned by their father from their home in the countryside. With hardly any money they try to go to Tokyo. On their way they meet a strange-looking guy named Itokin. As they find out that they are in the same situation (no real home, job etc.) they team up. From there on, the group gathers more and more people.

The relationship between all the group members is hard to describe. They are not real friends but rather an alliance on purpose. The purpose is to get a job, away from the street and of course super hot chicks.

So the story goes on showing how they desperately try but failing every time followed by flat and tasteless jokes which will make you laughing your ass off!

Art:
You can describe the art as high-end bad quality seinen-like drawings.

The side characters are a bit out of shape from time to time but he main characters are well made. In most comedic situations the faces are – let me say – overdrawn which supports the atmosphere dramatically (almost like in “Great Teacher Onizuka”).

GTO:

BTI:

If there weren’t these faces, my rating would have dropped about the half.

Overall:
This manga does everything right with doing some things wrong in a refreshing good way.

The comedy scenes are placed well and they come over natural but always exaggerated. There’s only a small degree between dumb and genius. This manga manages to jumps between those two as if there isn’t anything easier in the world.

The weird thing is that the weak points are also the strong points since it really depends on your personal taste if you like this style or not. I lke it very much so I  gave this series a 9/10 on MAL.

This manga lasted very long the 3rd pace in my top 5 manga. It has recently been replaced by Naoki Urasawa’s “Pluto”.

PS: Do you know the punk band called NOFX? Well, I do and the mangaka obviously as well:

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Review: Subete ni Iya Garu (The Hating Girl)

SUBETE NI IYA GARU

The Hating Girl

Title:
The English version of the title (The Hating Girl) isn’t quite right translated.

So let’s divide the title into segments:

Subete ni ————– Iya ——————— Garu
Everything about —- arrow shooting —– Girl

You see… because of such translating differences you shouldn’t learn Japanese by comparing the translated with the raw version (just grab your jisho and read only the raw).

Content:
I’m not gonna say why she has an arrow stuck in her head or if she still has it at the end of this stoy!

A Japanese boy named Ryouji transfers schools. In his new class he sits next to a girl with an arrow stuck in her head. As he has never seen something like this before, he wants to find out more about her so they start talking.

They build up a relationship full of misunderstandings leading into various hilarious situations (let me say broom stick and pocket warmer… you will know what I mean ^_^). Please don’t misunderstand me with hilarious situations, this is NOT an ecchi manga! This manga is almost like a yonkoma-manga warped into real a “full-panel” one.

So where is the hatch?
Okay… there are a few but they shouldn’t be overestimated: The chapters are very short and almost each one of them is about one special thing which slightly disturbs the flow of the story. The character development of Ryouji is also very limited.

Art:

When it’s about drawing style I like almost everything: sketchy drawings in BLAME!, shounen-like drawings in Dragonball, old-school in Ranma ½, and the realistic style of Naoki Urasawa.

The art of this manga is like a mixture of shounen-like and old-school style. The pictures look like if they were drawn by a (very) skilled child but that makes it so loveable and supports the comedy scenes. I think this manga wouldn’t work without this style. It would definitely loose it’s persuasive power.

Overall:
I really enjoyed the time while reading this manga. Unlike all the shounen ecchi/harem  mangas you can’t predict the storyline as this one jumps over the well known clichés and redefines them. On top of that the characters are lovable and the progression of their relationship is well made.

I gave this manga an 8/10 (8 means “very good”) on my MyAnimeList profile because the strong points cover up the weak spots so you don’t notice them at first.

Introducing: Ane Doki

Ane Doki

There are times when you start reading a new manga and you recognize the mangaka by the drawing style.

This happened to me with some series of Nihei Tsutomu (author of Blame), Mitsuru Adachi (author of H2, Touch) and Ueshiba Riichi (author of Mysterious Girlfriend X). Today I can add Kawashita Mizuki (author of Ichigo 100%) to the list.

I randomly checked the currently running Shonen Jump series and I picked “Ane Doki” ’cause there was a tiny boy standing on top of a hot chick’s palmtop. Expecting a more serious manga (as i thought the guy was really that small) it really surprised me that it turned out to be a romance manga.

On THIS page I thought this girl looks like Nishino and Toujo (both girls from Ichigo 100%) mixed into one person… Then I realized that this is the new series of Kawashita Mizuki.

I usually don’t get this excited about a manga but this one has the same feeling and atmosphere like Ichigo 100%.

If you have a little space in your manga-list then I’ll recommend you to add this series. With 18 releases chapters it’s also easy to catch up as well.

Ahhhh… it really feels good to read such a cliche manga once in a while and try to predict the storyline within the chapter^^

Recommending: Mai-chan’s Daily Life

There exists a manga in this world which is so disgusting and disturbing violent that you’ll cry in pain when you read it. It’s even hard for me to write this post as I had to look up some of this manga’s stuff.

The first time I read Mai-chan’s Daily Life I was like “WTF!?!?! O_O”. I read all 11 chapters in one reading session and when I thought it can’t get more insane, every time the next chapter proved me wrong.

If I wasn’t such a strange person I would seriously get traumatized.

DON’T READ THIS MANGA IF YOU…

  • are a girl

  • are a weak-hearted person

  • get nightmares easily

  • can’t see blood

  • never read a guro-some manga before

  • aren’t an experienced reader

I MEAN THIS TOTALLY SERIOUS!

If you are still ready to get on the most insane manga-trip you’ll ever experience then click HERE.

PS: I give this Manga a 6/10!