English: A Centaur's Life
Synonyms: Centaur's Worries
Published: Dec 18, 2010 to ?
Score: 7.501 (scored by 532 users)
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SynopsisHimeno is a sweet, shy little centaur girl. In her world, everyone seems to be a supernatural creature, and all her classmates have some kind of horns, wings, tails, halos, or other visible supernatural body part. Despite their supernatural elements, Himeno and her best friends, Nozomi and Kyoko, have a fun and mostly normal daily school life!
I just finished reading up to chapter 52 of Centaur no Nayami, and I have to say that I enjoyed this manga very much. It is a slice-of-life, with lots of cuteness, a little mild drama, and just a few political undertones. This all makes the manga very "life-like", even with all of the characters being various species of monsters (the characters themselves consider all of the monster species to be "human"). Like most slice-of-life series, there is no big, cohesive story, but the characters are where the manga really shines.
Like I said, all of the characters make this manga stand out from the crowd in both the slice-of-life and monster-girl genres. The vast majority of the characters have had their chances to stand in the spotlight and get their stories told. There is a large number of back-stories told and it really fleshes out this manga and really helps you understand the characters. Cute kindergartners to crusty, old guys and even people's ancestors all have something to contribute and it fleshes out the world that the characters live in. Besides, all of the little kids in this series are so cute and adorable!!! I just want to give the little kids lots of hugs and pet their heads!!!
For those political undertones I mentioned at the beginning, it mostly has to deal with the issue of discrimination. The characters themselves are very aware of this problem and they even remind each other about various laws concerning discrimination. Some kids wonder at the issue, and some adults reminisce about their own struggles and fights to make the world a better place. For the characters the issue is very serious and the questions and problems they talk about are real.
There are some parts of this series that would normally be considered ecchi, such as girls comparing themselves to each other, exposed breasts and other such things, but when taken in context it is not actually lewd or perverted. It is just the way people normally behave.
To wrap things up, I would highly recommend this manga to anyone wanting to read a cute, entertaining read. The world the characters live in is amazingly fleshed out and the characters are fairly easy to sympathize with in one way or another. It is a bit off of the beaten path, but well worth the time and you will not think you have wasted it at all. Have fun and cheers! read more
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