Synonyms: Ciguatera - 17 Fuga of Youth
Published: 2003 to 2005
Score: 7.661 (scored by 712 users)
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SynopsisThe story of Ciguatera follows Ogino, who is bullied in high school along with his friend Takai. The two rely on their passion towards motorcycles and desire to get one to add some hope and vigor to their otherwise bleak lives.
The two are learning to drive in secret at a driving school, and it is there that Ogino's life begins to change forever. The manga follows a variety of characters through their high school and working lives, through their struggles, their triumphs, their dreams, their futures, their love, life and loss.
Ciguatera is a mature manga from Minoru Furuya, author of Ping Pong Club and Himizu.
Minoru Furuya's Ciguatera is a cynical slice of life story about an average boy in high school who gets bullied, but relies on his passion for motorcycles to get him through the day. The thing I liked best about this manga is that it's real while still being entertaining the story is slow moving but at the same time has rapid character development and some unexpected events. It's also a manga that sneaks up on you where you might read it and just like it but you keep thinking about it weeks later.
The characters are a bit hard to love. First you have the main character, a normal high school boy who is humiliated by getting bullied along with his best friend. They start out as kind of under dogs you could relate to and have sympathy for but they drastically change as the story goes on and although they both find different niches neither of them gain any confidence so they just seem a bit timid the whole story. Then you have the asshole bullies who make their life hell and the leader of the pack only continues to taunt the main character more personally as the story goes on. But at the end I think the author did a good job at kind of just putting them in their place as the kind of realistic people who actually exist in this world that we just have to accept.
I enjoyed this manga very much. It's very entertaining and even though it has my favorite aspect of slice of life being slow and realistic it still has some thrill. So I can see this being liked by all different kinds of people as long as they are old enough to understand and appreciate mature content. read more
The manga content covered by Beck's anime and the first three volumes of Ciguatera are incredibly similar in terms of both their content and tone. The two are coming of age stories where a nobody tries to become a somebody and overcome their insecurities, with the main driving force being romance. In both the leads suffer from daily bullying at school and just deal with it because, like in the land of the real, crying like a bitch doesn't help any.
Ciguatera has less far less drama on the romance side and - until the final chapter - is FAR less frustrating. It also has various hilarious black comedy moments.
Drawings, reflexions are quite the same, the everyday life of an average naive youngster feeling a bit lost and getting bullied but dealing with it through his passion (motorcycles in ciguatera and music in Beck) and the discover of love... Just growing up, very realistic and funny. Ogino and Yukio are quite the same :)
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