Synonyms: Onani Master Kurosawa, Masturbation Master Kurosawa
Published: Sep 2007 to Mar 2008
Score: 8.651 (scored by 23180 users)
1 indicates a weighted score
2 based on the top manga page.
Popular Tagsdoujinshi drama parody school
Nov 5, 2009
It is no secret that this manga deals with mature themes. The problem lies within the fact that it paints the wrong picture for potential readers. The focus is not to be sexually explicit. Rather, it is presented to us in a way that is very conservative. It shows nothing more than what is necessary to get the point across. In the big picture, this is not a perverted manga in any sense. It is sweet, heartbreaking, and inspiring.
The story quickly lays the foundation for a school-life setting with a character who has a secret "daily routine". Our main protagonist, Kurosawa, is a guy who cares nothing for interaction with others. He has no friends and has never fallen in love. He converses the minimal amount to simply maintain relations. What he doesn't know is that his seemingly harmless ritual is about to become something that weighs more heavily on him than he could imagine. This story shows us just what can happen when you get in over your head, the consequences of your actions, realizing what you want in life, and much more. Once the plot picks up, you will find yourself always wanting to know what will happen next. The contents are never predictable, and every bit of it is believable. It controls your emotions like a puppet on strings. It will make you feel.
The art is sketched, fitting in perfectly with the mood of the manga. It does a great job of showing character's expressions, using many close-ups and careful shading. Much of the emphasis is on the characters, so the backgrounds are usually simple or non-existent. Overall it is very clean and should bear no complaints.
Characterization is simply amazing. No matter how perverted Kurosawa is portrayed, the fact still remains that he is an incredibly well-rounded, believable, and likable character. The manga has the ability to create Kurosawa as if he were a character born from your own thoughts. While I am not referring to perverted thoughts, his reactions to a given situation are so real that you often think and feel the same way. I felt his anger when he was betrayed, I felt his hopelessness during his hard times, and I felt his happiness when something warmed his heart. Over the course of the plot, Kurosawa changes slowly into an entirely different person. He begins as an introverted kid who violates people in his thoughts with masturbation, yet in the end he becomes undeniably mature. He battles with self-realization, learns of consequences, finds the good in people, and comes to understand what he wants in life. Without a doubt, he is a character that will fill you with emotion.
If any manga is capable of changing my view on a character, it is this one. It does not just tell you how someone feels, it places you in the shoes of a person and allows you to understand it from their point of view. Even if you think a character will play a generally small part, they always end up coming back and influencing Kurosawa in some way. We are allowed to see every character's true thoughts, whether it be directly shown to us or revealed through Kurosawa's deductions. However, you will never feel as though you can predict a character's actions. While they surprise you, every bit of it is believable. This is what depth is all about.
Overall, Onani Master Kurosawa is definitely something you will appreciate reading to the end. It brings us a small introduction and builds off of itself, constantly raising the bar. It gives us a surprisingly large impact that can be found in few other places. To sum it up, it is simply a work of art. read more
Mar 21, 2012
Onani Master Kurosawa is basically a story about redemption. It is one of my favourite mangas even though it is a doujinshi and I've read it twice before writing this review. It is impossible not to give out this one big spoiler that it has, in fact you can probably figure it out just from its synopsis and its ranking. That spoiler is obviously that the story is not a simple parody, but, in fact, gets pretty serious later on. Now with that out of the way, let's begin.
[Story]- 9 - The story is not complex at all. In fact it's rather simple. If you look at it from a shallow perspective it is a simple school life story with a couple of twists thrown in there. So what could it have done to deserve a 9? That is explained by those very twists. One of the best things Onani manages to achieve is the surprise and the impact that the very drastic change from comedy to drama delivers upon the reader. What starts out as a parody of Death Note soon becomes a story that reaches far and wide into the realm of drama, with very interesting and compelling scenes that make it heavy and highly emotional. The first part runs around Kurosawa's peculiar habit and the "deals" he's forced into. That in itself was very amusing, I should say. It manages to make you laugh hard if you knew Death Note and builds a weirdly friendly setting with a perverted version of Raito going around. Then the second part dawns upon us with a weird mix of romance and drama. Themes such as bullying, disappointment and redemption are thrown in there in a storm of intensity that you just can't see coming from the light-hearted mood of the early chapters. The drama is also exceptionally well achieved and suddenly it becomes extremely realistic with an amazing portrayal of suffering while doing the right thing.
To sum it up, it is an excellent school story which is amplified by the sudden turn in the mood. It manages to accomplish good comedy in the first part and great drama in the second.
[Art] - 7 - If I was asked to point out Onani's weakest point it would have to be the art. In my opinion there are several ways to evaluate the art of a manga. You can do it objectively, judging the art alone without any other factors. You can do it subjectively, considering how the art mixes with the story and any other factors besides that. Or like, I think, most people do it, you mix a bit of both approaches, and that's what I'm going to do here. Objectively it is not a very good art in my opinion. But I can't forget that this is a doujinshi, meaning it wasn't made by a professional but by an amateur. Yes, you could argue that there are doujinshis that have art that rivals that of professionals and you'd be right, but I feel like I shouldn't judge the art of a professional and the art of an amateur with the same standards. Then, I should say that after some chapters, you get used to it and it somehow fits the manga itself giving it another unique aspect and reflecting the emotions of its characters.
To sum it up, the art is not very good, but it doesn't seem very out of place considering the type of story, besides that, the artist is not a professional so that's excusable to some extent.
[Characters] - 10 - There are many types of "awesome" characters. Most people wouldn't hesitate to say that an awesome character is a character that is cool, is able to do anything well and stylishly, is stronger than anyone else, gives out cliched speeches about never giving up or manipulates everyone while standing on the borderline between good and evil. I, on the other hand, don't usually pick that type of characters as my favorites. Sure they're a lot of fun and they're essential to some types of mangas, but I'm not a big fan to be honest. I prefer the characters who are weak. The characters whose flaws and inadequacies are clear right at the start. But as the story develops those characters go through some events that serve a double purpose: they make it possible that the character realizes who he is, what he wants and what he'll change and it allows us [readers] a unique perspective about those characters, making them believable and thus closer to our flawed self. Onani Master has that type of characters. The main character starts out as a weak copy of Yagami Raito, with plenty of flaws and "evil" ideals, but evolves into so much more - and this evolution is actually believable as you can see his feelings maturing. What he goes through defines his actions and choices. His living experience determines his view of the world. This outstanding character development left me slightly speechless. You can clearly see and point out the evolution of the main character and match it with every event that is contained in this short manga.
The secondary characters are also pretty interesting. But in this case they don't evolve as much comparing to the main character. It is our thoughts of them that change as we see their actions. It is their attitude that turns an annoying comic relief guy into a gentle, extremely loyal and great friend, to point out an example. Well I say they don't evolve as much but the most important of the secondary characters are not forgotten, on the contrary you see some of them change throughout the story as well.
To sum it up, Onani Master Kurosawa has one of the best character development I've ever read, especially when it comes to its main character.
[Enjoyment] - 9.5 - It was a lot of fun. The pace was very good, which made it a thoroughly entertaining ride. You laugh in the first part and cringe in the second. It is so well done that you can actually feel the events of the story.
[Overall] - 9.4 - It is amazingly good. I really wish the guys who worked on this had become professionals because i'd be dying to read their pieces. I don't have a whole lot to add since I've gone through this manga's good points already. It is, as I said before, one of my favorites, even though I didn't give it a 10. I rarely give out 10s (only gave it to 2 mangas), and this is a very high 9. So I highly recommend it to anyone. It isn't very big, which makes it a great short read.
Hope I managed to convince anyone to give this a try and sorry it turned out so long.
May 4, 2013
Story: Fap Master Kurosawa starts off as a humorous tale that gradually grows into a coming of age story, with subtle character development all throughout. On the surface, it’s a story about an introverted student, Kurosawa, and his daily habit of masturbating in the girls’ bathroom. Of course, as all good things must come to an end, he is inevitably caught by the meek, withdrawn, and often bullied
Kitahara and, as the logic of such stories dictates, she forms a pact with him via the threat of blackmail. [As a side note, I had already achieved a sense of empathy with the main character by this point, as his routine was frighteningly similar to my own]
Now, though it may seem like a shallow beginning, the manga actually delves into numerous meaningful themes; with subtlety and a self-aware sense of humor, no less. In fact, each stage of the story is accompanied by at least one theme or another: in the beginning, it handles the sense of helplessness felt when being targeted by others and using sexual expression [wanking, basically] as an emotional conduit. Around the middle, it broaches the topics of being ostracized from the social hierarchy and growth through hardship. Near the end, it handles people’s yearning to change and the dangers of walling yourself away from the outside world, and it does all this and more in a way that is both heartwarming and impactful. I loved the story and everyone in it.
Art: Pretty good, not really important, keep reading.
Characters: Kurosawa’s story in particular really resonated with me, and not just because I too like masturbating in women’s stalls. There is a genuine depth of character with Kurosawa, and his metamorphosis from asocial, egotistical slacker to someone who is more open to the people and possibilities around him is conveyed in a natural, down to earth way. He is realistic and relatable, and not once did he say anything that struck me as implausible. In fact, the whole cast of characters [barring the teacher, he was a little too awesome] were realistic and, impressively, most get some form of character development or another. They were also astoundingly likable. At any rate, while I found myself especially drawn to the main character, I also found that Kitahara’s development near the end, which occurred as a subsequent result of Kurosawa’s influence, was likewise compelling and emotional. Between her and others I won’t mention for fear of spoilers, it becomes quite clear that the driving theme of this story is change. Sweet, gooey, heartwarming change.
All in all, by the time that I was finished reading I found myself well endeared to each and every character [except the sweaty fat one and some of the bullies, but they weren’t important], and found myself quite moved as well; for a time, I genuinely considered what my life would be like if I stopped masturbating on school grounds.
To summarize: Though it may not look it, at least in the beginning, Sap Master Kurosawa is an ultimately hopeful story about self-realization, struggle, and people’s inherent ability to change, if they do so desire. To be honest, I haven’t read much manga as of yet, but woe to those that follow this one, as it’s a high bar to reach.
Apr 13, 2015
The transition between childhood and adulthood is a task that is tacked by everyone in their teenage years (a.k.a. puberty). Puberty affects our growth, hormones, and personality during this transition as we begin to mature. These are the years where we are the most emotional, the most moody, and influenced by others. With that being said many mistakes will be made, and they will impact our character. Whether it be a negative or positive change is subjective; however, it is necessary to change. Remaining a static character in our own lives won't lead to anything.
Onanie Master Kurosawa is a coming-of-age story about Kakeru Kurosawa and the many changes he undergoes in his third, and final year of middle-school.
No, you won't find a bunch of panty shots or teenage boys trying to peep on the girls dorm. If that is what you came to read this may not be your cup of tea. However if you are like me and are interested in mature themes such as the brutal accounts of bullying, fruitless revenge, and immeasurable stress that the characters go through then you have definitely came to the right place. If you came for one of the most uplifting, and beautiful stories to have been told then you have come to the right place.
Onanie Master Kurosawa showcases how unfair the world can be for a youth in his pubescent stages. In reality this really is a first world problem, but it is still a problem. Kurosawa is baited; hook, line, and sinker, to this false illusion of happiness to have it ripped away when he is so close to grasping what he cares for the most. Of course a youth who does not find happiness like this all that easily, Kurosawa is devastated. Hitting an all time low in his life only to dig himself out and reach a state in which he never used to think was possible. That is why Onanie Master Kurosawa is so beautiful. The author symbolizes that there is a light always shining in the darkness.
Many manga's that are this short suffer from the length as they do not usually give enough attention to side characters, thankfully Onanie Master Kurosawa does not fall under this category. Majority of the characters including many of the side characters are fleshed out and feel alive. We get to see all dimensions of the characters personalties as they carry out their lives. Kitahara is not just a quite girl who will just sit back as she gets bullied. Sugawa isn't just a heartless bully, she doesn't want to be hated just like everyone else. Nagaoka isn't just some loser "otaku" who only watches anime, he cares deeply for everyone. Takigawa isn't as socially adept as she may come of as, she has a past. Finally, Kurosawa doesn't just live to jerk-off everyday in the girls wash room, his whole "I don't care what people think of me" demeanour is complete bullshit. Kurosawa more then anything wants to be accepted. The fact that I can go on about each character is an impressive feat for a manga that only has 31 chapters that all span about 20 pages each.
I guess I forgot to mention that when I read this I did it all in about a 4 hour time frame. I started at about 12 on a school night thinking "I'll read a few chapters and finish that Socials project that is due tomorrow". Next thing I knew I was trying my best to hold back tears and thinking to myself at 3 in the morning "fuck you, and your world war 2 timeline...Canada's view on the war isn't even all that intriguing! I'll just accept the late mark, this is too good to stop reading". I think I went to the wash room once (no, I didn't go to jerk off. I'm not the Onanie Master. I'll let Kurosawa keep that title)while reading Onanie Master Kurosawa. So to sum up what I just said, my eyes were glued to my laptop screen as I read page after page.
Even with all of these positives there is one thing that I can't let slip, and that is the art. Yes, I know it is a doujinshi so it is not going to be the most beautiful thing in the world. I however believe that that should be criticized fairly since every other element of this manga is better then published manga. So I can without a doubt say it's not terrible, it is just "fair".
Even if it is shameless and vulgar, somewhere I seek some sort of connection with people ~ Kakeru Kurosawa
My read of Onanie Master Kurosawa was the most wonderful experience I have ever had in my extensive time spent reading manga and novels; even watching anime, moves, and other tv shows. I found that the realistic, and relatable themes in this story were far too emotionally moving to not be placed in a firm #1 spot for me. I may not be the Onanie Master like Kurosawa, nor have I been bullied. I however feel like that Kurosawa's self-denial, the changes he went through, the revenge that never fixed the hole in his heart, and the unwanted change in those whom he cared for the most hit home for me. I could go on forever about how Kurosawa is such a relatable character but I think I will just end things with the influence of his character that I will keep with me throughout my youth. I honestly never thought that I could ever be swayed by any piece of literature to this day to the point where I would want to try to better myself as a person until I read Onanie Master Kurosawa in all honesty. I am sure many others share the same unexplainable feeling that overcomes me when I think of my time reading this manga. I highly suggest that anyone who is willing to read through the crude, and mature themes of this manga to do so. I can't promise it will be as enjoyable for you as it was for me, but it is definitely worth formulating your own opinion on.
Jul 29, 2009
Some elements in anime and manga have been used by so many writers that they are at risk of becoming hackneyed. The use of school settings in particular has become rather common, and finding fresh content is increasingly becoming more difficult. Fortunately, there are still a few titles that manage to surpass expectations. This manga happens to be one of those.
Affectionately referred to as “Fap Note” by some fans, Onani Master Kurosawa is the brainchild of Ise Katsura (author) and Yoko (artist). The story deals with an adolescent's coming of age and, as it's official and unofficial titles suggest, heavy emphasis is placed on the “coming” part.
Surprisingly, I found none of the scenes distasteful despite having much of the story centered on Kurosawa's sexual tensions. Of course, some chapters are hardly safe for reading in public spaces since they involve the fantasies of our healthy male protagonist. However, the author never resorts to cheap incidents normally associated with fanservice (accidental upskirts, peeping, unreasonably skimpy clothing, etc.), and none of the illustrations show anything explicit enough to warrant the dreaded censorship bars either. The circumstances are strange but neither impossible nor unthinkable by real world standards. To clarify: this manga is more about (A) a guy who jacks off, than (B) offering something for readers to jack off to.
Much of the appeal in the earlier chapters lies in the comedy presented. Kurosawa's method of dealing with problems in school is anything but orthodox, and readers keeping track of other popular series would undoubtedly recognize a number of parodies which are seamlessly integrated into the rest of the narrative.
However, the later volumes also stand well on their own with the intriguing and suspenseful story. As the plot starts to pick up, the events in each chapter leave you wanting for more. Onani Master Kurosawa covers themes that are regularly found in other manga about school life but presents them in a non-cliché manner, offering a surprising amount of drama and character development as well.
The art of the manga is also worth noting. The earlier volumes had several attempts at digital coloring and shading but I found these subpar even by doujinshi standards. Thankfully, these are few and far in between, and the quality does improve over the chapters.
Even more peculiar is the artist's sketchy drawing style which seems to make use of traditional media. The copious application of hatching might seem unusual for the lighthearted scenes but the dark shades enhance the mood of the more dramatic moments.
Also commendable is Yoko's ability to emulate the styles of other artists; this is crucial since the parodies would not play out well if the reader is unable to recognize which series is being referred to.
Onani Master Kurosawa is not your usual content-free comedy. At only 4 volumes, there's hardly any filler material to stretch the series to unnecessary lengths. The result is a short but exhilarating roller coaster ride of emotions and hijinks.
Apr 18, 2013
It's never too late for redemption. Onani Master Kurosawa is a slightly disturbed, funny, heart-wrenching, heartwarming, beautiful story that seems like a perverted or erotic story at first. Although these appearances are often, they serve the purpose of characterizing Kurosawa as the soft spoken yet shrewd person that he is.
This manga will make you cringe, it will make you disgusted, and it will make you angry. But it will teach you a lesson that life often tries to make across, but few really accept: people change. Let's get to the story.
When you first meet Kurosawa, it is doubtless that he appears to be a despicable and perverted boy under the guise of a quiet student. His "habit" in the girls bathroom shows his true nature, and continues for some while until he is discovered by Aya Kitahara, an equally reserved student who is consistently picked on. Chaos ensues. Every action that Kurosawa makes, every step that he takes, brings him ever closer to shame and heartbreak. The plot twists will pull you out of your seat and leave you full of anger and despair.
Art is good overall, and the artist has improved considerably since his previous works (including Molester Man) but still keeps the habit of leaving poorly developed backgrounds compared to characters. This plays well into the manga though as backgrounds pull forward when they are needed in certain scenes.
The character development is outstanding and is the best I have seen of almost any manga I have read. Watching Kurosawa, Kitahara, Takigawa, and even the supporting characters change and react to the story really puts the plot and characters on the same plane. Kurosawa's development through the story (although initially this may seem impossible to the reader) is brave, uplifting, and heartwarming, especially as you watch him learn empathy and sympathy. As the reader, you can really relate to Kurosawa even in his strange circumstances. The author builds you up to break you down, and back up again, all the while you can fully feel his happiness and his pain. The author can make characters make 180's or reveal their true nature at unpredictable angles.
This manga is one of my favorites and was an extremely enjoyable ride, something no one who enjoys manga should ever pass over. Words cannot do the beauty of this story justice. read more
May 12, 2015
I finished this manga in basically a day, that's how much I loved it. All the characters and their actions seemed so realistic to me. While the main character's "hobby" is quite strange I don't think it should prevent someone from reading this, if you're able to look past it I think you'll be quite satisfied (pun intended).
The way this manga presents how an actual school setting is like is something I really enjoyed. It was something I could relate to which is something not many anime I've seen have done. Most people in school come across the nerd, the bully, the popular girls or boys, and the annoying classmates, all of which are presented in Onani Master Kurosawa.
The characters are probably what I enjoyed most throughout. The character progression from start to finish, for all the characters was extraordinary. The way the MC thought compared to how he acted was unique, it reminded me of Death Note.
Whether you're a fan of Anime and/or Manga you should give this a read. The story provokes deep thought into how you would feel/act if you were in these characters shoes. I know I did, and that's one of the reasons I loved it.
May 16, 2013
Story – 10/10
The story follows Kurosawa Kakeru, a middle school boy who secludes himself from everyone, even the outgoing otaku Nagastuka Keiji who keeps trying to talk to Kurosawa despite getting turned away all the time. The only thing Kurosawa enjoys is going to the library after school to read while everyone else leaves and then going to do what he really enjoys: Masturbating in the girl’s bathroom while imagining himself with different girls (trust me it sounds strange at first but it gets better). The story begins just at the end of Kurosawa’s second year of middle school when an introverted girl, Kitahara Aya, sees him coming out of the girls bathroom. He lies about his reason for being there and leaves. The story then jumps to the beginning of his final year of middle school where Kurosawa can finally return to his “Daily Duty” in the girl’s bathroom. But things are different now. The introverted girl he met before is now in his class and his being bullied by two girls every day. Kurosawa does not get involved, but one day Kitahara shows up outside of the stall he is in in the girl’s bathroom. She says she knows his secret and she wants him to help her get revenge on the girls who are bullying her by masturbating on their gym clothes. Her personality completely changes as she talks about wanting to get revenge and Kurosawa finally agrees to help her. But things don’t stop there, since Kitahara continues being bullied by different people and wanting revenge on different girls and using Kurosawa. This coming-of-age story shows how Kurosawa and everyone around him change throughout the events of the story and it is done remarkably well.
Art – 9/10
This is a Doujin so I’m keeping that in mind while rating this. I really liked the character designs, even Kurosawa who looks a middle school version of Yagami Light from Death Note especially at the beginning. Like a good psychological manga should, it shows the darker emotions of characters well. The scenery mostly just consists of the school and is not too complex but never unfitting of the situation.
Characters – 10/10
For the record, I was almost tempted to put Kurosawa on my top 10 characters list, he’s just that great of a character. The only thing holding me back from liking him more is that I wish he would have stood up for Kitahara in class at some point instead of watching her get bullied and avoiding getting involved. He may seem like nothing more than pervert at first, but, as I mentioned before, he bears a resemblance to Yagami Light that really shows at times is something I really enjoyed seeing. The rest of the characters are well created as well and even the ones you may dislike at first become likable by the end, even Nagatsuka who I thought was just a pointless comic relief best friend character ends up likable by the end (though he’s probably my least favorite character just because he’s kind of annoying and design is strange even if it has a reason). Kitahara Aya is a shy girl who puts up with being bullied for a long time, but eventually snaps after a huge incident that eventually leads her to ask Kurosawa for help getting revenge. She has a much darker personality on the inside than she usually shows and tends to act reserved almost all of the time except when she is talking to Kurosawa through the stall door in the bathroom. Takigawa Magister is a popular girl who talks to and befriends everyone, even Kurosawa, Kitahara, and Nagatsuka. She enjoys reading books and spends time with Kurosawa in the library from time to time when it rains. Sugawa Maiko is one of the two girls who bullies Kitahara and is the first person that she has Kurosawa help her get revenge on. She’s what I mean by a character who becomes likable by the end even if you want to stab her at times earlier on.
Enjoyment – 10/10
As I mentioned before I read half of this manga in one sitting ealier today and loved it. It’s now one of my favorite manga, and I highly recommend it to anyone who likes psychological, slice of life, or drama manga. It’s definitely similar to Aku no Hana in some ways, which is how I found out about this in the first place. This may seems really perverted, and I won’t lie it is marked as “Seinen” for a reason, but really this manga is much more about the drama than anything else. read more
Apr 25, 2012
'Onani Master' or in English: 'Master of Masturbation'. That is one misleading title for this series and it might scare off a lot of potential readers. When I read the description, I did not feel like reading this manga, it was only when a friend recommended it to me, that I gave it a try. And damn, I'm so happy that I did read it.
The story evolves in a very natural way and goes from a comedy to a parody to a authentic drama. More than a scheme, the story feels like a river. It flows on in a very natural and beautiful way. The plot twists do not seem forced but just come in the right time to keep things interesting. Kurosawa’s view of the world changes slightly on his way and his relationships with the people around him evolve like growing flowers. They become more beautiful and more real on the way. In the beginning Kurosawa is just a sarcastic prick, but through experiences he has in this manga, everything changes for him. There is just enough humor, just enough love and just enough deepness in this manga to be enjoyable for nearly everybody. Yes, there are some gross semen-jokes (which might only be enjoyable by males) but mostly the manga is very discrete. What I liked best about the story is how the magaka makes you love the characters so quickly: in only 31 chapters I really had warm feelings for all of the people in this manga. Funny references (as to Death Note and Catcher in the Rye) keep the tone light, while on the other hand some serious matters are discussed. Such as: what are friends? How should we decide what we should do? What is 'love'? And most of all: how to encounter guilt? It is a brilliant story, with enough laughs to be entertaining and enough story to be touching.
The art is quite sketchy and fits the story well. It is not remarkably well drawn, but it is really unique, to say the least. It might be seen as a symbol for the unclear period of life that adolescence is. Just like the drawings, not everything in the life of a teenager is as clear as it seems.
As I have said before, the characters are perhaps the best bit of this series. I do not like the typical high-school romance setting, and OMK plays with the clichés of those series – as a matter of parody. It starts off as a satire but later on, it surpasses all the clichés it is making fun of and turns into a genuine and beautiful story. The characters that seem hyperbolic in the beginning, turn out to be real and caring people. This is the true beauty of the manga: they over-friendly and kind characters find their way straight into your heart.
Therefore I would recommend this manga to everybody: those who like action-manga’s as well as to those who like romance manga’s as well as to those who like psychological manga’s. It is a unique, touching and truly beautiful manga. As is suggested in this manga itself, it is the ‘Catcher of the Rye’ of the mangas and it deserve a place in everybody’s list.
Nov 23, 2014
Onani Master Kurosawa isn't a manga simply about a guy who likes to masturbate (a lot), that's only the outline of the story. This manga is truly about a guy whose going through puberty, growing up, and using his particular habit to literally deal out justice in this disgusting world. Yes, sounds an awful lot like Light Yagami from Death Note right? But instead of there being a Death Note that can kill people, our protagonist, Kurosawa Kakeru does what he calls his "daily duties"; he goes to the girls' bathroom in the old school building every day after school, and masturbates to fantasies of him screwing other girls in his class. Oh yes, sounds completely fascinating doesn't it? But didn't I say that he did this to serve justice? Well, after that rather sickening base for the story, the masterful plot slowly begins to unfold when Itahara, a quiet and bullied girl catches Kurosawa masturbating and blackmails Kurosawa into helping her pass righteous judgement against the bullies. And what's the first thing that Kurosawa decides to do to serve justice? He masturbates and then flails all his white-stuff on the bully's stuff - such as cloth, textbooks, etc. Sound amazing yet? Well get ready, there's more - this erotic aspect is only a tiny part of the entirety of the story. What is this story truly about? It's about the good, the bad and the ugly of human nature. Now, if you're sitting here reading this and thinking to yourself, “Oh shut the hell up, how can masturbating tell you about human nature?” Well keep your mouth shut and continue reading, I'll explain to you. As you'd expect from someone that hides in the girls' bathroom at school and masturbates, Kurosawa despises everything about high school - from the brainless students who think they're all cool, to the teachers who can be a pain in the ass, to all the buttload of homework, projects, quizzes, and tests that are assigned: Basically sums up school life eh? At your school, there's a social hierarchy no? There are the jocks who keep to themselves and think they're all gangster-like, there are those nerds who always study in the media center during lunch and babble about their AP BC CALCULUS crap, there are those people just hanging around in the middle of nowhere like a bunch of fools, there are those handsome guys and beautiful girls who think they're always the coolest-hottest, and there are those weirdos who are weirdos. Kurosawa chooses to stay out of all groups, and stick to himself, because he is disgusted with humanity (a true misanthrope). You can call this pathetic and dumb, but you can also make an argument that it's the interesting and actually the smart path to take. But you always have to know that there's more to see than meets the eye; there's a lingering truth behind the curtains of the story that wants and dreams aren't always easy to achieve. For one to make a decision, you never know if it's the right or wrong choice until you see to it until the very end. But one must be willing to sacrifice and receive righteous judgement when it's all said and done (WHAT WHAT WHAT? Where did this all this "deep concepts" come from, are you trying to act all smart?). Yeah Yeah Yeah, now go friggin read the manga because I'm not going to basically hand you the entire story in detail in a review, might as well ask me to slaughter you where you stand...
What can I say about this brilliant story other than claiming it as my favorite manga of all time. This story is just so unique, a combination of masturbation, misanthropists, school life, growing up, and deep deep conceptions of reality? Holy moly, how do you even connect all of these? I don't even know how Onanie Master Kurosawa did it, but it did do it. The comedy in this manga is hilarious as well, I couldn't stop laughing as I was reading~
The characterization of each character is a work of beauty. Kakeru Kurosawa, is in fact awfully similar to Light Yagami from Death Note; their ideals, egos, and overall thought process' are exactly identical. Kurosawa and Light both are disgusted by humans and wish to serve out justice on those that deserve to be punished. But the one difference? Kurosawa isn't a devil like Light Yagami, probably because he was corrupted with absolute murder power, instead having the greatness of his cum... but moving on from that comparison. Kurosawa, despite his hilarious misanthrope personality, and his love of masturbating to girls in his class, purely symbolizes an average teenager who is still in the process of growing up and finding his way to communicating with society. He is the single-most unique character I have ever read about. The entire story is him raging about others and trying to do the "right" thing by punishing "bad guys", but as he reflects upon his own actions, he learns that he's not much different from the people that he sought as "bad". It was a treat to watch him truly mature~ The other characters were pretty hilarious too, especially Kitahara, but honestly no one is even close to as important as Kurosawa so I'm not going to waste time delving into each character's characterization...
Artwork, easy 10/10. Beautiful, I would masturbate to the art (no I wouldn't actually). I've seen other people claim this, and I'd have to agree with them: The art is quite similar to the art from Death Note. Each character's design is unique and very appealing, you can spot the effort that was put into each drawing. You could see the pencil linings so blatantly, it was a work of beauty~ I read this black-and-white but I heard that the manga version with color is now out? Shame, I've already bought the Black-And-White set for this manga... But, without color it's still excellent.
Enjoyment? This was where this manga did it for me. Most enjoyable manga alongside Vinland Saga. What makes me like stories? A unique plot? ✓ Intriguing main character? ✓ Deep concepts? ✓ Comedy Relief while remaining true to it's serious moments? ✓ Great ending? ✓ All in all a masterpiece that you'll regret missing out on. If you've read/seen Death Note already, then this story will appeal to you all the more, because it has lots of connections to Death Note that'll not only grasp your mind and attention, but it'll also make you laugh your ass off. read more