Synonyms: Onani Master Kurosawa, Masturbation Master Kurosawa
Published: Sep 2007 to Mar 2008
Score: 8.651 (scored by 23759 users)
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2 based on the top manga page. Please note that 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Popular Tagsdoujinshi drama parody school
Nov 5, 2009 6:22 PM
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 12:16 PM
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 28, 5:00 AM
When something goes wrong in your life,
Just yell "Plot Twist" and move on. Anyways, let's get back to the story.
Here goes the shooting sperm master. You dare to challenge him? Better not mate. You will surely sucked up dry and die. Go on, Kurosawa-kun shot more!
Shot Splash! Shot split! Shot Splat! Shot your liquid everywhere Kurosawa sensei!
Ehem, Ehem, Ehem! Just to clear out. Definitely, I'm not a big pervert.
Actually this manga is not as lewd as you think. Erotic scenes are also hardly seen. It just takes the masturbation as one aspect to be the focus of the main story. This manga is definitely a good manga that you should read. Bad luck, I just stumbled across it yesterday and decided to finish it in one go. Once in a while, I think about reading some manga that is not too serious but still fun to read. Guess what? Here is it! An Onani Master story!
The stories tell us about Kakeru Kurosawa an antisocial junior high school student who love to masturbate in girl’s toilet. He's always look down on people, don't try to interact with anyone and never ever think anyone as his true friend. His daily routine is none other than to masturbate. He find his victim by memorize their face, body figure and such in his head. Thus, he goes to girl’s toilet to fantasize about them. Regretful, his daily life will change to a darker history that he will never expect it. You can’t ever imagine what will happen right? Maybe you will think what the f*ck with this manga? A story about a boy that love to masturbate and got a Masterpiece score? Serve you right, I also judge it like that but I'm clearly mistaken. Why not you give it a read and see for yourself? You will like it my fellow mate!
Art for this manga is pretty average. It is indeed not a true art of masterpiece but you can stand with it. I guarantee. No real flawless too. Just this manga maybe look like kinda old one since it out at Sep 2007 to Mar 2008. But, you should give it a shot.
I'm really saluted and respect kurosawa-kun. At earlier manga, he just a normal boy who love to jerk off anytime he found a chance. Rather than hate, I find it amusing because this manga actually define what high school student always doing. No miscalculation. Right at the start. It's the true fact of high school student daily life and routine. I'm talking about boys. For girl situation, I don't know since I'm not a female. Slowly his attitude and behavior change. He the one who try to change himself. Who could have guessed? He chooses to take a path full of thorn and nightmare just to atone his sin. If you really exist in real life, undeniably I will become your best friend ever mate. I'm respecting you to the core. You have change, like a blossom flower. I'm proud with you!
Enjoyment and Overall 10/10
I enjoy this manga to the fullest! I believe you will also enjoy it. A great life history. I can never imagine if my life will be like this. Such a beauty for slice of life. I love it. Romance, unrequited love story, masturbate, a drastic change of person life. This manga sum it all with marvelous work!
Definitely don't give up on reading this manga. It's one of thousand that maybe you will not meet again in your life. Ah, I guess I'm overacted a little but just read this manga. I'm sure you will love it. This is not a waste of time my fellow mate! That's it the ending of my review for this manga.
May 4, 2013 8:27 PM
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.
Jul 29, 2009 6:27 AM
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.
Jun 4, 12:10 PM
Onanie Master kurosawa is a story about about a boy named Kurosawa Kakeru who is in Middle school and therefore is going trough puberty, he is somewhat of a loner who thinks of himself as an elitist (a person who thinks is superior to others in status) this will lead him to commit mistakes, and later on he will be challanged to confront them.
When I first started reading kurosawa, I got a feeling of familiarity which drove me back to my early days of middle school. If we described this story in a more slang-ish way, Id say this is sort of a "Edgy teen meets 1st world problems", but hold on because its much more than that.
As we delve into the world its settled who kurosawa is, what he is doing, his occupation, the world building and the characters surrounding him, and then its presented to us the dillema.
So far so good for kurosawa with a dirty yet interesting story, being able to grasp such morality issues like our personality, honesty, social activity and mainly every teen problem ever. Normally when people are faced with such a thing as Teen problems they expect something incredibly cheesy and simple minded, with overflowing melodrama, however not in this case.
Kurosawa manages to have a clear and realistic view on what is puberty and what it makes us do, it doesnt need much drama, half of the time Kurosawa is making subtle comedic references to for eg. Code Geass, Case Closed.. etc. and its really clever when showing us the plans kurosawa comes up with, to the point you actually get ingrossed in it no matter how silly it is, you are allways left with a thrilling feeling that even if you think kurosawa is going to succeed, you´ll allways doubt the outcoming. For the first half of the story you are left with a michievous and sharp kurosawa, and dark and evil kitahara, a sweet takigawa whom kurosawa found interest in, a nice and soft nagaoka, and the rest are yet to be explored at all, which is fine because they will adress it later.
One of the greatest things about kurosawa is how the writter portrays the characters who normally would be stereotyped as the evil doers, and belive me theres enough twists here to make you dizzy, at some point you´ll be left caring for everyone simply because they become a part of you, egs. going from Sugawa to others,.
I remember that as a kid I liked to create fantasies, worlds, and much other stuff, I was rather creative person, when I reached middle school I had that thing you call the "edgy syndrome", this meaning that I liked to be the misterious guy and closed myself from the world around, I thought of myself as a superior, but I was clearly wrong.. This is what kurosawa shows us, you cant live alone, theres nothing good about it, when you open yourself there will be pain, there will incidents, but thats a part of life.
Normally when you watch those shounens where the MC is normally this really special kid that is like super strong and misterious, well kurosawa contradicts it, if anything it criticizes it, in really well executed way, without having to directly bash it, not only it criticizes shounen like it criticizes teenagers in general.
You are human, you love, you care, you feel atracted for, and mainly you want to remain in constant contact with other humans and beings in general, everything feels much more natural, and youll find yourself smiling most of the time.
The only problem I could see with Kurosawa is how kitahara seemingly recovered way too fast from a depressin, well even then the mangaka did it well, still time skip is time skip and it fucking sucks..
Other than that Kurosawa is a great Doujin who has great characters, realistic overview on puberty, bullying and other teen problems, and a solid ending, give this one a try romance lovers!
Apr 13, 8:23 PM
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.
Apr 18, 2013 7:33 PM
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, 3:36 PM
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.
Apr 25, 2012 8:46 AM
'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.