Synonyms: Onani Master Kurosawa, Masturbation Master Kurosawa
Published: 2007 to Jul 2009
Score: 8.661 (scored by 17701 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 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 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
Jun 2, 2013
Story - 8: I really enjoyed the story. I understand a lot of people really like this manga. I found the story very interesting. This score would be an easy 10 had it not been for two things. I felt the first few chapters were really boring and the ending felt abrupt. Everything in the middle is fantastic. Note: This manga is a bit perverted, but it's not ecchi (thank god). I feel like it is a mature kind of perverted-ness.
Art - 9: Crude art style. The copies I got looked like the characters were colored in quickly like the night before. But That doesn't mean it was bad. The characters themselves were drawn well and fit the mood of the story.
Character - 10: There's a huge diverse group of characters. Also for the first time, supporting characters are not static. In some of these romance/drama, everyone stays the same throughout the whole book. This is the opposite. I want to say nearly everyone changes somehow. I think there were maybe 2-3 out of like 10 who didn't change. I think the characters are the main highlight of the manga. I really enjoyed them the most.
Enjoyment - 9: As stated above, the beginning seems a bit slow. After that I really enjoyed it to the last page.
Overall - 9: Strong 9. I know i hyped on the beginning a lot but really what stops this from getting a 10 is the ending. It just doesn't feel in place. I would recommend this to anyone who is looking for a serious drama manga. read more
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 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.
Dec 8, 2008
I believe that the set up of the story is awesome. The art is really really nice, I really like the style of the artist. The character layout is decent from time to time i feel the growth of the characters are a bit too fast but... still good nonetheless. I enjoyed reading this manga, ( i couldn't stop and before i noticed, I've finished it.) Overall... I love it :P read more
Apr 6, 2012
This is about a boy name Kakeru who masturbates in the girls bathrooms. The plot gets good when he meets a girl who makes a contract just to keep his secret. The plot has great pacing as its not fast or slow. Its slick and stays that way. This has very mature theme to it but it does not ruin the manga oh no. In fact it helps it a bit. This has a lot of reason to it and its almost real like and its believable and not out in the open. This story did well and gets the readers attention.
The art is odd but it works. It mostly looks like it came from the drawing board like its not finish for printing. But it make it different from other art that I've seen and it helps set the mood on a scene. But sometimes I couldn't tell what is in the background at times. But other then that I like the art.
The main character I can relate to. I use to be a person who doesn't want connection except I wasn't a jerk. He is very complex as when a choice comes,he makes a decision. The others are also interesting as I think they play a role on what Kakeru will do. So overall character are great.
I really did enjoy this as its original and different from other school life mangas. If you are looking for something different then check this out.
Overall:10/10 Everybody needs to read this read more