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1 of 12 chapters read
First things first this series sequel is a black comedy,very few people take it seriously,including the author- who has filled his website with joke art relating to this manga. I am one of the few people who take it seriously and I am warning you now. Learning the back stories of the Litchi cast and how the innocent club became twisted into a murderous rape den is a dream come true. So far the story is doing a beautiful job explaining the origins of the club and I can only imagine it getting better from this point.
The art is stunning with great movement. The characters are all designed uniquely and it's fun to watch them shine without the frilly backgrounds of shoujo manga. My only complaint is in some panels the art seems almost stretched- although this could be attributed to the way it was scanned.
The characters are all, well, characters! They each have individual identities and interests, although they are far from perfect which just adds to their charm. All of the boys bring something new to the table- kindness, cunning, humor- and it's lovely watching them develop farther then they did in Litchi Hikari Club.
Overall I give this series a nine, because although my love for the characters is great in my opinion it takes a lot for a series to deserve a 10 an Bokura No Hikari Club just isn't quite there yet. Maybe as the series continues on and develop it will gain that extra kick to make it worthy of a 10. read more
21 of ? chapters read
Afterschool Charisma is a tale of a “non-clone” student at an all clone school and his interactions with not only the clones, a vast majority of which seem to hate him, but with various faculty members all who posses their own level of bias and jealousy for the famous figures surrounding them. This story has its moments of comedy and drama but is mostly a mystery as after the assassination of a clone John F Kennedy the students a faculty are thrown into a spiral of fear by a nameless organization bent on eliminating all clones. With a perky Einstein grabbing the crotch of our innocent main character one moment and fencing duel the next Afterschool Charisma had me gripping the edge of my seat as I made my way through it in one night.
I enjoy hot men and perky boobs as much as the next girl but I found that past staring at the beautiful bodies present in this manga I was also staring longingly at the uniforms and pool tables just as much. Every scene is drawn with such detail I want to climb into the manga and partake in the eating of delicious looking cakes with the characters. It’s one thing for a manga to provide of slew of characters you want to dry hump, it’s another thing entirely if the art makes you want to jump the awesome looking cafeteria chairs.
Einstein likes groping people and conducting freaky experiments.
Ikkyu is funny and a determined leader.
Mozart is batshit insane yet strangely arousing.
Napoleon is arrogant yet endearingly loyal.
Florence Nightingale suffocates people with her boobs.
Freud is a pervert.
THEY ARE EXACTLY AS I DREAMED THEY WOULD BE. And they cover such a wide variety of personality traits, flaws, and fetishes the likelihood that you won’t fall in love with at least one character is slim to none. I want to attend this school.
Through the characters and plot I was able to get a real feel for how the clones felt being thrust into a world that was on the fence about their existence and the feelings of jealousy and admiration from the few non-clone members of the cast. But the main thing about this manga that captured my soul is that it doesn’t take itself too seriously. The author was able to make fun of her sadistic perverts and overly attractive characters (despite in reality the characters are far from dream boats) with a smile, and accepted all criticism with a funny closing comic to explain her own inconsistencies. The mixing of genres created something great that I know I will be addicted to for years to come.
6 of 6 chapters read
The plotline of Princess Princess Plus is similar to that of Tsuda’s hit series Princess Princess (duh) in the sense that two boys are chosen from a freshman class of all boys to be “Princesses” or males who dress as females to lighten the depressing aura of a school without girls. However opposed to the previous series which focused more on the role of the princesses this manga revolves around the relationship of the two new princesses, rich, clueless Izumi Tomoe and poor, blunt Matsuoka Kiriya as they try to form a bond despite their drastically different backgrounds. First impression? Glaringly cliché.
Tsuda never fails in this aspect and the art is, as always, beautiful. Beautiful boys grace every page of this mange complete with flowering backgrounds and sparkling auras.
There are some very entertaining characters in this manga, just not the two main ones. Izumi Tomoe is rich and clueless however he ultimately means well and is just searching for the love never given to him by his work obsessed parents. Matsuoka Kiriya on the other hand is poor and insensitive living with his male host elder brother and innocent little sister Matsuoka has trouble letting his guard down after the untimely death of his two parents. Sound familiar? Of course it does. These are the stereotypical descriptions of all high and low class anime character that ever graced the manga scene. Personally I enjoyed the eccentric air of the supporting cast far more then these two.
Art alone is not enough to carry a series and although this had enjoyable moments the characters did not engage me- although I could very easily stare at them all day.