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For Ore ga Doutei o Sutetara Shinu Ken ni Tsuite, Ichijo Kazuya goes back in time to stop being a pimp.
Sounds a bit off, but let me explain. From the outset, my comparison between Donnie Darko, Twelve Monkeys, and Butterfly Effect and Ore ga Doutei o Sutetara Shinu Ken ni Tsuite may deem the latter as some sort of romance-comedy manga that does not deal with serious issues as the former. This isn't quite the case. Taken from the synopsis, Ichijo Kazuya was sent back in time because he was killed by his best friend, Masaki. He later comes to realize that he was killed because of Masaki's jealousy towards Kazuya's way with women, and the only way to fix that was if he made sure that Masaki was more popular with girls than Kazuya was in high school. So, an accurate representation of this manga would be "Kazuya goes back in time to prevent his death in the future."
This manga is interesting in that the main character, as a high school boy in his youth, is trying his best NOT to get the girls. What's even better is that he keeps meeting girls left and right. And the best part is, Masaki is there to witness all of Kazuya's encounter with those girls. You wouldn't think that he was trying his best to avoid them unless he kept reassuring Masaki that everything was a misunderstanding. Too bad he's not buying any of it.
The art is nothing to scoff at. Wakabayashi Yuusuke appears to be somewhat new in the manga industry, seeing as how this manga is his only work and how it was published in May of this year but his art is great. Good art with a variety of girls has my thumbs up.
Here is where people will love this or hate this manga. Kazuya is a player. So much that he goes back in time to stop being such a chick magnet. The norm nowadays for romance shounens is that the main character is either a loser or an average high schooler at best. We are introduced to a character who share none of the said traits. So either you will feel refreshed because the manga is introducing something new, or discomfort because this deviates from what we are so used to.
I found this read to be VERY enjoyable. With only four chapters released, there is room for even more improvement. I was so content with this manga that I read the entire thing twice. The art, and the general direction this manga is going is enough for me in wanting more.