Question: What would you do, if a girl you're interested in would confess to you? On top of that, what if there was another girl as well? A cool upperclassman adored by the whole school and your cheerful, energetic childhood friend. I bet you would be over the moon. Thing is, what if there was an unexpected problem about the contents of that confession?
I will assume you read the synopsis before you read the review and this review will not contain any spoiler.
Holy #$%^ whats going on here? Alright, at first the premise is very simple. But, don't let it fool you. At first read thru the synopsis you might think of yourself "Hey, isn't typical harem romcom?" the answer is a big no. Read back the last part of the synopsis that stated the content of the confession. I will not tell you what it is but it really took me by surprise. The story is amazingly puzzle together and the art is superb.
Story : 9
really hard to review the story without spoiling but the story will take you by surprise and sometimes you will question the real motif of the characters.
Character : 8
First we got the main character. He one of those guys putting up a facade so he can get close to girl and build a harem or so he think...
Then we have the three girls, the typical childhood friend, the typical school president and the (typical) nerd?
Another important character is the main character best friend.
Enjoyment : 8
Like I mention previously the story really like to play puzzle and took you by surprise. I only read 15 chapter so far but it only took me 6 to 7 chapter to blew my mind.
I originally posted this review on March 13th, but was recently informed that I'd posted it on the page for the light novel (I don't really use my account on this site, which is why I only saw the comment today), so I'm reposting it here:
While definitely not perfect, the series was still pretty enjoyable up to a certain point.
It plays with the reader's expectations quite a bit in a few interesting/creative ways (A lot of it is still fairly predictable, but there are a few twists that are genuinely surprising), while pushing the concept of a cliche "love triangle" WAY past its limits.
manga isn't great, but I still mostly managed to enjoy it, and found some of it to be a bit refreshing.
However... At a certain point, the manga has a very clear end. Everything was wrapped up (Absolutely no loose ends), and I was left relatively satisfied with the results...
But then, for some reason, it keeps going.
It's unclear WHY it keeps going (Since all of the conflicts have been resolved, and there's really nothing left for the characters to do, aside from move on with their lives), but it does. And this is where the story ends up losing any redeeming qualities that it may have previously had (I won't spoil it, but this part of the story starts with one of the dumbest, most unnecessary twists I've ever seen... And kind of just cheapens the relationship the protagonist has with one of the main characters a bit), basically just devolving into blatant fan service (The characters lose what made them interesting, and it just feels like the author felt obligated to release more chapters, despite the fact that the actual story ended at around chapter 10).
If it weren't for this section of the series, my score for it would probably be a bit higher, but if you want to ignore/forget this part (Or just skip it entirely, since it really contributes nothing to the actual story, and serves no real purpose... As I said, the manga already has a very clear end, so you wouldn't really be missing out at all if you decided to just stop reading there):
The series was alright. Not incredibly amazing or memorable, and certainly not without its flaws (The writing isn't the best, and characters sometimes react, behave, or think in unbelievable/unrealistic ways), but it was okay.
Romance manga nowadays are starting to become quite similar to each other. It's gotten to a point where there aren't many gems sticking out of rough. Subverting tropes can be especially difficult, including trying to be as original as possible.
However, this is one of those manga where they subverted tropes, and did it RIGHT.
Imagine having the greatest harem of all time. That is the goal of our protagonist, and all he wants is to get the harem he's dreamed of.
One day, a friend of his wants to meet up with him and talk in the park. Could this be the start
of a blooming romance? Could this be the start of our protagonist's fantasy becoming a reality?
That's not how this story works.
It turns out that this friend is not in love with his, but rather his best friend!
Quite the shocker, but minutes after, his childhood friend messages him to meet up at the park.
This is it, right?
Not only is she not in love with our protagonist, but she is in fact, in love with the same person that the other female friend had fallen for!
I believe this is all I should give, as it gets much better as you go on.
To be fair, the art is great and appealing to the eyes. But compared to others, this one isn't as extraordinary.
The characters are an absolute delight. While I will admit that a lot of the cast is fairly stereotypical (and executed pretty well), no one even comes closed to the determined man is our protagonist. All I can say is....I laughed a lot.
Enjoyment and Overall: 8/10
If you're looking for something hilarious and different, look no further than here. I can be sure that you won't regret it.
“Mild Spoiler review”
You may wondering about real-life romcom that “How would it work in real life?” Well, this manga is a perfect place for you. But, just like what you’re thinking, it won’t be that good as those cliched mangas.
[This review contain lot’s of “realistic” word, but please know the reasons first. I just realized I overused this word in these paragraph, so I must tell you beforehand that “That’s how it is!” This may look silly to some of you but if you reconsider my words again, you will know why I over use it so much.]
Starting as a typical idiot romcom harem
protagonist, it made me feel very bored until the last part of the 1st chapter that twisted so hard I realize that “this manga is so damn real!” Most of readers may think that this want to show “how important ‘feelings’ are”, but that’s just a piece of the main idea. The story portray everything that you need to know to realize possibilities in the next panels. You may think some are predictable and some are unexpected, but all of them are “realistic”. There are none of “silly thought” or “unreasonable decision” in this story, even if you think so. People always decide things base on emotion and opinion, just these two with reasons and some facts as their excuses on something, which author realized that and illustrate it nicely but harshly. This is more clear in the second arc when people believe something in the media, even if it’s real or not, they would stick to it and stand on their own opinion. Also, the story even tell how far self-centered defensive instincts of human can be. As it showed in the story, there are some situation that lead to the conclusion that “I’m always right! But YOU are wrong!” This also influenced the readers’ thought too which make reader feel sad/desperate/or angry. It’s exactly how school work as a “small-sized society”. I feel really blessed by how real this story is and I recommend analyzing the story while reading this too. (Eventually, there are some of fan service too, but that’s forgivable for me because it’s mildly done and that’s a good thing for me)
The art is pretty decent with little amount of noticeable flaws, but forgivable. It’s not the perfect way to show characters’ emotion. But the way how artist portray the difference between both side of protagonists is pretty good and clear, which make it easier to understand which character they were at the time. Background are inexistent for me because all readers’ attention got sucked by characters, all of them, which I will explain more in the next paragraph on the “Character”.
All I have is “Wow!” It’s hard to realize that all characters should be real people, not only just a protagonist’s acquaintances. They have their own mind process and different reactions on a certain situation. You think some are cliched but that’s not all of their characters. The feeling when you know what this character would say on some situation is unlike when you guess the dialogue of NPC’s, it’s a feeling when you know how your friends would react in a certain situation. The bond between characters still have some flaws but author did a great job controlling them, especially between 5 people. But the most important person this the main guy, he mad me mad when he’s in the pressured situation and made me feel calm when he can rest. His fear/happiness/sadness/anger ultimately make readers comply with him
, and that’s really great tbh. Kick-ass character can even feel other side of feeling and after the story clear up, the bond between them are apparently stronger than the first episode. I feel them as “trustable characters”, which make me feel safer and also the protagonist. After the second arc happen, connection circle of the protagonists’ group got wider, which make relationship between all of them weirder but still understandable. Still, the story is better and I hope the bond between them would improve in an interesting way.
Enjoyment and Overall: 9
It’s not a manga that you really make you want to marathon, but you can if you just turn the next chapter’s page. It can make you addict but that addiction isn’t eternal, but, you can pause and it’s still hovering in your mind. I can’t forget what happened and can’t keep thinking of how the next chapter would be. Maybe it’s just me, but trust me that you won’t regret reading this. This may not be a masterpiece or a pure heart slice of life, but it’s “interesting and illustrates common human logic in a realistic way without those abstract thinking, which all of this are covered with a peaceful romcom cute cover artstyle”.
I wish this review would be helpful on your decision on this manga.
Hope you enjoy my review and have a great day while reading great mangas.