TL;DR - It's seriously underrated. I suggest you go try it.
Shoutout to SiriusTimeKeeper, he's got some interesting points on this manga too.
Before I delve into the five main components of this review, I just have to talk about the title for a second. Because "Hige wo Soru. Soshite Joshikousei wo Hirou." roughly translates to "I Shaved. Then I Brought A High School Girl Home." But by no means is this title correct (because he starts shaving after he finds the girl), nor does it even remotely attempt to capture the overall mood of the manga.
My personal favorite interpretation of this is that the author
is just clickbaiting readers into reading something that looks as if it will be another lighthearted romcom but turns out to be something much deeper. This is not your run-of-the-mill harem with generic side characters and a blank canvas mc, so don't expect it to be.
A guy gets rejected by his coworker, his crush of 5 years. He gets super wasted and goes home to find a high school girl sitting on the street. He invites her inside and conks out. Once he wakes up, he starts to learn more about her past and decides to take care of her for the time being.
It's a compelling plot, and it doesn't force any unnecessary twists and turns onto you. Rather, it gradually builds into more serious topics, introduces characters smoothly, and you could easily pick up this manga after a few weeks of waiting for the next chapter and still know exactly what's going on.
It's got a slice of life vibe but there is a linear storyline so I guess that tag would be inappropriate. The drama is a little too extra at times but not to the point of seeming artificial.
Art is good, mostly consistent. Character design is pretty vivid but not abnormally so. There's a bit of fanservice, but it's not unbearable. In other words, it looks normal, as it should be.
The potential in each character in this manga is immense, and I'm fairly sure that this score will have gone up by the time this manga is completed. Each character has a personality aside from their motivations or goals.
MC: He's honest, down-to-earth, and very much human. He makes mistakes and bad decisions, and he's afraid to own up to them. But when it comes down to it, he's pretty reliable. It's fun to watch his interactions with others. Initially, he only acknowledges his flaws, but after he starts living with the girl, he begins to actually work on improving himself.
High School Girl: She's been through a lot, and this has clearly forced her to adopt a playful, flirty mask with which she hides her pain. It's not directly stated, but it's obvious that she and the MC are working to break down those walls and slowly open up to each other.
Best Friend: He's funny, but he's not just a gag character. He gives advice to the MC, even though it's not always right, he provides a helpful insight apart from the perspective we're shown. He's pretty optimistic.
Senpai: It's strongly implied that she rejected him only because she believed him to be in love with her outwards appearance (specifically her oppai). She's smart and professional, but knows how to kick back and relax.
Kouhai: Her work ethic is actually pretty interesting, and it reminds me of procrastination: sometimes I can't even write a sentence during the first few months, but end up finishing three pages in half an hour. She's not overly pushy or obsessive about the MC, and shows that she is more complex than just her feelings.
I enjoyed this manga very much. All of the characters have a certain level of complexity, but the story doesn't peel the entire onion at once - rather, it goes layer by layer, and by the time you reach the center, you'll probably be bawling your eyes out.
Little characteristics and details give the story more depth, and there's definitely a few valuable lessons packed into it that you might pick up on.
I would definitely recommend this manga. Great read and I look forward to the rest of it.
TL:DR Alright if you ain’t read this masterpiece yet, drop everything your doing and read it cuz this manga, dummy good. Cleaner than a washing machine I tell you.
Or you can time travel a couple years into the future when there’s more chapters and read it then.
Story 10/10 : So ima be real, the story might throw you off at first like, “damn the main heroines a whore”, but that doesn’t really matter because the story is so fluid it doesn’t matter. The main character in the this story, Yoshida makes you forget all that just like he does for the main heroine.
Anyways, the story is good as it’s interesting. It involves adults which is rare in this anime community and also a breath of fresh air.
Art 10/10 : it’s good. Appealing to look at ya feel me.
Character 10/10 : Main protagonist might be a little bit of a pussy, but that doesn’t matter as he has a heart of gold. But more importantly the high school girl in this manga is clean. You got to read it for yourself to understand like damn. Everyone else is good too, but this manga is 8 chapters so far so not much to say for them except one character that I don’t have much to say, but others might.
Enjoyment 10/10 : I read this manga and I straight up time traveled. Manga was so good I slowed down a bit so I could read it for longer. That’s how clean this is.
Light Novel’s Adaptation/ Harem/ Love development/ Heartfelt & Immersive
-Whore. Slut. Choices. Impurity. Sinful.
-The lead female is a whore -> so this is not a good manga
-Ewww high school girl has a past of having sexual intercourses, downer. She is done for. Regardless of her future, will be forever a whore. Disgusting.
If the words or sentences above are reasons or statements that you sincerely believe or holds true to the core of how you view females, girls, human beings, and judge if a manga is good or not. Let me get this straight. This manga IS NOT FOR YOU.
For those people who continue
on reading this review, I just want to say that you are no shallow fellow judging on the elements or reasons why a great manga is a great manga since good stories, oftentimes, reflect, sadly, normal everyday life.
While those words or elements exist in this story, they DO NOT DIMINISH the value of this manga; on the other hand, this particular manga with a seemingly casual and nonchalant title, “I Shaved. Then I Brought a High School Girl Home”, is actually ONE OF THE MOST DELICATE love stories I have ever read. Period.
Just by reading this particular manga, there are so many questions while I slowly digest through the first 9 chapters.
What is love? How does one person react to it or show it? What is the middle ground among platonic, romantic, and sexual relationship? What do people actually seek while being alive? What is happiness?
Won’t get too deep into specifics since Trivia_lover has done an excellent job on his review. And no, I have not read the light novel for this story.
Story: 9 (still young but bright future.)
Art: 9 (There are several moments when I feel that face to body portion isn’t natural. The overall art is great though~ :) )
Characters: 9 (character growth, perhaps the most important part of this manga, and personalities can been seen, really excited as to how the characters will interact with each other and grow as story goes on. -0.5 for potential error)
Enjoyment: 10 (slow updates kill me every time ;/ you know you count time when you love this manga)
This review is written by a fellow human who wishes people acknowledge the fact that homo sapien is a “forever-changing” species. Past can be a rough past. But, the current state, how a person has become oneself and change from his/her past, is the utmost quintessence. However, if one really wants to understand the past, "sympathy" is needed.
As Trivia_lover has written, which I wholeheartedly agree, “I suggest you go try it.”
When a manga with a title like this manages to become popular, you'd expect it to purposefully mislead you and deliver something wholesome, right? Well, that's sadly not the case. The female side characters serve only to build the protagonist a harem of big-breasted women while the manga can act above generic smut by not outright allowing the protagonist to stick his dick down a high school chick. With that out of the way, I should probably judge the manga as ecchi. After all, it would be unfair of me to expect more out of plain old smut.
The art is pretty good, so you might
get a rush out of it if hentai starts to bore you, and the protagonist is a perfect blank canvas for any decent person to identify with. Despite these qualities as mindless harem trash -- something I can appreciate as someone who's into mindless moe trash -- I'm still going to give it a rather low score to warn everyone who thinks it's anything more than that.