Tatsuhiko Kido, a vocational/technical school student who's staying in his school's dorms, one day discovers a hole in the wall of his apartment room. He peeks through the hole, but when he does so, he sees his neighbor, Ikuno Emiru, masturbating and he's caught peeking! However, when he goes over to inform her of the hole in the wall, she shuts the door in his face. Luckily for him, he's able to stop the door from closing and pursues after her, but, in his haste, he trips and lands right on top of her. As luck would have it, she takes a picture of them in a compromising position and tries to blackmail him into getting naked?!
This manga is very interesting, to that fact that it investigates many issues found in society to depth and allows to you see the more darker and disturbing things in life. However, what makes this manga interesting is that it was somehow able to make this into a semi-comedic manga, with funny quirks in between.
This manga is aimed at the seinen bracket, and so those who are weak hearted, i will advise to turn away from this as this story, in all honesty, does depict some of the more horrible and cruel things in life.
You probably have already read the synopsis of this
manga, so i won't bore you with the fundamental plot. I'm also not going to try and revel any spoilers, as i found that this manga was still a very good overall manga. It shows the more "lecherous" side of humans, and this series contains a lot of heartbreaking moments, and a lot of immoral moments. Ultimately, the male protagonist does end up with the female protagonist, but the obstacles of morality and even love come into play which drags this series along. That being said, the obstacles i mentioned are somewhat sad, as you would expect, but also somewhat immoral, which is why i'd only advise this manga to those who are strong hearted.
Found the art perfect for this type of mature manga, and it certainly was able to portray the characters in the fashion which they were best portrayed.
As i said previously, this manga does deal with some of the darker truths in life and so many of the characters could be considered "dark". My main objection with the characterization was that it seemed like the author had forcefully added faults to the characters, as some of the situations and character backgrounds seemed unrealistic, and just plain weird. My other objection is one that really cannot be solved unless i spoil some of the story. However i believe that objection cannot really be solved by anyone apart from the society issues in japan, which probably forced the author to write such a thing (if you want to know more, message me).
Despite all the sadness and heartbreaks in the story, i still found every arc of the story enjoyable, in the sense that the author really did prioritize drama in this series, and the way it was portrayed made me very happy.
Therefore, to conclude i would like to say that Nozoki Ana was a very good manga, probably somewhere in my top 10. It defiantly dives into some of the more darker issues and so it does seem somewhat darkish. But if you have time on your hands, and you wish to feel your heart ache then mend again, read all 117 chapters, and i promise you that you wouldn't regret it
Art & Story: Honna, Wakou
Wow this manga,it's a must for any otaku that loves a mature,capricious narrative.
If you are an ecchiologist, this is a sweet manga, filled with detail that often draws you in and is amazing top to bottom.
Kido Tatsuhiko(lucky bastard) moved to Tokyo to attend art school and starts his new life as an art student.
Unknown to him, in his new room, there’s a small peep hole in his wall.(Which is centre of the manga).
As at first, he can see nothing through the small hole, but one night, through the peeping hole, he accidently saw a girl pleasuring herself. (Oh
Her name ikuno, A goddess among men, who to me is more like,if you got a yandere and a tsundere to breed and you had a voyuer addicted hot daughter.
And that’s how his new life starts,letting the drama, ecchi love unfold as kido grews as a person in his new life.And understands his feels in the most unexpected of ways.
Its has a sweet anime OVA by the way, which plays like japanese drama with a faithful ecchi art style.
Am not much of a drama manga maniac but, this one is swift and its story did sway me in its themetical stance, with its balanced blend of deep plot and ecchi romance.
And anyone who looking for a good amount of chapters to burn through with a lovable story to enjoy and have an awesome read this one is for you.
Gentle and seinen in nature with just a dash of ecchi to admire.just enough to make the story come alive.
Ecchi filled,no doubt and its pretty much a "real talk" style, smooth like jazz.
You will enjoy and hv a eyeful because"plot plot plot" can kinda be its the mantra at times in the manga.
From each of the bodious babes to the adult/lust romance scenes that are deep, ever voyaging meaning to the broader plot line and to be fair,its not just gratiutious.That makes this manga lovable.
So Honna Wakou thumbs up to you
Everyone was developed quiet well, ya am point blank.Every characters mix well enough to make a sweet symphony of ecchi,romance and drama and keep it in harmony.
And that's is why its a good story,Everything just compliments everything,the twists,turns.kido and ikuno,the tension,the plot,the love,hate,ero moments,the side charaters,the passion and poetry all just have an "ero grace" to the story all together
It will make you say:
"I most certainly love it,bless the gods of ero!!!"
You will breeze through all the chapters and you will want,want more.
And Ikuno with touch your soul..
Overall 10 Nosebleeds
Well,No shit xd,but I would make it 11,this kinda manga makes being an otaku,just as sweet.
And ikuno is now my waifu.Sweet sweet ikuno.
Am not ashamed to say,I just got a emotional boner.
"Nozoki Ana" is a decent adult style romance drama that's has copious amounts of hentai scenes and overall good writing but suffers from a main protagonist who is an insufferable wimp and emotional/psychological overtones that are frankly immature and incomprehensible.
The problem is actually quite simple - The mangaka could not figure out a way to draw out the romance between the two leads without having them act like idiots. Okay, mostly it's the male lead acting like an idiot, but veteran manga readers will know exactly what I'm talking about.
That being said, it's not all bad. There are some parts that are interesting, but
there are also a lot of parts that are pointless sex scenes in terms of plot and frankly kind of boring for their "h content". If you're going to have a pointless sex scene, at least make it good, right?
If you can stomach a male lead that is probably the pinnacle of the typical shonen wuss protagonist, and I'm not saying this lightly, he's a complete waste, then you might get a decent amount of enjoyment out of this manga - but chances are you'll probably be perplexed at phenomena as to why he can't seemingly shove a 80lb japanese girl off him, or how he has the inability to say things like "Hey, get away from me!"
"I become stronger just by having you next to me -- I believe that even now" - Kido Tatsuhiko
Iv'e never in my life witnessed a manga that has captivated me, astounded me, and brought me to my knees just as Nozoki Ana did chapter by chapter. Manga such as this is the soul reason of why I even have the patience to write a review. This manga is special is so many ways that this review can't even do it justice, let alone explain how much this manga changed the foundation of why I read manga and watch anime altogether.
I hope this review brings
you insight and gives you the wisdom needed to discover exactly what lies behind that "peephole" and shed some light to why you should "peep" this manga out for yourself.
Story: Nozoki Ana begins with our main protagonist Kido Tasuhiko who is a art student currently enrolled at his vocational/technical school for the arts. The synopsis sums up the main exposition of the story but it's what happens after that truly catches my undivided attention. Pure emotions, heartbreak, betrayal, love, revenge, courage, and honor are words that describe not only the manga but what I felt as this manga grabbed me, threw me across the room, and proceeded to stomp on my heart page by page. Don't let the cute colorful cover of this manga deceive what you're about to read because this manga has it dark dramatic moments that have you screaming throughout the story. It's these key moments of drama and intensity that make this manga absolutely breathtaking to read. You mix these dramatic moments with a bit of comedy, a lot and I mean A LOT of romance, and a dash of cruel intentions what you get is a manga that is pure enjoyment. It's a story of constant faults and mistakes, a story of love and regret, and a story that will grab your attention as you contentiously discover new things every chapter.
Characters: Personally I would argue that Nozoki Ana has many great characters that can be analyzed, dissected, and discussed for hours; however, for the sake of your time I will be discussing the 2 most important characters that drive the story forward and captivate readers for their unique personalities, traits, and yes... fetishes. Let's begin with Kido Tatsuhiko, Kido-kun is a person who I like to call... "Mr. Showtime" He's a very average 18 year-old young man who is tries to make a living for himself as a art student. He's the center of all attention and throughout the manga many girls are attracted to Kido-kun's charm calling him "sincere", "caring", and "funny". Many of the girls Kido-kun talks to honestly would do anything just to spend a night with him and YES.... the girls LITERALLY drop their pants without moments hesitation but of course many of these moments don't go without justification. As the story moves forward you start to see how Kido-kun changes and we can't address this change without the person who changed it for him and this leads us to our second lead.... Ikuno Emiru. Ohhh Emiru-chan... where to begin... Emiru is a "unique" character that has many different quirks that make her my favorite character of the whole series. Let me just say this, Emiru-chan is indeed a pervert but in a good way, she likes to "handle her business" by looking through a hole in the wall but that shouldn't be the main trait that defines who Emiru is. Emiru is SOOO clever in how she handles everyday situations if she puts her mind to it anything with her is possible. She is very strong minded and courageous, she gets put in situations where I would just give up and cry and turns them to her favor. Lastly, she is VERY VERY Caring, she is one of the sweetest girls I have ever witnessed and will do anything to make sure that you always have a person to talk to or a shoulder to cry on. These two characters are foundation of why this manga is so fantastic, it's a constant push and pull with these characters that generate waves of excitement, tears, and frustration that can only be achieved through their "special" relationship.
Art: Let's begin by saying this, Nozoki Ana is a manga that can be quite "heavy" in a sense that there is a lot of nudism involved where every other chapter illustrates naked bodies to truly set the overall tone and feel of the manga. After a couple chapters I personally got used to the nudism and just admired the story as a whole using the nudism as an advantage rather than a poor excuse for "fan service". The Nudism is what brings character to the art style and just brings a sense of realism to what the manga has to offer. You start to get a feel for just how unique the style is and like I said it will eventually fade away the more you read it and if anything bring more passion to what you are reading. Overall they did a solid job with the art style, great character designs, and stunning backdrops and scenery.
Nozoki Ana is a manga that I wish many people took a bit more seriously. The genre "ecchi" can do 1 of 2 things, it can either draw in people, or repel people and that is something I truly wish wouldn't happen. Many people look at this with the mindset of "OH... it's a ecchi manga... only perverts would read that" or "the cover looks super girly and childish.... I'll skip this....." but I beg you..... Please consider checking this manga out. I'm trying to make a valid point here that this manga is amazing from start to finish it took me on a emotional roller coaster that very few manga can do and it showed me that there are precious gems out there such as this one. It's pure entertainment from start to finish and as you read chapter by chapter you will discover on your own that on the other side of the "peephole" is not just some generic boring manga.... No... it is beautiful story that is worth much much more... than what it is.