As a 6-year-old, Rintaro is diagnosed with Henisei Tashu Ijou Syndrome (also known as Hentai Syndrome), a disease that could kill him if he gets sexually aroused. To save him and provide a way for him to live as normal a life as possible, his father teaches him the ways to control his body and mind for ten years in the mountains, with the martial art of the Koei Sougetsu. When he's 16 he chooses to enroll into Nangokuren High School, which he assumed to be the biggest all-boys school in the country but is actually the biggest all-girls school that has just gone co-ed.
On his first day he stumbles upon a large scale battle and learns that the first rule of the school is that it "Abides the Law of Nature" which has turned the campus into a war zone-like environment. Rintaro now sees transferring out as his mission, but will it be that easy now that he's caught the eye of the 3 "Dragons," the bodacious female leaders of the three biggest factions around?
Considering all of the reviews here are of either at most 20 chapters so I felt a need to write a review. I will try my best to keep it spoiler free and as it is my first review so please go easy on me.
This manga had a potential to reach the level of high school dxd as it had a strong start with some strong characters. The MC was OP with some unique illness that made this story somewhat stand out from other echii manga.
The art was very good at the start. The author really puts a lot of effort into the art but
towards the end of the manga, the art went downhill as well that made it cringy to read.
Beside MC, every major character got a headstart in term of character development and THAT'S IT!! the author didn't bother to properly give characters a development that they deserved and hence all of the other characters just became a lifeless showpiece for the sake of continuing the manga. The example is my favorite girl Kyouka, she got a good start in term of character-revealing but then it felt like the author just decided to completely ignore her existence.
The story had a strong start with so much potential to become something entirely amazing. It was hella funny and the gag references were enjoyable. But then halfway through the story, the story became literally shit and it felt like the author was trying too hard to make it funny anymore.
Don't expect anything at all from this manga when you start reading it. It is so amazing at the start and so cringing halfway through. I expected a lot of things from it and in the end, I was utterly disappointed. So much potential wasted!
tl;dr: Great action, comedy, and art but though there is a good cast of characters, a pretty weak story overall.
This manga has pretty solid action, in that the ability sets are pretty solid, the scenes are well choreographed, and the art definitely makes it look pretty flashy, though it does seem to be pretty random. It also has a great character set, with a large number of interesting characters with a variety of personalities and pretty good character designs. It also has great humor, with a good amount of variety to it as well, but with the constant references to other works and such being what
stood out as most hilarious. And just in general it has really good art that is just a pleasure to look at in and of itself. These aspects make the manga enjoyable to read from beginning to end without it ever feeling like its dragging on. However, holistically there is one major issue, in that there doesn't feel like there's much of a story. There's a set up, and then there are individual episodes, but it doesn't feel like there's really anything that could be considered an overarching story. The individual episodes are also solid, mainly in that they're usually character focused and flesh out one or a couple characters pretty well, but the manga feels like its suffering under the weight of having too many characters, in that while each episode usually does a good job, most characters only have one episode, with even the most important characters like Ayane only feeling like they have a couple. Hence, though each character gets fleshed out enough to be interesting, we don't get to see any more than that, and ultimately very minimal character or relationship development takes place. Because of these two aspects, a lack of story and character/relationship development, the story ultimately feels like it's going nowhere, and ultimately while in the end there are some major changes, they don't feel like they have that much impact. Now, that doesn't diminish that due to the action, comedy, characters, and art that from chapter to chapter the manga is very much enjoyable, but in hindsight after reading through the entire thing, it very much feels like its lacking in certain areas.
Do you hate pointless fanservice?
Well you aren't alone. Our protagonist here fights this world of panty shots, boobs and such with only his martial arts and his gut.
Secret technique of the ape! put on some pants woman...
But seriously. that's the general synopsis.
why is this great?
non perverted protagonist
many bad asses (especially our mc, understanding one should develop both brain and body)
pretty good art ( some characters are pretty, some ugly, some ugly for comedy, at least some characters will suit you)
Awesome humor ( dude fighting vs fan service. Nuff said )
raging battles combined with comedy and fan service negation
Why may one
well to fight against fan service, there must be a bit of it at least ( mostly for humor )
a wide range of characters means some may not be your favorite ( cough second and third year leaders )
may not be family friendly
battle oriented not romance oriented
One should definitely try this manga out as it has many novel aspects and is very enjoyable ( for me ). Reading a chapter can bring a smile to a gloomy day. Manly battles with humor, fan service ( negation ) and cute moments. What are you waiting for? ( maybe a gloomy day to be cheered up on:P ).
I personally recommend this to be read alone, not at a library or cafe to avoid a tinge of compunction. but hey, if you like doing stuff like that go ahead. freedom eh?
So you're probably thinking "a harem where the male protagonist has to avoid girls for his own sake?" Is such a thing even possible? Yes it is.
[TL DR at the bottom for you people who don't want to read my magnificent review in all it's glory] Before I go any further with this review I guess I should state that there is fanservice here, but you already knew that. That being said, it is not all about exposed cleavage and awkward situations for our MC. I'll shed some light in regards to the basis of the story here (feel free to skip ahead if
you know it already). Unfortunately for Rintaro (MC) he was diagnosed with a rare condition that turns fatal if he gets aroused (i.e. girls are the bane of his existence). Fast forward to the first day of high school and he's applied to an all-boys school, which of course is not the case as it was an all-girls school that just recently turned co-ed. There he sees a showdown between two 'dragons' and shenanigans ensue.
Story - 6
I should say that I'm being conservative here because it's still way too early to get a clear idea as to where this manga is going (imo). A bit of background on the school has been revealed, which is nice and gives the impression of hidden potential within the plot line (one can only hope right?). I have a feeling that the story is approaching its first major arc (the minor arc was good) at this point and that should let us extrapolate going forward.
Art - 9
To be honest I would have given an 8.5, but I'm rather partial to the art in DR. I found it to be very clean, simple when there's not much going on and very detailed when the situation calls for it. All the crazy moves Rintaro pulls off are executed nicely and often displayed in full/half panels. My only gripe is that there can be too many panels with white space. It's not as if Watanabe can't improve further down the road.
So far Rintaro really carries the story along well. One of the positives of this manga is the strong protagonist. Most readers will naturally gravitate towards him because of his stoic personality and funny moments. He's also different as he avoids girls where most MCs in a harem will do the opposite. Other than him, only two (maybe 3?) other characters have gotten significant development. Without revealing too much, the story seems to be focusing on character development at the moment so I may have scored this low depending on how well the first major arc goes.
Enjoyment - 8
There's never really a dull moment and it's not stupidly predictable as you might expect in other harems. It's not even your typical harem to be honest. Well, other than Rurina (she's such a cutie though!...ok I went on a tangent here) no one has a deep attraction to Rintaro just yet. Don't worry though, there will definitely be romance as there are signs of such already. Just depends on how our MC reacts. Good action scenes when you come across them; every chapter will make you laugh at some point and it's a relatively easy story to follow. I genuinely had a great time reading it and I'm sad that there's only a handful of chapters out, but I'm sure that it'll be well worth the wait.
Overall - 7
I really wanted to give an 8 here, but this manga needs to prove to me it has got more than what meets the eye. TL DR: Unclear about the overall story, there is potential here though. Art is clean and simple. The MC is very likeable, good development already for some supporting characters. A good manga to kick back and relax to.