Home Economics Teacher, Shinji Yabe, is asked by the biggest gal in school, Miku Okazaki, to help her "bake cookies to give to the teachers." The principal told her to do this, after she flunked every subject and makeup-class they put her in. He gets her to successfully finish a batch of cookies after several mishaps and is touched by his students glee over her success.
He decides to start a cooking club after this experience to get more time and connection with his students. Upon hearing this, Miku decides to join, since he was the first teacher that didn't shove her into makeup-lessons after her failings and pushed her to try harder instead.
Gal Gohan is a pretty cute romance/comedy manga between a gyaru(a pure gyaru, not a slut) and her teacher.
The premise is really simple, the teacher and the gyaru are alone in this cooking club, and the gyaru is in love with the teacher so she keep teasing him and that's basically it so far. Yes it's pretty basic but the main girl is so cute each chapter just put a smile on your face.
The art is pretty nice, our main girl design is perfect, she's a cute gyaru, not too slutty, just perfect.
That's basically it, if you're looking for a simple cute manga you should
As it is lately becoming very famous to use the genre "cuisine" in the industry of animes and manga, the creator of this work followed the same course and added a novel cliché and gyarus in that work.
Now you ask yourself: If this is why should I read it?
First of all we can see that even though I try these 3 recurring themes of the current Japanese industry, she can maintain her originality both in her script and in her arts.
Script: Its simple, a young woman who is looking for a group at her school and ends up going to a cooking school and in
time she starts to get interested in her teacher.
Development: The development of the relationship between teacher and principal is full of funny passages, subtle phrases of novels, discovery of new feelings like love, jealousy and possessiveness, shrewd ecchi pitches (a slight pinch, no NSFW), situations counter humorously funny, excellent use of humor and comedy and we can see clearly the change of personality and vision of each one. It is also the introduction of coherent and always funny introductions of new Characters throughout history.
Art: I was amazed at how beautiful and artful, unique traits differ from anyone I have ever seen, a comic art Q, sensual when it comes to girls, but beautiful and defined when it is for men, eyes and hands always overlap in each frame (which by the way I think very cute), a lot of creativity to create a gyaru style acceptable to the public, but maintaining its originality and sensuality, the anatomy of each character is well defined and does not escape the standard acceptable and does not create rejection to the eyes.
I particularly have a certain admiration for the art of this work.
In short, it's a very funny romantic comedy, it has its ecchi and gastronomic side that in certain situations are forgotten because of the novels or the comic scenes, it has a simplistic, but captivating script.
If you are looking for a work to read, relax, enjoy a romance and a light ecchi, this is a good request.
Personal opinion: I think it's a very good manga for you to read, but since it comes out month by month and no, you better let it accumulate enough chapters and then read it all at once.
I don't read manga. Not really. Certainly not manga that's still being serialized. It's just not my style. I hate waiting and I generally want to just coast and enjoy the arc of the story in it's entirety. Yet, here I am, writing about a manga that's still being serialized. With the above context in mind, I think I can more clearly communicate to you, dear reader, how much I love Gal Gohan. Let's break it down shall we?
Story: The story's probably the one part where things fall somewhat flat. Schoolgirl in love with her teacher really should be listed as a trope if it
isn't by now, especially for Japanese media. Yet, Gal Gohan puts quite the shine on an old story, and it's hard to not support and enjoy the lead heroine's (Miku) earnest feelings... while being a bit of a goober about how she expresses them. When the second heroine was introduced I was worried the story would go off formula a bit and that it would lose the luster I'd been enjoying so much, but in the end the course is true, even with more characters sharing that course.
Short version: The jokes are funny, the emotions heartfelt and endearing. Perfect for a romcom with impact.
Art: Honestly just got look at the art. The girls are all uniquely designed, and even the male lead, Mr. Yabe manages to not look like a stock male lead for anime and manga. The panels flow nicely, the environments are detailed and engaging, and action, is illustrated quite fluidly.
...plus there's plenty of panty shots and various "ecchi" material... which is quite nice to look at. Miku's a stunner and the art illustrates that very well.
Character: Making archetypes into interesting characters takes a deft hand with the pen. Trust me, I'm an author myself. Taking archetypes, and a somewhat tropetastic story, then making something engaging and spirited out of it, well that's even more special, and I'd say where Gal Gohan really puts rubber to the road is with it's characters. Miku's an engaging and, despite her attempts to act otherwise, intelligent female lead, and her goober moments, driven by her pure and sweet heart, whether she's managed a slapstick klutz move or she's realized she's expressed her feelings a bit too directly are great. Then again, I enjoy a girl who clearly knows how to use her looks to her advantage shifting to pure maiden mode without a clutch.
Fujiwara is a character that very easily could have stayed as stock standard issue, but develops rather nicely into more than the sum of her tropes. (Much more than this is spoiler territory so I'll leave it here)
Yabe too does an excellent job, not just of being a good teacher, but showing exactly why Miku's into him. He's reliable, kind, the right kind of intense... and he can cook. (irl dating tip from a married guy, learn to cook gentlemen. Miku digs a man who knows his way around a kitchen, and so do most women. Plus eating good food is it's own reward.) He's a decent guy, and he's earned Miku's affections in a very believable way that does deepen and go further than a simple school girl crush.
Enjoyment: I think that's pretty obvious by now considering I'm writing a freaking essay on a romcom about a pure gyaru trying to earn her Mrs. degree immediately after graduating high school.
I'm a sucker for cute, romantic stories, and I feel that Gal Gohan hits the spot with that criteria while adding a bit more on top of it.
The Manga describes a Gyaru (gal) by the name of Miku Okazaki who's practically the worst student in the school and is given the task of making cookies for the teachers in order to allow her to graduate. However, she ends up staying in a cooking club that a home economic's teacher, Mr. Yabe, makes.
The story doesn't a specific direction that it goes in, (maybe aside from but each chapter does (most of the time) introduce a new
dish they make in their club and also shows their adventures for that section.
The art is phenomenal, the characters look great; the main & other girls are cute, MC looks handsome. Massive props to the artist.
If you're looking for something lighthearted, funny, cute, with romance, comedy, set in a school, and/or includes cooking, Gal Gohan is definitely something to check out.