His late father always said that a useless man should strive to be useful, so to that end, third-year high school student Nariyuki Yuiga dedicated himself to becoming a high-achieving student in his school, despite his history of poor grades. In order to give his destitute family a better life, his ultimate goal is to obtain the special VIP nomination, a prestigious scholarship covering all future university tuition fees. Although Nariyuki could feasibly be a shoe-in for the nomination, he is constantly overshadowed by classmates Rizu Ogata and Fumino Furuhashi in mathematics and literature, respectively.
To his delight, Nariyuki receives the nomination, but there's a catch: he has to tutor his two star classmates, who are each hopelessly mediocre at the other’s subject of expertise! To make matters worse, the subjects they are horrible at are the same subjects they want to pursue for their future. As the time to submit university applications draws nearer, Nariyuki must find an effective tutoring method for the girls before it’s too late.
As a part of the JUMP START initiative, the first three chapters of Bokutachi wa Benkyou ga Dekinai were published in English as We Never Learn in VIZ Media's digital Weekly Shonen Jump on the same day as the Japanese release. After, the series was added to VIZ Media's Weekly Shonen Jump lineup. The same publisher has licensed the series for print release.
So far, I think this series is rather enjoyable, but I don't think it will last that long in the magazine. The plot is nothing interesting, and the story seems as though it will be yet another cliche Harem like To Love Ru or Nisekoi.
The artwork isn't much to talk about, since it really resembles a lot from the series Nisekoi. I don't know if this was intentional, since the mangaka may have been an assistant to the author of Nisekoi in the past.
Only time will truly tell how this series does in the future, since it isn't doing anything new.
This romance manga had a lot of potential. The first few volumes were very good and they created and interesting plot with very likable characters. Unfortunately, this manga does what many shounen romances do, forgo the story for the sake of prolonging their run.
The beginning of this manga is mainly there to pull you in (like how most mangas are), which it will do if you enjoy reading romance. I think i stayed hooked for the first 10-20 chapters because it was a genuinely good manga. Slowly though, it started doing what every other shounen romance does; stops focusing on the actual content and romance
to just show the MC hanging around with the girls. The plot stops progressing each chapter and instead will probably progress a little every 10-20 chapters. In the meantime, you get to watch the MC go somewhere (practically everywhere he goes) and he just so happens to run into some, if not all, of the FMC's! It's either that, or a FMC will get a personal chapter where it's just her and the MC. And guess what, the author draws a line that they decide to never cross called the "relationship" line.
The author has created many chances and opportunities for the MC to start dating one of the FMC's, but the author destroys each of these chances personally because they rather have more chapters than an actually good romance manga. The worst thing they have done was add two more girls to the mix who are just trash characters. They are literally there just to add more chapters and give the author more opportunities to avoid romance progression. The MC went from being a kind of cool nerd who works really hard to a guy who just gets embarrassed every chapter after hanging out with a girl.
I feel the author read To-love-ru and thought to themselves that this is the perfect way to prolong a series. Too bad they failed to account for the fact that to-love-ru's plot is to get the MC to marry all of the girls; the plot's goal is to get a harem, so they kind of have to show him spending time with all the girls. This plot's goal however isn't the harem, so showing him spending time with every girl for an absurd amount of chapters has no point. At the beginning it's fine, but after doing it for 20+ chapters, it needs to stop. I could go more into it, but i'll leave it at that.
I recommend if anything to just read this manga until you're bored (which will happen pretty quickly) and then just choose your favorite girl to be with the MC and stop reading. Eventually after another 100 chapters when the real decision is made, you can come back to see who he picks, no point in reading anything in between.
"We Never Learn" is not a good romance story. It is neither good, nor a romance, nor a story.
Story: 0. This isn't a story, there is no story. There WAS a story but it lost its legs ages ago.
Art: 4. Same as everyone else's. Nothing special. Just like the Japanese masses like it.
Character: 4. What started off as promising devolved into tropes and cliches rather quickly.
Enjoyment: 2. There were some funny jokes that got to me every once in a while, but "some funny jokes" can't save this trash heap.
Overall: 3. The definition of bland. So scared of being different it erases everything that made
it special. What a disappointment.
There are many aspects that one comes to expect from romance stories. At least two complex characters that, by bridging the barriers that separate them, learn to accept each others' feelings and help one another become better people. A romance story is like any other story in that it comprises of a status quo, a conflict, and the most important part: a RESOLUTION.
It is this lack of such an essential piece of storytelling that prevents this cookie-cutter harem trash from being enjoyable at all. Instead, insisting on brutally twisting the legs off an otherwise interesting premise, leaving the story spitting blood as it gingerly limps itself forward, dragging its two gnarled leg-stumps on a circular path, forever going in circles until the day the Shonen Jump gods become tired of planting their seed all over what used to be a promising premise, now a bloodied, beaten, broken shadow of what could have been.
Shitsurei kamimashita. I shouldn't be rambling so much.
"We Never Learn' is yet another "harem manga with a twist" designed to go on for ages without any actual payoff. As it progresses the characters, art, and humor slowly reveal their hidden forms as cookie-cutter anime tropes and cliches, copying situations from the harem manga bucket and tweaking them to fit the premise. At this time the inventive story and characters from ch. 1 have been replaced with a typical harem plot where nothing happens, following the high-school adventures of Harem Protagonist no. 8713 and Girls no. 1, 2(my personal favorite), 3, 4, and 5 as they do literally nothing for however many chapters Master Shonen Jump wants.
This was fun, can't wait to do it again. Writing reviews I mean, not reading this trash.
Bokutachi wa Benkyou ga Dekinai is an enjoyable manga despite being very cliche in the world of romcom. There's an unwritten balance within the characters that shines in a fun way and that is unique.
For the start, to be honest, i feel the story is poorly written, without almost any significant progress starting from chapter 5-7 onwards. Add to that, harem and ecchi (yes, this manga has ecchi genre actually, rather a light one) are two genres that im not a fan of. Then how can i enjoy this manga?
The answer to that question is the characterization. In my opinion, characterization is the strongest point
that this manga has.
Speaking about characterization, those characters themselves are usual and some will find them cliche (tsundere, airhead, sports girl etc), but there's a balance within them. In this manga, we can't really say who will the male MC end up with. Even the popularity pool that took place before ch 61 was surprising. If the mangaka wrote this phenomenon as "the hardest race between heroines", then yeah, that describes the balance that i speak really well.
This manga consistently keeping each of its heroine in their own track, then developing it in a somehow relatable manner. One just being a friend to the MC, one fell in love with the MC without realizing it, one also fell in love but she aware of it, etc - all of them have their own track, and from this track the story make its progress. I guess this is the source of that balance. Then adds some light comedies and this manga become interesting piece of art.