Protagonist, Robato, is a super serious, dead-pan, neat freak who is also the least flexible and can never read a situation right. His unfeeling and expressionless face gave him the nickname—Robo. One day this Robo meets golf and...!?
As a part of the JUMP START initiative, the first three chapters of Robot x Laserbeam were published in English 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.
I really like Tadatoshi-sensei's work, Kuroko no Basuke. So i tried his new work, Robot x Laserbeam. This is only my first impression, not yet fully reviewed.
Can be rarely seen sport manga with golf as its basic theme. Golf itself is said to be a rich people sport so I also have never tried * forget it*. And this is my first time read manga about golf, so this kind of new thing for me like read Chihayafuru and 3-Gatsu no Lion.
I'm sports lovers, and so far enjoyed enough. If in the beginning still warming up and new info on each chapter, at least it's
straight to the point. And the good part is the process, because the main character (which reminds me of Saitama from OPM) is not described as experienced or prodigy like Kuroko and Echizen Ryoma. It's like he's a diamond in an unshakable mud like Hinata Shoyo from Haikyuu !!, an existence capable of threatening anyone.
Many Kurobas feels here. First, look at his rival, Miura Youzan, called the best golfer in Japan in his young age (similar to Daiki); a tough and hard personality. And one more thing, a regular player at his school golf club also reminds me with Generation of Miracles (except thecaptain). I hope the story format is not like Kurobas, and Tadatoshi-sensei really tells the Robato process from the beginner to a pro golfer and go to the international.
The story sometimes funny & chills at the same time, which makes exciting indeed the character of Robato who insensitive and arbitrarily *pity his friend XD* but great ability, improve every game, analyze the shortcomings and opponent game with an instant until Rion is made goosebumps.
“I have Saitama’s face. I have Hinata’s hair. BAM! Robo-kun.”
Do you like sports manga? You probably have watched or read Kuroko no Basket and know how good it actually is. Now, Tadatoshi Fujimaki grant us with Robot x Laserbeam a sport manga about golf: n. a game in which clubs with wooden or metal heads are used to hit a small, white ball into a number of holes, usually 9 or 18, in succession, situated at various distances over a course having natural or artificial obstacles, the object being to get the ball into each hole in as few strokes as possible. Source: (Dictionary).
introduces us to Hatohara Robato, or rather, Robot, who doesn’t have many friends and gets bullied almost daily [HE NEVER NOTICED], but is a prodigy, who can do something very surprising: the laserbeam shot, even if he does not play particularly well. In reality Robot has a natural talent in being a prodigy of hard work, ‘cause without the cause of knowing, Robot improved his golf shot accuracy while borrowing his father old club and shooting some balls on the fields, while waiting for his father pick up the vegetables he uses at the restaurant for almost 10 years. He is also the type of guy who feels more than he can explain and express, which is in itself profoundly the methodical and I-don’t-particullary-intend-to-lose-either personallity. Aside Robot inability to properly socialize, he sincerely do his best when it comes to golf to the point he gives his all to change his poor physical conditioning, regardless acceptance towards others high school golf club members. Being a sport manga centered in a beginner, it allows the manga to explain rules, like during a golf game Tadatoshi Fujimaki kind of bring the golf’s rules to us and Robot. We end becoming familiarized with the game.
The story resolves around another characters too - Miura Youzan the best golfer in Japan in his young age. And for this consider the moment when Robot meets up with Miura at the golf center. Miura Youzan has 100% interest in golf. Infact Miura loves golf. Hatohara Robato has 0% interest in golf. Robot don’t play golf, but after a space of pages Robot interest in golf start to rise.
That said, Robot x Laserbeam presented a solid narration, with characters that create an empathy of the public, great jokes with a correct timing, a good presentation for the sport. The manga makes a great job when it comes to terms of keeping you excited and wanting more.