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 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.
Robot x Laserbeam is like Kuroko no Basket sports-wise. Kuroko no Basket was basketball with superpowers, Robot x Laserbeam is golf with superpowers.
The reason I think Robot x Laserbeam is a bit better than Kuroko no Basket so far is because I enjoy Robo's character more than Kuroko's and Kagami's and in general, so far, it lacks the unnecessary and cringeworthy drama that Kuroko no Basket had.
I also like the fact that the mangaka chose golf because every hole is special in a golf course and many unexpected things can happen as part of the game, allowing the mangaka to write all sorts of
If you are looking for something sports based that is over the top (and not realistic by any means) and fun to read, here you are.