Seton Academy, a school full of animals where, thanks to population decline, there are fewer humans than any other creature. Mazama Jin, an animal hater and the only human male in his class, falls in love with Hino Hitomi, the only female human, the moment he lays eyes her. However he soon finds himself entangled with various other creatures after he reluctantly joins the 'pack' of Lanka the wolf, the only other member of her pack.
This manga form the start did not set my expectations very high, to be honest i wouldn't read this manga if i didn't have a lot of time to waste on my hands. I now I'm glad i did give this manga a chance becouse it was a lot funnier then I expected.
If you are looking for a story driven manga this title is not for you becouse it has no story whatsoever. If you can make it pass the story it can be a really simple entertainment.
It's a funny one this one, and as the chapters progress it's even better.
The best part of this
manga are the characters. Ther are a lot of mangas that has animalized* characters, but this manga made them the best. No manga ever made the animal side so awesome and accurate, you can actually learn a lot of things about animals, don't know if they are true but still :D
When you make one of the girls is a sloth and a t-rex is a teacher what can go wrong.
Story 7: Murenase! Seton Gakuen's over all narrative plotting is the standard slice of life/high school comedy formula, but unlike most manga/anime where this formula holds the narrative back, I feel that this allows the series to push at a much faster pace without feeling rushed. The series uses the expectations of the viewer to allow for a bypass of sorts, using the common sol tropes to skip alot of the exposition that is common in these sorts of narratives and instead use that time for great jokes, solid characterization, and a great set of morals that are surprisingly relevant to modern societal issues.
The art, while adorable, cutesy, and at times just the perfect amount of bizarre, is kind of hard to really talk about, because in this type of manga, it is pretty much the standard among slice of life manga. It stands out more in how the series uses its art to create comedic moments, with intensely detailed zoom in shots, animals that are far more realistic looking in some pics then immediately minimalist in the next shot, which allows this series that on the surface looks standard, feel more unique visually.
Character 9: The characters of Murense! Seton Gakuen are surprisingly detailed, especially our protagonist, which is something I thought I wouldnt get to say before. He has struggles unique to him (not just the whole being in a school of animals while being human thing), like how he has an intense disgust for his peers, whom he views as being foreign to him, he has a masculinity complex that hides a more sensitive side, and he has a lot of trouble expressing himself due to social anxiety. This is all portrayed in a way that is both hilarious and relatable, and it goes even further with the side characters. Each one has surprising depth as the author uses the other characters to express different common issues among modern youth, from being a social outcast, body image issues, and even gender dysphoria. That last one surprised me with how adeptly it was handled, as the joke wasnt hey look its a girl that thinks its a guy, ha. The joke is that the realization of thier gender was apparent to all but her, and the shock of this realization was too much for her to deal with. The way the chapter is framed is identical to the "coming out of the closet" scenes featured in a lot of media, and her response, while adorable, still further expresses how she is having difficulty accepting the situation she finds herself in. Gender dysphoria is a complex issue, that very few series handle well, and its nice to see one that truly does.
The series has multiple other moments and characters like this that handle complex and serious issues with a level of understanding that belays the light hearted nature of the story. Often times I will finish a chapter both laughing and thinking about the weight of what just happened, which is pretty remarkable.
enjoyment 8: If there is one word that I can use to describe my experience with this series, its surprising. I am not a fan of most slice of life stories, that goes doubly true for gimmicky comedies, but this is among the best ive ever scene. Its both ridiculous and zany in its comedy, yet smart and competent in its character and world, and is heart warming and modern in its moral expression. The series gives you more than just good jokes, it gives you something to think about and reflect on, and that, above all is pretty darn surprising.
Over all 8: Murenase! Seton Gakuen, while still being an excellent story with writing far beyond that of most of its competitors of the sol genre, is still a comedy sol with some minor harem elements. It is still a cut girls doing cute things series as well, so if that bothers you and turns you off inherently, then you wont like this series. However, if you were to try any sol, school comedy, or 'cute girls doing cute things' series this is the one to try, as its well written, well designed, and just cant help but endear you to it.