Ijiranaide, Nagatoro-san, aka Please don't bully me, Nagatoro-san is honestly, pretty different. And in a way that I definitely appreciate!
The plot is simple and to the point. A girl named Nagatoro adores bullying her poor Senpai, and takes immense satisfaction in getting him as flustered and worked up as possible.
Now, if you're not a fan of sadistic girls or a 'character bullies the one they like' trope, then this probably won't be your cup of tea. So far, Nagatoro isn't secretly an adorably innocent girl pining over her Senpai in secret and slightly bullying him, no. She seems to genuinely enjoy it, and
likes seeing his reaction and seems to be doing it simply because she wants to and it's fun.
I really, really like this dynamic so far. It doesn't beat around the bush, and from the title alone, you can see what you're getting into. A girl who loves bullying her Senpai, and her Senpai, who tolerates it because he's got a budding crush on her and also, because he's honestly too weak to fend her off.
Nagatoro and her Senpai are both great so far, and play off of each other well.
Nagatoro, who's blunt, mean, and insults Senpai in the first five minutes of knowing him just because she likes seeing him squirm. She's really endearing in her own right, and comes across cute, even with her sadistic tendencies. Her Senpai is pretty damned adorable too, and as someone who likes when dudes are flustered/cute, I appreciate that ;3c He's just trying to get through life without having a nervous breakdown from Nagatoro's antics, and his crush on her is just great.
The art for this manga is really, really good!! I gotta say, this mangaka has a knack for drawing the cutest expressions while still keeping 'em unique (seriously, I've screencapped so much of this manga solely for some of Senpai's and Nagatoro's expressions in certain panels.) and I adore the designs of both the characters.
Really, really loving this so far (seriously, more stuff like this needs to come out *slides a ten dollar bill to any and all mangaka* please...) and can't wait to read more!
If you're into flustered dudes, sadistic girls, or just unorthadox romance, then this may just be for you!
Edit: If you don't like my review, don't read it. I'll ignore anyone who posts any kind of disrespectful comments on my profile. I don't keep anyone from enjoying this manga, it's just MY opinion. Good for you if you love reading it, I know I don't. Please, grow up.
Wow, I did not like this.
I expected something cute and funny where a kouhai would make fun of her senpai because she likes him but shit, this is real bullying. This is like GTO level bullying minus the fun parts and Onizuka-sensei bringing justice for the bullied.
For a romcom whose sole purpose is to make me
laugh and swoon over the Nagatoro and Senpai's relationship, it failed. This actually disgusted me. I forced myself to finish the nine chapters that were out just to see if it could get better. Surely, there are romantic feelings between the two of them but love does not pardon the attitude. This is one of these mangas that send the wrong message: it's okay to bully if it's to someone you like.
Well, here's one for you: it's never okay to bully. Not your crush, your romantic partner, your friend, your classmate, anyone.
From this, I get the story is meant to evolve and develop a cute romantic relationship but no matter under which angle I take this, I can't see it being healthy in the future. This manga has no humor weight or deep meaning, it feels like it's only a way for abusive comportment in romantic couples to be romanticized. If this manga had as a purpose to expose Nagatoro's journey to redemption like Shouka from A Silent Voice, it would have given more depth to the characters. I'm persuaded the story would have found a better place in the drama category. However, this is not the case. And as a comedy, I did not even smile.
As for now, we're stuck in some kind of episodic trash where Nagatoro makes fun of everything her senpai likes or even humiliates his feelings. What infuriates me most is senpai attitude. It's like babysitting kids; you got to imposes limits or else, the kids will be nightmares with you. But senpai says nothing and lets himself be bullied so the story becomes repetitive overall. They both suck as manga characters and they both suck as human beings. In that case, sorry to say, they deserve each other.
The only redeeming point of this manga is the aesthetics. The faces, the chara design, the overall art is very dynamic. Sadly, it gets quickly redundant since they both always make the same expressions and nothing really happens. I think it's better for the mangaka to go back drawing hentai because this story as a romcom brings me no interest, it has no comedic values nor romantic depth. If that was his shot at becoming a 'serious' mangaka let's say, well it failed.
Do not recommend.
Will not finish.
Will cut right to the point here, this manga is relatively new but I'm getting quite a bit out of it.
The Mangaka is quick to capture the nuances of what makes anime successful: Cute, relatable, yet exaggerated expressions, anatomical consistency, and lowering the detail for funnier moments.
All executed flawlessly, in my opinion.
Both characters are quite cute, and are designed quite well.
As mentioned with the story, I sincerely hope the Mangaka gives the story a good payoff, it would be a shame to see this end with Senpai legitimately suffering.
Personally, I'm really not enjoying the
lack of development.
I somewhat have the ability to look past this and enjoy how Nagatoro expresses her interest in Senpai in the form of bullying.
It;s hinting at tension......we just haven't seen it resolve yet.
Keeping fingers crossed.
It offers an initially cruel take on the teasing trope, where you legitimately think Nagatoro wants to make Senpai miserable, but eventually there's..moments.
Moments that make it quite clear that she has care/feelings for Senpai
(The art has her blush only around MC, she blatantly follows him, she only teases Senpai but shows blatant bashfulness at times.
The reason I made this a 6-10 is simply the fact that is doesn't seem to be developing at all, suffering a similar fate Takagi-San has.
With a story like this, you want to show a progression of their relationship that heads SOMEWHERE, so you're at least showing that the story has a direction.
Otherwise, every chapter feels the same....and in this case, it really does.
Overall it's a solid 7-10, cute art and equally flawed characters make a cute but...it's REALLY hard to look past the lack of development this story has.
I feel the Mangaka is really missing the cue here to take their relationship SOMEWHERE other than....well.....whatever it's at now.
Finger's crossed for the next couple of chapters...
EDIT: Development occurs after Ch. 6, bumping this up to an 8 out of 10.
First off: I want you to ignore every single person who says this manga is about bullying/has bullying. It does not. If you do not think there is any attraction in being submissive to a dominant woman, you will not enjoy this manga. If you do not see Eroticism in humiliation/teasing, this is not for you. And thats fine! Not every piece of media is meant for every person.
Now, this manga is about a D/s relationship. It's not inherently obvious to the fact, because the characters do not look like stereotypes. Or at least, Nagatoro does not. Typically, in anime, most dominant women are
tall, sexy, bombshells, etc. They usually have whips, or whatever stereotypical thing you can think of. As a dom woman myself, I have never related to these characters. They are simply a fantasy of what the average joe thinks a dominant woman is.
Likewise, anime has something I like to call "fake dominants". These are women with the outward characteristics of dominant women, yet are actually submissive at heart, and simply need to be "broken in" by the right man. A good example of this is Haruhi Suzumiya. She is demanding, strong willed, and takes charge, but she is still seen as something for Kyon to tame. She is weak in front of the man she loves. This is generally why is dislike the tsundere trope.
Now, why did I preface this review with all these extraneous details?
That is because this character, Nagatoro, is a true S type. A dom character if I have ever seen one. She does not hold her tongue, nor is she ever seen as "in the wrong" for doing what she does. And while it's not inherently clear from chapter one, the main male character does enjoy this.
Now, let's get into the general aspects of the work.
It's nothing much. Serviceable. The setting is simply a school, used as a vehicle for various scenarios between the two main characters. The story is nothing you haven't seen before; various comedy moments with small moments of character development every couple of chapters. Simple, straight forward.
I've had previous experience with this artists work, mainly in the form of doujins. I can say that this work is his best, artistically, yet. The anatomy is more consistent and accurate then usual, which is great to see. Beyond that, his expressions are some of the best i've seen in years. Full of life and character, it's honestly very inspiring to me as an artist. The character design for Nagatoro is fantastic. She's adorable in every way. The MC, who only goes by Senpai, is cute enough to be able to self-insert on.. though I wouldn't call him just that exactly. Anyway, point is, the art is adorable, and it's a great step forward for the mangaka compared to his previous works.
This is where this manga shines for me. Nagatoro is... perfect. It's rare that I ever feel that I relate to a character, but oh my goodness, Nagatoro is pure condensed sadism. She drives the MC to points of crying, and never once is she put down for it, outside of when she /does/ go to far. And when she does, she apologies. Yet even through her apologies, she still /knows/ that the MC wants more, and will continue her teasing in a more appropriate way. A never once does the mangaka pull back on the reigns. Nagatoro is always in control, and is there to be served/to tease her senpai. As it should be.
As for the senpai character, he's not so bad either. He certainly activates my "cute timid boy I would tease" feelings. His expressions are wonderful. But he's not simply a character to be pushed around. He has goals and things he would like to accomplish. It is because he has passions deep inside for his craft, which leads Nagatoro to take interest in him. The MC has a history of bullying/repression in his past, which isn't at all uncommon in many submissive who turn to being dominated. I won't get into psychological reasons, but BDSM in general can be therapeutic. Because he has yet to accept his desire to be dominated/humiliated, he still mentally pushes back against Nagatoro, but we all know he doesn't mean it, and would be extremely lonely without her. That said, it's more common for submissives to throw themselves wholeheartedly into desiring humiliation/teasing.
Nagatoro always knows that what she's doing is extreme. She brings it up various times in the manga, saying to the MC "aren't I doing some pretty mean stuff?". The MC mumbles in response, as he do not truly desire her to stop. Nagatoro knows this, so she gleefully keeps up their dynamic. There is nothing in this relationship between characters that is NOT consensual.
Well, as a woman in a D/s relationship, me and my SO certainly get much enjoyment out of this series. Your milage may vary depending on how willing you are to accept that Nagatoro's teasing of her senpai is erotic and very much wanted by her senpai, even though he "resists" a bit.
Personally, I love love love this manga. Can I recommend it to most people? Not really. You have to inherently accept some level of BDSM kink, and not just pointed at women, but at men as well. Due to this barrier to entry, It's going to stay a niche series, but as someone firmly in that niche, I would highly recommend it. Do you like to see cute boys crying in embarrassment from merciless teasing? Do you like to see a cute, small character in control and dominating a boy? Then this is the series made for you! I give it a 9 though because some people still get antsy when series have minimal romantic progress, and this series is more about Nagatoro various methods of teasing her Senpai, rather then growing a relationship within a plot.
Our story is about the titular Nagatoro and her crush, the unamed MC, who is refereed to as "senpai." Senpai is a weeby adolescent. He's bashful, nerdy, and blatantly attracted to classmate. Nagatoro is said animated classmate that enoys teasing Senpai while pretending she doesn't have feelings for him. Every chapter is some degree of Nagatoro teasing Senpai, with the encounter ending in a mildly awkward moment indicative of their mutual affection to each other. Naga's 2 friends become more involved in the story to provide additional ways to tease the main protagonist and occasionally Hayase herself. Indirect kisses, discussions about boobs, tantalizing
the MC by directly acknowledging his sexual desire, Ijiranaide, Nagatoro-san has it all. Does the main relationship amount to a captivating high point? No. Is there any strong thematic quality to extract from this? No. A few of the situations warrant a giggle the way they are resolved, but the story is mostly one-note tedium. The characters designs are cute, evident by the popularity of Hayase. Certain pages are paneled well, though for the most part the art itself is generic, standard, unexceptional manga art, though expressions from characters are adorable. The characters themselves are generic, standard, unexceptional tropes who's actions get moderately repetitive. Senpai's interests parallel with the likely viewer's interests (anime, video games, women). Who he is as a person is purposely left ambiguous. The story writes itself, absent of twists, turns, roadbumps, moments of actualization, moments of solace, moments of profoundness, or any commendable literary facet. I'm being harsh. Some of the situations are mildly entertaining, though more comedic than endearing. The characters go somewhere in the chapter20ish range, but several chapters are redundant with each other from both a character and plot perspective until that point, a "how can I tease senpai this week" kind of structure. Even when the couple makes small advancements at one point, it's not overall significant. There is attention drawn to Nagatoro's sexual and emotional immaturity despite making superficial advances on dearest Senpai, which could set a nigh palpable tone the manga, but that's it. There's attention drawn to it. It doesn't go anywhere. I doubt it will until the manga ends. It desponds me because there is potential here. Instead there is a story bereft of impact.
Why do people read this? Rhetorical, I know why people read this. They want to adore Nagatoro. They want to project themselves on generic, unremarkable, bashful Senpai. They want to gush over the thought of being intimate with Nagatoro without actually being intimate, forever in the early, adolescent stages of romance of checking her out, playfully touching, and making euphemistic jests. To have a cute, young girl pampering them as her premiere focus, and all the auxiliary traits that come with this. But why? There are much, much better romance stories out there. Kare Kano, for example, features a high school couple that starts off by teasing each other (admittedly that part of the story is pretty bad), but eventually progresses into a tale of a relationship that feels real. It has cute designs, a central focus on a initially timid romance, but is so much more than just that. Kareshi Kanojo no Jijou has characters that feel like people, with their own unique interests, tastes, goals, problems, and outlooks on life. The characters aren't one-dimensional self-inserts for the audience, but rather draw the audience through their empathetic qualities of feeling like interesting, real people.
This story is mindless fun. Low-brow writing. That's not an excuse for being boring. This could be a great story about the fun, innocent youthful days of better times. Or the story of two teenagers growing up with one another throughout their school years, finding themselves in the process. Something simple but effective. It isn't, nor anything such. I am not trying to spite Ijiranaide, Nagatoro-san. I don't hate this manga. As stated above, I'm saddened by it. It's boring. There are manga that execute the same concept as Ijiranaide, Nagatoro-san with better art, better characters, forming a relationship I cared about, confluencing elements to create stories with powerful themes and emotions. I want people to understand there is much more they can get out of a story like this. Something where the synopsis does not summarize the substance. Something with heart, value, and a desire to evoke qualities and a message for the reader to appreciate, while still being everything Ijiranaide, Nagatoro-san is.
I usually have little tolerance for cliche female characters acting like assholes because some exuse or other, so after reading the reviews i didn't go into it with much optimism.
However I binged all the translated chapters, and I though it was good? This is pretty much the reason i decided to write this review, because i think many others miss the point.
There is teasing, and there is abuse. The line is not crystal clear, however, this is clearly not the latter.
If you look past what's being said, and instead focus what is done, and how the characters react to each other, it's clear that
Nagatoro is not just a thoughtless bully. Sure, she's not conventionaly kind, but there is a certain kindness to hear, and she know's where too far is. How she acts could be generally considered messed up, but she doesn't act that way to everyone. What she does is specific to her relationship with the MC, and it works.
The story is still pretty short right know, but there is some slow and steady character development, and I'm pretty interested to see where it goes. If you've been put off by the bad reviews, just give it a chance.
I completely understand why someone would not like this. A lot of parts of the story and the way some scenes are forced is pretty mediocre. After a few chapters, it got kinda lame and the new characters that appeared didn't seem to contribute anything to the whole. But this manga is also really fascinating. Or at least the reason why some people get really attached to this kind of history and relationship is fascinating to me.
Nagatoro is a school girl who likes to bully her Senpai. Simple as that, that's the whole thing. She plots different things to make him suffer and seeing him
shivering makes Nagatoro thrill, using everything at her hands to do so. Her strongest desire is to be close and to have him caught right between her hands, to make him feel like his life is controled by her. She pressures him to do as she pleases and that brings her joy. He's her little toy and she loves to play game after game.
Senpai, only called that -we don't need to hear anything more, really-, cries, gets insulted and is about to breakdown in almost every scene. To call this an s/m relationship is kinda fishy as he is only tolerating and acepting this because it is easier for him (he even explains it and his general relation with bullying).
He grows to like Nagatoro and their relationship, yes, but what Senpai likes is not being teased or attacked in any way, he doesn't enjoy being put to shame, being uncomfortable or being ridiculed. The pain and suffering are not arousing to him. What he likes is all the attention she gives him. It's very questionable how healthy this relationship is, some people probably don't care about it, they just want to read something they enjoy, but there's a bit more to it.
Suddenly, a younger girl spends a great portion of her time with you and has her eyes fixed on you. She talks to you and touches you. You think about her. She's there, she's real. And you love that, 'cause you never had anything similar to that. It's incredible. You even wished for something like it. It doesn't matter under which condition it is happening. You feel hers.
Nagatoro gives herself to Senpai in a way more honest and, you could say, pure that the one perceived in traditional love. Bullying seems to be more direct and they share pleasure through that, something that seems very resonant with people, specially young men. She wouldn't leave Senpai and wouldn't let him escape either. There's certainty and comfort in it different from the one in common romance. Then, Senpai holds into it and gets himself absorbed. He feels hers. He feels someone cares for him due to all of this. And that's what matters to him.
Through the chapters, something similar to a love relationship normally depicted in manga seems to emerge, but you can't ignore what was the base for that development. After all, it is what I found interesting about this, the illusion behind their relationship.
This is the type of manga you sit and wait for, and when it drops, you smile from ear to ear. For the next 17 pages, you sit grinning at your screen, reading eagerly. Soon realising you finish the chapter you look at the ending page of Nagatoros smug face staring at you and think "I WANT IT TO BE A FORTNIGHT ALREADY" then proceeded to re-read the chapter, crying on the inside.
Basically, to put it into perspective, this manga is more addictive than cocaine to me and if I don't get my fix every fortnight I go into a nervous break down of
smug faces and dark-skin anime girls.
How can one read through all these chapters of verbal abuse and not feel sick in their stomach? For those who do - admit that it's a guilty pleasure. I acknowledge that there are people who are into it - being talked down and degraded by an anime 'waifu'. But nobody in their right mind should find it "cute" to see anyone being bullied. Ever.
You do not bully others because you like them. You do not bully people to the point of crying. Takagi-san is a great example of how one can utilize playfulness and proper pranking/teasing. What Nagatoro does is straight up abuse.
Nobody in their right mind would pinpoint the deepest insecurities of those they care about and use it for humiliation to the point of making their victim cry - and enjoy it. No decent human would approach someone who is earnestly pursuing their dreams and absolutely degrade all the effort they went through becuase 'it was fun'. Why? Why would anybody say that is okay? Why would the author depict this as an idealistic form of romance?
Obviously the story gets a 1. It made me sick to the stomach. Perhaps I am biased or I "just don't get it". But when I see bullying, especially romanticized and excused in this way, this makes me sick. I kept reading and yes, I know that Nagatoro gets less harsh. But what the story needs needs is for what Nagatoro did to be acknowledged as disgusting. A silent voice made an attempt at this and while it was by no means a perfect portrayal of the potential bullying has on a person's psyche, at least they tried.
Art gets an 8. On a surface level the artwork can be said to be cute too, although it's nothing new. More importantly, I have to acknowledge the ability of the author to somewhat depict the smug and absolute heartlessness of Natagoro and the devastation and insecurity of her victim to the point that I found it hard to continue. Well done.
Character gets a 3. I applaud the author for being able to depict a bully and victim decently. However, interactions between people of those sorts of personalities usually result in much more fucked up outcomes. The start was well done, but you missed on the follow up.
Enjoyment gets a 1. Need I explain more?
This is definitely my opinion and a bias. I can tell that this is a guilty pleasure type of manga and there might've been many people like me who came in expecting something similar to a Tagaki-san dynamic. Others may have just wanted to see some art or eyecandy. I tried to give this a chance, but I'm just appalled.
So, this is my first review. I'm happy to be losing my reviewer virginity to sadism herself, Nagatoro-san.
(This review is a review of chapters up the the current one: ''Chapter 13: Nope, This is Senpai's Drawing'')
If you want my overall score without having to read the entire thing, here it is:
First of all, I know this manga is not for everyone. It can be hard for people to make it past the first 6 chapters (especially those with a history of being bullied, because Nagatoro does make Senpai cry and then mock him for it). But after chapter 6,
it gets better. Not that chapters 1-6 are bad, they're just sad really. So if a manga about unrequited love and a sadistic girl (who occasionally isn't a sadist) doesn't sound good to you, maybe skip this one.
But anyways, onto the review.
The story here is decently written, but it's a slice of life manga so naturally every chapter is disconnected from the others with the only connections between them being the characters (e.g a scene isn't going to start in chapter 7 and end in chapter 8). The main driving point of the story is that it's unique. I can't think of a manga or anime that has a story similar to this.
The basic idea is that our Main Character, the unnamed 'Senpai', is a lonely, flustered, otaku boy who enjoyes reading fanservice manga and spending all his free time alone in the art room. So if you're on MAL chances are you can relate to this character. However, when a dark skinned, wide eyed first year girl called Nagatoro picks up one of his drawings he dropped, a typical shonen boy saving a hot girl from danger, she dedicates her school life to making his life miserable (or maybe she's trying to do something else). So why does he put up with her? He has a crush on her. Unfortunately for our pubescent hero, it doesn't seem mutual. So while it's tagged as a romance, it's pretty one sided and hidden (the only signs we get that he loves her is a few panels scattered around the manga and the description).
Other than the concept alone, the story isn't too interesting. Each chapter is a new environment and a new situation with no overlapping arcs or story connections (e.g. Nagatoro is making fun of Senpai's art on the way home from school, Nagatoro is teasing Senpai in the Art room, Nagatoro is calling Senpai her pet in front of her friends in the Canteen).
By far my favorite part of this whole manga is the art. The artist nanashi (or 774 House) nails the often embarrassed and flustered facial expressions of his characters, perhaps from his experience in.... other genres. I'm talking NSFW, Lolita,Thrown-In-Jail-For-Degeneracy style genres, including one called ''Naked Honey Kana Fire 2 Monkey Copulation with Landscape Species''. So take that however you want to.
Anyways, if you've been on r/animemes on reddit, no doubt have you seen some art from this series, including the extremely popular (and my desktop background) juice box meme
The art here is phenomenal, the stuff of memes. Like many others, I find myself screenshotting and cropping every single panel to use as reaction picture images. I cannot fault the art, it's amazing
Oh boy. Since there are only two important characters in this manga, I rated each one out of 5 and added them together to get my final score.
Lets start with Senpai. He's boring! He literally is only interesting when Nagatoro is bullying him and hes failing to stand up for himself. He doesn't even have a name! He literally has nothing going for him, except how he looks adorable when bullied by Nagatoro. He's a lackluster, self loathing teenager who's self confidence is lacking and spends all his time alone in the art room. The only good thing about him is, as I said before, his face is very reaction image/profile avatar-able. But, coming from a doujinshi artist, I suppose good male characters aren't a strong point.
Nagatoro-san is great. Unlike most of the other characters like her, who are just stubborn and tsundere, Nagatoro seems to genuinely not have a romantic interest in Senpai and instead derives pleasure from emotionally beating him up (and sometimes physically). However as shown in Chapter 6, Nagatoro isn't naturally like this. When she's not around Senpai, she's a cold, uninteresting character who shows no emotion (when listening to music, she simply says 'I just didn't feel anything' while looking depressingly at the table). The fact that she's so emotional and bouncy and mean around Senpai means she is attached to him in some way, as he seems to be one of the few people she feels emotion around, so maybe there is a chance for some spicy romance. Nagatoro's bullying actually does take a turn around chapter 7 where she switches from just bullying him to bullying him to make him more confident (e.g. Forcing him to compliment her, Forcing him to draw her and then blueballing him, Relentlessly insulting him until he figures out a comeback).
I enjoyed reading this manga so much, it's so bubbly and bouncy and oozing with charm. The only parts I didn't enjoy were the first few chapters where Nagatoro is just a nameless girl who hurts Senpai so much he starts to cry. Other than that though, this manga is so damn fun, and I'm so excited for more to come out and (Hopefully) an anime adaptation (maybe with the harassment toned down).
-----Overall I'm giving this manga an 8/10-----
-The first few chapters can be hard to get through
-Everything past the first few chapters is great
This is a series about an unpopular High School student that has to spend his day to day life surviving against a super villain to-be.
But in all seriousness this series is very fun, the art is incredible and the characters…are CHARACTERS. One thing you have to keep in mind when reading a series like this is that Nagatoro is not a person but a character in a fictional series. People tend to hate a character simply because the character is unlikable, they have this mindset that characters should have to be exactly the way the audience wants them to be, and in other words these
people are not very subjective.
Nagatoro is evil incarnate and not everyone would be into a series about a character like her, but I think there is more to her character then where shown. The author is good at giving subtle hint that this girl does have a thing for are lonely protagonist, and her only way of conveying her emotions is to treat him like an animal.
There was a chapter where are protagonist is in a restaurant and notices Nagatoro her friend and two boys walk in and sit down not to far from him. Both of these boy try hitting on Nagatoro but are instantly rejected but not in the way you would think. You would expect Nagatoro to go all out on these two the same way she is with the main character but instead she just acts bored and dismisses them. This chapter made the character of Nagatoro seem so much more interesting than before and I hope we get more chapters like this, chapters that go more in depth with her character.
Overall I think this series isn’t for everyone but I’d recommend checking it out
Nagatoro-san, a fun yet simple manga. Don't expect an intricate plot because there isn't one. It's a very fun fast read, you'll really enjoy if you liked Takagi-san and Sketch-san.
Story- 8: nothing special if we're being quite honest. Just very enjoyable, straight to the point, and the re-readability is very high.
Art- 6: Not the best, not the worst. It's very similar to Elfen Lied's art, both deserve the "fair" rating.
Character- 9: Made to be fun, not intricate and thought provoking. We see a tiny bit of development on Hayase's behalf in chapter 11, Senpai seems to be developing every chapter. I love it,
the designs, the interactions. Solid 9 for me.
Enjoyment- 10: It's very enjoyable, the relationship dynamic Senpai and Hayase have is very refreshing and fun to watch.
Overall- 9: A lot of people will enjoy it, some people will find it silly and take it a bit too serious. It's half comedy and half romance the way I see it. Also if you're a s or m you'll definitely get much more out of the manga than someone who's neither.
This is the break I've been looking for, far from the idealized romance stories that plague the Japanese medium, no, far from storytelling in general, we have the most realistic take on relationships I have ever seen. Nothing over dramatic, nothing over romanticized, based off the relationships I've been in IRL, this is truly the most accurate representation of heterosexual mating practices I have ever seen in media.
The manga accurately portrays how women will always tease men over the most little of things, and will always try to distract men with some leading question then hit them with the real puncher while you're distracted! Quite
literally in one of the chapters where Nagatoro randomly pokes at the MC's sides, something that I have experienced a lot in my relationships can verify is fairly shocking and painful, and that women love to strike at you when your guard is down, teaching me to always make your girlfriend walk in front of you so you can keep an eye on them to make sure they can't catch you with your guard down.
The character designs are fantastic as well, Nagatoro is the primary lesson being taught in the story, being designed very good-looking and cutesy, the plain-looking MC puts up with her shenanigans. I believe this to be an allegory to real life where the insecurities of less attractive partners cause even the best of us to give in to their charm and let them get away with these things, prompting to try and get away with bolder and bolder escapades (see: men dating gold diggers or women dating abusers). The cute design of Nagatoro doubly serves to represent how attractive people can be modern day Sirens, and the definition of looks can be deceiving.
Overall, I find this manga to very realistically portray relationship dynamics and is a MUST read for people to learn how to protect themselves from abusive partners because at some point, power dynamics WILL shift and lean towards one person.
Who would've thought that 774/Nanashi, the author and the artist of this, would be able to draw and write such a wholesome story when he's known to have drawn quite a number of bestiality and guro hentai. And if you don't know what guro is, it's the worst kind of hentai a person should be enjoying. And funny enough, on chapter 5, there was a reference to his own H doujin called Yupiel Sama, if that's not obvious enough for you that he's a hentai artist. Btw, that's such a meta way to promote his best H work lol. And dont worry, this one is
just about as wholesome and similar to Nagatoro which may pretty much be a work of his own that inspired Nagatoro as a whole to exist.
There will of course be some people who hated this because of the bullying and how much of a dick the heroine is. Though keep in mind, the smugness and the bullying is the appeal to this series. Additionally, there's such thing as teasing the person that you like by bullying them, so it's technically not that strange. I mean, usually a boy teasing girl that they like is a good example of this. She's just on the extreme side.
If you don't like this, then just dont read it. But if you're the type of person who's open minded, try reading it until the 10th chapter and make up your mind until then. You would be surprise of how likable this series is disregarding the early bad impression that you may had.
She attac, she insult, she bully; but the best one of all: she protecc
And that's the charm of the series; when your bullies only bully you and you only because shes actually is interested in you. It's a unique love story that's for sure.
And the very great twist to all of this, she's actually a very normal girl underneath that layer of "im a bully, or a delinquent" persona. And she really just wanted to be treated normally. Within her, exist an emotional desire to be normal and be treated with honesty than ingenuity that most males in this story are being portrayed: wanting to get close to her for sexual gratification. And the hint of her interior emotions, she seems to be in a state of boredom or depression, and the thing that keeping her entertain in life is him. The writing of the character is actually a lot more intricated than you would think.
The plot is simple and to the point. A girl named Nagatoro adores bullying her poor Senpai, and takes immense satisfaction in getting him as flustered and worked up as possible.
The art for this manga is really, really good!! I gotta say, this mangaka has a knack for drawing the cutest expressions while still keeping 'em unique and I adore the designs of both the characters.
Nagatoro-san is great. Unlike most of the other characters like her, who are just stubborn and tsundere, Nagatoro seems to genuinely not have a romantic interest in Senpai and instead derives pleasure from emotionally beating him up (and
sometimes physically). However as shown in Chapter 6, Nagatoro isn't naturally like this. When she's not around Senpai, she's a cold, uninteresting character who shows no emotion (when listening to music, she simply says 'I just didn't feel anything' while looking depressingly at the table). The fact that she's so emotional and bouncy and mean around Senpai means she is attached to him in some way, as he seems to be one of the few people she feels emotion around, so maybe there is a chance for some spicy romance. Nagatoro's bullying actually does take a turn around chapter 7 where she switches from just bullying him to bullying him to make him more confident (e.g. Forcing him to compliment her, Forcing him to draw her and then blueballing him, Relentlessly insulting him until he figures out a comeback).
If you're into flustered dudes, sadistic girls, or just unorthadox romance, then this may just be for you!
Ijiranaide, Nagatoro-san (or better known as Please Don't Bully Me, Nagatoro), is exactly defined by its title. A girl who bullies her upperclassman, and said upperclassman let's her get away with it.
The art style is very well done, but who would expect less from 774? If you do know his other works, it's understandable why it stands out. ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)
The story does seem to go stale from time to time, but reading five volumes that are currently out (from the time I've written this review), it's a very slow progression, don't worry it does lead somewhere.
It's obvious that they both
like each other, but like a slice of life feel, it doesn't blossom until further (way further) into the chapters.
I loved this so much I went and bought all four volumes to show my support, plus other merch. :P
Nagatoro and her Senpai do grow as characters throughout the story, unlike other anime where it feels like it took one day or a week where the girl would confess her love to the protaganist, this one is very gradual and the build ups are in small hints. It feels more realistic to me and I could relate to some of the actions taken place between them. I'm hoping that the characters keep growing and showing how much they've evolved from what they were from the beginning of the first volume.
Overall, it's good, not amazing but good. The story feels like it progresses, but in certain chapters it takes a few steps back (to me at least). Other characters besides the two main, don't exactly have their own unique personalities. Sometimes it feels like its three of the same person.
I believe there's a certain time where you can read between the lines of what's bullying, and what's acceptable to what you'd allow a person to get away with. This is my opinion since for me, certain situations where a person would tease or sound like they're putting you down, are actually flirting or trying to build you up. Always remember, it's all about consent from both parties. ;D
I've never written a review on this site before, so this will be my first and probably only dive into it, solely because no review does this manga justice and it seems like everyone has completely misjudged the direction of what Ijiranaide, Nagatoro-san achieves.
Initially Nagatoro-san plays itself off as a shallow, one track idea and nothing else. It takes the notion of teasing and bullying on topic of the cliche that is our very common anime/manga trope at this point; the nerd/otaku.
Opening into it I was mostly reading along further because the art is quite clean and there were not all that many chapters out
at the time of writing this, however, by day 2 of reading my perspective began to shift on how this manga actually portrays what is behind the jests and shenanigans and the art has a massive role to play.
Most of those writing reviews are to comment on how both the main characters look fantastic and I don't discredit that but the main factor of the art being such a driving force is because of the nuance. With the very detailed facial expressions we get we are delivered a multi-tone perspective in a single panel which is very rarely replicated by other visual stories these days. Certain moments keep the hyper-expressiveness within certain margins that tell you the story behind and about the choices of the characters actions.
Within 30 chapters we see 'Senpai' grow confident in the environment that has been fostered around him and even see him longing for it contrary to how he says he is feeling about his relationship with the girls. Most notably at the festival.
More importantly however is how Nagatoro is portrayed through her demonization, her actions may be a level of harassment and they are fully intended to be and anyone with a simple level of understanding can see that she is incredibly interested in Senpai, this is made apparent by her completely dis-infatuation with other men but she is also using Senpai as her only outlet to not be the person she enjoys the company of.
Nagatoro is an equally self-embarrassed person with very few comfort-zone people in her life. Senpai is one of the few people that she has found beneath her and whilst definitely has notions of revelry when it comes to being a tormentress she is also acting in ways she finds completely embarrassing to cover for how she feels. What makes this interesting is that she has learnt the boundaries of Senpai and he takes on the emotional load of the scenario because he doesn't read deeper into her when its directly affecting him, leaving Nagatoro to keep reign and a personal comfort in that which is an unspoken mutuality in their likenesses.
Almost all told exclusively within the facial expressions.
Nagatoro as a result tells us the tale of the feelings that are within a person that lashes out as a bully but not sympathetically from the bullies point of view, we are given very narrow space to empathise with the bully from the view point of the one BEING bullied. Leaving most with the standard feelings they would as if they were being bullied themselves, its not a pleasant feeling and bullies will never try and leave an emotional opening, especially to someone they consider weaker than them as it is the direct impact to them falling down a far deeper pit than that which they are in. As a reader we have a beautiful balance on this spectrum which lets us fold back the blinds just a little bit every so often to glean how Nagatoro feels without being invasive or particularly short lived, and I say this on a level very different to that of the fundamental relationship story it has going on.
Sure on some levels you can tread on this manga as a piece of fetish catering fan-service but through the thoroughly blurred lines the manga eludes its meaning just as much to the cursory reader as it does our main character. I would even go out on a limb and say there is no standard sexualised content in this manga for what is widely thrown into the Japanese art net. Most of the situations with any small clothing content have been used as a tool to propel the ideologies hiding within plain site and with knowledge of this the author has not once delved hard into those visuals more than the original portrait shot and at other times is used as quite legitimate sexual harassment more than anything else.
Overall I for one was astounded to find such a change of pace and seriously enjoyed reading this with all minor detours it takes off the trail to look at the flowers, flowers with very prominent sharp thorns but those with the insight to smell before pulling might find something more to it.
It did not take too long to read the whole 33 chapters. It's a nice manga, the humor works and does not burn out as I feared at first. After some time, the formula becomes a bit predictable and the jokes are slightly less spectacular, but it has its own charm and does not spoil the series. As I expected, Senpai isn't a very interesting character, but his personality isn't as important to the story as Nagatoro's. This typical nerdy guy works pretty fine and he had to be this way for the story to work. I wasn't really laughing out loud to this, but
I was smiling while reading this. The main character is definitely the strongest aspect of series. Even if the same jokes are repeated a bit too often, it's not really a problem to me. I understand that these jokes are a part of a story, but a joke about something else from time to time wouldn't hurt. But in general, Nagatoro is a very cheerful and energetic character, which I expected from such a series when I first saw it. She is written pretty carefully, you can sometimes see bits of her deeper personality, in some of the chapters. Overall, I really like her character a lot and how it is constructed. This is not the best series in the world, but it is certainly worth reading as quite a cheerful comedy. The series works very well on its assumptions as a romantic comedy. The protagonist is colorful and her character makes you want to read it. So far, when the series is still publishing and it it doesn't seem like ending, I can't really find anything major that could be different to improve the series. I'd like to see a bit more of the romantic aspect tho, as there aren't too many romantic moments compared to the comedic ones, with some exceptions. Particularly one chapter (21) had a very good balance of the comedic and the romantic aspect, without making one more important than the another.
My favourite manga so far. Amazing art, great characters. The only drawback is just that the story goes on too fucking fast. You can't expect too many chapters on this rate. Still though, you won't be able to find stuff this special just anywhere. Some people would say that the girl is too cruel and sadistic, but i think once you,ve read it, you'll find that it's more sweet than anything else. To really understand the story and characters to the fullest, you'll have to read until at least chap 8.
All in all: 10/10 art
7/10 story ( but you'll never know how things'll eventually go )
Consider it a better drew Takagi
I’ll give “Please Don't Bully Me, Nagatoro” a solid 6.5/10
In order to fully understand “Please Don't Bully Me, Nagatoro” you have to understand where the characters came from. You see both main characters were used before in other media such as games and webtoons, and in these characters, Nagatoro was just a straight up sadist and found joy out of torturing the guy she had feelings for. A lot of people are shocked by how the characters act and I just wanted to clear that up, with that said, however, this is the review.
Simple but often lackluster.
The story is very simple and often
doesn’t revolve outside the lives of the two main characters inside the small confines of one clubroom. Not exactly the worst I’ve ever heard and the simplistic nature allows for the author to focus purely on the relationship between the characters, however, this also makes all… two other characters completely irrelevant if they’re in the same frame as the main characters which is a shame since they probably could’ve been fleshed out a little more.
Better than anything I could draw but not the best I’ve ever seen.
Personally, I can’t draw for shit, so this is an extremely biased review. I will say, that background characters and objects are reduced to basically a few lines a couple of times.
Stereotypical at best, boring at worst.
This is my most serious gripe with this manga, the characters are just stand-alone extreme variants of popular tropes that you might see in one shot characters. However, they do flesh out the main characters during the progression of the manga, it’s not the best but I’m optimistic about the future.
The show could’ve been so much better but in all honesty, it’s a huge improvement from what it used to be.
Gotta round the number up but if I could I’d give it a 6.5