Ishidou Natsuo is a gifted girl who can achieve anything she wants in sports. Because of this she is permanently bored, as there aren't any real challenges to her abilites to make her feel alive. One day she receives an invitation of a merry girl to join her martial arts club. Irritated by her happy expression, Natsuo decides to accept the invitation just as a pretext to beat her up, but she receives a shocking surprise.
Most sports manga have to do with the main character starting out pretty bad at sports, but Teppuu isn't your typical sports manga.
Meet Ishidou Natsuo, our main protagonist. She is a very talented person who can excel at most sports without even trying. Natsuo is bored as a result, and is always looking for a challenge. One day, she gets invited to the martial arts club at her school by Mawatari Yuzuko. Our main character is interested, and wants to beat Yuzuko up just for being too cheerful (yes, literally). However, after seeing that Yuzuko is stronger than her, Natsuo decides
to take up MMA fighting and defeat Yuzuko. This is pretty much the main premise, which would be tolerable, but the story itself lacks buildup. Without proper buildup, the fights have little tension and little emotion.The manga also gets very repetitive, considering that there’s no variety in setting for much of the plot.
Also, the story later is obviously rushed, as the author got sick and had to end the manga early.
Ishidou Natsuo is an anti-hero, who has a condescending attitude towards all of her opponents and lacks sportsmanship. Since Natsuo is talented at everything, she wants to understand what it feels like to work hard at something to achieve her goal.
Natsuo is pretty much the only memorable character from this series, but even so still receives little character development. By the end, she still lacks sportsmanship and is condescending towards Yuzuko.
Mawatari Yuzuko is the captain of the MMA club and is your stereotypical airhead. She’s used as a character foil to Natsuo, but is pretty much just a plot device anyway. Seriously, the only thing special about this character is her big eyebrows. Yuzuko also receives little to no character development. She continues to be naïve which is a trait she’s had since she was little. She’s essentially the same character from the start of the manga.
Cordeiro Ringi is a world-renowned MMA fighter. Ringi is basically the same character as Yuzuko, and shares the same amount of character development as Yuzuko. Which, by the way, is none at all.
Sawamura Sanae is the captain of the karate club. Childhood friend of Natsuo, she is cold towards her because she said that no one on the team was good enough. Sanae wants to beat Natsuo and prove that she isn't weak. By the end of the series she still wants to pummel Natsuo and doesn't change whatsoever.
The art is ok, nothing amazing or awful. It’s still probably the best part of this manga.
The fights were probably the most enjoyable part of this manga, but they were still written pretty poorly. Most of them had little buildup to the fights, and some ended in a completely anticlimactic matter.
Overall, the story wasn't awful but it lacks buildup and is very repetitive.
The only character that was remotely memorable was Natsuo- everyone else was bland, uninteresting and walking plot devices. All of the characters receive little to no character development as well.
The art is ok, but hardly anything memorable.
The fights were probably the only thing enjoyable about this manga.
Critically, the manga is pretty poor, and even in a subjective stance I wouldn't personally recommend. If you really want to read this, go for it, but there’s way more worthwhile stuff to read out there.
I love martial arts. It's in my blood. When I first read Teppuu, I did not know what to expect. Some crappy story about a person "wanting to get stronger"? Some lame quotes like, "I want to protect my friends, and I want to get stronger!" (Valiant, but cliche')
Teppu is about a girl. A girl named Ishido, Natsuo. It just so happens Natsuo is an ace at every sport, and rarely fails at what she does. But here's the trick; Natsuo is a jerk and a bully and every kind of person you DO NOT want to have as your friend. Which
may be a reason why she has few. The story basically focuses on Natsuo's loneliness and wanting to pound Yuzuko's (Her main rival) face into the ground.
Art, in my opinion, is great. Sometimes comedic, sometimes serious. Fits the manga perfectly. There IS quite a fair amount of blood in this series, so if you don't like that...you probably won't like the theme of the stories...
Okay! Now we're getting into the good stuff. It's simple and very well portrayed. Natsuo's a jerk. Yuzuko is cheerful. Ringi is competitive, and Sanae is die-hard stoic and hates Natsuo's guts (for a good reason.)
I mostly liked this series as it is a fairly realistic approach towards MMA and martial arts, but I did not really appreciate Natsuo jerkass approach to everything. Some moments you will laugh, some, you'll cry, but if you enjoy martial arts, hate romance, and like muscular girls with bare midriff, you'll enjoy this series...
Imagine a manga that centered on a sadistic insecure bully who is thrown into the world of MMA by a chance encounter and you will have Teppu.
Teppu's story isn't exactly original but it is written in a very believable way. Meet Natsuo, an individual who has never been bad at anything and is utterly bored because of it. She decides to attend her school's club registration and bumps into a newly formed MMA Club. After being hassled she agrees to spar against the club founder. It ends before it can be concluded but she understands that she would have lost and begins to hate the
founder and decides to beat her at her own game.
The artwork doesn't compare to the greats but Oota is definitely gifted. At her best she blows you away with realistic muscle definition and at her worst the characters may look very similiar.
Natsuo is my favourite female protagonist. Everything she does is either hilarious or incredibly badass equipped with a very interesting personality and history she is the series halo. The other cast are equally enjoyable but lack that epic touch barring Japan's strongest woman.
My favourite part of this manga is how enjoyable it is. It doesn't dive into Plato's psyche nor does it have Edgar Allen Poe's cynicism but it doesn't need it. It leaves you wanting more and has seen scenes that take your break away. In fact chapter 23 left me in a state similiar to how I felt when my favourite manga/anime finished.
Overall this manga is very enjoyable and has an incredibly original protagonist. Diced with an well written plot and scenes that will blow you away, it is definitely worth reading.
Picture the typical sports manga: Main character is untalented initially, but genuinely enjoys the sport they want to be a part of, and will work hard to make it to the top!! Their main rival is an arrogant bully (but the protag might be oblivious to this) who wants to beat down the main character and show them their place because of some serious personal issues. The bad guy is also extremely talented, and find the sport so easy that it's boring.
Now flip that whole thing upside down. There you go, it's Teppuu. You are rooting for a total jerk. The
antagonist is an alright girl. Run with it.
I am no expert in MMA, but the martial arts I've seen come off as realistic with the occasional break from probable done for rule of cool.
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