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 just felt like writing down how this manga and I connected. it was like something out of a dream for me, the main character was the only character iv'e ever been able to totally empathize with. every thought she had I had every action she took I had taken reading this a year out of high school was like living threw high school again, and that alone was glorious. this manga got me back into manga and helped me find my self after having my life upended without this I probably would not be who I am today. I can truly say that Natsuo
is me, or rather the me who I was in before life hit me it was a bitter sweet nostalgia of watch a young hyper talented athlete lose themselves to the boredom of being innately talented at everything. I can only lament that I don't get to see her come to the same conclusion I have and transcend the material and cast off ones talent and become a full self. never the less being able to get such a clear view of my own life was the flashpoint that set me forward to my current mental clarity, and for that I am truly grateful.
this is a very personal review but I just wanted to get it off my chest. it feels good to close this chapter in my life and its thanks too teppuu that I can.
Natsuo Ishida is a super talented girl who pissed off too many people because of her talent. Her brother, friends, and etc. She then gets destroyed by an annoying bitch, Yuzuko Mawatari, from a fight on the roof and then strives to defeat her in the future in a tournament. Problems in the story are sometimes really evident. Some of the action don't have anything to it rather than Natsuo being "talented" except for her last loss that was complete bullshit. The main goal for the mc is just to fight the annoying girl that is Mawatari. Then there is the problems with
characters like her brother and Sawamura and Ringi. The main plot isn't boring concept, but it was executed poorly. It had poor buildup, lack of good fights, and it ended way too early. The story is above average and would like to see the continuation, but want to see improvements if the author comes back.
The art was done well for the most part. Some character designs were a little weird, but you can still appreciate the designs still.
Some of the characters were actually lovable and others were just plain bad.
-Natsou, even though had a shit personality, was enjoyable character to love. She was like Sawamura from HnI and had some cool story along with her.
-Sawamura, Ninomiya, and Ganeko are also likeable characters.
Ishidou the brother, even though he abused his sister, has seen error in his ways and seem to get him self back on track near the end of the series.
-Yuzuko is the worst character in Teppuu. I mean the end just proves this as she defeated Natsou even though Natsou is as talented as Takamura from HnI. Seriously this is like Wally vs Ippo except of being logical to some extent(Wally had little experience since he barely started but was talented) instead we get this bullshit that she defeats her with willpower alone. I mean Ippo at least had talent but worked hard too. That being said, I liked that she worked hard to at least get there, but it was clear she should've lost. She also doesn't have any character development other than, she likes to get hit.
-Mario is also some bullshit too. No fighter can have 500 or whatever opponents they have defeated with no losses.(Also that is even impossible as time between fights would have to be like a week or two.) Even greats fall but apparently not. He also has a huge ego for being a person who didn't even fight a man who is supposedly weak.
-Ringi because she is just there to be there.
Enjoyment and Overall:7
The series is good to read and would recommend. It suffers from stuff here and then but overall a 7.
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...
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