Nonomiya Yuuta, a Skii Jumper aiming for Olympic Gold, bursts onto stage with his exceptional skills. However, his biggest problem is that he is not really a "HE"... This Yuuta is actually Nonomiya Yuuta's twin sister, Nonomiya Nono... And with Women's Skii Jump not being an Olympic catagory, hiding her true identity is the only way for her to achieve the dreams of her father and brother.
i liked the story behind nonono. I thought that the author wrote a really strong heroine who wasnt above doing anything to realize her dream. I reall y could have done without the ecchi parts; the idea could have been portrayed without them and they werent an intrigual part of the manga.
the supporting characters were as strong as the heroine and i really liked that. However the author seemed to write in way too many incidental characters and random characters, where i lost track of them at some point.
It seems like the author had minimal knowledge on the sport of ski jumping
and learned more as the story went on, because i am not big on sports i thought that was really cool. The end was a let down because you dont know if she reached her main goal and what happens after the last chapter.
bottom line. Its a good read the chapters are generally short, sometimes you dont know if the heroine will succeed, and if you like cross dressing/ gender bending there is enough to go around. Sure there is lots of boobs, and other ecchi things. Sure, there are some chapters that were fillers and the end was a bust- but the rest of the ride was pretty good.
Could've been better but still not really a bad read.
Alright, so gender-bender seem to be a pretty popular genre, which for the most part I don't really mind too much, if the story is interesting it can always play nicely into a story. This one (as the summary implies) is about a girl who dearly whishes to win the gold medal in ski-jumping that her father was never able to achieve. They go more indept about the reasons in the manga (obviously) and overall I did actually find the reasons for why she desperatly want to win to be pretty decent, even though it's abit
over the top and melodramatic (but not in a terrible way).
I really did like the progression of this one and though it was really good for about the first half, the remaining half is not bad - but a few more prevalent issues arises. For one thing "over the top" is a theme that truly makes an appearance in the later chapters. It's a fairly light sports-manga in the start but gets ridiculously sinister at one point in the story, which assumingly is there to sort of gut punch the reader, but it still just come of as contrived and bad storytelling. The same goes for a few characters, who's persoanlity is also way to over the top and ridiculous (in particular some of the rival characters). A very different manga named Glass Mask does the rivalry really, really well by having the rival show sportsmanship and respect for others, making her a character that you like and root for in similar fashion to the main character, in essence you like the character. In this manga they are just over the top and come of as sort of... evil.
One of the genre tags (on myanimelist anyway) is ecchi, however i'd stress the fact that this really isn't ecchi at all. There are a few chapters that are abit too sexulized for my taste (and thus just not that great story-telling in my opinion) but for the most part there really arn't many sort of.. "ecchi" type elements throughout the series - it primarely focuses on either the ski-jumping or the lifes of the character, generally in a dignified way.
I primarely liked the main character in this story, a whole lot more than I did any of the other elements (even the skiing), which probably says something about the fact that I don't actually think the sports element are always handled all that well. Something like Chihayafuru is way better at having the sports element be both a really exiting, and also be a somewhat unpredictable part of the story. This one is abit more poetic about "willing" yourself to win by how strongly you feel etc, it's done in most sportsstories, even Chihayafuru, but I did find it to be better executed in that manga. (I really dug the main character still, which made up for some of the flaws).
The romance aspects arn't terrible but they don't really go anywhere which on one hand is good if you want it only to focus on the sports, but then bad story telling for having it there in the first place.
Lastly a sort of warning note that's probably the biggest let down for this series:
If you (like me) really quite enjoyed it you will probably be quite dissapointed by the ending. Obviously I wont spoil the details in of them selves, but I feel it's important to note that this was semi-cancelled. The wrap-up is extreamly rushed without any real conclusion which is quite unfortunate as a good ending plays an important role in a good story. Here it doesn't really leave you with much of anything as several plot elements are left unresolved.
Now it probably comes of as if I almost don't recommend or even liked the manga, however I actually really really did. It's not one of my favorites, but it could've been if it kept being as good as it was in the beginning (for the most part I really liked it) and maybe because of that, I felt more dissapointed with this one, which had so much promise, to wrap up in such a rushed fashion.
Hmm first off all i should apologise if i included too many spoilers although I'll try to reduce them as much as possible.
Hmm I'm not really into gender benders but i decided to pick this up because of a sudden interest in sports manga *cough* Kuroko No Basket * cough* even though I'm actually horrible at sports. I found the plot of this manga to be actually captivating to a certain extent and i was slightly touched by some of the scenes.
The characters of this manga were decent. Not really THAT unique but at least they're slightly better than average. I liked the character
development quite a bit and also how they focus mainly on the ski jumping area while including romance and comedy in adequate but not so much that the manga becomes a romance comedy.
Another plus point is that although the main character from this manga is clearly better than average, she isn't too talented or unbeatable. I also liked how it showed the problems faced by athletes who end up losing major competitions such as constant bashing by others ( not that I'm a sadist).
Overall, this manga isn't extremely good or special but is still worth the watch if you have the sudden urge to read an interesting sports manga
Nononono has attempted raid, people being kicked off very high places, boobs, murder, attempted murder, suicide, afros and genderbender. It's a manga about skijumping.
Nononono is the second work of Lynn Okamoto, who is the best known for Elfenlied and Brynhildr in the darkness. Compared to those works Nononono is harmless, but he still managed to get his own personal note of ecchi, comedy and violence into it. It is not like those normal sports manga you see everywhere. If you expect something like Kuroko no Basket or Haikyuu, you will be disappointed.
The manga covers a sport that is very minor in most countries, but it
explains the skijumping in a way people unfamiliar with it understand the basic rules. It contains many unique characters. Different from Okamoto's other works there aren't many females, but predominantly male characters. The story has many surprising twists which are caused by characters acting completley out of normal common sense.
Readers should be warned that the author axed the manga himself so the ending is quite rushed. I still recommend it.